Mad Barn’s Bioplex Zinc is a bulk powder mineral supplement that provides zinc bound to amino acids to ensure it is easily absorbed and readily metabolized.
Zinc is an essential mineral that is a component of over 100 enzymes involved in a wide range of functions including the transmission of nerve impulses, reproductive health, and protein synthesis.
The recommended zinc intake for horses is 400 mg per day for a mature, 500 kg horse that is lightly exercised. For horses that are lactating, the requirement is increased to 500 mg per day.
Horses also lose a significant amount of zinc through perspiration, measured at a rate of approximately 20 mg/L. Performance horses and horses engaged in heavy work require 500 mg per day to meet the minimum requirement.
Severe zinc deficiency is rare, however suboptimal levels may appear as slow wound healing or poor appetite and developmental orthopedic diseases. Dull coat, and brittle hooves may also be attributed to low zinc.
Zinc is sometimes supplemented in IR horses to counteract high iron levels in hay. Research shows that low levels of this mineral are linked to metabolic issues such as decreased insulin levels and insulin resistance.
Foals may show deficiency signs such as low feed intake, reduced growth, dandruff, hair loss and abnormal bone growth. Excess zinc is generally well tolerated in horses up to 700 ppm and is only likely to occur in industrial areas where soil levels of this mineral are high.
Zinc and copper are absorbed by the gut through the same mechanisms and should be considered together when formulating equine diets to maximize absorption of both. Zinc should be provided at three- to five-times higher levels than copper.
Mad Barn’s mineral/vitamin premixes Omneity and AminoTrace+ are formulated to provide zinc and copper in a 4:1 ratio to optimize absorption of both minerals.
You should always consult a qualified nutritionist before altering your feed program. Submit your horse’s diet for analysis online and one of our equine nutritionists will be happy to provide a complementary review.
This product should be used under the supervision of a veterinarian or other qualified equine health professional.