Magnesium is essential for brain and nerve function. It is also vital for hair growth. Many pastures are deficient in magnesium so supplementation is often necessary. Magnesium oxide provides a readily absorbable source of magnesium that can also help neutralise excess stomach acid.
Magnesium supplementation is often used to help calm horses who suffer from anxiety and nervousness. It is also thought to be helpful for horses with poor quality hoof growth and is often recommended for horses exhibiting low-grade foot pain due to poor metabolic function.
Signs of Magnesium deficiency
Low Magnesium is a very common cause of behavioral issues such as irritability, or hypersensitivity to sound or touch.
Muscular irritability manifested as twitching in muscles, increased muscle tone, even elevated blood levels of muscle enzymes and signs of tying up can also be a sign of Magnesium deficiency.