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There are many supplements on the market with vitamins and minerals. In general, far too much supplementation is given, this is usually not necessary at all and even harmful. We have written more about this on our page about nutrition and in our book "Horse Naturally" . Most vitamins and minerals are more than sufficient in roughage and/or the horse produces itself. Of all vitamins, E is the most critical, horses are more likely to be deficient in it than other vitamins. It is sufficiently in grass but deteriorates fairly quickly in hay as it ages. Horses that do not have access to grass (but only live on hay) are therefore more likely to run into a shortage. Selenium is known to be found less and less in the ground in certain areas, including the Netherlands. The result is that sometimes shortages arise in grass and therefore also in hay.
Characteristics Vitamin E, along with selenium, is important for muscle functions and fertility. Vitamin E and selenium are necessary for the removal of, among other things, muscle waste products (such as lactic acid). In addition, vitamin E improves the skin surface, promote the moisture content of the horny layer and wound healing.
A vitamin E and selenium deficiency is characterized by a deterioration of the muscles (of the skeleton and heart) and a poorly functioning immune system. Stiffness and muscle pain and poorer recovery from work are clearly visible symptoms of deficiency. Symptoms of an* overdose *of selenium include hair loss in the mane and tail and horizontal cracks in the hoof starting at the heel.
Vitamin E and selenium are closely linked in how they work in the body, one cannot do its job properly without the other. That is why you prefer to supplement these two at the same time.
Analyze It is best to have your grass and hay analyzed for the presence of minerals and trace elements. Selenium is a trace element. Vitamins (including E) can also be tested, but this is comparatively much more expensive than the test for minerals and trace elements. You can enter the results of the crop research in the food (*foodcalculator) . In addition to the crop analysis, you can also ask the vet to have selenium and vitamin E tested in the blood. Incidentally, the value for vitamin E in the blood can deviate by about 12%. A value at one time can therefore be 12% higher or lower at another time (source: Professor L. Blythe, Oregon State University).
Many choice of supplements If a horse has been diagnosed with a deficiency or if a deficiency is suspected of vitamin E or selenium, it is often quite a task to find a good supplement. The vast majority of products are made sweet and contain sugars and other things that you would rather not feed a horse. Cheap, not easily absorbable ingredients are often used and in addition, a rather high daily dosage is often required, which only increases the proportion of unnecessary ballast substances.
We have tested and viewed a large number of products and came to the conclusion that the product "Chevivit E-Selen" is a high quality product and does not contain any unwanted additives. In addition, it is also the cheapest, if you convert it to the daily dose.The price for a single bottle seems high, but you need very little of it: only 2ml per day. So you do more than four months with a bottle. You need 40 to 60 grams (!) Per day from other supplements. Even though the purchase price of those products may seem low, you are easily twice as expensive and you also feed the horse a lot of unwanted substances.
This product is completely oil based. In addition to Omega 3 fatty acids, it contains 500,000 mg of vitamin E per kg and 1250 mg of selenium per kg. That is 1000 mg of vitamin E and 2.5 mg of selenium per daily dose. Do not exceed this daily dosage, and make sure you do not feed any other supplements with selenium, Equilife F4F does not contain selenium. More than about 5000 mg vitamin E and more than about 4 mg selenium in the total ration per day can have harmful consequences. Selenium in particular can therefore be overdosed very quickly, and this can have very harmful consequences.
Usage and dosage
Shake well before use! This product comes in a handy bottle with a dosing pump. You only use 2ml per day (pump once). It can simply be pumped directly into the mouth, horses almost without exception get used to this very quickly because it has a pleasantly neutral taste. If desired, you can also do it over other food.
With a horse on a normal feeding schedule of hay and grass, no overdose will occur if you stick to the recommended daily amount, but we still recommend switching to a half dose of 1 syringe every two after the first month. days. Consult with the vet.
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