Why Choose Natural Horse Supplements?

Written by: Hugo Sweetman

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Have you ever considered natural supplements for your horse?

Natural supplements for horses have gained significant popularity in recent years. There are many reasons why horse owners are starting to opt for natural supplements instead of traditional formulas: Minimising nasty side effects, using trusted REAL ingredients, and staying away from nasty chemicals.

Here at¬†The Natural Vet¬†it‚Äôs our mission to make naturally formulated animal products easily accessible! We‚Äôve been in the animal care game since 1998, and all these years we pride ourselves on never, ever contaminating any of our products with nasty drugs or chemicals. We believe in using REAL ingredients, ones that Mother nature would approve of ūüĆŅ.¬†

Explore the benefits of natural supplements for horses, check out some of the most common natural ingredients and learn how to select the right supplement for your horse's specific needs, and address any potential risks associated with their usage. 

Key Takeaways:

Natural supplements for horses can have fewer side effects compared to synthetic supplements, making them a potentially safer option for overall health and well-being. Natural formulas are less likely to contain harmful additives, contaminants or allergens.

Natural ingredients in supplements, such as herbs and probiotics, can have have higher bioavailability, which means they can be better absorbed by horses and provide more effective results.

There are many factors to be taken into account when choosing the right natural horse supplement for your equine buddy. Most importantly, you should consult with a veterinarian to make sure you choose the right supplement for your horse.

What are Natural Horse Supplements?

Natural horse supplements are¬†made with ingredients found in nature. These products formulated to support equine health and well-being, providing essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from ingredients found in nature!ūüĆĪ

These supplements are carefully crafted to address the specific needs of horses, offering a comprehensive approach to their nutrition. By taking advantage of natural ingredients such as Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Garlic, Brewers Yeast and Probiotics, these supplements are designed to promote digestive health, immunity, and overall vitality in horses. They play a crucial role in maintaining the strength of hooves, promoting a shiny coat, and enhancing joint flexibility, contributing to overall well-being and longevity for horses.

They are free from synthetic additives and provide a balanced blend of nutrients to support optimal performance and recovery.

Why Choose Natural Supplements For Your Horse?

Choosing natural supplements for your horse comes with a range of benefits, including reducing your horse’s exposure to unknown and potentially harmful chemicals.

As a result, some of the benefits of using natural supplements include minimal side effects, greater absorption of ingredients, and a holistic approach to supporting your horse’s overall health and wellbeing.

Fewer Side Effects

Many people believe natural horse supplements are linked to fewer side effects compared to artificial alternatives, as they avoid harmful ingredients/additives such as Butylated Hydroxyanisole(BHA) and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) which can damage your horse's health. This can be because natural ingredients are often derived from plants and minerals that horses might naturally seek out in their environment, suggesting that their bodies may be better adapted to metabolize and utilize these substances. The chemical compositions of synthetic alternatives may be more foreign to a horses system.

Butylated Hydroxy Amisole (BHA) Chemical formation
Butylated Hydroxy Amisole (BHA)
Butylated hydroxy toluene (BHT) chemical formation
Butylated hydroxy toluene (BHT)

These natural supplements offer a holistic approach towards equine health, promoting overall well-being without the added risks associated with artificial additives. By incorporating herbs, vitamins, and minerals that align with the natural dietary needs of horses, these supplements contribute to improved digestion, immune function, and joint support.

It is important to note that natural horse supplements can still have adverse effects for some horses. Please consult a veterinarian before making any significant changes to your horse's diet.

Better Absorption of Vitamins and Minerals

Natural supplements can result in better absorption of essential vitamins and minerals, supporting a horse's overall well-being and promoting natural equine care.

Natural horse supplements often use more bioavailable forms of vitamins and minerals, which are more readily recognized and utilized by the horse's body. This means that your equine buddy is more likely to receive the maximum benefit from the nutrients, leading to improved health and vitality. 

Also, because some natural supplements are derived from familiar foods such as herbs, fruits and minerals, natural supplements can be more appealing for some horses. They could have a more palatable taste, smell or texture. If horses enjoy consuming supplements then they are more likely to receive the full benefits!

Natural supplements are closer to the natural diet and biology of horses, meaning they can be more easily recognized and utilized by the horse's body.  This allows for natural supplements to work in harmony with the horse's digestive system, enhancing the assimilation of crucial nutrients.By opting for natural options, you can give your horse access to the vitamins and minerals they need - naturally!

Supporting Overall Health and Well-being

Natural supplements play a vital role in supporting the overall health and well-being of horses, providing essential nutrients and promoting natural equine care. Many of the natural ingredients in these supplements have multiple cross-over benefits for your horse.

These supplements are rich in vitamins, minerals, and herbs that are crucial for maintaining a horse's health. Vitamins such as A, D, and E are essential for proper immune function and overall vitality. Minerals like calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium are important for bone strength, muscle function, and nerve signaling. Herbal supplements can provide natural support for digestive health, joint function, and overall wellness.

Adding natural supplements to your horse's diet is a key part of caring for their health in a well-rounded way. Just like us, horses do really well when they get their nutrients from nature. In the wild, horses forage a diverse array of herbs, roots, and plants that supply them with the necessary nutrients for optimal health. In contrast, domesticated horses are often limited to a less varied diet, potentially leading to nutritional gaps.

Natural supplements give them a boost of things like vitamins and minerals which help with everything from how well they digest food to keeping their joints working smoothly. Plus, a healthy horse has a shiny coat and good skin, which is a sign that they're feeling good on the inside. Pick natural products, and make sure your horse’s diet is in tune with nature, which can make them happier and healthier overall.

What Are The Most Common Natural Ingredients In Horse Supplements?

Go on, read the label on your favourite horse product. Seriously, no ingredient should be 20 letters long ūüė≥. If you can‚Äôt even read it, let alone know what it does, how can you be sure of the effects it will have on your horse? That‚Äôs right, you cant! That‚Äôs another one of the benefits with going natural. For example, our¬†Bug Check¬†formula contains real ingredients such as¬†Garlic Powder¬†and Brewers Yeast. We‚Äôve all heard of those, the‚Äôve been around for many, many years and their effects are well known and documented.

Image of Brewers Yeast, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae on wooden spoon
Brewer's Yeast (Saccharomyces Cerevisiae) Image from iStockPhoto. Image by Everyday better to do everything you love, iStockPhoto. Used under Standard license.
Image of Garlic Cloves and Garlic Powder
Garlic Cloves & Garlic Powder from iStockPhoto. Image by Yurchello108, iStockPhoto. Used under Standard license.

Natural horse supplements commonly feature a variety of natural ingredients, including Brewer’s Yeast, essential oils, probiotics, and Omega-3 fatty acids, which offer holistic benefits for equine health and well-being. Here at The Natural Vet, we offer many products that allow horse owners to take advantage of these powerful ingredients.

Brewer’s Yeast (Saccharomyces Cerevisiae)

Brewer’s yeast is made from a one-celled fungus called Saccharomyces Cerevisiae and is most commonly used to make beer and some forms of bread.

Brewer
Bread image from iStockPhoto. Image by MelanieMaya, iStockPhoto. Used under Standard license.

Nevertheless, it is also a well respected ingredient in many horse supplements as it offers B vitamins, and amino acids which can be absent in the diet of many horses. Also, research has shown that brewer's yeast is highly effective in improving fiber digestibility in horses. In fact, 11 out of 14 recent studies where horses were fed live Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast showed significant improvements.[1]


Fiber is an extremely important nutrient in every horse’s diet as it is required for optimal health and function of their digestive system. This is why fiber digestibility is so important because the more digestible the fiber, the more energy and nutrients a horse can extract from it. Also, if the fiber that a horse is consuming is easily digestible, it means that the yeast contains fewer indigestible parts this reduces the chance of hindgut acidosis[2], ulcers, laminitis and other digestive disorders.

Brewer’s yeast could be a natural ingredient for you to look out for if you would like to improve your horse's fiber digestibility and overall health. We have multiple proprietary formulas that take advantage of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, such as our Critical Care - Gut Formula and Bug Check

Bug Check is one of our bestselling formulas and has a 4.9 star rating from 90+ reviews over 10+ years. Go check it out if you want to take advantage of Brewer’s yeast and many other powerful ingredient. Help your horse effectively control bugs and insects while at the same time helping out their digestive system with Brewer’s Yeast!

On the other hand, our Critical Care - Gut Formula is probably more what you are after if you want targeted support for your horse’s gut and digestive system. This is part of our latest Critical Care range which we have created to tackle the specific needs of your horse.

Probiotics

Probiotics play a vital role in maintaining digestive health and overall well-being in horses, making them a popular ingredient in many supplements. They are live microorganisms which help balance the gut microbiome and promote gut health in numerous ways. Probiotics have the ability to balance pH levels in the digestive system and prevent harmful bacteria from growing - helping reduce the chance of your horse being affected by ulcers, laminitis, colic and other digestive disorders. Probiotics help your horse as they can reduce the risk of digestive disorders such as ulcers, laminitis and colic. The also help improve nutrient absorption and feed efficiency which can be extremly helpful if you are struggling with getting your horse to gain or maintain weight.

Probiotics are naturally occurring in foods like Yogurt, Kombucha and Kefir. If humans are taking advantage of them, why not let your horse benefit too?

Pouring homemade probiotic yogurt image
Pouring Yogurt image from iStockPhoto. Image by Fascinadora, iStockPhoto. Used under Standard license.

One of our most popular products, Aller Check takes advantage of Alltech’s LACTO-SACC Probiotics to help horses tackle their allergies. Aller Check is a remarkable solution for equine allergic-type conditions, that helps ensure your horse's immune system can perform at its best. Whether it's seasonal or year-round allergies, this product is an excellent choice. It aids in the relief of allergy-related skin problems, promotes respiratory health, and enhances your horse's immune response, resulting in a happier, healthier animal.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential components of natural horse supplements, known for their role in promoting joint health, coat condition, and overall equine well-being.

These fatty acids are renowned for their anti-inflammatory properties, which can significantly benefit equine joint health by reducing stiffness and discomfort, ultimately contributing to improved mobility and flexibility. Omega-3 fatty acids also promote a shiny and healthy coat, making them a valuable addition to horse supplements.

Their positive impact extends beyond joint health, as they have been linked to boosting overall equine well-being, with potential benefits for cardiovascular health and immune function. Incorporating these omega-3 fatty acids into a horse's diet can lead to improved performance, vitality, and a higher quality of life.

Omega-3 fatty acids can also be super useful for helping your horse gain and/or maintain weight. A perfect example of this is¬†Weight Check Oil, which actually utilizes omega- 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids to maximise the benefits for your horse. It is cold-pressed, free of hydrogenated and processed fats, and best of all it contains non-gmo ingredients!ūüĆŅ

How To Choose The Right Natural Supplement For Your Horse?

Selecting the right natural supplement for your horse involves considerations such as consulting with a veterinarian, researching the supplement and its ingredients, assessing your horse's specific needs, and reviewing testimonials from other horse owners.

Consult with a Veterinarian

Before selecting a natural supplement, it's essential to consult with a veterinarian to ensure the product aligns with your horse's health needs and preferences. This is especially important if you know that your horse has any signs of any conditions.

When considering natural supplements for your horse, the guidance of a veterinarian is invaluable, as they can assess the specific requirements and potential health implications for your horse. Here at The Natural Vet we do our best to make our products safe for all horses but we still 100% recommend  you consult with a veterinarian before making major changes to your horses diet.

Read the Label! Research the Supplement and its Ingredients

When considering a natural supplement, it's crucial to thoroughly research the product and its ingredients, making sure that it has all the ingredients that your horse might need.

Reading the labels and understanding the list of ingredients is essential to make informed choices. In some cases, certain fillers, colors, or preservatives can have adverse effects on health. The presence of artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, or hydrogenated oils are red flags for many horses. Being mindful of potential allergens like gluten, soy, or dairy is vital for those with sensitivities. This is again why it is extremely important to consult a veterinarian for advice.

If you have any questions about the ingredients we use in our products, get in touch with us via live chat or flick us an email and we’ll get back to you with an answer as soon as we can!

Consider Your Horse's Specific Needs

Each horse has unique requirements, so it's vital to consider your horse's specific needs when selecting a natural supplement, focusing on essential nutrients and specialized supplement types for targeted equine care.

It’s super important that you understand the specific needs of your horse so that you can choose the right natural supplements for your horse. Whether your horse requires more Brewer’s yeast culture for gut health, Omega-3 fatty acids for healthy joints, coat and hooves, or specific vitamins and minerals to address nutritional deficiencies, a targeted approach is essential. Why don’t you let us know your horse’s specific needs and we’ll give you recommendations of products that we think will best fit your horse!

Read Reviews and Testimonials

Reading reviews and testimonials from other horse owners can provide valuable insights into the effectiveness and quality of natural supplements. Reviews are a form of¬†social proof, and are extremely important when making a purchase decision to make sure you are buying a product that is useful to you. In fact, a¬†study conducted by podium.com¬†found that ‚Äú93% of consumers say that online reviews have an impact on their purchase decision‚ÄĚ.

Many horse owners will find it beneficial to consider the experiences of others before choosing supplements for their equine companions. The opinions and feedback shared by fellow owners can shed light on the quality and performance of various natural supplements, helping make an informed decision. 

We have many reviews on many of our products, some of which are 10+ years old!! Yes, our products have been around for that long! If you would like to hear what customers think of our products, check out our customer reviews

Are There Any Risks Associated with Natural Supplements for Horses?

While natural supplements for horses come with numerous benefits, it's essential to be aware of potential risks, including allergic reactions, interactions with medications, and the risk of contamination or mislabeling.

Allergic Reactions

There are allergic risks with many supplements. It is crucial that you know if your horse is allergic to any ingredients/substances that may be present in natural supplements. If you are unsure, talk to your veterinarian to learn more! While natural ingredients can be less likely to result in allergic reactions than some artificial ingredients, it’s essential to still take caution when making changes to your horse’s diet.

In terms of identifying natural allergens, it's essential to carefully read the ingredient list on natural supplements. Common known allergens in equine supplements include soy, corn, and certain herbs. Some horses may also be sensitive to specific additives, such as flavors, colors, or preservatives used in many commercially available feeds. Some of our products may contain Soy and other potential allergens so make sure to read the ingredients carefully!

Be proactive when trying to avoid allergies! When trying new supplements, start with small doses, monitor the horse's reaction, and then gradually increase the amount. It's also crucial to consult with a veterinarian or equine nutritionist to mitigate the risk of allergens.

Interactions with Medications

Interactions with medications can pose risks when using natural supplements for horses, highlighting the need to avoid ingredients with potential adverse interactions.

When considering the use of natural horse supplements, it's vital to understand that certain ingredients may interact unfavorably with prescribed medications, potentially impacting your horse's health and well-being. The potential risks should not be overlooked, highlighting the need for proper research and consultation with a veterinarian.

Identifying harmful additives is crucial as these may pose risks when combined with specific medications. Trusted brands like The Natural Vet prioritize safety in their products, offering formulations that are carefully crafted to minimize the potential for adverse interactions. However if your horse is currently using any medication, consult with a veterinarian before incorporating new products - even natural ones - into your horses diet.

Contamination or Mislabeling

Contamination or mislabeling of natural supplements can pose risks to the health of horses, emphasizing the importance of quality assurance and the sourcing of reliable supplement types to avoid such hazards. Make sure you buy from a reputable brand that you trust!

Without proper quality checks, natural supplements for horses may contain contaminants such as mycotoxins or ionophores which can be very harmful for your horse. Products can also display inaccurate labeling, putting the animals' well-being at risk. To mitigate these dangers, it is essential to ensure that these supplements are sourced from reputable suppliers who prioritize ingredient quality and adhere to stringent production standards. Failing to do so can lead to unforeseen health complications and compromised results.

Conclusion

Therefore, the choice between natural and artificial horse supplements depends on the individual needs, preferences, and goals of the horse and the owner. It is important to consult with a veterinarian, a nutritionist, or a reputable supplier before adding any feeding any new supplements to your horse. Make sure to follow the recommended dosage, frequency, and duration of use. 

We hope this blog post has helped you learn more about natural supplement for horses and whether they could work for you and your horse!

The Natural Vet Team¬†ūüíö

FAQ

Why Choose Natural Horse Supplements For Your Horse?

What are natural supplements for horses? Natural supplements for horses are products made from all-natural ingredients that are designed to support a horse's overall health and well-being without any artificial additives.

How are natural supplements different from traditional supplements?

The difference comes down to the way these products are formulated. Natural supplements are made with natural ingredients, while some traditional supplements may contain synthetic or chemical ingredients. Despite the differences in formula, some natural products can be similarly effective to traditional formulas!

Are natural supplements safe for my horse?

In most cases yes, natural supplements can be a safe and effective option for supporting your horse's health. However, it is always important to consult with your veterinarian before adding any new supplements to your horse's diet.

What are the benefits of using natural supplements for my horse?

Because natural supplements contain natural ingredients, the Natural supplements can provide a range of benefits for horses, including improved digestion, immune support, joint health, and overall wellness.

Can natural horse supplements help with specific health issues?

Yes, certain natural supplements may be specifically formulated to target certain health issues in horses, such as joint pain, skin conditions, or respiratory issues. The Natural Vet, has a variety of specifically formulated products to specifically target specific issues. Checkout our collection of horse products and see what we have on offer!

Are natural supplements more expensive than traditional supplements?

The cost of natural supplements may vary, but they are often comparable in price to traditional supplements. However, investing in natural supplements for your horse's health could help save you money in the long run by preventing health issues that could result from artificial ingredients. Get in touch with usif you want to find out what natural supplement can work best for you in your price range!

References

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