What supplements do you need to maintain your horse during the winter? This question was posed in a recent entry on the KPP “Tips & Topics” Blog.
From the blog:
Some horses require additional vitamins and minerals when pasture grasses are no longer available.
Is your horse getting enough Vitamin E in its diet? Vitamin E cannot be synthesized by the horse; therefore, it is considered an essential nutrient. The best source of vitamin E is fresh green grass; however, the potency of vitamin E declines very quickly once forages are harvested and dried. In the winter, when your horse’s diet is largely comprised of hay, a Vitamin E supplement like Elevate Maintenance Powder can help fill in the gap.
Another great source for Vitamin E, among other vitamins and trace minerals necessary to support good health, is MicroPhase. Low in calories but high in nutrients, Micro-Phase is scientifically formulated for the easy keeper in your barn. It’s also excellent for horses that need extra nutrition on top of their regular concentrate meal, like lactating mares, hard-working performance horses and seniors.
Other horses need additional energy and digestive support during cold winter months.
EndurExtra is a fantastic source of additional energy. It contains 50% fat from several sources, such as stabilized rice bran, soybean oil, and flaxseed, eliminating the need for excessive grain in the diet–which reduces the incidence of digestive upset. In addition to helping your horse maintain a desirable weight and promoting a hearty appetite, horses fed fat remain focused while working, recover faster after work, and are less likely to develop muscle disorders.
The further removed your horse is from his natural rhythms as a grazing animal–oftentimes a necessary evil during the winter–the more likely he is to experience digestive upset. Neigh-Lox Advanced provides a scientifically advanced blend of ingredients that work synergistically to maintain your horse’s digestive tract in peak condition.
KPP goes on to list these tips for feeding and storing supplements:
- Check the expiration dates on the supplements you have on hand. Discard all expired supplements.
- Be sure you have the appropriate scoop for each supplement. If you are missing a scoop, contact the supplement company for a replacement.
- Make sure supplement lids are clean and closed tightly to protect freshness.
- Be sure to keep at least a 2-week supply of each supplement on hand at all times so you don’t run out at inopportune times.
- Review storage instructions on supplements, especially liquids. When necessary, protect them from freezing temperatures.
- Store supplements off the ground, on shelves or pallets, to reduce exposure to dirt and moisture.
- If a supplement container isn’t rodent-proof, then put it in a container that is. Mice and rats like supplements too!
- Don’t store supplements in direct sunlight or in your vehicle.
You can read the full story, “Preparing your feed room and hayloft for the winter,” here.
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