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    03-05-2011, 05:40 AM
Question immune system

What do you do with your horse to have a good immune system? What way of living should be included to have a healthy horse, that is unlike to get every illness he can? What do you feed to them? I read about different herbs, I want to include them into my horses food (nettle, rosebuds, spruce, echinacea...). How much and how? Are artifical vitamins needed?
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    03-05-2011, 11:09 AM
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I have tried all different kinds of thing and have decided that Vitamin A is the most important and nothing else works unless you have sufficient amounts of Vitamin A in a horse's diet or supplements.

I have also tried to see if there is any different response to synthetic or natural Vitamin A and have found no difference. Vitamin A Palmatate works just as well as Beta Carotene or the Vitamin A contained in green grass and other forage.

In late winter and early spring, a deficiency in Vitamin A (caused by the A stored in the liver running out), will cause horses to get rain rot, lice, generally bad hair coats, runny eye, reduced breeding efficiency, failure to pass afterbirth and a myriad of other problems.
    03-05-2011, 01:45 PM
I checked, there is vitamin A in zhe vitamin, mineral mix I'm giving to my horses. But I'm giving it only when there is no grass so they could graze. They don't have any problems till now, do you think I should give it in the summer too? They are grazing a lot.

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