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    Question Vitamin E & Selenium Deficiencies

    Just a curiousity question/looking for people's opinions/experience.

    I live in Vermont, where we have VitE & Selenium deficient soil.

    If a horse has lived in Vermont all it's life and consumed hay and grass only from Vermont, would it be safe to assume those grasses don't provide adequate VitE & Selenium?

    For this purpose, I'd assume the horse only consumed grass and hay forage from Vermont, no concentrates or fortified grains.

    Do you think its likely that such a horse would have a deficiency?
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    Not safe to assume at all.

    I'm in a county that, as a whole, is VERY low in Se. My hay has always come from a guy 1 mile down the road.

    My horses test right in the middle range of normal. That includes those who only get 1mg added in their v/m supplement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JB View Post
    Not safe to assume at all.

    I'm in a county that, as a whole, is VERY low in Se. My hay has always come from a guy 1 mile down the road.

    My horses test right in the middle range of normal. That includes those who only get 1mg added in their v/m supplement.
    If your horses receive added selenium to their supplement, could that explain why they test in the middle? If you didn't give them anything other than hay/grass, might they test lower?

    My horses receive nothing. Grass pasture and hay in the winter.
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    1mg isn't much, and unlikely to have put a low-normal, to low reading into the middle range. And especially not likely when I decided to try an experiment with my big WB to see if I could get him into the higher half of the range and see if it addressed some issues. A total of *6* mg added didn't move his numbers And I was using selenium yeast for a while, then switched to selenomethionine 6 months later. Nothing. Can't get any more bioavailable than those LOL

    So no, still can't assume
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    Since Selenium deficiency is something that can be easily tested for, I don't assume. I wish it were all that simple.



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    Is the test expensive?

    Will my vet think I'm crazy if I ask for it out of the blue?
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    IME the cost varies WILDLY. Sadly, it costs me $100 But others here have posted it only costs them $30. They can just bite me LOLOL

    Do you have a suspicion that's making you test? Or are you wanting to test just for giggles?

    I personally think it's a great idea to test every horse every now and then, especially if you live in an area that tends to be either very deficient or very "productive"
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    Quote Originally Posted by JB View Post
    Do you have a suspicion that's making you test? Or are you wanting to test just for giggles?

    I personally think it's a great idea to test every horse every now and then, especially if you live in an area that tends to be either very deficient or very "productive"
    My horses have NEVER been tested, and since Vermont is a deficient area, I am curious to see how they test.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuckerForHorses View Post
    My horses have NEVER been tested, and since Vermont is a deficient area, I am curious to see how they test.
    I think that is reason enough to test. My vet actually suggested it simply because we live in a deficient area and she is a proactive person. I think I paid about $35.



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    I am going to ask him when I talk to him on Monday (concerning my gelding's lameness that we're trying to figure out).
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