Bioplex Zinc (Proteinate)

5.00 out of 5
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Zinc for horses

A highly absorbable source of zinc for horses providing 15% elemental zinc without additives or fillers. An important trace mineral for a whole host of body functions in the horse’s body, horse zinc is usually shown as being low in forage analysis and is blocked by high levels of other competing minerals such as iron and manganese.  Supplementation at high levels is often needed as a deficiency is common. Zinc for horses is one of the most important minerals for horse health.

Copper and zinc are two of the most common trace mineral deficiencies around the world and the symptoms are often similar. In addition to the levels of these two minerals often being too low in the horse’s diet, factors such as high iron intake and high sulfate in water or forage makes the situation even worse by interfering with absorption.

Zinc deficiency

While other deficiencies may not be easily visible, zinc deficiency problems often present in ways that are readily seen. 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.

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

Benefits of zinc for horses

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  • Allows protein to bind to DNA
  • Influences the folding and structure of proteins
  • Essential for pigment formation and antioxidant SOD function
  • Supports bone building and remodelling
  • Supports insulin production and release
  • Supports healthy skin function
  • Important support for a healthy immune system
  • Important for the strength of hooves and white line
  • Beneficial for connective tissue

Also, check out our bioplex copper (proteinate) for horses

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.

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.

Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 26 × 20 × 6 cm

Analysis Info

Foragplus bioplex zinc contains 15% Elemental Zinc

Feed Rates

1 x 5ml scoop = approx 3.8 grams of Zinc = 570 mg elemental Zinc.

1 x 15ml scoop = approx 11.4 grams of Zinc = 1710 mg of elemental Zinc.

If feeding a 5ml scoop for an average 500kg horse this product should last you 263 days.

If feeding a 15ml scoop for an average 500kg horse this product should last you 87.7 days.

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. Please contact us for feed rate advice. We are always happy to help.

Please choose a 5ml / 15ml scoop from our free scoop area

9 reviews for Bioplex Zinc (Proteinate)

  1. 5 out of 5

    hrbacchini (verified owner)

    Great quality zinc supplement, works well with the copper supplement from Forageplus.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michelle King (verified owner)

    Top quality supplement. Improvement in hooves is visible.

  3. 5 out of 5

    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.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Juliabrant (verified owner)

    High quality additional supplement as recommended by analysis of forage.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lovisa Ivarsson (verified owner)

    This product makes my horses skin, mane and hoof work amazing. Zero health issues with all of Forageplus supplements 💚💚

  6. 5 out of 5

    sarah watson

    I had a soil and grass analysis done and a bespoke feed-plan package created to help my TB’s feet. Two years on and he is amazing, all the minerals I have got are from Forageplus – they couldn’t have been more helpful.

  7. 5 out of 5

    kim olesqui

    Since having my hay analysed a year ago I have been using the feeding plan given by Forageplus with all my horses and there have been amazing improvements, so thank you to Forageplus.

  8. 5 out of 5


    Having had my own grass analysed for the first time I, like most people, need zinc among other minerals. At last I can feed my horses knowing their mineral requirements are fully met 🙂

  9. 5 out of 5


    I have got my horse on a Summer Balancer and after having my hay tested I needed extra Zinc and Copper, my horses looks very good on it.

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