Ensuring electrolyte balance to an equine athlete is critical due to the importance of electrolytes, in particular sodium (Na), potassium (K) and chloride (CI), in maintaining proper cellular function.
The recent media coverage concerning cobalt misuse in racing has raised concerns surrounding the presence of this element in equine feedstuffs and supplements.
1. B-Vitamins can be produced in the horses’ gut 2. Amino Acids are essential for building muscle and 10 of […]
Plusvital has been making supplements for horses since 1975 and we realise the importance of nutrition to the health and wellbeing of the horse. Over the years we have incorporated a range of flavours to our products to make them palatable for every horse.
Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome describes a host of complex inflammatory and disruptive events that occur in the mucosa of the oesophagus, stomach and duodenum of both adult horses and foals. The prevalence of EGUS is estimated to range from 40-93% in performance horses and 25-51% of foals.
When the horse exercises, a natural inflammatory response is created and this can lead to an increase in free radicals and increased oxygen consumption, which can lead to damage of cell membranes in the horses muscles and tissues, including the lungs. This oxidative stress is a change or disturbance in the balance between oxidants (e.g. free radicals) and antioxidants (e.g. vitamins).
VITAMIN E : is the most well known anti-oxidant for horses. It is a fat-soluble vitamin and in all species, vitamin E is important for normal function of the muscular, immune and neurological systems.
Magnesium is a very important mineral in the equine diet and is used in many of the body’s processes and is thought to be involved in as many as 300 enzyme reactions
The equine hoof is a complex structure made up of different parts with different functions and purposes.
As a water-soluble antioxidant, vitamin C can help keep the horse healthy in times of stress. As an antioxidant the vitamin works to fight against free radicals by neutralising them and therefore rendering them non-harmful.