Vitamin E and Selenium are commonly deficient in the Equine diet and deficiency symptoms are commonly seen in horses. Low levels will also cause a decline in health and performance before symptoms are obvious.
Important for many body functions they are essential for the health of the immune system as well as serving to protect muscle function.
These two ingredients help to protect the body cells from damage by oxidation and free radicals.
Vitamin E and Selenium levels significantly impact:
In many areas in Australia, Selenium is deficient in forage and pasture. Selenium absorption can also be affected by other minerals, the most reliably absorbed source of Selenium is organic Selenium yeast. We use Selplex, an organic yeast form in our Missy’s Bucket Mix.
Vitamin E is a fragile vitamin and if you believe your horses' diet is lacking, for example not on fresh pasture where Vitamin E levels are higher, its likely a good idea to feed a supplement. It is best to choose a human-grade gel cap where the Vitamin E is mixed with Oil as it needs fat to be absorbed effectively, alternatively you can mix with some Flax oil before feeding.
You may find that your horses coat has already started shedding, this is triggered by the longer daylight hours and marks the start of the long winter coat loss! This process will continue over the next few months and it's important to provide adequate nutritional support during this time to encourage a healthy and shiny new summer coat.