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What is Vitamin E? VitaminE is a powerful antioxidant vitamin that cannot be made by the horseand must be obtained from the diet. Vitamin E is essential for healthyfunctioning of...
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What is Vitamin E?
VitaminE is a powerful antioxidant vitamin that cannot be made by the horseand must be obtained from the diet. Vitamin E is essential for healthyfunctioning of muscles, the immune system, reproductive function and thenervous system. Many horses may have an increased need for Vitamin E,including those on low Vitamin E intake due to low quality forage, thoseon diets with added oil, those in work, "older" animals and those usedfor breeding. Many Vitamin E supplements use the much cheaper syntheticforms of Vitamin E. Natural E, as the name suggests provides a naturalsource of Vitamin E which has up to double the biological activity thansynthetic forms of Vitamin E. Natural E also contains organic seleniumwhich is essential for the optimal activity of Vitamin E. Natural Edeliver 3000IU of Vitamin E activity and 1mg of selenium per daily horsefeeding rate.

What does Vitamin E do?
Vitamin E is central to muscle and nerve function, heart health, immune function, lung health and skin health.

Where do horses get Vitamin E from?
Horsescannot make Vitamin E and must get it from their diet. It is thereforeessential that sufficient Vitamin E is fed or supplemented.

What form of Vitamin E is best - Natural or Synthetic?
ManyVitamin E supplements use the much cheaper synthetic forms of VitaminE. Natural E, as the name suggests provides a natural source of Vitamin Ewhich has up to double the biological activity than synthetic forms ofVitamin E. Natural E also contains organic selenium which is essentialfor the optimal activity of Vitamin E.

Vitamin E in different horse feed materials
VitaminE is higher in fresh forage than in preserved forages. Vitamin E levelsin commercial dry horse feeds are naturally very low due to processingand so Vitamin E must be supplemented. As Vitamin E is a relativelyexpensive feed ingredient the levels added may be on the low side.

What is the difference between mg and IU?
SometimesVitamin E is expressed as the weight in mg or as IU, which stands forInternational Units. The two are related but slightly different. Theweight is the same for different forms of Vitamin E but the IU is how itworks in the body or the activity. So for example, for 1 mg ofsynthetic Vitamin E the biological activity in the body would beequivalent to around 1.5 IU. Feeding 100mg of Vitamin E would thereforegive you 150 IU of Vitamin E activity.

How much Vitamin E do horses need?
Amount per day of Vitamin E for a 500kg horse


Minimum Recommended
Mature horse
(Maintenance)
500IU per day 1000IU per day
Growing horses 800IU per day 1600IU per day
Broodmares & Stallions
(non-breeding)
1000IU per day 2000IU per day
Broodmares & Stallions
(breeding)
1400IU per day 3000IU per day
Mature horse
Hard Work
1000IU per day 2000-4000IU per day
Racehorse (2yo)
Moderate to Heavy exercise
1500IU per day 3000IU per day
Horses needing muscle support 500IU per day 2000-3000IU per day
Mares in foal
(Last 3 months)
1500IU per day 4000IU per day
Lactating mares 800IU per day 2000IU per day
Recovering horses 500IU per day 3000IU per day
Horse receiving oil in the diet 1IU/ml of oil 1IU/ml of oil



Horses needing immune support 500IU per day 3000IU per day
Horses needing respiratory  support 500IU per day 2000-3000IU per day
Older horses (>15 years of age) 600IU per day 3000IU per day

How much Natural E do I feed?

1 level 25ml scoop (16.8g) provides 1500IU of Natural Vitamin Eand 0.5mg of Organic Selenium. The daily amount should ideally be splitbetween at least two feeds.

25ml scoops Vitamin E
1/4 scoop 375 IU
1/2; scoop 750 IU
3/4 scoop 1125 IU
1 scoop 1500 IU
1 1/4 scoops 1875 IU
1 1/2 scoops 2250 IU
1 3/4 scoops 2625 IU
2 scoops 3000 IU
2 1/4 scoops 3375 IU
2 1/2 scoops 3750 IU
2 3/4 scoops 4000 IU
3 scoops 4500 IU
3 1/2 scoops 5000 IU
4 scoops 6000 IU

Instructions for use and feeding guide

Level 25ml (16.8g) scoops per day

For horses on low forage intake, breeding stock, or horses on high oil intake:

Pony (approximately 250kg) 1 x 25ml scoops per day

Horse (approximately 450-550kg) 2 x 25ml scoops per day

Large Horse (approximately 750kg) 3 x 25ml scoops per day

For older horses, those in hard work and those needing immune or muscle support:

Pony (approximately 250kg) 1-2 x 25ml scoops per day

Horse (approximately 450-550kg 3-4 x 25ml scoops per day

Large Horse (approximately 750kg) 4 x 25ml scoops per day

Do not exceed the recommended intake. The Vitamin E andSelenium intake from other dietary components should be considered. Ifin doubt, please contact our nutritional helpline for detailed advice.

Active Ingredients: Per daily dose (2 x 25ml) 33.6g provides: Vitamin E 3000IU; 1mg Selenium; 5g L-Lysine; 2g DL-Methionine.

Additives (per kg): Vitamin E (Natural) RRR alpha-tocopherol (3a700) 95.2 KIU/kg.

Instructions for use and feeding guide
Level 25ml (16.8g) scoops per day divided between either 1 or 2 feeds

  Pony Approximately 250kg Horse Approximately  450-550kg Large Horse Over 650kg
For horses on low forage intake, for breeding stock or for horses on increased oil intake 1 2 3
For older horses, For horses in hard work, for horses with muscle problems, poor immune function, etc 1.5 3-4 4


Do not exceed the recommended intake. The Vitamin E and Seleniumintake from other dietary components should be considered. If in doubtplease contact our nutritional helpline for detailed advice.

Active Ingredients

Per daily dose (2 x 25ml) 33.6g provides: Vitamin E 3000IU; 1mg Selenium; 5g L-Lysine; 2g DL-Methionine.

Composition

Natural Vitamin E, DL-methionine, lysine hydrochloride, organic selenium from yeast, rice flour.

Analysis

Protein 23.0%; Fibre 2.0%; Oils & Fats 7.0%; Ash 17.0%; Moisture <4%.

Available in a 1.32kg Tub providing approximately 6 weeks supply.

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