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. It is specifically formulated for NZ conditions. 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. Contains less Zinc, Copper, L-Lysine, L-Methionine, and Biotin than Essentials Formula 1.
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, 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 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.