Which mineral supplement is best for my horse?
Rather than offering a smorgasbord of nutrients in tiny amounts per serve (the 'everything but the kitchen sink' approach), Balanced Equine mineral mixes target what is most likely too low in the diet. They use premium mineral sources backed by research,
Rather than offering a smorgasbord of nutrients in tiny amounts per serve (the 'everything but the kitchen sink' approach), Balanced Equine mineral mixes target what is most likely too low in the diet.
They use premium mineral sources backed by research, and in quantities that make a difference.
All the mixes contain significant amounts of copper and zinc and some iodine.
Equi Horse +Se (formerly known as Hoof Rescue +Se) is recommended for most situations. It contains copper, zinc, iodine, some calcium and phosphorus, magnesium and selenium.
Selenium is important for many horses. Grass and hay grown on acidic to neutral soils are known to be deficient in selenium.
Soil conditions, especially pH, influence the plant's uptake of selenium.
Equi Horse +Se has a very conservative amount of selenium, 1 mg per day for the standard feeding rate.
If you are already supplementing sufficient selenium or feeding a packaged feed containing selenium then the Equi Horse mix may be more appropriate.
The only difference between Equi Horse and Equi Horse +Se is that Equi Horse doesn’t have selenium.
Best Guess mix is the best choice if your horse is not likely to be magnesium or selenium deficient.
If you would like to feed your horse additional biotin, HoofXtra vitamin and mineral mix (formerly known as Laminitis Rescue) is the one.
This mix was formulated with insulin resistant (IR) or equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) horses in mind to support a low sugar + starch intake.
Best Guess mix in addition to one of the above mixes is ideal if you need to increase the level of copper and zinc without the other nutrients: magnesium, selenium and so forth being increased.
Supplement and feed companies will tell you what your horses need but this is misleading advertising in most cases. They can’t possibly know without data from individual pasture, hay and feed tests.
And then they need someone who is qualified to analyse that data and make recommendations based on the individual horse's whole diet.
Balanced Equine minerals formulations are based on the data of many feed tests from across Australia by qualified Equine nutritionist, Carol Layton B.Sc M.Ed
The optimal solution to balancing your horse's diet with the correct minerals in the right ratios is to have a feeding plan and feed tests done by Carol.
To learn how to balance mineral ratios for horses, consider enrolling in Dr Kellon’s NRCPlus course.