Magnesium is getting a lot of attention these days. People are learning their diets are lacking and all that calcium they take is not getting properly absorbed without magnesium. Have you ever wondered if your horse gets enough magnesium?
Every time a horse gets excited, its body uses magnesium to calm down and relax. The lower the magnesium level, the lower its’ threshold for new stress. Thus, your horse becomes increasingly more sensitive to stress: more adrenaline, greater magnesium loss, greater sensitivity, etc. Soon its intracellular magnesium level is no longer 10 times that of serum, and the cells are in a chronic state of hyper excitability.
Anxiety, irritability, spooky, defensive behavior, random bucking, rearing and refusals are just the tip of the iceberg of magnesium deficiency symptoms.
Signs that may indicate a shortfall? Your horse may show some of these signs all the time or only during times of stress and competition when magnesium requirements are higher.
Stay tuned for parts two and three of this series about magnesium!