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Muscles Need Vitamin E

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Vitamin E deficient myopathy is a cause of muscle loss and weakness in horses. Animals affected may exhibit toe dragging and muscle twitching, in addition to overall poor performance. Vitamin E works in concert with the mineral selenium to ensure that muscles function properly.

Credit: Alana Harrison

Credit: Alana Harrison

If you have any concerns that your horse may not be getting enough vitamin E, consult your veterinarian. Fresh pasture is the best source of vitamin E; it’s also available by supplementation. Affected horses recover after accumulating adequate amounts of the vitamin in their systems, at which point normal muscle mass and strength return.

Source: Kentucky Equine Research

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