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post #1 of 12 Old 02-15-2012, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Vitamin E deficiency?

My barn owner was talking to me yesterday about my mare suddenly not walking to go into her stall when it was dark and then being ok after putting on the lights. She said that 2 other horses there did that and it ended up being a vitamin E deficiency, from reading I think she was talking about EMND. She said she treated with vitamin E and they returned to normal. The vet told her it is pretty common around here(PA) since our soil doesn't have a high vitamin e content so they don't get enough from grass and hay.

Looking at her grain alone, triple crown senior(6.5lbs/day) she is only getting 1,105 IU's, She gets 6-9lbs(can't remember if she gets 1 or 1.5 scoops a feeding) of alfalfa pellets a day also, I can't seem to find if there is vitamin E in alfalfa tho. She also gets grass hay, but from what the vet told my barn owner, that isn't going to have much vitamin E in it.

I read that they should get minimum of 2,000 IU's per day. So should I add some vitamin E to her diet? My barn owner also said not to get one with Selenium. Does anyone know the max Selenium they should have in their diet?
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You should ask your vet.
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MOST horses ARE deficient in Vitamin E if they are not on quality pasture for at least 8 hours. This is because Vitamin E rapidly depletes in hay after cutting and drying.

However, I haven't heard anything about them not wanting to go into stalls because of this deficency . There could be a lot reasons why that is happening (not wanting to go in because they want to stay out, having a bit a snow/bright light blindness then going into a darker barn/ stall because horse's eye take a bit longer to adapt to different light conditions than people. Etc etc.

. You can't hurt putting her on a vitamin E supplement. Make sure she is getting enough selenium also (as this effects vitamin E absorbtion and vice versa.

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The vet would want to see her and at this point I don't think see needs to be seen, the farm call alone is $85 and then however much the exam is. I'm not going to pay that much when there really isn't anything "wrong".
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MOST horses ARE deficient in Vitamin E if they are not on quality pasture for at least 8 hours. This is because Vitamin E rapidly depletes in hay after cutting and drying.

However, I haven't heard anything about them not wanting to go into stalls because of this deficency . There could be a lot reasons why that is happening (not wanting to go in because they want to stay out, having a bit a snow/bright light blindness then going into a darker barn/ stall because horse's eye take a bit longer to adapt to different light conditions than people. Etc etc.

. You can't hurt putting her on a vitamin E supplement. Make sure she is getting enough selenium also (as this effects vitamin E absorbtion and vice versa.

Good luck
Sorry I completely forgot that part, the reason they didn't want to go into their stalls was the vitamin E deficiency effects their eye sight and their eyes don't adapt to light and dark as quickly as they should. She is only getting about 1mg/day of selenium from her grain and from what I read they need at least 3mg/day so I'll probably get the animed vitamin e and selenium.
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Both Vitamin A and E are needed for healthy eyes and good eyesight. It is generally accepted that night blindness is a result of Vitamin A deficiency. I would use a supplement that Farnam makes called 'Mare Plus'. It is very good for correcting Vitamin A, D, and E deficiencies. It also helps out hair coats and prevents Rain Rot as well.

You can get it at most livestock and horse supply places and all of the mail order places like Valley Vet and Jeffers carries it in stock.
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Okay, so just a question about supplements..
When I first got my dog, the people at the rescue recommended I get liquid softgel supplements for him. The people kind. I never gave many to him because his condition improved rapidly and the vet said he really didn't need them.
Could I give them to my horse? I really don't think it's safe, but I figured i'd ask.

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A supplement like Mare plus will do a lot more for him.

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I second mare plus. Its all right there in "horse dose" and it doesn't get any easier so it isn't worth messing around with human capsules.

This is what we've always used to supplement Vit. A or E
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