Is Your Horse Getting Enough Vitamin E?

Is Your Horse Getting Enough Vitamin E?


Along with having antioxidant properties, Vitamin E plays a crucial role in nerve and muscle function, as well as immune response. A lack of vitamin E in the diet can result in an increase of oxidative damage within the body. In an active, working horse this may be viewed as sore muscles and a poor recovery rate from exercise. As a horses activity level increases, so does its daily requirement of vitamin E. It is important to note that horses cannot produce vitamin E themselves; it must be obtained from their diet. It can be found in sufficient amounts in green pasture, but levels will decline as the pasture matures. As many horses do not have constant access to fresh pasture, it is absolutely necessary to rely on supplementation of vitamin E to meet your horses’ requirements.

Both natural and synthetic forms of vitamin E can be administered to horses. However, there is a distinct difference in the way each form is absorbed in the body. Natural vitamin E binds better to specific transport proteins in the liver, having better bioavailability than synthetic forms, allowing it to be better transported to different tissues.

Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin. Vitamin E must bind with fat in order to be transported across the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream. By adding fat to a horse’s diet, absorption can be enhanced.

Choose Equine Omega Complete™

  • Natural Vitamin E (D-Alpha Tocopherol)
  • All-natural fat based supplement
  • Mechanically expelled (not chemically extracted) organic soybean oil, human grade, deepwater, wild caught fish oil
  • No chemical processing
  • No hydrogenated fats
  • Human grade ingredients
  • Tight ratio of Omega 3's to Omega 6's


Kyla Pearson, RVT
Equine Nutritional Research 
Southern Equine Distributing