Bioplex Copper for Horses
Bioplex Copper for Horses (Proteinate)
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Bioplex Copper for Horses (Proteinate)

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Our high-quality bioplex copper is the best way to supplement copper for your horse. Free from any fillers, additives, sweeteners or bulking agents.

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What is copper for horses and what does it do?

Copper is a trace element and a great supplement, a highly absorbable source, bioplex copper for horses provides 12% elemental copper without additives or fillers.

An important trace mineral for whole horse health, copper plays a vital role in many enzymatic processes within the horse’s body.

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For example, the lysyl oxidase enzyme is dependent upon copper and strengthens cross-links between collagen and elastin molecules in connective tissue. The health of bone, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, arterial walls are dependent upon this enzyme and thus the availability of copper from the diet.

Other copper-dependent enzymes are involved in the correct functioning of mitochondria, the central nervous system, iron metabolism, healthy haemoglobin levels, production of the pigment melanin and supporting healthy coat, mane and tail hair colour to prevent ‘rusting’ or ‘bleaching’ of the horse’s hair shaft.

Forageplus forage analysis of horse grass, hay and haylage repeatedly show that copper is at low levels in forage and other minerals which would act to block the absorption of this important mineral are often high.

All must be present in correct concentrations so that the ratios of minerals allow the body the optimum absorption rates to maintain and support optimum health.

Correct levels of copper for horses matched to the ratios found in grass, hay and haylage is important for pregnant mares, foals, young growing horses, older horses and performance sport horses in moderate to heavy work.

Our high quality bioplex copper for horses is the best way to supplement copper for your horse, free from any fillers, additives, sweeteners or bulking agents. We consider this to be the highest quality copper supplement for horses available on the market.

Forageplus does not advise the feeding of separate minerals unless levels have been checked through carrying out a forage analysis.  The ratios of minerals are important and feeding one mineral without supplementing correct levels of another can be detrimental to horse health.  If you are uncertain of mineral levels then feeding either a Forageplus Equine Balancer or carrying out analysis of forage is wise.

The Benefits of Bioplex Copper for Horses

  • Formation of the connective tissues
  • Proper function of the horse’s nervous system
  • Energy production
  • Iron metabolism
  • Helps with hoof problems
  • Improves coat colour
  • Help treat skin conditions, also see our skin balancers

Copper and zinc deficiency

A dead giveaway of copper and zinc deficiency is bleaching of the coat and red ends on black manes and tails. This is typically blamed on sun exposure, which is true, but horses with adequate levels of melanin will not experience these changes.

Melanin is the pigment that gives skin and hair its colour. Melanin also protects against UV radiation and chemical damage. Copper (all colours) and zinc in combination with copper (darker colours) are essential for the production of generous amounts of melanin.

even if your horse’s diet provides adequate copper, high levels of iron or molybdenum could cause a copper deficiency by preventing copper absorption.

Hoof quality also suffers from copper and zinc deficiency. Deficiencies of either copper or zinc have been linked to:

  • Soft feet
  • Cracks
  • Sole haemorrhages
  • Abscesses
  • Thrush
  • Laminitis

Dramatic improvements in hoof quality are often seen following adequate zinc and copper supplementation.

Only dietary analysis can tell you the precise amounts needed but consider a ballpark figure of 300 mg of copper and 750 mg zinc as the starting point for horses showing outward evidence of deficiency.

Check out our Bioplex Zinc (proteinate)

Find out why ratios of minerals fed are so important at Forageplus Talk.

Contact us if you have questions you want to be answered we are always pleased to help.

Ingredients

100% Bioplex Copper (copper proteinate) – 12% elemental copper.

Feed Rates

 

Rates for supplementation will vary according to amounts contained with grass, hay or haylage.

Lactating horses, pregnant horses, young horses and horses in moderate to heavy work will all need higher levels.

 

1 x 5ml scoop = approx. 370mg of Elemental Copper = approx. 3 grams Bioplex Copper.

If feeding a 5 ml scoop for an average 500kg horse this product should last you 333 days.

This is only a guide and if you are unsure about what rate to feed your horse then please contact us for feed rate advice. We are always happy to help.

12 reviews for Bioplex Copper for Horses (Proteinate)

  1. Li

    This supplement helps my horses to have healthy hooves and perfectly skin.

  2. Juliabrant (verified owner)

    High quality additional supplement.

  3. Li (verified owner)

    This supplement helps my horses to have healthy hooves and perfectly skin.

  4. Ingela Holmqvist (verified owner)

    A great product and really worth its price (because you only need to feed a few grams a day) even with the added cost of shipping to Sweden.

  5. Juliabrant (verified owner)

    High quality additional supplement.

  6. Ingela Holmqvist (verified owner)

    A great product and really worth its price (because you only need to feed a few grams a day) even with the added cost of shipping to Sweden.

  7. Michelle King (verified owner)

    Top quality supplement. Highly recommend

  8. Michelle King (verified owner)

    Top quality supplement. Highly recommend

  9. hrbacchini (verified owner)

    I have bought this supplement for years, helps with balancing out too much iron in my horses’ hay.

  10. hrbacchini (verified owner)

    I have bought this supplement for years, helps with balancing out too much iron in my horses’ hay.

  11. Kelly Elliott (verified owner)

    This is perfect to help balance out my horse’s diet who has a diet very high in iron.

  12. GreyConnie (verified owner)

    Another part of the solution to the puzzle of poor hooves!
    Definite improvement since starting it after advice from the FP team

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