Copper-Plus - Information and Nutrition

Copper is a key trace mineral and plays many important roles in the body, including:

  • Red blood cell production and in particular the formation of the oxygen-carrying pigment haemoglobin
  • As a key component in antioxidant enzymes, helping to protect muscle and other cells from oxidative damage
  • As a key co-factor in enzymes which help maintain strength and flexibility in connective tissue such as tendons and ligaments
  • Bone production and development, and is vital for correct skeletal development in young horses
  • The production of myelin, the protective covering of nerve cells
  • Keratin synthesis for healthy skin, mane and tail hair and hoof production
  • As a key component in enzymes responsible for the production of skin pigments

Copper interacts closely with zinc and Vitamin B12, and both these micronutrients are provided in Copper Plus Powder, to help maintain the correct ratios in the overall diet. Key antioxidants Vitamin E and controlled levels of Selenium are also provided to support copper’s role as an important co-factor in antioxidant enzymes, helping to protect muscles and other cells from oxidative damage.

Many UK pastures and forages are either low or marginal in copper, and copper supplementation may be required in specific cases where forage levels are known to be low or marginal, or where are high levels of copper antagonists such as iron or sulphur are present in the feed or forage, which may interfere with copper absorption. 

Copper Plus Powder will help to correct a lack of copper in the diet, with safe and controlled levels, from bio-available sources.

Seek professional advice if a copper deficiency is suspected, either from a qualified nutritionist or your veterinary surgeon.


What are the benefits of Copper Plus Powder?

Copper ‚Äď is provided from two sources, to ensure optimum bio-availability and help correct sub-optimal intakes:

            50% from the chelate of glycine hydrate

            50% from copper sulphate

Zinc ‚Äď is included to help maintain correct overall dietary ratios and ensure optimum bioavailability:

            50% from the chelate of glycine hydrate

            50% from zinc oxide

Vitamin B12 ‚Äď to support blood cell production

Vitamin E and Selenium ‚Äď to provide additional antioxidant support



A complementary feed for horses designed to support respiratory health, as part of a balanced diet.

Directions for feeding: 

For 500kg horses: For initial 5 days,: 28g per day. Thereafter 14g per day. Maximum 28g per day.

Additives per kg:

Nutritional additives: Trace elements: Copper total 5000mg.  Copper (Copper (II) chelate of glycine hydrate 3b413) 2500mg, Copper (copper (II) sulphate pentahydrate 3b405) 2500mg, Zinc total 5000mg, zinc (Zinc chelate of glycine hydrate 3b607) 2500mg, Zinc (zinc oxide 3b603) 2500mg, Selenium (sodium selenite 3b801) 10mg.

Vitamins: 3a Vitamin B12 5mg, 3a700 Vitamin E 25,000mg

Sensory additives: Mixture of flavouring compounds 2.5g 

Composition: Dried alfalfa, calcium carbonate, vegetable oil

Analytical Constituents:

 Crude Protein              13.6%

 Crude Fat                        5.0%

 Crude Fibre                  21.5%

 Crude Ash                     22.1%

 Sodium                          0.3 %

Copper                 5000mg/kg



Other useful products:

Everyday Vitamins and Minerals ‚Äď broad spectrum nutritional support for horses and ponies on forage-based diets.

Supreme Omega Oil ‚Äď for omega 3 fatty acids, to support energy levels and promote¬† healthy skin and coat