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Ask the Nutritionist: Dr. Getty's Forum for Equine Nutrition
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vitiam c

I have heard that in order for a horse to absorb glucosamine there must be vitiam c added for optium aborsobion (sp) can you tell me if that is so or whether theres enough in there food and there calf manna? I feed Nutrena, 10/10

Where are you from? r

Re: vitiam c

Hi Brenda,

Yes, glucosamine is best offered with vitamin C -- at least 1000 mg. However, it does not require vitamin C to be absorbed (the absorption is improved with vitamin C).

Calf Manna, however, is for calves, not horses. This is important to realize since it is very, very high in sugars and starches. It is not designed to feed to horses, which are not ruminants, like cows.

Thanks for writing!

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Colorado