Vitamin A help - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 05-08-2011, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada
Posts: 492
• Horses: 4
Vitamin A help

Well I just got back from picking up my new horse. He is not in the best of shape I am sorry to say. He is very thin, dirty,has been beat up by another horse, has a lot of dandruff, and maybe hass lice the seller told me as I was driving away with him. I am putting him on nutrena Safe Choice feed, (with a little sweet feed mixed in until he gets used to the new grain). It is still too cold here to bathe him but I have groomed him extensively and he has tons of dandruff and seems to be very itchy around the face (and is losing a bit of hair on the face and crest of the neck). I have been researching these issues on this forum and have learned that lice mostly come on animals that have depleted their vitamin A. Some posters have suggested injecting horses with vitamin A. Can someone give me more advice on this please? Is it something I can buy at a feed store and squirt in their mouth? Or are there horsey vitamins or something I can get? I have never even heard of this before.
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 Old 05-08-2011, 08:58 PM
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Sevierville, TN
Posts: 1,778
• Horses: 4
You use cattle injectable vit A and D that is available at places like TSC. You DO NOT inject the horse tho. Just put about 5 CC over the feed or in the mouth to give the horse a good boost at first.

Then get the horse on a high vit A supplement in its feed. I hear some of the the mare and foal supplements are high in Vit A.
Trinity3205 is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 05-09-2011, 09:21 AM
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Mannford, Ok
Posts: 429
• Horses: 2
There are also powders to treat the I had to do the same thing on my yearling I got from a horse the feed store & ask. I scrubbdd it in with the hard brush 1x a week for 3 weeks. Cleared the lice right up! The lice caused bald patches on my baby too!
Good luck!!!!
Posted via Mobile Device
mysticalhorse is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 05-09-2011, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada
Posts: 492
• Horses: 4
thank you for everyone's help. I am not even 100% sure he has lice, I haven't seen any of the bugs but he does have bare patches on his face and cheeks. I am going to stop at the feed store this morning and see what they have.
post #5 of 5 Old 05-09-2011, 09:37 AM
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Mannford, Ok
Posts: 429
• Horses: 2
The bugs are hard to see but the eggs arent part his mane...if there are tons of white thing stuck to the hair shafts then it is lice for sure. You can look up pictures of what to expect too.
Posted via Mobile Device
mysticalhorse is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Multi-Vitamin Supplement? gabrielstriumph Horse Nutrition 1 10-06-2010 11:40 PM
Does she need a vitamin supplement? tarebear Horse Nutrition 5 06-20-2010 03:58 PM
Vitamin supplement Hoofprints in the Sand Horse Nutrition 5 05-02-2010 08:26 AM
vitamin c dynamite. Horse Health 5 12-29-2009 06:00 PM
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)? Hrt4Dressage Horse Health 3 05-27-2008 12:46 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome