horse supplements

You may wonder if it is important to provide your horse with supplements. Apart from diet, your horse may need additional supplements called complementary feeds to fulfill the daily requirements of necessary nutrients. There are various supplements available depending on the needs of your horse. You must keep a check on what supplements your horse requires. It may depend on multiple factors, including your horse’s age, diet, daily activity, etc.

As we move forward, we will see the types of horse supplements and their importance in equine health.

Types of horse supplements

Various horse supplements are used for maintaining overall health, including joint health, digestive health, skin health, and hoof health. Here are the most common horse supplements used.  

Hoof supplements

Horses may have brittle, shelly feet that usually lose shoes and tend to chip. It is in such circumstances where the hoof care supplements come into the picture.

Common ingredients in hoof care supplements may include biotin, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), amino acids like lysine, methionine, and threonine, minerals like zinc, cobalt, copper, and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

Joint supplements

Your horse may experience wear and tear of the joints, which could be due to various reasons, including ageing, excessive exercise, and joint inflammation. In such conditions, your horse may need additional joint supplements to prevent or slow down joint damage or deterioration.

The most commonly used ingredients for equine joint supplement include glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), hyaluronic acid, collagen, devil’s claw, turmeric, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins A, C, and E.

Electrolyte supplements

Horses are among the animals who sweat a lot. Due to excess sweating, your horse may lose excess amounts of water and electrolytes.

Common ingredients in electrolyte supplements are sodium, chloride, magnesium, calcium, and potassium.

Digestive supplements

The main aim of digestive supplements is to support gut health and improve digestion. These supplements can also be added to your horse’s diet in cases of abdominal pain and gastric or colic ulcers.

Prebiotics, probiotics, digestive enzymes, antacids, soluble fibre, collagen, aloe, electrolytes like chloride, L- glutamine, licorice, yeast, and sea buckthorn are among the most commonly used ingredients in digestive supplements for equine health.

Vitamins and mineral supplements

Gazing on fresh grass can provide your horse with all the necessary vitamins. But in cases where it is not possible, you must feed your horse with vitamin and mineral supplements. However, it is necessary to check for vitamin deficiencies before giving any vitamin supplementation, as some vitamins and minerals may cause toxicity if overfed. It is also important to check the labels of all the feeds and supplements you give to your horse. 

Skin and coat supplements

These supplements are added to the horse diet to enhance the coat shine and skin health.

The common ingredients in skin and coat supplements include rice bran, chia seeds, flax seeds, soybean meal, biotin, zinc, amino acids, vitamin E, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, and yeast.

Weight gain supplements

Despite eating plenty of high-quality forage, if your horse is not putting on weight, it could be important for you to consider giving weight gain supplements.

Vegetable fat, amino acids, flax seeds, and rice bran are the most common ingredients in weight gain supplements.

Calming supplements

Calming supplements are usually added to the horse’s diet to help reduce stress and anxiety. 

Magnesium, vitamin B1, and L- L-tryptophan are commonly used ingredients in calming supplements for horses. Herbal ingredients, like valerian roots, chamomile, and hops, can also be used as calming supplements.

It is important to know which supplement is required for your horse based on your horse’s health and performance. Generally, older horses may require joint supplements, while performance horses may require electrolyte supplements. It is always better to consult a veterinarian before opting for any supplement to ensure they are safe and can be fed to your horse. 

By Anurag Rathod

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