Magnesium oxide is the primary ingredient in many of the quality equine calming products on the market.
Magnesium is needed for more than 325 enzymes within the horses’ body.
Involved in protein synthesis so needed for general growth and repair of tissue, e.g. Hooves.
Required for the maintenance of normal blood circulation within the body, limbs and feet of the horse
Magnesium is critical for balanced secretion of insulin and glucose uptake.
It is involved in supporting correct blood sugar levels after carbohydrate intake and inadequate levels are associated with incorrect insulin function (symptoms include cresty neck and/or fat deposits).
Magnesium is essential for proper calcium absorption and is an important mineral in the bone matrix.
It can also assist in the absorption and metabolism of Vitamins B, C and E.
Low levels of Magnesium can result in nervousness and an inability to concentrate, tight tense muscles
which are less able to relax, tightness or tenderness through the back, slow to warm up.
Periods of stress lead to an increased need for magnesium.
Magnesium is often lacking in equine diets due to processed, preserved, high concentrated feeds.
Magnesium is important for the detoxification of toxic substances from the body. It supports
against heavy metal toxicity.
The availability of magnesium is low in; fast growing lush grass; after periods of rainfall; in
acid soils i.e. ‘horse sick pastures’ or artificially fertilized pastures (acid conditions destroy soil
microorganisms which are used to make the minerals usable by plants).
Useful when magnesium needs boosting in the diet of horse and ponies prone to laminitis.
Feeding guidelines (Requirement may vary):
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