Essentials Formula 2 – Selenium Free
This is a super vitamin, mineral, amino acid, and hoof supplement all rolled into one, Made in NZ.
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, pasture, and soil. It contains high levels of Biotin for hoof support.
It has NO added Iron which makes it the perfect supplement for horses and ponies grazing on NZ pasture and drinking bore water with a 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 and Manganese 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 found 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 coloured 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.
Horse’s 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.
It does not contain Magnesium. Magnesium requirements are individual and a separate magnesium product like Pazture Guarde or Pazture Mag can be added separately. Some horses already have good levels and don’t need supplementing regularly.
Contains Zeolite which 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.