Importance of Vit. D in horses

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Importance of Vit. D in horses

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        05-02-2012, 08:31 AM
    Importance of Vit. D in horses has an excellent article on the importance of sunshine and how a horse acquires vitamin. D.
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        05-02-2012, 05:15 PM
    I'm a nurse, and I see more and more people who are Vitamin D deficient, I think it's because we are inside all the time! People, animals, everyone HAS to get outside to soak you some rays to keep healthy! Calcium can not absorb without Vitamin D, and the best source of that is the sun, and it's free!
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        05-03-2012, 08:53 AM
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    It is just so unnatural for horses to live in a cage in a barn. I know it is necessary if you are showing them, but it still is not where they really should be.

    We stand them in a 12 x 12 cage, don't let them run on hard ground where they can develop good tendons, ligaments, bone and feet, put concentrated feed in front of them for a few hours a day and nothing to eat the rest of the time and then we wonder why they have ulcers, colic, get crippled, have lousy feet, have no functioning immune system and die young after accruing huge Vet bills. We have sure done them a huge disservice, haven't we?

    No horse should have a Vitamin D problem, but like indoor living people, I'm sure thousands of them do.
        05-03-2012, 09:16 AM
    Cherie, I wish I could like that post twice!
        05-03-2012, 03:04 PM
    I read this and am thinking of my oldest son, who dresses a bit like a "Goth", so hardly any of his skin is available to the sun on the rare times he goes outside.
        05-03-2012, 05:19 PM
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    Oh Dear! Not good!

    All of us around here are REAL Rednecks -- Like tan lines on our arms, tan necks and I have 'raccoon eyes' in reverse -- I have white around my eyes from wearing sunglasses all day, every day. We aren't exactly fashion statements -- unless it is grunge. We all look pretty tough by the end of the day. No lack of Vitamin D here.

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