Copper is one of the ‘Trace’ minerals required in Equine Nutrition. Even though it is only needed in tiny amounts, it is extremely important for good health and is utilised in 100’s of enzyme systems throughout the horse’s body!
From energy production, the immune system, digestive function, coat health and colour to connective tissue strength… Copper deficiency can have major negative health impacts on the horse.
And did you know, Copper is one of the most commonly deficient minerals!
Not only is it often lacking in pasture and hay but its bio-availability is fragile as high levels of other minerals, such as iron, compete for absorption.
Low Copper levels have been associated with:
Missy’s Bucket minerals contain 400mg of copper per standard 500kg horse dose, this is much higher than other commercially available supplements and is one of the keys to its success.
The importance of the trace mineral ratios in Missy’s Bucket mean that both the levels of Zinc and Copper are quite high, this helps to balance out the often very high levels of Iron in the average horse’s diet.
Trace mineral ratios in Missy’s Bucket have been balanced according to the average horse pasture and hay diet and aim for the following ratios:
4 : 1 : 3 : 3 - iron : copper : zinc : manganese
This means that even though your horses’ diet may be unavoidably high in Iron, the ratios will still be working ok for the Copper (and Zinc) absorption to be adequate.
Missy’s Bucket uses Poly Copper as it tends to be more bioavailable than Copper Sulphate with less potential interference from environmental contaminants.
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