All B vitamins help the body convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which is used to produce energy. B vitamins, often referred to as B complex vitamins, also help the body use fats and protein. B complex vitamins are needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver and they also help the nervous system function properly.
Vitamins are a class of nutrients that are required in small amounts by the horse. Vitamins can be divided into two types; fat soluble and water soluble. B Vitamins are water soluble so therefore are not stored in the fat and can be more safely added to a horse’s diet without risk of toxicity. Vitamins that are water soluble are excreted from the body on a daily basis in the urine.
B3is one of those vitamins that is essential to almost everything your horse does. B3 is a water soluble B group vitamin required on a daily basis and used in metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and amino acids. It alsosupports healthy skin and digestion.
Niacin has been known it’s ability to increase blood flow to the extremities. Therefore, B3supplementationhas been used successfully to promote improved blood circulation.
Wow! There are a lot of topics in horse nutrition that begin with the letter “B“. And those topics have a LOT of information! Before we get into nutrients, toxins or any other nutrition topic, I would like to begin with a tool for you to use in determining your horse’s health. A way to help you see if your nutrition program is on the right track. With that in mind we will start the letter B with Body Condition Scoring.