Is your horse suffering from one or more of the 3 BIG HITS to his immune system? The three main factors that influence immune system function in the horse are stress, nutrition and age. If a horse is young or very old, if they are not receiving adequate levels of nutrition, or when they are under stress, their immune system may fail to protect them effectively, increasing the risk of disease.
Help keep your horse's Immune System fighting fit with all the nutrients that are essential for his immune system to function optimally. Immune Support has high levels of Glutamine which is the key amino acid needed for many of the specialised cells that make up the innate immune system, such as T cells, cytokines, B cells and macrophages.
Immune Support has the key nutrients needed for various antioxidant enzymes, including Vit E, methionine, selenium, copper, zinc and L-carnitine. These fight against free radical damage which can damage and even kill cells.
Heavy exercise really takes its toll on the immune system, leaving your performance horse susceptible to infectious disease. Not only that, but burning energy for exercise produces free radicals which can damage cells. The consequences for a horse in work are likely muscle soreness/damage and poor performance related to impaired energy generation. IMMUNE SUPPORT provides your horse with the nutrients his body needs to support both the innate immune system and antioxidant enzyme systems that are the body's first defence against free radical damage. Find out how....HERE.
|"A prolonged bout of exercise results in a long-term suppression of the innate immune system function in horses which may, in part, account for the observed increase of infectious episodes in horses during training." PJ Robson, TD Alston, Equine Vet J. 2003 Mar;35(2):133-7|
|DID YOU KNOW.....? An 80km endurance race can suppress your horse's immune system for several days afterwards.|
|Immune Support until the end of WINTER 2017!!|
Winter can be a time of stress for horses:
Wind, rain, sleet, or snow can result in cold stress. Animals enter cold stress when the outside temperature or wind chill goes below their Lower Critical Value (LCT), after which point the animal has to increase it's maintenance energy requirements to maintain core body temperature. Put simply, if levels of feed are not increased when an animal is in cold stress it will lose weight trying to keep warm.
Cold temperatures combined with gusty winds can create dangerous conditions for animals living outside. A thick winter coat traps air and helps keep the horse warm, but as little as 2.5mm of rain can immediately impact cold stress severity by matting the hair down, reducing its insulating ability. Skin thickness, fat coverage and overall size also influence LCT (Lower Critical Value). A smaller animal has a greater surface area relative to body weight and therefore a larger area that can lose heat. A weanling horse may reach their LCT before a mature horse. A long winter is a period of prolonged stress for the horse which like any other form of stress can impair immune function, leaving the horse more susceptible to disease.