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Do Horses Need Supplements?

Do Horses Need Supplements?
By Horse First 8 months ago

The question that many horse owners ponder is, do horses need supplements?


What we must remember is that a lot more has been asked of horses and the majority of them have been taken from a natural environment, stabled and asked to perform, either at a lower level or at the upper end of performance. We have also extended horses careers and it’s not usual to see horses competing at the upper end of the teenage years. As a result of asking horses to do more, along with stabling, the truth is that nowadays that many horses are fed additional vitamins and minerals in the form of horse supplements. These are added to a horse’s diet for three main reasons: to ensure nothing is lacking from the animal’s diet, to address a specific health concern or to enhance performance.


Research has shown that a balanced diet with the right mix of vitamins and other nutrients, supplemented as necessary can help support optimum health in horses.

Horse First Supplements Can Assist

Horse First Supplements can assist with a huge range of health concerns and also help with performance and wellbeing. The brain child of Paddy Hughes, his aim to use only the highest quality ingredients available and to offer the horse owner a range of products with the highest levels of active-ingredient inclusion of any supplement on the market. As Paddy is involved with equestrian sports, he knows the demands placed on horses. As he say’s himself, Horse First Supplements are by Horse People for Horse people". Paddy's equestrian knowledge and the expertise of the best chemist and equine-related nutritionist that he could find, Horse first Supplements was formed.

Long Term or Short Term?

Horse Calmer - Relax Me

Supplements can be long-term or shorter or even for a season. Some horses will may be on a specific supplement for its career but occasionally it may be necessary to administer a horse calmer for example, whether to keep them calm during times of stress or to make them more manageable and happier on a longer-term basis. Our Horse First Calmer Relax Me is a unique double action formula which works on both the gut and the nervous system. RelaxMe combines magnesium, vitamin E and B group vitamins to create a calmer more easy-going horse. With RelaxMe the secret is in the loading,


Some horse owners administer joint supplements. It’s incredibly important to look after your horse’s joints. If your horse is in work, you should be aware of the demands that you are putting on their joints and avoid adding unnecessary strain. Horse First My Joints is a unique formulation of high levels of glucosamine, Vitamin C and sepiolite. These ingredients have a proven effectiveness.


Keeping your horse’s hooves healthy is vital but sometimes horses owners need help with this. The quality of a horse’s hoof is heavily influenced by genetics and diet, whilst climate and care of the hooves can also have an impact. Your horse's diet can have a significant impact on the quality of their hooves, and both farriers and nutritionists agree that supplementation can help to vastly improve hoof quality.


Hoof First from Horse First Supplements is a unique formula contains high strength Biotin with all the essential vitamins and minerals to produce a healthy hoof. It is well known that Biotin will grow horn but at Horse First we want to give you more, a strong, healthy hoof with continuous growth.

Hoof First

Hoof First grows hooves which are better for your farrier to work with, and fights problems such as thin soles, cracked, chipped or weak hooves, contributing to lost shoes which are costly.

Horses That Perform

Horses that perform at high levels or have heavy exercise regimes can require additional nutritional support to keep them performing at their best. Horse performance supplements provide the nutritional support that they require to perform at this high level. Exselent E contains Selenium and Vitamin E which aid muscle well-being. It increases muscle performance by allowing supple muscle development. A daily supplementation with Exselent E can help tension, stiffness, shortness of stride and nervousness. Selenium is vital in the process of muscle health, and to aid the retention of suppleness in the muscle tissue during work. Vitamin E is a key component in promoting muscle development.

At Horse First we have a full selection of supplements for your animal. We are happy to answer any questions on your requirements.