Magnesium for Horses

Natural magnesium chloride for calmer horse and healthier hooves…

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Elektra Magnesium® (Magnesium4Horses) – certified food grade magnesium chloride hexahydrate – has been used since 2009 by horse owners all over Australia as a horse feed nutritional supplement… It is an ideal magnesium for horses because it is so easy to digest and more bio-available.  The original and the BEST!

A sample of what our customers say…

“Hopper has been consistently quiet and calm, with no spookiness or aggression, since his diet was changed late in 2009 and magnesium chloride flakes were added to feeds.”
Deb Benstead, Horse Therapist

“All horses are displaying calm temperaments, increased balanced energy levels, improved hoof condition and coats, and general overall health improvements since commencing supplementation of feeds with Magnesium4Horses magnesium chloride flakes.”
Liz Inder, Customer

” I am having great success with the flakes/solution in feeds. And I apply Magnesium Lotion to the coronet bands of the hooves of the old TB and his feet look great. At 25 years old he looks very fit and well!”
Di Botten, Customer

“Will is doing so well on the magnesium!! He’s a lot more chilled out and I even had a ride tonight, and he was amazing. His movement felt more free and his muscles were a lot looser when I massaged him. Yay! When I practiced the leading, he was perfect. Thank you so much!” Jeane Dekter, Horse Groomer

Magnesium for Horses

How much magnesium for horses?

See Horse Feeding Methods and Deficiency Symptoms


What’s the Difference?

Magnesium4Horses was a natural offshoot from the human range of Elektra Magnesium® body care products.  Years ago people seemed to get confused about the Elektra Magnesium® packaging being used as magnesium for horses and kept asking if it was okay to use for horses. Therefore, it was decided to create the Magnesium4Horses brand packaging, a different packaging that came into being in 2016. The same source of magnesium chloride flakes (cert food grade) supplies both brands, with the difference only being slightly thicker flake and lower cost packaging for magnesium for horses flakes.

Magnesium deficiency caused by severe drought conditions and excessive stress

Magnesium deficiency in animals can become critical during drought conditions because of heat stress, dehydration, and loss of electrolytes. Low magnesium in cells exacerbates dehydration. Water is essential for life itself and magnesium helps water to access cells for better hydration.  Without enough magnesium we lose the water too quickly. Magnesium for horses is essential for electrolyte balance and hydration.

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Food Grade Magnesium for Horses

Food Grade Magnesium Chloride is a natural salt harvested from a pristine region 3,000m above sea level:
Elektra Magnesium® Chloride Hexahydrate (MgCl2.6H20) are natural salt flakes comprising magnesium chloride in a crystal complex of 6 water molecules (hexahydrate) plus 2% trace minerals. They are naturally evaporated food grade magnesium chloride salt flakes, with Australian laboratory trace mineral analysis showing NO mercury and NO lead contaminants. They also contain the highest level of elemental magnesium (over 16%) of all the magnesium chlorides in the range (range = 12-16%).

Magnesium chloride is the most soluble and bio-available form of magnesium, and requires no work to digest once it is dissolved in water. Cells can take it up immediately – even transdermally! Other magnesium compounds encounter digestive issues and are less bio-available. For example, magnesium oxide, a commonly used magnesium supplement, is only 4% bio-available, which means that most is expelled via the digestive system regardless of how magnesium deficient the horse may be.

Note that some horses with acidosis may also need a form of toxin binder and/or pH treatment to optimise the benefits of magnesium. Transdermal absorption by horses with gut issues is recommended until the gut is healed. Soak a cloth bandage in a solution of magnesium flakes (about 20-30%) and cover with blanket to keep warm for a few hours.
For study reference using transdermal magnesium on race horses click here.


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