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        01-22-2014, 10:43 AM
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    Yearling
    Feeding magnesium to horses - Health - Horsetalk.co.nz

    Magnesium for Horses

    http://magnesium4horses.com/wp-conte...ForHorses1.pdf

    I got a 50 lb bag of Magnesium oxide from my feed store, it was under $20. At a teaspoon a day how long you think that will last me? Cheap enough to sprinkle around my tomato and pepper plants in the garden.
    Magnesium oxide is what the feed mills use to add mag to their feeds.

    I do see a difference in my 38 yr old pony. I can only describe it as less water weight. She is definitely less puffy. My other senior a large pony/small horse of unknown age but over 20 seems less lumpy too. I see no change in the 13 yr old. Not seeing much temperament wise out of any of them but they are all pretty laid back individuals.
         
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        01-22-2014, 05:08 PM
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    I feel your pain OP.... Thanks to all this lovely forever changing weather we are getting in NZ the sugars in the grass are going crazy and I have two tbs on dairy grass!

    Personally I would try feeding Tox Defy for a few weeks and see if that makes a difference, however it does work better in conjunction with Alleviate (I use Alleviate C because of the extra calcium in it) - this is after making sure it's not a pain problem though!
    If that doesn't work then I would go for blood tests for the likes of Selenium as that can be low in New Zealand pastures, but we can't supplement that one unless it has been proven to be low in the system because an overdose can exhibit similar symptoms as a deficiency can
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        01-25-2014, 10:52 PM
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    Originally Posted by SueNH    
    Feeding magnesium to horses - Health - Horsetalk.co.nz

    Magnesium for Horses

    http://magnesium4horses.com/wp-conte...ForHorses1.pdf

    I got a 50 lb bag of Magnesium oxide from my feed store, it was under $20. At a teaspoon a day how long you think that will last me? Cheap enough to sprinkle around my tomato and pepper plants in the garden.
    Magnesium oxide is what the feed mills use to add mag to their feeds.

    I do see a difference in my 38 yr old pony. I can only describe it as less water weight. She is definitely less puffy. My other senior a large pony/small horse of unknown age but over 20 seems less lumpy too. I see no change in the 13 yr old. Not seeing much temperament wise out of any of them but they are all pretty laid back individuals.
    Wow your 38 pony sounds like he/she is doing really good for its age!
         
        01-25-2014, 10:54 PM
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    Foal
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    Originally Posted by HollyBubbles    
    I feel your pain OP.... Thanks to all this lovely forever changing weather we are getting in NZ the sugars in the grass are going crazy and I have two tbs on dairy grass!

    Personally I would try feeding Tox Defy for a few weeks and see if that makes a difference, however it does work better in conjunction with Alleviate (I use Alleviate C because of the extra calcium in it) - this is after making sure it's not a pain problem though!
    If that doesn't work then I would go for blood tests for the likes of Selenium as that can be low in New Zealand pastures, but we can't supplement that one unless it has been proven to be low in the system because an overdose can exhibit similar symptoms as a deficiency can
    He seems to have calmed down a lot since I have put him on magnesium oxide! I know it was ment to be 28 degrees here yesterday and today it is pouring down with rain!
         
        01-28-2014, 08:01 PM
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    Originally Posted by BudAndRocky    
    He seems to have calmed down a lot since I have put him on magnesium oxide! I know it was ment to be 28 degrees here yesterday and today it is pouring down with rain!
    Yip, this weather is brilliant for rocket-fuel-grass
    I was away in Tauranga for the weekend so couldn't feed them and was like oh well, I'll just let them have grass and restart on Wednesday.. Today I went out to put on fly spray.... Mitch would not come near me at all, even with the temptation of food, the flyspray is the devil and nothing will make him come ear it. I have my evil child back again thanks to the grass.
    Getting vet out next week for vaccinations, and to take bloods for selenium.
         
        01-29-2014, 02:41 AM
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    Originally Posted by HollyBubbles    
    Yip, this weather is brilliant for rocket-fuel-grass
    I was away in Tauranga for the weekend so couldn't feed them and was like oh well, I'll just let them have grass and restart on Wednesday.. Today I went out to put on fly spray.... Mitch would not come near me at all, even with the temptation of food, the flyspray is the devil and nothing will make him come ear it. I have my evil child back again thanks to the grass.
    Getting vet out next week for vaccinations, and to take bloods for selenium.
    Haha I have had to put my horse back in his paddock twice in 30 mins! Haha the best grass is always on the other side!
         
        01-29-2014, 02:52 AM
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    Haha I have had to put my horse back in his paddock twice in 30 mins! Haha the best grass is always on the other side!
    It absolutely is haha, I had to up the voltage on my standard and reel fence because some smarty pants keeps pushing underneath it and pushing the reel into the water trough somehow?!
    Has the magnesium had much of an effect? If he's not quite back to normal in the next week with just that then perhaps try Tox Defy as well, or some sort of toxin binder
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        01-29-2014, 04:42 AM
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    Haha he just got out anothe 2 times! Haha it's nothing smart like chucking the reel into the water trough! It's more like he is eating grass and just keeps walking hits the electric fence lifts his head keeps going gets a shock then runs right through! Haha I don't know how many more times till he realises he is just going to keep getting a electric shock haha. The magnesium has worked amazing! He is just like he use to be :)
         
        01-29-2014, 07:50 AM
      #19
    Yearling
    SEAmom, what a wonderful, informative, readable post! Thank you!

    Nancy
         

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