When it comes to keeping your equine partner healthy, part of that comes down to their skin and coat. This article will help you understand what horse supplements you need to improve both horse health and the appearance of their skin and coat.
At Vetline Equine, we offer different horse products that have been carefully crafted and tested by an equine veterinarian. Our supplements range from filling in gaps in your horse’s diet to increasing electrolytes and strengthening the lungs to help prevent them from bleeding.
Healthy Skin And Coat
Healthy skin and a shiny coat go beyond appearance — they are indicators for their overall horse health. In fact, both their skin and coat work as a barrier against bacteria and infections.
When it comes to your horse’s coat, an unhealthy or unshiny coat could be an indicator of certain deficiencies in your horse’s diet. Balancing your horse’s diet will not only make their coat shinier but will also improve overall horse health.
When you add fats, like vegetable oils, to their diet, the amount of oils secreted by the skin increases. This can leave your horse’s coat looking shinier.
VITAMINS AND MINERALS
Certain vitamins and minerals can help your horse’s coat look healthier and shinier. Vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, vitamin E, biotin, silicon, zinc, and copper are often lacking in a diet of older or store-bought hay. So if you’re worried that your horse is not getting enough of these vitamins and minerals in their diet, adding supplements could help improve the sheen of their coat.
OMEGA-3 AND -6
Omega-3 fatty acids, like flaxseeds and fish oil, have both immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory effects. But, beyond that, they can also promote a shinier coat. Omega-6 is also found in corn oil, but a corn diet can give your horse too much omega-6, leading to inflammatory disease.
In fact, many modern horse diets include way too many omega-6 and too little omega-3. If you’re introducing omega acids into your horse’s diet, make sure you’re paying attention to the balance between omega-3 and omega-6. Without the proper balance, inflammation can occur in the lungs which will counteract the healing and strengthening process that Race Today™ provides.
Your horse’s coat and skin are interconnected. So, unsurprisingly, a lot of what helps your horse’s skin is also what helps their coat. Things like a balanced diet, including the right vitamins, minerals, and omegas, can also help the healthiness of their skin.
Certain skin conditions can also affect the health of your horse’s skin. Some common conditions include:
- Sweet itch (or summer’s itch): This is an allergic reaction to a small insect called Culicoides midge. You might notice balding patches and itching on your horse.
- Rain rot: This is a common skin infection that is caused by bacteria and causes scabs.
- Ringworm: This is a fungal infection. Be careful because ringworm can spread from horses to humans (and back).
- Dandruff: This type of eczema can lead to small flakes of skin that form on your horse’s tail or mane.
Figuring out what is causing any skin conditions can help your find the best solution for your horse’s health, and whether they need a better diet or treatment for a certain condition.
The special formula of our EqVital™ horse supplement will help fill in the gaps in your horse’s diet. To try EqVital™ or any of our other horse products to help promote horse health in your companion or competitive equine partner.