Poll Recap: Supplement Seal of Approval

Of the 396 voters, 61 (15%) indicated they seek the NASC seal and wouldn’t purchase a supplement without it.
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In last week’s online poll, TheHorse.com asked if you look for the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) seal on the equine supplements you buy. Nearly 400 readers responded, and we’ve tallied the results

Of the 396 voters, 61 (15%) indicated they always look for the NASC seal and wouldn’t purchase a supplement without it. Another 55 respondents (14%) said they look for the seal when it’s available, while 47 voters (12%) said the NASC seal isn’t a factor in their supplement purchases. Another 182 readers (46%) said they’re not familiar with the seal or what it stands for, and 51 respondents (13%) said they do not purchase supplements for their horses. Additionally, 29 respondents shared comments about their thoughts on the NASC seal.

Readers who look for the seal when purchasing supplements for their horses said:

  • "I buy supplements for my 33-year-old gelding and like to know that I am getting what I am paying for."
  • "I don’t currently use supplements, but I always look for the seal when I do."
  • "All else being equal, I would probably choose the product with the seal over one without."
  • "Without it I don’t trust that the manufacturer is putting what they say they are in the supplement."
  • "I’ve always seen the emblem and thought it was a rating group, and recognized it as an important fact

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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