Copper is now considered as an essential mineral because it has a number of vital roles within the body. Copper is essential in maintaining healthy connective tissues (e.g. tendons and ligaments); it supports antioxidant functions in the body; it is used to produce melanin (the pigment that determines coat colour) and it is necessary for the mobilisation of stored iron in the body. Copper deficiency can result in abnormal bone growth in young horses and weakened connective tissues in mature animals.

Hopefully that helps you to better understand the information on your horse’s feed bag. However, if you are not sure of the suitability of the feed for your horse then consult your vet or a nutritionist for advice.


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