Manganese: From Cave Paintings To Mineral Critical For Equine Care

Used in cave paintings over 30,000 years ago, Manganese (Mn) has been known to humans in some capacity for tens of thousands of years. First discovered to be an important nutrient to plants, the trace mineral was shown to be necessary in swine in a study in 1926.

It is now known that Manganese has multiple roles in the body, but one of its most important roles involves bone and cartilage formation. Enzymes involved in chondroitin sulfate synthesis need Mn for cartilage formation. Additionally, Mn is used in energy metabolism, amino acid metabolism, fatty acid synthesis, and the antioxidant system.

A mature, retired horse (about 1,100 pounds) or one in light work requires 400 milligrams of Manganese a day—an amount that can be met by unlimited pasture access alone in Central Kentucky. If the horse is in heavy work or if the pastures are known to be Mn deficient, supplementation with a commercial feed or with a supplement designed to meet Mn requirements is recommended.

An equine nutritionist should be contacted if there is concern about Mn quantities to ensure the horse is receiving an adequate dose in his diet.

Read more at the Bluegrass Equine Digest.

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