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            Copper Supplementation Essential for
              Pregnant Mares
              Joe D. Pagan, Ph.D., Kentucky Equine Research, Versailles, Kentucky

Copper and zinc have been recognized as playing an important role in skeletal development in young, growing horses. Research from New Zealand has shown that copper supplementation of the mare during the final 13 to 25 weeks of gestation significantly reduced physitis scores and led to a significantly lower incidence of articular cartilage lesions in foals at 150 days of age. Supplementation of foals after birth had no significant effect on their scores.



World Equine Veterinary Review
Volume 2, No. 4, 1997