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post #1 of 5 Old 06-01-2011, 04:55 AM Thread Starter
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Calcium to replace Magnesium as a horse calmer?!

Hi All!
I have been busy on Horse & Hound but I want as much info as possible on this topic so thought I would ask you guys!

I came across a blog by Calinnova Ltd when I was sent EquiFeast May newsletter and they have raised a very interesting argument, one that I have not heard before. I am not very clued up on all the science and was wondering if anyone could shed and light on the topic? I have a very spooky horse and I am looking to use a calmer – any thoughts?
Is there anyone out there who knows a lot about calcium and magnesium? I am confused and have tried to look into it but there seems to be no studies/science about it at all!

Here’s a bit of the newsletter…
Is Calcium the new Magnesium?

Calcium set to take the equine industry by storm:

Over the past ten years, magnesium has become the most popular ingredient in horse calming supplements. As magnesium is so widely recognised as being an effective horse calmer, it is surprising that there have been no scientific studies into the use of magnesium on horses. Despite this lack of academic research, the experiences of many horse owners confirm that magnesium has an effect on a significant number of horses but also fails on a very large number.

Malcolm Green, horse behavioural & nutritional specialist from Calinnova Ltd, believes that any nutritional deficiency that impairs brain function can cause nervous or difficult behaviour, so he set out to identify other nutrients that could help improve animals’ brain function. What came out on top was chelated calcium. In fact, Calinnova have found that chelated calcium seems to help more than three times as many difficult horses as magnesium does. The supplement industry has begun to recognise the benefits of chelated calcium and how it improves brain function and more recently chelated calcium supplements have made an appearance, which raises the question whether calcium will replace magnesium as the preferred nutrient for calmers.

Malcolm Green, BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences; Grad Dip Agricultural Economics

Here is the blog:- if anyone's interested
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-01-2011, 05:52 AM
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I personaly belive that you shouldnt supliment unless you know exactly what you horse needs.
I do blood tests before I suppliment any of mine.

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post #3 of 5 Old 06-01-2011, 03:24 PM
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Without adequate magnesium intake, the body is not going to utilize added calcium very well.

Unless your horse is already getting enough magnesium from it's feed, adding a calcium supplement will more than likely not effect much.

I agree with faye, if you feel like your horse is deficient in either calcium or magnesium do blood work to be sure. You do not want to overdose your horse on either minerals.
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-02-2011, 05:42 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you both for your info.

I will look into blood tests and see if they will look for vitamin and min deficiencies (Iíve heard that they're not very good at doing that). I am a little sceptical about the RDA that has been set and have actually contacted Malcolm Green at EquiFeast to find out a bit more. I was very surprised and interested in what he had to say. He was not pushing the product but was actually very enthusiastic about giving good advice and explaining the science. I think I will 1st try a blood test to get me on the right track but after speaking to Malcolm, I am willing to give this calcium calmer a try.

Many thanks again!
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-02-2011, 06:28 AM
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The whole point of some blood tests is to see wht vit and mineral levels are like.

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