Research Article

Serum concentration of folic acid in polish konik horses kept in a stable system and a free-roaming herd system

Marta Majszyk-Świątek , Wioleta Kowal, Agata Danielewicz , Katarzyna Andraszek  

Institute of Animal Science and Fisheries, Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities, Bolesława Prusa 14, 08-110 Siedlce, Poland

Abstract. Folic acid has multi-faceted effects on the body. Its biological activity ensures genome stability and the normal course of the cell cycle. A deficiency of this acid can lead to serious consequences for health and life. Folic acid is the most oxidized form of folates taken with food. Folic acid is not produced in horses and must be ingested with food. Its bioavailability is also affected by environmental factors. The aim of the study was to analyse the content of folic acid in the blood serum of Polish Konik horses kept in a free-roaming herd system and a stable system. The folic acid concentrations in all horses were within the normal range of reference values for the species. Higher folic acid concentrations were noted in the free-roaming horses. Variation in the content of folic acid in the serum of stabled horses was higher than in the free-roaming horses. The management system was not found to significantly affect the serum content of folic acid in the horses.

Keywords: Polish Konik horses, folic acid, free-roaming herd system, stable system

 

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Received: 15 Feb 2021

Accepted: 18 Jul 2021

Published online: 17 Sep 2021

Accesses: 78

How to cite

Majszyk-Świątek, M., Kowal, W., Danielewicz, A., Andraszek, K., (2021). Serum concentration of folic acid in polish konik horses kept in a stable system and a free-roaming herd system. Acta Sci. Pol. Zootechnica, 20(2), in press.