Magnesium for Horses

GravelProofHoof – Magnesium for Horses

A new friend of mine has been following my issues with Lacey. She suggested a magnesium supplement could help.

I had heard of it before, but also that it only works if the horse is deficient. It isn’t, of course, a magic potion. However, I went ahead and read into it some more and the descriptions of a deficient horse describe Lacey very well.

  • Unable to relax physically or mentally
  • Muscle tremors, twitches, flinching skin, or all over body trembling especially after exertion (not related to outside temp)
  • Body tension
  • Does not tolerate long periods of work– often becoming more excited instead of working down
  • Has difficulty with collection or picking his back up under saddle, moves hollow
  • Random spooking, running through the bridle, inconsistent from one ride to the next
  • Angry about being brushed, blanketed or touched or palpated on either side of spine
  • History of tying up
  • Fatigue
  • Painful heats in mares
  • Bucking or rearing 20-30 minutes into a ride for no apparent reason
  • Requires long periods of lunging before being able to focus on work
  • Would be described as ‘thin skinned’ or over sensitive to sound or movement
  • Massage and chiropractic adjustments do not have lasting affects
  • Teeth grinding
  • Irregular heartbeat or pounding heart- endurance horses often experience this at vet checks

1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 13, 14 are all Lacey. So I’m going to give it a go, and hope that something so simple could be the answer. 


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