Menadione is a form of Vitamin K3 that is commonly used in equine feed and supplements.
Vitamin K is involved in forming blood clots which is necessary for proper wound healing. It also helps to support healthy bone density and cardiovascular function.
Research in humans and other species suggests that supplementing with this vitamin may increase bone formation and decrease resorption or breakdown. This can help promote the formation of stronger bones.
Menadione works by first getting converted to Menaquinone-4 in horses. It is the best form of Vitamin K for raising plasma levels of Menaquinone-4 in horses.
Horses generally get adequate levels of this vitamin from their diets, but may benefit from supplementation in certain cases.
A number of conditions can inhibit proper production or absorption of this vitamin from the gut, such as colic, diarrhea, ulcers or use of antibiotics.
Wondering if your horse could benefit from more vitamin K? Contact Mad Barn for a complimentary diet analysis and one of our equine nutritionists will be happy to help.