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Blood Tonics, Traditional Tonic or Myth?

Blood Tonics, Traditional Tonic or Myth?
5 November 2015 | Margaret Wilson

 

I’m often asked for a blood tonic, for a horse that is off form, has performed poorly or is recovering from an illness. Typically the person asking is under the impression the supplement will improve or increase the horse’s blood.

I’m often asked for a blood tonic, for a horse that is off form, has performed poorly or is recovering from an illness. Typically the person asking is under the impression the supplement will improve or increase the horse’s blood. Actually, this impression both over- and under-estimates the nutritional benefits of these Iron rich supplements such as Feratone.

Feratone provides iron required for red blood cell formation in horses. However, providing iron above the horse’s requirements will not promote blood formation in horses. Horses make the amount of blood they need and only increase production in response to increased demands such as training or massive blood loss.

However Feratone also provides copper, cobalt and B vitamins. Copper is used for blood function, antioxidant and coat condition in horses. Cobalt and B vitamins regulate the release and use of energy within the body and indeed vitamin B12 is considered “a natural lift” for horses as it aids energy release from feed.

So the next time your horse is in need of a nutritional pick up, you could do worse than to reach for your “blood boosting tonic”.

If you have any queries relating to this product or any other issue you are having with your horse please contact the Foran Equine nutrition team who will help you with your query!

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