Horse Performance and Magnesium

Performance horses, especially race horses, polo horses and cross country endurance racers, can push until nothing is left in the tank – and then they will give more. Apart from the actual performance, transport to and from the event and inclement weather can also cause stress, leading to magnesium deficiency. How can magnesium supplementation help your horse cope and recover …

Is Your Horse Getting Too Much Calcium?

Excessive Calcium Supplements May Be Harmful Before you go jumping on the band wagon and feeding your horse extra calcium because you think that will help laminitis or build strong bones, consider this study which showed: “Hypercalcemia and excessive administration of calcium have the potential to increase urinary excretion of electrolytes, especially magnesium.” The study also showed extra calcium in …

Jeane hoof trimmer

A Hoof Trim Requires Horse Trust

I had a special opportunity to hoof trim a 20-something-year-old ex riding school mare, who couldn’t be caught – even with food! I decided, rather than try to contain her using a halter, that I should earn her trust so that any future hoof trim would be more pleasant for her… and consequently me too! When I approached her she …

Osteoporosis bones

Build Healthy Collagen With Magnesium for Skin, Muscle and Bone

COLLAGEN is the main component of connective tissue and the most abundant protein in mammals, making up from 25% to 35% of the whole-body protein content. It works as our body’s ‘scaffolding’. Depending upon the degree of mineralization, collagen tissues may be rigid (bone), compliant (tendon), or have a gradient from rigid to compliant (cartilage). Magnesium is crucial in the …

Muscle stress

Stress Impact on Horses and How Magnesium Can Help

Stress is both an angel and a demon: On the one hand, it pushes us forward to adapt, achieve and strengthen muscles, and on the other hand it can kill us prematurely. Building strength rather than wearing out is dependent on ability to recover from stress: And the quality of recovery is dependent on magnesium status.  Low magnesium causes acute stress responses, …

Laminitis

Magnesium for Horses Supplement to Avoid Laminitis

Why do horses need supplemental magnesium? Magnesium is needed directly for over 350 biochemical processes within the body, and is additionally involved in thousands of others. Magnesium is vital for energy production, metabolism of other minerals, regulation of blood sugars, maintaining normal muscle and nerve function, as well as strength of bones and teeth. The development of laminitis (also termed …

Magnesium Deficiency in Horses

Hopper’s Story – A Case of Magnesium Deficiency Hopper had been plagued with pain and a short stride due to severe bracing throughout his body and depleted hoof structure. He had significant P3 bone loss with short length step and toe-first landing. This highly stressed and easily spooked horse has had a remarkable recovery due to change in diet.  The …

Magnesium Chloride Feeding Method for Horses

By Deborah Benstead (15 Feb 2015) Email: [email protected] I am a qualified Horse Podiotherapist (my horse is ‘Hopper’ on the www.graveproofhoof.org website) – my name is Deborah Benstead – and I have been researching and trialling various supplements including magnesium for the last ten years.  We now have a large group of clients Australia-wide who are very happy with the results …

MgCl2 Horse Food Grade Magnesium Flakes

The Importance of Food Grade Magnesium Chloride Hexahydrate

The original salt water source is extremely important in determining the quality of magnesium chloride salts harvested. Generally, the cleanest salts on the planet, and sold as ‘food grade’ are now from alpine regions thousands of metres above sea level and preferably not near agriculture (chemical run-off), population (sewage and other pollution), or mining operations (mining contaminants). The open ocean is now …

Horse calmer

Magnesium as a Horse Calmer to Alleviate Stress

Stress is both an angel and a demon: On the one hand, it pushes us forward to adapt, achieve and strengthen muscles, and on the other hand it can kill us prematurely. How does stress shape the body and how can we manage it for optimal health?  If your horse is acting up and easily spooked, if their body is bracing or they …