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Vitamin D in Equine Diets

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With much recent emphasis given to Vitamin D deficiency in humans, this article caught my attention. Turns out our four-legged friends have as much need for adequate vitamin D levels as we humans do. Did you know that horses with less than two hours of turnout time per day could be at risk for low vitamin D levels? I also learned that Vitamin D deficiency is the cause of Rickets disease in young horses. I had heard of that, but never knew what caused it.

Selenium Function in Horses

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Kentucky Equine Research Staff http://www.ker.com/

Selenium, an essential nutrient as well as an environmental toxicant, is best known as a component of the selenium-dependent enzyme glutathione peroxidase. As part of the cellular defense system, selenium, like vitamin E, functions much as a biological antioxidant, and indeed there are a number of deficiency symptoms of selenium that may be partially corrected by vitamin E and vice versa.

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