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Hi, Dr. Getty. I have heard recently of someone who had horses chewing all sorts of things...and she began offering a copper mix. The horses stopped chewing other things when they had the copper mix available. I had never heard of this before. Do you have any thoughts about this? Thanks.

Where are you from? Cool, CA

How did you locate this forum? Dr. Getty\'s website

Re: Copper?

Hi Heidi,

This could certainly be a factor since a copper deficiency can result in anemia. And, the chewing is an attempt to add this mineral to the diet.

Minerals interact with one another and too much of one, can cause a deficiency in another. Copper needs to be balanced with zinc and iron. So, since the horses stopped chewing as a result of copper supplementation, it appears that this mineral was out of balance. But, care must be taken when supplementing one mineral, since another deficiency can result.

All the best,

Dr. Getty

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO