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Whether you horse is a beloved family pet or used in competitions - you want to keep your horse happy and healthy for as long as possible. Ensuring your horses have a well-balanced diet and are getting all the nutrition they need can be a big part of that. Various foods and substances are recommended for horses but here are three of the simplest and the most recommended dietary supplements for horses:

Seaweed for Horses

Did you know seaweed can be a relatively cheap supplement that’s great for hoof and coat health? Seaweed is a natural source of vitamins and minerals for horses; in particular it’s a great source of iodine. Iodine is important for healthy development and growth in horses because it is used to synthesize thyroid hormones – which contributes to regulating metabolism, balancing body temperature and oxygen usage.  Seaweed also provides your equine friends with other useful healthy, natural substances including amino acids, vitamins A, B, C, E and K, calcium, iron, magnesium, sodium and many others – all which help to fuel a healthy and happy horse.

This is a sponsored post. The information in this article is based on recommendations from Pegasus Health, who specialize in horse supplements and nutrition.

Linseed Oil for Horses

Linseed oil is a great source of omegas – omega 3, omega 6 and omega 9 - and is particularly recommended for horses whose coat is in need of replenishing/revitalising or if they have any skin irritation issues. Horses are unable to produce essential fatty acids (omega 3 and omega 6) themselves and therefore need to ingest them – including linseed oil products as part of their diet can help ensure they get these essential nutrients. Linseed Oil is also easy on a horse’s stomach and slowly releases energy throughout the day – to help support a horse’s active lifestyle. What’s more, omega 3 fatty acids have been known to be particularly helpful for calming horses of an excitable disposition.

 

Boswellia for Horses

Boswellia, whilst this sounds like a complex substance it’s all natural and is derived from gum resin of a Boswellia serrate tree. It can be very useful for horses prone to joint issues – this supplement is well-known for helping to maintain mobility and support the musculoskeletal system - the muscles, tendon, ligaments and joints.

Furthermore, it can have a soothing impact and help if a horse is suffering from joint pain it supports a horse’s body’s natural anti-inflammatory and pain relief systems. Whilst not a substitute for medical treatment for extreme joint issues, if you’re looking for a natural way to help support your horse and help them maintain an active lifestyle despite joint problems - supplements that include Boswellia can be a great aid.

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