Seaweed meal is an excellent source of iodine for horses.
Balanced Equine Seaweed Meal contains around 0.085% elemental iodine.
Based on the average iodine content, 3 grams provides approximately 2.5 mg iodine or 1 gram is about 0.83 mg iodine.
Iodine is responsible for the production of thyroid hormones, it is important to avoid iodine deficiency and at the same time imperative not to feed too much. The upper safe limit of iodine in the diet is 40-50 mg/day for a 450 kg horse. The thyroid hormones act on nearly every cell in the body. They act to increase the basal metabolic rate, regulate protein, fat, carbohydrate and vitamin metabolism and increase the body’s sensitivity to adrenaline. The thyroid hormones are essential to proper development and differentiation of all cells of the human body.
The iodine requirement for horses is a lot lower than these upper limits.
For example, a 500 kg horse in no work, the iodine requirement according to the NRC Nutrient Requirements for Horses is 3.5 mg per day. If on a very heavy workload, goes up to 4.4 mg per day.
*Balanced Equine offers single ingredients like seaweed meal for people who know what they need to supplement, either have received a Balanced Equine feeding plan with the custom mineral mix recipe that they can put together OR they may have done NRCPlus with Dr Kellon VMD drkellon.com and understand how to calculate what to supplement. Balanced Equine cannot advise the amount to supplement without data.*
Seaweed meal is a nutritional supplement product for inclusion in horse’s feed. Product has no therapeutic effect and is designed to be administered in a feed for voluntary ingestion for horses.
Animal consumption only.