Does Vitamin C really matter?
For us humans, it’s cold and flu season, not to mention we’re in the midst of a global pandemic, unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. At this time of year we hear a whole lot about the powers of vitamin C, and for our horses, switching from a fresh-grass to mainly-hay diet means they’re completely losing their vitamin C source, so here are the top 3 reasons why vitamin C is indeed a superstar, and especially important this time of year, not only for our horses but for us too.
The role of iron in the equine diet
I know, the image is certainly not of iron oxide. But - it is a lump of magnesium oxide before crushing to a powder, and while this blog is about the role of iron in the equine diet, there's an interesting connection to magnesium oxide, which as we all know features highly in the equine diet.
Mineral types & a bit about magnesium
One of the first minerals I ever became aware of was magnesium, back in 2007 when I started researching going barefoot for my horses. Pretty much the only type of magnesium you could get back then was magnesium oxide, yet these days there are many different forms of magnesium we can feed our horses, i.e. magnesium carbonate, magnesium sulphate, magnesium-l-aspartate, to name a few.