Saturday, February 01, 2014

Trace Minerals: Do They Make a Difference in Diets for Horses? - Full Article

By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · January 3, 2014

A diet based on forage and boosted by a fortified feed product should provide all the nutrients necessary for health in most horses.

While forage can supply the majority of an idle horse’s nutritional requirements, horses in some situations may need a supplement source of nutrition that increases the intake of some trace minerals in a highly bioavailable form. Pregnant mares, exercised horses, equines recovering from disease or injury, and those with poor coat or hoof quality can often benefit from supplementary minerals such as zinc and copper. Chelated forms of minerals—those in which the mineral is bound to an amino acid—are absorbed most easily and are the best choice for delivering a nutrient to the body structure where it is needed. Chelated minerals are also referred to as organic forms of minerals...

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