Vitamin E Supplement?

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health > Horse Nutrition

Vitamin E Supplement?

This is a discussion on Vitamin E Supplement? within the Horse Nutrition forums, part of the Horse Health category

LinkBack Thread Tools
    07-30-2013, 08:16 PM
Vitamin E Supplement?

My QH gelding is now 20, he has always been kind of a hard keeper, but always been pretty muscular. Lately, he has been losing a lot of his muscle on his topline along his back. You can see his spine quite a bit. He eats a ton - he's out on pasture about half the day, then gets a grass hay as well. He is not getting ridden much lately, so thought maybe that was why he is losing some muscle? The vet suggested a Vitamin E supplement...Anyone feed one or have experience with it?
Sponsored Links
    07-30-2013, 08:19 PM
I highly recommend Elevate. Great stuff.
Elevate SE Equine Supplement 2 lbs - ShanesTack
    07-31-2013, 11:14 PM
Green Broke
I do! I feed a vitamin E/selenium combo supplement. Makes for happy muscles and less soreness after exercise.
    08-01-2013, 12:03 PM
I just read somewhere online that Vit E is naturally consumed on pasture grass, but if they are not getting access to fresh grass, they need to be on a Vit E supplement. Now, he is out on pasture about 4 hours a day...the supplement would still probably help though?
    08-01-2013, 02:04 PM
I guess it would depend on the quality of the grass, but I'd think supplementation would still be helpful if they're only getting 4 hours of grazing. My horse is in a similar situation (he gets 3-4 hours of pasture daily) but by now the pasture is starting to look a bit overgrazed so I don't think he's getting all the much out of it nutritionally. I keep my horse on the same level of supplementation year round (1 lb Triple Crown 30% Supplement).

The same is true of vitamin A, as well.
    08-02-2013, 02:02 AM
Based on the description of your horse losing topline, why would the vet recommend Vit E for that? Vit E is an antioxidant primarily. Yes, it might do him some good with his age but it's not going to build muscle back up. For that he needs a good quality protein and work.
    08-03-2013, 11:14 PM
I am assuming you have had his teeth checked and he is chewing ok. Based on the horses age and that he is losing top line, has the vet checked him for cushings? I only ask because I had an older gelding with the same symptoms, and my vet just kept saying it was due to age, well then I had another vet come out and she diagnosed him with cushings, we changed his diet and he improved somewhat, but his teeth were pretty much gone so he could only eat mushy food. But the diet for cushings horses is low carbs and starches, with lots of fat and fiber. But if he is not chewing well then all the grass and hay is not going to help.
    08-07-2013, 02:24 PM
Yeah he had his teeth done roughly 8 months ago, I just spoke to the vet over the phone about him, so it probably would be best if he saw him in person..He said Vit E is really the only supplement you can give for muscle? Could be wrong though, I will keep researching. He gets about 2 cups of Purina Strategy a day. I could up his intake of that, or maybe switch to Triple Crown or something?
    08-07-2013, 05:22 PM

Basic nutrition. It's an antioxidant no matter if it's horse, human, cattle or dog.
    08-07-2013, 08:02 PM
I think there are other things that contribute to muscle development. One that's closely linked to Vit E is selenium. Not sure about your specific area, but I know a lot of the Pacific NW is selenium deficient, and you can have your horse's blood serum tested to tell whether or not he is selenium deficient. (There's also a test for Vit E, as well as many other minerals, though blood tests are not necessarily accurate indicators for all of them)

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Vitamin E supplement? Kelly22790 Horse Health 1 02-26-2012 11:52 PM
Multi-Vitamin Supplement? gabrielstriumph Horse Nutrition 1 10-07-2010 12:40 AM
Does she need a vitamin supplement? tarebear Horse Nutrition 5 06-20-2010 04:58 PM
Vitamin supplement Hoofprints in the Sand Horse Nutrition 5 05-02-2010 09:26 AM
Vitamin Supplement for Yearling? Colorado Dobes Horse Health 1 11-13-2008 12:18 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:42 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0