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    04-04-2013, 09:41 PM
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Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
An overdose would not affect her kidneys first. She would have loose stools, a sign to cut her dose in half for maintenance.
Giving Lizzie magnesium to balance her nerves, so to speak, is a temporary thing. Once you see results, consult FeedXL for a better balanced vit/min supplement, since Vita Plus is low mg, and you're feeding alfalfa.
Hehe yea I read that about her poo. Didn't really count that as an overdose so much as just too much at once. Like feeding oil, you build up to it. I think I might have to turn to Smartpak as there was one supplement that balanced everything out but it was pretty pricey, icky. I figure if this takes care of her spookiness then at least 40mg of magnesium is needed since that is what the red cell had and we didn't have this issue.
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    04-04-2013, 09:52 PM
The soft poo tells you her " tanks" are full, so to speak. Then it's maintenance. Alfalfa is high in calcium. To arrive at a 2:1 ratio of Ca:Mg, as Verona posted, you'll need a lot of supplemental magnesium.
Feed XL will tell you if it's still low with what Vita Plus provides. If yes, supplement it.
Same with ration balancers. I feed Nutrena Empower Balance. No magnesium added. Here, soil lacks mg. So my hay has next to nothing. So I have to supplement.
To get an idea of what the different hays contain, on average, over a number of years, go to equi-analytical or dairy one. They test thousands of samples every year. Pretty interesting, actually, especially if analyzing your hay doesn't make sense because it's coming from different suppliers.
    03-26-2014, 09:41 AM
This is a VERY old thread, but any updates on how the horses were on MagRestore? Just order some for my jumpy, inconsistent, twitchy gelding.
    03-28-2014, 04:36 PM
Magrestore is amazing. I've had my horse on it for awhile, and it definitely helped calm him down some. Girl I board with was having a lot of trouble with her WB, I let her try some of my magrestore for a week and she was amazed at the difference. He went from being uncontrollable on the ground to following along like a puppy dog. He threw her off a few times from spooking, and now he can go weeks without work and she can just hop on without even lunging. She put all 3 of her horses on it after seeing the difference it made for the one :) I recommend it to everyone! I also give my horse the msm + aloe, msm to help with his joints/tissue regrowth and help his feet and aloe to help keep his belly happy. I started him on that after he started being a little he isn't at all. Aloe is also good for his immune system, and since he has lymes I really try to keep his immune system strong to help keep flare ups from happening.

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