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Balanced Equine Poly Copper is a scientifically proven superior source of copper supplementation for horses Poly copper is a nutritional supplement product for inclusion in horse's feed. Product has no therapeutic effect and is designed to be administered in a feed for voluntary ingestion for ...Read more
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Balanced Equine Poly Copper is a scientifically proven superior source of copper supplementation for horses

Poly copper is a nutritional supplement product for inclusion in horse's feed. Product has no therapeutic effect and is designed to be administered in a feed for voluntary ingestion for horses.

You can choose between a net weight of 2.9 kg and 4.9 kg. 2.9 kg is the maximum amount allowed in a 3 kg satchel and 4.9 kg for a 5 kg satchel as the packaging is counted by Australia Post.

Poly Copper (SQM) is for horses with diets deficient in copper or high in copper antagonists, such as sulfate in drinking water, or diets that include high iron intake or excessive levels of zinc.  In combination with zinc, copper is also helpful for horses with bleached coats and red ends on manes and tails.  

Copper plays a role in a variety of functions within the horse‚Äôs body.  It supports the production of:

  • Coat and skin pigment
  • Synthesis and maintenance of joint cartilage
  • Tendons, ligaments and blood vessel walls
  • Reproduction
  • Immune function
  • Bone formation and maturation
  • Cellular respiration
  • Lipid and iron metabolism

*Balanced Equine offers single ingredients like poly copper for people who know what they need to supplement, either have received a Balanced Equine feeding plan with the custom mineral mix recipe that they can put together OR they may have done NRCPlus with Dr Kellon VMD drkellon.com and understand how to calculate what to supplement. Balanced Equine cannot advise the amount to supplement without data.*

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Note:
Balanced Equine does not recommend supplementation of copper in isolation. Copper supplementation should be considered along with levels of zinc in the intake. The ratios of minerals are important and feeding one mineral without supplementing correct levels of another can be detrimental to horse health. 

Contraindications
Excessive copper is toxic. This product is contraindicated for use unless copper deficiency is confirmed.

NRC (National Research Council) proposed upper safe limits
Fe 500 ppm 
Cu 250 ppm (but 791 ppm for 6 months produced no obvious toxicity)
Zn 500 ppm (but also reported no toxicity at 750 ppm)
Mn 400 ppm (manganese toxicity hasn't been studied in horses)

These upper limits are based on the amount eaten, for example:
Fe 5000 mg/day for 10 kg DM intake
Cu 2500 mg/day for 10 kg DM intake
Zn 5000 mg/day for 10 kg DM intake
Mn 4000 mg/day for 10 kg DM intake

Horse consumption only.
First Aid: If poisoning occurs, contact a doctor or the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26.

Useful reference:
Mineral Tolerance of Domestic Animals
https://books.google.com.au/books?id=gi4rAAAAYAAJ&q=cadmium&redir_esc=y#v=snippet&q=horse&f=false

The easiest and best way to know what your horse's intake is deficient in, or what is excessive and out of balance, is to test what your horses eat - pasture or hay. 

For orders outside of Australia, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for product prices - tax (GST) and shipping costs.

Background information

Copper is one of the trace minerals and though required in a relatively small amount, all the trace minerals are as important as the major minerals. Also equally important are the mineral ratios, the ideal ratio for copper to zinc is 1:3 to take into account any competition from sulfur and issues associated with too much iron.

Copper is a key component of enzymes for the many jobs in the body, for example:

  • Lysyl oxidase enzyme: This enzyme forms the strengthening cross-links between collagen and elastin molecules in connective tissue.  Any deficiencies can lead to abnormalities in bone, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, arterial walls. A fatal complication of labour, uterine artery rupture in mares has been linked to copper deficiency. A lack of copper is linked with developmental orthopaedic disease.

  • Cytochrome c oxidase enzyme: Essential for energy generation in the mitochondria, known as the powerhouse of cells.

  • Tyrosinase: This copper dependent enzyme is responsible for production of the pigment melanin.

  • Central nervous system: Copper is required for enzymes that produce norepinephrine from dopamine and manufacture the phospholipids contained in the myelin of protective nerve sheaths.

  • Superoxide dismutase: Copper (and zinc) forms the active core of this key antioxidant enzyme, active both inside and outside cells.

  • Iron metabolism: Ferroxidase I (ceruloplasmin) and ferroxidase 2 are copper containing enzymes that convert ferrous iron (+2 charge) to ferric (+3). Ferric iron is the only form that can be bound to the carrier protein transferrin, which delivers iron to the tissues, including bone marrow for incorporation into haemoglobin. Therefore, a lack of copper can cause anaemia.