Essentials Formula 2 Selenium Free – Equine Vitamin, Mineral, and Hoof Supplement

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Essentials Formula 2 – Selenium Free For Horses

An affordable Equine Vitamin, Mineral, and Hoof supplement all rolled into one.

Essentials Formula 2, encourages a shiny coat, healthy hooves, and topline. Contains less Zinc, Copper, L-Lysine, DL-methionine, and Biotin than Essentials Formula 1 with Selenium and Selenium Free.

Specifically formulated for NZ conditions and Soil types

It provides essential nutrients lacking in many feed crops, pastures, and soil. It contains high levels of Biotin for hoof support.
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.
It is designed for horses and ponies receiving premix feed, below the recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals.

Essentials Formula 1 with Selenium

Essentials Formula 1 – Selenium Free

Essentials Formula 2 – Selenium Free is recommended when:

  • Lower levels of zinc, copper, and manganese are required but the full amount of amino acids and hoof ingredients are needed daily.
  • Blood tests show high selenium levels, but your horse or pony still requires a vitamin and mineral supplement to maintain health with no added selenium.
  • 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


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 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, bone thinning, joint swelling, 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 vital 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 equine 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


It does not contain Magnesium. Magnesium requirements are individual and a different magnesium product like  Pazture Guarde or Pazture Mag can be added separately. Some horses already have good levels and don’t need supplementing regularly.

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 10mg 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 metabolizing 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, enabling support of growth, performance work, and reproduction. Biotin is particularly important for normal thyroid and adrenal gland function.


Additional information

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Ingredients per 50gm, (2 level scoops)

Amino Acids: L-Lysine 2.5gm, L-Methionine 1.5gm, L-Threonine 750mg.

Vitamins: Biotin 20mg, Folic Acid 40mg, Vit B1 100mg, Vit B12 100mg, Vit C 200mg.

Minerals: Calcium 5.2gm, Phosphorus 3.3gm, Copper (Organic) 100mg, Zinc, (Organic) 350mg, Manganese (Organic) 100mg, Chromium (organic) 5mg.

Trace Minerals: Zeolite 16gm.

Essentials Formula 2 contains less Zinc, Copper, and Manganese than Essentials Formula 1.

Contains no artificial flavors, coloring, or preservatives. Does not contain vanilla, apple, or cherry flavors. This is very palatable.

Feeding Instructions

Recommended Daily Dose Rate: 

Horses 450-650kg: 50gm per day, (2 scoops) mixed with feed.

Ponies 150-449kg: 25gm per day, (1 scoop) mixed with feed.

Foals and Yearlings: 25gm per day, (1 scoop) mixed with feed.

Store in a cool place out of direct sunlight with a bag always sealed.

Contains no prohibited substances for racing, endurance, showing, and FEI competitions.

No artificial flavors, coloring, or preservatives. Very palatable. Does not contain apple, cherry, or vanilla flavors.

Packaging: The stand-up pouch and foil is sealable and comes with a clear plastic scoop.

Sizes: 1kg, 2kg, 3kg, 6kg, 12kg


Kim Lowry – Waitara – February 2020

I highly recommend using Essentials Formula 2. The hair growth is amazing, and the hooves have improved immensely! Their coats are now shiny and healthy.

It is by far the best; I’ve been using it for two years now, and the horses look great!

Here is my main mare…. her mane is mostly left-handed and is down to her shoulder! She is barefoot and a hardy machine. I’ve owned her for 14 years… Love this product.

1 review for Essentials Formula 2 Selenium Free – Equine Vitamin, Mineral, and Hoof Supplement

  1. Jason

    Essentials Formula 2 is such a great supplement. My old guy is currently fed a premix feed but not to the recommended daily dose rate. When the grass is growing he gets less premix due to his weight. His hoof quality was not the best when i purchased him so I add Formula 2 to add extra hoof nutrients especially copper, zinc, l-methione and biotin and since its selenium free I know I am not doubling up on that.

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