Vitamin C for Horses

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Vitamin C for Horses
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Key Features
  • Lung Health Support
  • Immune System Support
  • Supports Skin Health
  • Promotes Collagen Synthesis
  • Stress Resilience
  • Supports various physiological functions
100% L-Ascorbic Acid
Feed Rates
For an average 400-600kg horse:

  • Immune & lung support – 3 to 10 grams per day
  • Performance/heavy work – 1 to 5 grams per day
  • Gut microflora challenges – 1 to 5 grams per day

1 x 2.5ml scoop = approx. 3 grams 1 x 5ml scoop = approx. 6 grams If unsure of what rate to feed, please feel free to contact us for feed rate advice.

  • For a 400-600kg horse at the lower rate (3g) – 333 days
  • For a 400-600kg horse at the higher rate (10g) – 100 days
Delivery & Returns
Free UK mainland shipping on orders over £80*

  • 60-day returns on unopened items
  • Order yours before 11am for same-day dispatch*

What is Vitamin C for Horses?

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin essential for horse health. Vital for lung, immune system support and skin health, this horse vitamin functions as an important antioxidant within the body.

It is needed for the synthesis of L-carnitine, and hormones like epinephrine and dopamine. Vitamin C is vital for collagen strength. Collagen is the major protein in all connective tissues, including tendons and ligaments and even blood vessels.

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Under normal conditions, a horse can synthesize enough vitamin C in its body to prevent the development of a full-blown deficiency state. However, the ability of this synthesis to maintain normal vitamin C levels in times of stress is questioned.

A diet of mainly hay or haylage, heavy exercise and poor health resiliency, especially in the lungs, has been shown to lead to decreased vitamin C blood levels in unsupplemented horses.

These situations may create a higher demand for vitamin c than can be supplied by a high hay and haylage diet and may exceed the body’s ability to make this essential vitamin.

For comparison, a stabled horse on a hay or haylage based diet would be taking in less than 1 gram of C from its daily diet while an average horse on good green and growing spring grass would get a minimum of 20 grams/day.

Which horses will benefit from Vitamin C supplementation:

  • Horses on high cereal, low forage diets, or those on very poor quality forage.
  • Horses eating a mainly or solely hay or haylage diet
  • Horses that need lung support
  • Horses that need skin support
  • Older horses, where there are weight maintenance issues connected with digestive issues.
  • Horses with failure to thrive due to illness or stress.
  • Horses in hard work, high-stress situations or competing (endurance, travelling, racing, eventing, hunting).
  • Horses with poor gut micro-flora populations
  • Young horses with incomplete gut micro-flora populations.

Vitamin C Dosage for Horses

Care should be taken when supplementing vitamin C to horses known or suspected to be iron overloaded. Vitamin C increases iron absorption in the intestine. It also can act as a pro-oxidant rather than an anti-oxidant in the presence of excess iron in the circulation or tissues. Read more on what vitamins your horse needs here. Feeding at the lowest rate is recommended in these situations or contact us for further advice.

Alternative antioxidant and immune support – Forageplus Immune Plus 

2 reviews for Vitamin C for Horses

  1. Dawn Powell (verified owner)

    Ordered this to feed alongside vitamin E! Have two horses on it, they love it and eat it up without a problem.

  2. Kelly Elliott (verified owner)

    Great product to supplement in on the run up to and during stressful away shows when the ground I hard on the joints and tendons.

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