Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms

What are some common signs and symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency?
  1. Nervous, anxious temperament
  2. Sudden shying at familiar objects
  3. Violent pulling-back when tied
  4. Dislike of grooming
  5. Aggression towards owners or herdmates
  6. Separation anxiety, herd-bound
  7. Restless under saddle, unable to focus on rider, bucking
  8. Poor hoof quality, footsore without shoes or boots on hard or rough ground
  9. Short stride with inappropriate toe-first hoof landing in movement
  10. Laminitis
  11. Grass belly
  12. Insulin resistant with heavy crest and diabetes
  13. Stiff, braced posture with deep ‘V’ behind withers
  14. Front feet placed far back under body when resting
  15. Tight, sloping croup
  16. Stifle catch
  17. Tying-up
  18. Excessive sweating in hot weather, shivering in warm, wet weather
  19. Dry, flaky skin, Sweet-Itch, Qld Itch, Watery eyes
Why do horses need supplemental magnesium?

The majority of readily available horse feeds and forages are grown commercially with the help of fertilizers that contain little or no magnesium. Over time, soils become depleted of magnesium and some other minerals, which are then not available for uptake by the growing plants. The result is an over-abundance of minerals such as phosphorous and potassium and a deficit of magnesium. Some legume forages such as lucerne and clover are naturally high in calcium but will be low in magnesium if grown in magnesium deficient soils.

What does magnesium do for horses?

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, and maintaining strength of bones and

Why are Horses deficient in Magnesium?

Horses like humans lose Magnesium under stress. The more stress the more magnesium deficient a Horse can be. Stresses can include emotional stress, physical stress (racing, eventing, etc), chemical stress (toxins found on farms that may lead into food and water supply) and immune stress (infections and disease). The biggest problem is also how to supply and replenish Magnesium levels to optimal ranges. Normally in the environment, horses will get enough Magnesium from a variety of grasses as they roam and travel around. In Australia however the grasses are higher in sugars and lower in minerals that you normally get from mountainous regions in Asia or Europe. So the combination of stresses and low levels in food supply means Horses become easily Magnesium Deficient.

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