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.
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.