iron in horses

Do horses really need an iron supplement, what studies have found and why horse owners are using it

Iron (Fe) is a trace mineral that makes several biological contributions, including oxygen transport, cellular respiration and healthy immunity (Platnium performance, 2024). Hemoglobin, the component of the red blood cell that allows oxygen to be carried to the tissues, requires iron for its synthesis (Staff, 2018). It is an important element in the horses body, and its uptake is regulated by a hormone called Hepcidin. Hepcidin has a crucial role in the process that allows the horses body to relocate iron, store it and reuse it. The small intestine is the site at which iron is absorbed in the horse.

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