November 07, 2023 2 min read

Discover the key to keeping your horse healthy and thriving - B vitamins. These essential nutrients are vital for energy metabolism and immune system function, ensuring your equine companion performs at their best.

So when should you consider adding B vitamins to their diet? Here are a few instances where your horse may benefit from this nutritional boost:

  • Poor quality forage: If your horse is eating subpar forage, supplementing with B vitamins can bridge the nutrient gap and support their thriving.

  • Reduced appetite or weight loss: Horses with decreased appetite or losing condition can benefit from B vitamins, helping maintain a healthy appetite and promoting weight gain.

  • Parasite infection: Infected horses have increased nutrient requirements. B vitamins support their immune system and overall health during this challenging time.

  • Compromised hindgut health: Antibiotics and other factors can disrupt hindgut bacteria balance. B vitamins support hindgut health and proper digestion.

  • Aged horses: As horses age, their digestive efficiency may decline. B vitamins ensure they get the nutrients for optimal health and well-being.

  • High-performance horses: Stressed horses, like those in high-performance activities, need increased nutrients. B vitamins support energy metabolism and overall performance.

  • Dietary changes: When modifying your horse's diet, provide extra support with B vitamins to ease the transition and ensure proper nutrient intake.

Now, let's dive into the eight essential B vitamins every horse needs:

  1. Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): Vital for sugar/starch breakdown and nerve function, preventing anorexia and disorders.
  2. Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): Supports sugar/starch and protein breakdown, immune and nervous system functions, promoting healthy hair and skin.
  3. Vitamin B3 (Niacin): Crucial for cellular function - luckily, deficiencies are rare in horses.
  4. Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid): Breaks down fats, supports protein synthesis, and boosts the immune system, resulting in radiant skin.
  5. Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): Essential for red blood cell and nerve cell function, energy production, preventing nervous system dysfunction and skin issues.
  6. Vitamin B7 (Biotin): Enhances fat, sugar/starch, and protein metabolism, promoting healthy hooves, skin, and hair coats.
  7. Vitamin B9 (Folate): Crucial for red blood cell production and cellular function, especially during pregnancy and rapid growth - deficiencies are rare.
  8. Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin): Facilitates the metabolism of fats, sugars/starches, and proteins, linked to optimal energy levels for peak performance.

Maximize your horse's journey to greatness and optimal health with the power of B vitamins. Order now and witness the remarkable difference in their well-being and performance. Don't miss out on unlocking their true potential.

Check out Equidae Products that offer a great range of Vitamin B, including

ZENblend (B1, B2, B3, B6), NUTRIblend (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12), and HOOFblend (extra B7 [Biotin] & Cobalt).