Basic Horse Supplement Information.
You can buy supplements in all sizes and even order them already measured out in single packets.
To me, it has become way too complicated unless you have a vet to consult in for help.
I personally haven’t had much luck with vet information so I have turned to an
In my experiences in the past is,
you shouldn’t listen to other horse owners that can tell you what they are using or what they didn’t like because every horse is different just as we are.
Some are more sensitive to foods, and some are not. It also is determined by the type of exercise that your horse does.
I have listed some common types of horse supplements below:
- joint supplements
- horses coat
- horses hooves
- mares with baby
- senior horses
- horse maintenance
The list keeps growing
Which horse supplements are best for your horse?
Would your horse even benefit from supplements?
The first thing you should do is:
Talk with your vet to see if your horse would benefit from supplements, whether the supplements would be vitamins or something to help your horse’s joints or hair, skin, etc.
Believe it or not, horses can get too much of a supplement. If you didn’t know it, us humans can too!
A lot of horses get their nutrient requirements just out of good quality hay, pasture, grains, and a free choice mineral/salt block.
Below is a list of the most common horse supplement information used in the horse industry. Click here to visit BioEquine.
The key ingredients in vitamins and minerals are
amino acid, vitamin E, B vitamins, calcium, zinc, and ester C.
Psyllium is the ingredient used in sand colic. Sand colic supplement removes sand out of the intestines, reducing the risk of sand colic.
Skin & coat supplements are for the improvement of your horse’s skin and coat. Make sure your horse is fed a well-balanced diet for your horse’s skin and coat.
Provides a source of live naturally occurring microorganisms to maintain your horse’s digestive tract.
Probiotics keep a balance of good bacteria.
So it is recommended for:
- horses that are taking an antibiotic
- after de-worming (not every de-worming is necessary)
- Horses under stress,
- hard keepers, etc.
Joint supplements are used for horses with joint issues or horses with a heavy workload.
There are two main ingredients in joint supplements, glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate.
- Glucosamine repairs and rebuilds the horse’s cartilage:
due to a horse’s work overload or age.
- Chondroitin sulfate is for the production of cartilage.
Chondroitin may decrease the destructive enzymes that can lead to cartilage destruction.
MSM (Methylsulfyl Methane) is sulfur that is necessary for the production of glucosamine, chondroitin, and collagen, which helps build cartilage and has also shown to protect tissues from damaging effects of stress and exercise.
MSM is a product widely used for horses with a heavy workload of activity or stress and may also help with inflation.
- Pain supplements management helps reduce the pain and the reduction of inflammation in the joints.
Weight builders are used by horse owners to increase the fat intake into your horse’s diet, for “hard keepers” and also used for performance horses to help improve muscle.
Calming supplements relieve stress and nerves, such as competing or traveling.
Respiratory supplements are used in managing and aiding horses with respiratory issues and are used to help a horse breathe better.
Performance supplements help support mental and physical performance as well as cardiovascular, immune, and neurological, also helps with energy and stamina.
Horse senior supplements are for the areas that needed the most. Most senior supplements include immune, joint, digestive, etc..
I want to Thank You for the interest in the Basic Horse Supplement Information page
I hope I have helped you with horse supplement confusion. There is way too much information about supplements to explain all of them and their uses. If you do have more questions, I would be glad to help you.
I am not a veterinarian; the Basic Horse Supplement Information page is for informational ONLY.
I am not responsible for your decisions for your supplements for your horses.
Wishing you and your horse/horses all the best!! Michelle