There’s plenty of hype about vitamin E and how it’s the “cure all” for all your horse’s problems. But is vitamin E for horses really that important? And if so, why?
Well, it turns out that your horse uses vitamin E every day.
Your horse’s body needs Vitamin E to perform a large variety of functions. These include muscle cell/tissue repair and regeneration, skin cell/tissue repair and regeneration, nutrient storage and use, proper immune function, proper toxic processing and liver function, eye function and other neurological functions.
So if your horse is on a dirt pasture and isn’t getting nearly enough grass everyday (a big source of vitamin E), this might just be why his coat is looking a bit rough or he’s not jumping as well as he used to.
With the summer heat kicking in and the grass drying up, I would start by just keeping an eye out on how much grass your horse is getting. If they have access to less grass, you might want to consider supplementing vitamin E.
When Extra Vitamin E for Horses is Required
There are also some conditions that can affect how much vitamin E your horse needs. If your horse happens to have one of these conditions (or you’re just curious), you can read more below:
If you’re at all concerned about your horse’s Vitamin E intake, you can always use a supplement.
I have used supplements on and off with my horses. It can be something you use seasonally, or on a permanent basis depending on your horse’s diet. Beyond vitamin E there are lots of other things you can use, particularly collagen, that can really improve your horse’s health and performance. You can check them out in our post on horse supplements and what they do, and our horse supplements gallery.
I recommend the Health-E Supplement, if you’re looking for a supplement to provide vitamin E for horses. If you’re not certain if your horse needs a supplement, it’s definitely something you can raise with your vet.
Let me know if you have any questions about vitamin E for horses!