Thread: Questions/Answers/Uses on feeds and additives for Horses
I thought I'd make a spin-off thread from my other thread, (Thread: What does this piece of tack do - for any tack you are wanting information on - http://www.horseforum.com/horse-riding/thread-what-does-piece-tack-do-261937/).
I found this feed guide, http://horsetalk.co.nz/2012/11/06/a-to-z-horse-feed-guide/#axzz2gRDji92t, but thought that users of the forum may be able to better explain etc to the questions of posters.
***The idea of this thread is, it can be a thread for where people can ask questions such as to:
- What that certain feeds/additives are used for
- Asking for Other's results with certain feeds etc
- How much people use or reccomend of certain feeds (whatever feed)
- Etc. Whatever you can think of relating to feed for horses.
I'm sure I am not the only rider who has knows of/doesnt know of, certain feeds which they do not know the purpose of. I thought this could be a permananet sticky thread for all owners/riders questions/advice regarding to feed, instead of the forum being flooded mutliple threads on the same wave link. :wink: ***
I will start the thread by asking:
What copper is and what it is used for in horse's feed - I'm talking about the copper powder which you can add to horse feeds.
But to answer your question, copper is a 'trace mineral' meaning that it's an important, necessary nutrient but needed in tiny amounts. It is mostly needed for hemoglobin, red blood cells & bone development, but is also important for production of collagen & elastin(so an important 'ingredient' of healthy hooves, skin, coat, and healing of wounds). It is also important for skin/hair pigmentation & it is said that black horses need more than lighter colours, and that feeding extra copper to a horse will prevent sun bleaching. Adequate copper levels also helps reduce susceptibility to infections, especially fungal.
Nutrients need to be balanced appropriately with many others, and copper is particularly strongly linked with zinc, iron, calcium levels. It is also a heavy metal(which means it doesn't get excreted, but accumulates in the liver) and excess amounts are very toxic.
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