BALANCED EQUINE NUTRITION Equi Horse + SE, (known in NZ as Hoof Rescue+Se)
Equi Horse +Se mix (formerly known as Hoof Rescue +Se) is a nutritional mineral supplement with copper and zinc plus iodine, magnesium, selenium and a small amount of calcium and phosphorus to help maintain optimal hoof, coat, hair and immune system health.
Formulated to provide the most commonly deficient minerals – copper and zinc based on thousands of pasture and hay laboratory tests. Equi Horse +Se is a highly bioavailable mineral mix containing proven premium mineral sources based on equine research.
Small: net weight = 2.9 kg – will last just under 6 months based on the standard feeding rate for one horse.
Large: net weight = 4.9 kg – will last 9.5 months for one horse based on the standard feeding rate.
The standard feeding rate is 1 metric tablespoon. For horses under 300 kg, 1/2 metric tablespoon may be sufficient.
|Elemental mineral||Per *standard* feeding rate||Per kg|
|Copper||250 mg||14567 mg|
|Zinc||750 mg||43696 mg|
|Iodine||2 mg||99 mg|
|Selenium||1 mg||58 mg|
|Magnesium||6 grams||333 g|
Copper: has a role in coat colour, iron metabolism, bone development, hoof quality and maintenance of elastic connective tissue.
Zinc: has a role in general growth and metabolism, required for normal bone and cartilage development, involved in maintaining the integrity of skin and mucous membranes, hair and hooves and in wound healing and has a role in maintaining a normal healthy coat. Essential for interactions between proteins and a variety of enzymes that all metabolically active cells require for cell multiplication and maturation. Zinc is a key component of ‘zinc finger proteins’ in the assembly of keratin, a hoof building material. A zinc deficiency can be expressed as slow hoof growth, thin walls and weak connections and horn.
Copper and zinc prevent the fats and oils in the protective seal on the hoof from oxidising. Oxidative damage causes over drying and weakens the connections between cells. When the hoof is weak, it is more vulnerable to attack by organisms via microscopic cracks. In cattle, deficiencies in either copper or zinc have been linked to soft feet, cracks, abscesses, thrush and laminitis.
Iodine: has a role in normal thyroid function and is a component of thyroid hormones which regulate metabolic processes including hair growth.
Magnesium: The symptoms of a magnesium deficiency are the same as for excessive ionised calcium compared to magnesium. Symptoms include twitching, irritability, and hypersensitivity. Magnesium has many different jobs to do in the body and one of the most important is to control ‘excitable’ tissue activity, including the nervous system, heart, skeletal muscle and smooth muscle in the intestinal tract, uterus, urinary tract and blood vessels.
Selenium: Selenium is an important antioxidant for protecting cell structures and cell membranes from the effects of oxygen free radicals produced during energy generation and therefore most important for tissues with high aerobic metabolism activity like the brain/nervous system, heart, skeletal muscles and rapidly growing tissues. Acidic soils inhibit selenium uptake by plants. Alkaline soils are more likely to have adequate selenium levels though horses in work may need supplementation. A soil test will test pH, the lower the pH number the higher the acidity, 7 is neutral and the higher the number the more alkaline the soil.
The standard feeding rate contains 1 mg selenium. Dr Eleanor Kellon VMD recommends selenium. If you are concerned about overdoing selenium, this article may help: https://drkhorsesense.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/selenium-paranoia
Not recomended for use when selenium intake from pasture is high or selenium is provided by other means (such as top dressing, vaccine, pellets or selenium drenches) if blood selenium levels at treatment are high. Users can determine selenium status by consulting their veterinarian, prior to use.
Safe for laminitic prone or insulin resistant (IR)/elevated insulin horses.
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