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post #1 of 3 Old 11-19-2013, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation how to get my horse vitamin A

My 19(ish) teenaged gelding is showing signs of lacking Vitamin A -
He has the runny eyes and a little bit of dry skin / dandruff.

This is a very common sign for horses to have at this time of year ( in ND anyway)

But I was wondering - WHAT is thee best way to get him all his Vitamin A that he needs?

He's only on free choice hay, pasture, and water. ( no grain - makes him too fat and too hyper!)

Isn't their some liquid vitamin A out their? Where does one buy it? online?

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post #2 of 3 Old 11-19-2013, 06:51 PM
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We feed carrots and have never had a skin problem, but if you want to use a supplement that you can give orally, Vitamin A-D - Jeffers

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If he's deficient in vitamin A, he's likely also deficient in vitamin E (which degrades even more rapidly in hay). You might consider adding a ration balancer or vitamin supplement that is high in A & E to his diet. I'd look for >30,000 IU of vitamin A and >1,000 IU of vitamin E as a minimum in the daily ration. You can get that with 1 lb/day of Triple Crown 30% Supplement or 2 lbs/day of Purina Enrich Plus, for example. I've seen very few vitamin/mineral supplements that provide enough A & E, and none that cost less than a ration balancer.

If your horse is already showing signs of deficiency then it may be a good idea to give a high dose at first (like the injectable cattle stuff given orally) and then make sure he stays on a diet that's providing enough long-term.
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