Manganese (Mn) - horses
Manganese (Mn) is the mineral that has the highest occurrence within the liver of the horse. It stimulates enzymes in the bone- and fat metabolism and is essential for the function of the ovaries. Nevertheless, manganese is needed to produce cartilage. A deficiency of manganese can cause enlarged hocks and affect the growth plate. In addition, it can cause lameness and poor coordination of movement in young horses. In case of a serious deficiency, it can lead to the breakdown of bones in the womb, increase the risk of rejection of the unborn foal and irregular cycle in the mare. However, shortages of manganese do not occur very often.