Phew...It's all good! Talked to barn owner today and she has just been super busy! I really need to relax...We are all set to move on Saturday and I'm so excited. Me and Carole are planning on moving the boys earlier in the morning than we originally planned because it's supposed to be 90+ degrees on Saturday. Tomorrow afternoon I'll head up to the barn to give him a good bath, pull his mane, and trim him up so he's all clean and fancy for the move. Hope he likes it and settles in well!
I also got the results for Finn's vitamin E/Selenium testing back. I have him on a vitamin e/selenium supplement but because he tested high on selenium and on the low end of normal on vit e it looks like I'll have to take him off of it and switch him to a better vitamin e supplement. Vet recommended Elevate, but the only place I've found that carries it is Dover, and it's not in Smartpaks.



Vitamin E: 269 ug/dL
Comments: The reference ranges for serum vitamin E in horses vary with age. The following values are based on data in, Vitamin Levels in Animal Health, published in 1994 by Puls.
Neonatal foal: 180 to 200 ug/dL 
10 day to 1 month old foal: 120 to 800 ug/dL 
1 month to 2 years old: 150 to 1000 ug/dL 
Mature horse: 200 to 1000 ug/dL
Vitamin E is not stable and some sample characteristics and handling procedures may decrease the concentration of vitamin E present in serum samples. Factors that may affect vitamin E levels in a serum sample include hemolysis, contact with rubber stoppers, repeated freezing and thawing and exposure to light.
The NRC recommends that equine diets contain 80 to 100 IU vitamin E per kg of dry matter. Vitamin E is very safe to supplement and
vitamin E toxicosis has not been reported in livestock. 

Blood, Whole, Edta
Selenium, whole blood Quantity: 26.31 ug/dL Comments: The reference values for blood selenium in horses, based on Stowe (1998) are:
1-9 days: 9.80 to 13.5 ug/dL 
10-30 days: 11.2 to 15.0 ug/dL
1 mo-1 year:12.6 to 16.5 ug/dL
 Greater than 1 year:14.0 to 24.0 ug/dL

Blood selenium concentrations less than 6.0 ug/dL have been associated with white muscle disease in neonatal livestock. signs of selenium toxicosis are reported with blood selenium concentrations above 110 ug/dL (Puls, 1994).
Vitamin E Alcohol, in serum This analysis was developed to determine the vitamin E (as alpha-tocopherol) concentration in serum samples. Analysis of an inappropriate sample, such as serum collected or stored in gel clot tubes, or plasma instead of serum, could affect the accuracy of the test result .
Report Date: 5/29/2013 9:07:57AM


  1. I guess values don't really change and aren't subjective (unless testing improves or new data or whatever), but I was sort of surprised that they referenced values noted in 1994 and 1998. That feels like a really long time ago (but obviously not that long ago, if I can remember it).

    Glad you heard back about the barn! Woo, BOs!

  2. I didn't even notice that those were the years referenced!! Ill have to do some more research and figure out more current values! Good point :)

  3. Glad toy heard from the new BO! Hope the move goes smoothly.