I put my 13 year old Thoroughbred on a Vitamin E supplement last fall (SmartPak’s Natural Vitamin E Pellets) at the maintenance dose of 2,500 IU daily. He went on it as we thought we may have been dealing with some muscle issues.
Long story short, I took him off after being on it 6-7 months as I didn’t notice much difference at all and thought I could save the money. Since he’s been off it, about a month, he’s been lame. Coincidence? Probably. It’s not just been muscle stiffness I don’t think but I’m going to bite the bullet and put him back on it for now.
He’s been worked up by the vet (to the tune of $700) and we’ve pretty much ruled out soft tissue issues (ultrasounds were all clean). We think it’s his confirmation catching up to him (he’s built very straight through his hind legs). We took new radiographs and his left stifle is pretty darn arthritic now as well as his right hock. He’s already feeling much better and we have a plan in place to get him even more comfortable.
What Vitamin E supplement is better? I know some forms of Vitamin E have a better absorption rate…
He could either:
Go back on SmartPak’s natural Vitamin E at 2,500 IU daily for $1.07 / day. It’s also pelleted in form which makes me feel better about him getting it all…
Or, he could go on Elevate by Kentucky Performance Horse at 2,000 IU daily for just under $1.00 / day.
Does the Elevate have a higher absorption rate? Is it worth having to order elsewhere (he get’s other supplements in SmartPaks) and to go to a powered supplement? TIA!