Forageplus ''Bioplex Zinc''
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A highly absorbable source of zinc for horses providing 15% elemental zinc without additives or fillers. An important trace mineral for a whole host of body functions in the horses body, horse zinc is usually shown as being low in forage analysis and is blocked by high levels of other competing minerals such as iron and manganese. Supplementation at high levels is often needed as deficiency is common. Zinc for horses is one of the most important minerals for horse health.
Copper and zinc are two of the most common trace mineral deficiencies around the world and the symptoms are often similar. In addition to the levels of these two minerals often being too low in the horses diet, factors such as high iron intake and high sulfate in water or forage makes the situation even worse by interfering with absorption.
While other deficiencies may not be easily visible, zinc deficiency problems often present in ways that are readily seen. zinc deficiency is bleaching of the coat and red ends on black manes and tails. This is typically blamed on sun exposure, which is true, but horses with adequate levels of melanin will not experience these changes. Melanin is the pigment that gives skin and hair its color. Melanin also protects against UV radiation and chemical damage. Copper (all colors) and zinc in combination with copper (darker colors) are essential for the production of generous amounts of melanin.
Hoof quality also suffers with copper and zinc deficiency.