Balanced Equine, Poly copper
Poly Copper (SQM) is for horses with diets deficient in copper or high in copper antagonists, such as sulfate in drinking water, or diets that include high iron intake or excessive levels of zinc. In combination with zinc, copper is also helpful for horses with bleached coats and red ends on manes and tails. Poly copper is recommended by Dr Eleanor Kellon VMD.
Poly copper contains 12.7% elemental copper.
Small: net weight = 2.9 kg
Large: net weight = 4.9 kg
Copper plays a role in a variety of functions within the horse’s body. It supports the production of:
- Coat and skin pigment
- Synthesis and maintenance of joint cartilage
- Tendons, ligaments and blood vessel walls
- Immune function
- Bone formation and maturation
- Cellular respiration
- Lipid and iron metabolism
There is no standard recommended feeding rate. Balanced Equine does not recommend supplementation of copper in isolation. Copper supplementation should be considered along with levels of zinc in the intake. The ratios of minerals are important and feeding one mineral without supplementing correct levels of another can be detrimental to horse health.
*Balanced Equine offers single ingredients like poly copper for people who know what they need to supplement, either have received a Balanced Equine feeding plan with the custom mineral mix recipe that they can put together OR they may have done NRCPlus with Dr Kellon VMD drkellon.com and understand how to calculate what to supplement. Balanced Equine cannot advise the amount to supplement without data.*
The easiest and best way to know what your horse’s intake is deficient in, or what is excessive and out of balance, is to test what your horses eat – pasture or hay.
NRC (National Research Council) proposed upper safe limits
Cu 250 ppm (but 791 ppm for 6 months produced no obvious toxicity)
These upper limits are based on the amount eaten, for example:
Cu 2500 mg/day for 10 kg DM intake
Mineral Tolerance of Domestic Animals
Poly copper is a nutritional supplement product for inclusion in horse’s feed. Product has no therapeutic effect and is designed to be administered in a feed for voluntary ingestion for horses.
Animal consumption only.
First Aid: If poisoning occurs, contact a doctor or the New Zealand National Poisons CentreCall 0800 764 766Available 24 hours everyday