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Magnesium is important in bone formation along with calcium and phosphorous. It also plays a leading role in metabolic processes and helps to lower circulating insulin levels, therefore reducing glucose uptake. Magnesium Chloride is very readily absorbed. Best results are achieved by dissolving in water and feeding twice daily. One tablespoon twice a day is an initial dose and it can be increased for horses with severe deficiencies. When stools become loose reduce the dose.
Magnesium for Horses
By Pauline Moore
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 product on, metabolism of other minerals, regulation of blood sugars, maintaining normal muscle and nerve function, and maintaining strength of bones and teeth.
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. High levels of calcium, phosphorous or potassium inhibit absorption of the small amount of magnesium which may be present in the forage. Many areas of Australia have naturally acidic soils with low magnesium levels; horses grazing such pastures will be likely to need supplemental magnesium. Ideally, horses need vast areas of low-sugar native pastures on which to freely roam in their daily hunt for feed and water.
The reality is that domestic horses are frequently kept on pastures that were previously used for dairying and/or cattle production. These pastures were often ‘improved’ by the addition of imported grass species which can accumulate a very high sugar content, suitable for achieving high milk yields and rapid growth in cattle. It has been well documented that the equine digestive system is not adapted to processing large amounts of sugar or non-structural carbohydrates (NSC). Horses grazing high NSC pastures become susceptible to blood sugar disorders such as insulin resistance, which can result in footsoreness or laminitis and poor hoof quality. High levels of blood glucose, from a diet high in sugar/NSC, increases the body’s need for magnesium but at the same time will cause magnesium to be excreted through the kidneys and urine, thus magnifying any existing dietary magnesium deficiency.
Some success has been achieved by feeding magnesium to those horses in sufficient amounts to counteract the effects of a high sugar intake. As well as a high consumption of sugar, stress of any kind will cause large amounts of magnesium to be excreted. This would include travel, changed living or herd environment, extremes of heat and cold, injury, pain, and even the physical exertion of exercise. Very few domestic horses would consume enough magnesium from pasture or feeds to meet their daily needs, and have sufficient magnesium stored in body reserves to counter the amount lost each day.
What are the signs of magnesium deficiency?
As magnesium is needed for such a wide range of body processes, deficiency signs can present in an equally wide range of ways. Ten horses living in the same paddock may show signs of magnesium deficiency in ten different ways, influenced by individual genetic traits that govern how much magnesium can be absorbed and how much is excreted.
Some common signs of magnesium deficiency can include:
▪ Nervous, anxious temperament
▪ Sudden shying at familiar objects
▪ Violent pulling-back when tied ▪ Dislike of grooming
▪ Aggression towards owners or herd mates
▪ Separation anxiety, herd-bound
▪ Restless under saddle, unable to focus on rider
▪ Poor hoof quality, footsore without shoes or boots on hard or rough ground
▪ Toe-first hoof landing in movement
▪ Grass belly
▪ Insulin resistant with heavy crest
▪ Stiff, braced posture with deep ‘V’ behind withers
▪ Front feet placed far back under body when resting
▪ Tight, sloping croup
▪ Stifle catch
▪ Excessive sweating in hot weather, shivering in warm, wet weather
▪ Dry, flaky skin
▪ Sweet-Itch, Qld Itch
▪ Watery eyes
Dissolve 1/2 tbsp of flakes in water and add the resulting solution to each feed, preferably twice daily. if you have any problems, start with a weaker solution as starting with weak solution allows the horse’s body time to adjust to a new source of magnesium. Increasing quantity or strength too quickly may cause scouring.
Continue slowly increasing the strength of the solution over a period of some six weeks or so, or until a slight softening of the manure is noticed. When this happens, reduce the amount of magnesium chloride fed each day to the previous level, then maintain at this level. If a softening of the manure is again noticed after already having reduced the amount of magnesium chloride being fed, this may indicate the horse’s body stores of magnesium are being well replenished, so the amount of magnesium can again be reduced. It may also indicate the horse’s daily needs have reduced, even if only temporarily.
Lower sugar content of pasture or hay will reduce need for magnesium, for example. The horse should then be observed closely for any signs of returning magnesium deficiency so that the dosage rate can be adjusted back up if necessary. When body stores of magnesium have been replenished, it should be possible to reduce the amount fed. As the body can only absorb so much at a time, this may take many months or even a year or two and will depend on the quantity of high-sugar feeds ingested, how much magnesium is excreted and the needs of each individual horse.
Body stores of magnesium cannot be assessed by blood test as only around 1% of body magnesium is found in the blood. Cessation of deficiency signs has been found to be the only reliable way to determine that any individual horse is receiving an adequate daily supply of magnesium from all sources.
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