Copper benefits in Horses

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To up the copper absorption  within horses KB Copper Halters would be ideal as the copper is absorbed through the skin much faster purchasing the Halter and Rugs are very affordable easy to clean and maintain.  Our horse under rugs with its copper spine allows the copper to absorbed through the whole  body at the same time, from the poll to the end of rump.  May help with Arthritic Pain, after a hard workout, Coat Conditions, Skin Conditions and allergies.

Copper is one of the most important microminerals for horses. It is essential for proper functioning of enzymes involved in the synthesis and maintenance of elastic tissue, mobilization of iron stores, preservation of the integrity of mitochondria, proper skeletal growth and development, and detoxification of superoxide.

Copper supplementation has proven to be related to the incidence of DOD in Thoroughbred foals. In a trial conducted in New Zealand, pregnant Thoroughbred mares were divided into four treatment groups: (1) mares supplemented with copper, but their foals were not supplemented; (2) both mares and foals were supplemented with copper; (3) mares were not supplemented, but their foals received supplementation; (4) neither mares nor foals received supplementation. Mares were supplemented for the final 13 to 25 weeks of gestation. Foals were supplemented from 21 to 150 days of age.

At 150 days of age, researchers examined all limb and cervical spine joints of the foals. The number of cartilage lesions was noted for each treatment group along with a score for physitis (inflammation of the growth plates). Copper supplementation of mares was associated with a significant reduction in the physitis scores and number of cartilage lesions for their foals. Foals from mares that received no supplementation had higher physitis scores and more cartilage lesions. When only foals were supplemented with copper, no significant effects were found for physitis scores or number of cartilage lesions.

In the same study, oral copper supplementation of mares in late gestation altered the copper balance in these horses and resulted in an increase in the foal’s liver copper stores at birth. Increased liver copper stores of the neonate may be important for ensuring healthy development of the skeleton during the period of maximum postnatal growth.

Copper deficiencies may be due to lack of copper intake (primary) or due to interactions with other substances in the ration (secondary). Zinc and molybdenum have often been implicated as minerals that can interfere with copper absorption in horses, but several studies have suggested that neither of these minerals should affect copper utilization


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