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Vitamins and Horses
  by Robert N. Oglesby DVM

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Vitamins are chemicals that are found in the horse's feed that are essential to promote and regulate a multitude of body functions in all animals. There are two major categories of vitamins, the fat soluble group and the water-soluble group:
  • The fat soluble vitamins help support the health of all the major tissues of the horse's body (skin, bone, cardiovascular, blood, nervous system) and are:
    • Vitamin A
    • Vitamin D
    • Vitamin E
    • Vitamin K
  • The water soluble vitamins are further divided into the B vitamins and vitamin C:
    • B vitamins are required by the cells for the conversion of fats, protein, and sugars to energy:
      • Thiamine (B1)
      • Riboflavin (B2)
      • Niacin
      • Pantothenic acid
      • Pyridoxine (B6)
      • Biotin
      • Folacin
      • Cobalamine (B12
      • Choline
    • Vitamin C is necessary for to help deal with the toxic byproducts of metabolism and hormone synthesis like the synthesis of the active form of vitamin D calcitrol.
This article discusses vitamin requirements of horses, their sources and situations that may indicate possible vitamin problems in horses and how best to supplement them.
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      ~Last Updated: April 17, 2011;

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