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V.A.M. – Vitamin, amino, acid and mineral supplements for horses


The function of a horse’s digestive system is to absorb nutrients. Stressful situations can reduce the horse’s ability to absorb and produce nutrients therefore increasing the requirement for important vitamins, amino acids and minerals. Stressful

situations include:

• Horses in training for racing or competitions

• Fever or illness

• Reduced appetite or digestive upsets

• Following periods of long transport

• Low red blood cell count

Diets of performance horses frequently consist of highly concentrated feeds and horses are often kept in stables which reduces the intake of fibre and speeds digestion. A faster transit through the intestine reduces the time for the full absorption and production of nutrients thus horses in training often require nutritional supplementation.


Riboflavin (Vit B2) is required for normal general metabolism and growth and has a role in maintaining healthy skin and mucous membranes.

Nicotinamide (Vit B3) is involved in general metabolism and red blood cell formation and has a role in maintaining healthy skin and coat.

D-Panthenol (Vit B5) has a role in normal energy metabolism, reproduction, growth and nerve function, it is involved in transmission of nerve impulses and is needed for healthy skin and coat.

Pyridoxine (Vit B6) has a role in normal general metabolism, nervous system function and vision, it is involved in red blood cell formation and has a role in maintaining healthy skin.

Cyanocobalamin (Vit B12) is involved in metabolism and nerve function and has a role in the formation of blood cells and reproductive function.

Biotin has a role in general metabolism and in maintaining integrity of skin, hair and hooves.

Choline is involved in metabolism of fats and has a role in transmitting nerve impulses.

Inositol has a role in the metabolism of fats and integrity of hair and coat and in maintaining a normal healthy coat.

Amino Acids:

Lysine has a role in normal protein synthesis. Methionine aids liver in detoxification mechanisms.


Cobalt is involved in the formation of vitamin B12 and subsequent formation of red blood cells and haemoglobin and has a role maintaining normal nerve cell function.

Copper has a role in iron metabolism, bone development and maintenance of elastic connective tissue.