Skin and coat supplements: what’s on the market?

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  • Skin and coat supplements for horses provide additional nutritional to support healthy skin and promote a shiny coat. Keeping your horse’s skin healthy is important as it’s the body’s barrier to the harmful outside world – it protects your horse from his environment, including sunlight, insects, bacteria and bad weather.

    Having a healthy skin is a great advantage especially if you bath your horse regularly, as this puts the skin at increased risk, or he is prone to itchy skin. Additionally, coat condition is a sign over overall health, so if you can get your horse looking shiny you know you’re at least headed in the right direction.

    How to choose skin and coat supplements for horses

    Look out for skin and coat supplements that include the following ingredients:

    • Omega-3 – which helps regulate the skin’s oil production and so prevents dry skin and dull coats
    • Omega-6 – which helps the body respond appropriately to inflammation
    • Biotin – which supports keratin production in the hair and skin

    Consider the form the supplement takes – joint supplements can come in liquid, powder and pellet forms. Your horse may have a preference to one over another, which could make all the difference as if he won’t eat it, your horse won’t receive the benefit.

    Cost is another consideration – we’ve calculated the daily cost of all the supplements featured in this guide to help you compare them easily. To make it as comparable as possible, we’ve used the smallest tubs available, but if you’re better off buying a larger volume of supplement if you can as the daily cost can become significantly lower.

    If you compete with your horse then it is important you make sure any supplements you use do not contain any prohibited substances.

    Skin and coat supplements for horses: what are your options?

    Here is a selection of the best skin and coat supplements for horses that are currently available, including the manufacturers’ descriptions of their products…

    NB: Cost per day has been calculated using the maintenance measure for a 500kg horse in light work (where there was variation) and the RRP of the smallest available tub. Some products require you to feed a loading dose, which will increase the cost per daily measure, while buying a larger tub will likely decrease it – these costs per day are a guide only.

    NAF D-itch skin and coat supplements for horses

    NAF D-Itch

    Form: Powder
    Sizes: 780g, 2.4kg
    RRP: £35.99 for 780g
    Daily measure: 26g
    Cost per day: £1.20

    This supplement contains naturally sourced antioxidants to efficiently flush out the build up of free radicals associated with itchy irritated skin. It also includes herbs and nutrients to support strong healthy skin from within.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk, equus.co.uk, gsequestrian.co.uk or naylors.com
    In the US? View now at amazon.com

    Science Supplements Skin & Coat

    Science Supplements Skin & Coat

    Form: Powder
    Sizes: 1.47kg
    RRP: £44.99
    Daily measure: 49g
    Cost per day: £1.50

    Containing 13 different essential nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, that promote both a shiny coat and healthy skin and have been shown to help with insect bite sensitivity. It also includes zinc, which can increase hair growth.

    In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uk, equus.co.uk, amazon.co.uk or gsequestrian.co.uk

    Omega ComfortSkin

    Sizes: 1.8kg
    RRP: £29.99
    Daily feeding rate: 40g
    Cost per day: £0.67

    Omega Comfort Skin is a collection of natural ingredients formulated to support overall health and immunity, and soothing the skin itself, for an inside-out approach to skin care and health. Contains aloe vera, biotin, turmeric, seaweed, echinacea, rosehips, moringa leaf and tart cherry.

    In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uk or gsequestrian.co.uk

    The Golden Paste Company TurmerItch

    The Golden Paste Company TurmerItch

    Form: Pellets
    Sizes: 1.5kg
    RRP: £44.99
    Daily measure: 50g
    Cost per day: £1.50

    TurmerItch combines key ingredients, including neem, red bush tea and chamomile, to help provide relief from itching and soothe the skin by promoting a healthy skin and coat. It also contains turmeric and micronised linseed to help produce a high shine to the horse’s coat.

    In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uk, equus.co.uk, gsequestrian.co.uk or amazon.co.uk

    EquiNutritive Revive ’N’ Shine

    EquiNutritive Revive ’N’ Shine

    Form: Powder
    Sizes: 750g, 1.5kg, 4.5kg, 20kg
    RRP: £36.99 for 750g
    Daily measure: 30g
    Cost per day: £1.48

    Revive ’N’ Shine supports and maintains healthy skin and coat condition throughout the year, promoting a glossy coat and a thicker mane. It also contains garlic to keep flies away.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk

    Lincoln Herbs Quititch skin supplement for horses

    Lincoln Herbs Quititch

    Form: Powder
    Sizes: 1kg
    RRP: £30.99
    Daily measure: 32g
    Cost per day: £1

    A herbal supplement formulated to utilise nature’s botanical properties to support the skin’s integrity and immunity, aiming to minimise itching and help prevent the associated skin damage.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk or gsequestrian.co.uk

    Equine America skin supplement for horses

    Equine America Supreme Omega Oil

    Form: Liquid
    Sizes: 1l, 5l, 20l
    RRP: £11.50 for 1l
    Daily measure: 30ml
    Cost per day: £0.35

    This oil supports a healthy coat and skin, as well as overall wellbeing by providing omega-3 fatty acids, from cold pressed linseed (flaxseed) oil. It supports anti-inflammatory processes, coat condition and skin health, as well as providing support for the joints, hooves and immune system. It is naturally low in starch and sugar, and benefits can be seen at relatively low serve rates, which avoids adding significant additional calories to the diet for the good-doer.

    In the UK? View now at equine-america.co.uk

    Horse First Cuppra skin and coat supplements for horses

    Horse First Cuppra

    Form: Liquid
    Sizes: 1l, 2.5l
    RRP: £16.45 for 1l
    Daily measure: 30ml
    Cost per day: £0.49

    This supplement has a high copper availability for coat and conditioning. It is recommended that you give a course of Cuppra if you notice your horse’s coat is not looking as healthy as it should. It can also be added to drinking water of horses on grass.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk or gsequestrian.co.uk

    Equine Products UK Linseed Oil skin supplement for horses

    Equine Products UK Linseed Oil

    Form: Liquid
    Sizes: 1l, 5l
    RRP: £8.21 for 1l
    Daily measure: 40–60ml
    Cost per day: From £0.33

    Linseed oil promotes a glossy coat and healthy skin. It also contains a high levels of the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6, which are essential for healthy cell membranes.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk or equineproducts-ukltd.com

    Baileys Outshine

    Baileys Outshine

    Form: Powder
    Sizes: 6.5kg, 20kg
    RRP: £16.50 for 6.5kg
    Daily measure: 450g
    Cost per day: £1.15

    This high-oil supplement provides a blend of linseed and soya oils to give a balance of omega-3 and -6 for supple skin and a soft shiny coat. It also contains supporting antioxidants to help the body utilise the oil more efficiently.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk or naylors.com

    Aloeride skin supplement


    Form: Powder
    Sizes: Carton of 30 sachets
    RRP: £55.20
    Daily measure: One sachet
    Cost per day: £1.84

    This easy-to-feed, taste-free aloe vera supplement solution supports healthy skin and a glossy coat.

    In the UK? View now at ebay.co.uk

    TopSpec All-in-One

    TopSpec All-in-One

    Sizes: 4kg, 9kg, 20kg
    RRP: £40.25 for 4kg
    Daily feeding rate: 100g
    Cost per day: £1

    This caramel flavoured broad-spectrum supplement contains biotin, vitamin A, copper, iodine, zinc, and certain amino acids that all contribute to a supple skin and shiny coat.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk, equus.co.uk, viovet.co.uk or gsequestrian.co.uk

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