Supplementation For Contracted Tendons


“I am looking at Equine Leg Magic. I have a 2 year old that was born with contracted tendons. We got him over it after a long 6 month battle and now he has strained his leg and one of his legs has re-contracted. My Vet asked me, “You have had him on Vitamin E and Selenium supplements, right?”… umm he is on the turned out program (Whoops) SO I need to get him on supplements as well as a hoof trimming regiment. I called the Equine Leg Magic lady and she said that there was not much selenium in the product and that I could supplement with Selenium and Vitamin E, but to be careful with the trace minerals as to not overdose them on those. I just talked to Ty and she mentioned you have a Vitamin E, Selenium supplement that may work real well with this product. Any insight?”

Answer by Ph.D. Equine Nutritionist, Kelsey Johnson Nonella:
When it comes to selenium and vitamin E, they are very important for bone and tendon development. If he has been turned out, I can almost assure you that he is selenium deficient. If he has been on green pasture he is probably not vitamin E deficient. However, just coming out of winter, if he was on hay, the vitamin E oxidizes and in turn is not available to the horse making them vitamin E deficient. Our vitamin E and Organic Selenium product would be great for him. It provide him with a higher daily dose of selenium than any other vitamin E and selenium product which is crucial for areas that are as deficient as the Northwest. Even if he doesn’t weight 1000 lb yet, I would feed him a full 2 ounces which will provide him with 3 mg of organic selenium and 5000 mg of vitamin E. This product would help him a ton.

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About Dr. Kelsey J. Nonella Ph.D., P.A.S.

Kelsey J. Nonella, Ph.D. is an equine nutritionist who was riding horses before she could walk. Her love for horses drives her to help educate people on what their horses’ needs in order to have happy, healthy horses. Kelsey went to Cal Poly receiving a Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science and then onto West Texas A&M, where she got her Masters and eventually her Doctorates in Equine Science. At A&M, Dr. Nonella did extensive research on Selenium within horses. Click here to view her research. Kelsey’s colleagues have mentioned her as one of the United States equine Selenium experts.
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