The Importance of Mineral Balance in Your Horse’s Diet

Casie

Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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4 Responses

  1. Jessica says:

    What about areas where well water is very high in calcium how do you handle something like that with no way to really measure? We do have a lot of minerals in our well water as well.

    • then5925 says:

      Hi Jessica,

      Have you had a water analysis done? There is a way to factor in minerals from water. I can e-mail a fact sheet to you if you’d like. If you know you’re dealing with high calcium and you have no way of measuring though, I would still supplement the magnesium–at about 10-15 grams. This should be safe for a full-sized horse.

  2. What effect does not having ratio of 2 to 1 of calcium& Magnesium in horses diet? Thanks Jim

    • Casie says:

      Hi James–Horses don’t usually have an issue with getting enough calcium–it’s magnesium that can sometimes be a problem (in my experience). A magnesium deficiency can affect the horse’s nervous system, bones, and muscles, among other things. Magnesium deficiencies have also been linked with insulin resistance, and when supplemented magnesium, these horses tend to improve.

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