Originally Posted by Lenuccia
Could I just put in a question? I've been reading here above and in another thread that magnesium is good for preventing laminitis and/or to help with insuline resistance? Could someone tell me more about that? Maybe with some source to scientific experimentations?
Thank you in advance!
I'm no nutritionist & have read of a couple of studies, but can't recall specifics, so hopefully someone can do better... It's also something that now you've reminded me, I need to learn more about.
With regard to specific research done on lami/founder, I remember reading a study done on Epsom Salts, and also some kind of slow release mag. Pellets, which apparently aren't digested until they get to the hind gut, where they can act on the excess sugars & lactic acid... or some such. There was something about, in IR horses this can help, but if the horse is laminitic for some other reason it is useless. The equine nutritionist I consult said that it wouldn't benefit my horses, of whome I was thinking of using it as a preventative measure. I remember reading another article or 2 on it, then must have forgotten it. But as a hoof care practitioner, I should know more about it. 'FounderGuard' is one of the brands of the stuff.
Magnesium is definitely *one of* the essential nutrients needed for healthy hooves(among many other functions), as is biotin, for eg. It is also one generally deficient in horse's diets. Therefore yes, it may well be helpful to supplement it anyway. BUT it is only one of many, and nutrients also need to be well balanced with eachother, so I think it's important to know what the horse is getting to start with(do at least a basic feed/pasture analysis), and I like to feed a *good* complete supp, rather than individual elements. Also easier & cheaper.