Sometimes we don't need to look far to find that our horse has an issue and what you see on the outside is always an indication that there is something amiss on the inside. If your horse's diet is lacking in minerals, then you will experience both physical and behavioral issues.
This article is looking at minerals - their benefits and some of the issues that arise if they happen to be missing.
Calcium is for bone development. A lack thereof will show a poor top line, bad hooves, and in severe cases, their head will look larger than it should.
Phosphorus is important again in bone development, both in formation and maintenance. Low phosphorus intake will often cause muscle weakness and trembling.
Potassium is essential for ensuring cellular PH, and without it, a horse will have poor growth, weakness and lameness.
Sodium is similar to potassium but is more essential for horses in heavy work or who sweat a lot.
Magnesium is important for nerve health and for skeletal development. A lack of it can mean that your horse is more in flight mode then it should be and can make them extremely over sensitive.
Zinc is important for bone development, a healthy coat, and strong hooves. Deficiency will affect the skin's ability to heal and will again cause your horse to overreact and become easily spooked.
Iron is important as part of blood hemoglobin. A lack thereof may show as a muscle weakness.
Silver is brilliant at fighting parasites and for boosting the immune system and if applied on the skin, it can help heal wounds. There is not really a sign for a lack of silver and it is still not widely used with horses, but it can have very good results.
Gold will help arthritis and improved brain function. This should only be used sparingly and if you have worked with silver.
Copper is needed for all metabolic functions and without sufficient levels, horses will have a dull coat and generally poor overall condition. It is also important for bone and cartilage development.
Iodine is important in hormone production. If this is out of balance then the thyroid can be affected and this, in turn, will impact your horse's weight.
Cobalt is important in the synthesis of B12, which impacts your horse's energy levels.
Selenium is important for the immune system and growth.
Sometimes you have to work with one of the minerals and resolve that issue before you can use another. The correct order and strength when using them is extremely important.
It can seem like a bit of a minefield trying to keep your horse in good health. When trying to find out if my horses are in balance and if there is anything that they need, I am able to dowse for it and this makes it a lot easier to be precise and specific with how I use minerals. Dowsing is easy to learn and helps you determine your horse's needs with increased accuracy.
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