Horse Health: Keeping a Solid Immune System

Your horse's immunity is important during times of environmental stresses. With the current EHV-1 outbreak, your horse's health could be compromised without any warning. During times of stress and environmental change, horses areYour horse's immunity is important during times of environmental stresses. With the current EHV-1 outbreak, your horse's health could be compromised without any warning. During times of stress and environmental change, horses are

Story originally posted by: by Jeff Butler, President of Prime Performance Nutritionwww.primeperformancenutrition.com

Your horse's immunity is important during times of environmental stresses. With the current EHV-1 outbreak, your horse's health could be compromised without any warning. During times of stress and environmental change, horses are suspect to a decrease in their immunity as their system is busy on the defense. As their system works to ward off an interruption to their internal environment, there is a decrease in the fuel needed to keep up the fight.

External signs include a horse going off feed while signs of illness might include nasal discharge and the scours. Once these signs show up your veterinarian is the best qualified to diagnose it, but in the meantime you can supplement him to give back what he might be lacking. Supplementing vitamins and minerals keeps your horse in peak defensive mode if needed.

Horses might need some assistance during cold and rainy weather, when there is a dramatic change in weather temperature and when hauling to an area with weather different than what he is accustomed to. Long hauls, new horses in the barn, an increase in training or recovery from an injury/illness might deplete his immune system as well.

Supplements should be a carefully-balanced combination of ingredients that lend to the immune system of the horse. It should include antioxidants that play a defensive role such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Probiotics should also be included to assist in the regulation of the digestive tract and promote continued absorption in times of stress.

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