Essentials Formula 1 with Selenium for Horses
Affordable equine minerals and horse supplements are available at Power Star Nutrition. This supplement contains selenium.
THE NEW UPDATED Formula has 50% more Biotin, plus extra L-Lysine and L-Methionine. This is a super equine vitamin, mineral, amino acid, and hoof supplement all rolled into one.
It encourages a shiny coat, healthy hooves, and topline. It is specifically formulated for NZ conditions. It provides essential nutrients lacking in many feed crops, pastures, and soil.
It has no added iron, making it the perfect supplement for horses and ponies grazing on NZ pasture and drinking bore water with high iron content. Essentials Formula 1 is one of the best copper and zinc supplements for horses on the market.
It is designed for horses and ponies not receiving premix feeds. It can also be fed in situations when a very small amount of premix feed is fed, and daily recommended vitamin and mineral requirements are not being met.
The level of selenium will generally keep the average horse or pony at current selenium levels unless the soil is fertilized with selenium prills or the pasture is high in selenium. Getting your horse’s blood tested for selenium yearly is highly recommended.
- Your horse or pony receives a blood test showing high selenium levels but still requires a vitamin and mineral supplement to maintain health with no selenium added.
- Is being supplemented with selenium from your veterinarian or other supplements?
- Grazing on a property that has high levels of selenium in the soil and pasture.
Equine Minerals: The Importance of Zinc, Copper, and an Iron-Free Formulation
New Zealand’s pasture, hay, and feed crops have high iron levels which can reduce the availability of zinc and copper. The most common mineral imbalance in hay is too much iron combined with low zinc and copper levels. A high iron concentration can interfere with both zinc and copper absorption, making already low levels of these minerals even less available to your horse.
Until recently, the veterinary industry has viewed iron toxicity in equines mainly as an acute condition—the result of overdosing on iron-containing supplements. However, researchers have found that equines exposed to high iron levels in water, grass, or hay over a prolonged period can accumulate the mineral in their livers, resulting in chronic iron overload.
Black-skinned horses which include greys need more copper and zinc than others. Bays and chestnuts will look washed out with lighter colors than normal coats, and the blacks will have a definite reddish look.
Horses need copper in their diets to properly utilize iron and to develop healthy connective tissue. It is also important for horses with allergies. It can lower the concentration of histamine in the body. Copper also helps to keep the central nervous system running correctly.
In adult horses, a deficiency of copper and zinc in the diet may cause limb deformities, thinning of the bones, swelling of the joints, blood vessel weakness, connective tissue weakness, saggy skin, and a lowered immune system. Copper is the main mineral for the body to produce T cells. It is also important for bone integrity, heart health, skin pigmentation, and to prevent premature graying.
Horses showing signs of low iron levels can be supplemented according to veterinary instructions. When copper deficiency occurs, iron levels fall too short, and anemia can develop.
Avoid Added Iron
Avoid vitamin and mineral supplements for horses that contain added iron as an ingredient.
Horses typically obtain more than enough iron from their diet, and excess intake could have negative health consequences.
Products with added iron will have one of the following ingredients listed on the label:
- iron oxide
- ferrous furmate
- ferrous sulfate
- ferrous gluconate
NZ Natural Zeolite
Essentials Formula 1 and 2 contain NZ natural Zeolite in the form of Optimate, an ACVM-registered toxin binder. This is a highly bioavailable natural form of silica that supports bone and connective tissue health. Performance horses and senior horses may especially benefit from Zeolite.
Are you looking for a way to improve your horse’s hoof health?
Essentials Formula contains high levels of Biotin. Each 22.5-gram scoop contains 15mg of biotin. This sulphur-containing B vitamin is essential for healthy hoof growth and plays a role in hoof horn quality and hoof wall strength. Biotin supplementation has become increasingly popular in recent years, as it can help correct biotin deficiencies, improve hoof hardness, and promote overall hoof health.
🐎 Essential for healthy hoof growth: Biotin is an essential coenzyme in the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and fat, enabling support of growth, performance work and reproduction.
💪 Improves hoof hardness: Biotin is used in supplements to improve the quality of the horse’s hoof and is also beneficial to the coat.
🦄 Promotes overall hoof health: By using a biotin supplement in your horse’s feed, it can help promote strong, healthy hoof horn growth.
How it works:
Biotin should be fed to horses needing to improve poor hoof horn and develop healthy hooves. It acts as an essential coenzyme in the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein, and fat and so enables support of growth, performance work, and reproduction. Biotin is particularly important for normal thyroid and adrenal gland function.