Vitamin D: Does Your Horse Have Enough?

Vitamin D, aka The Sunshine Vitamin, is often overlooked or understudied when it comes to horse nutrition. For horses that are kept outside each day, all year round, they get sufficient levels to meet their requirements without additional supplementation. However for horses that are outside for less than 5 hours a day, supplementation is definitely needed. In fact it takes 5-8 hours of outside sun exposure for horses to produce enough Vitamin D. The key to producing enough Vitamin D3 lies in the skin's oils. Hence, if you are bathing your horse frequently with soap you are stripping the horse's ability to produce Vitamin D3. (1) What is Vitamin D3 and why is it so important? The skin's

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