Vitamin E Importance in Horses

By Dr. Molly Bellefeuille

Vitamin E is plentiful in lush green pastures, especially in alfalfa. However, with harvesting and storage, the levels of vitamin E diminish about ten-fold below the levels in fresh forage. Due to the variability of vitamin E content in processed feed, horses rely upon supplementation to meet their vitamin E needs. This is especially true in performance horses that are predominantly housed inside with little or no access to fresh pasture. Vitamin E is not synthesized by the horse; therefore, it is an essential dietary nutrient. To read more pick up the December 2015 issue of NTFR.