Nutrition for performance horses: The magic of magnesium

Sep 14, 2023 | Newsletter, Uncategorized

A lack of magnesium can make horses hard to handle. They may become difficult to work with, leading riders to exercise them more in an attempt to manage their behavior. Unfortunately, this can worsen the problem by increasing stress and magnesium loss, creating a vicious cycle of fatigue, muscle cramping, and even a negative association with work and training. Supplements from Performance Equine Nutrition offers a targeted, flexible, and safe approach to addressing a magnesium deficiency in horses, making the supplements valuable for horse owners looking to support their horse’s well-being and performance.

MagRestore has been shown to alleviate symptoms of magnesium deficiency in horses. It can take up to 4 servings daily until symptoms start to dissipate, with noticeable improvements typically seen within ten days.

Maintenance doses vary, but generally, 1 to 2 servings daily are recommended after initial symptoms improve. This flexibility allows horse owners to tailor the supplementation to their horse’s specific needs.

Performance horses often lose magnesium quickly under stress, which can be due to heavy training, traveling, or during competitions. This loss can lead to a deficiency as horses use up magnesium faster than it can be replenished. : Performance horses need 10-30% more magnesium than usual when they’re exercising, depending on the intensity of the workout.

MagRestore is taken orally and is available in pellets or powder. For horses exhibiting more severe signs of deficiency or those in heavy training, MagRestore can be combined with a magnesium bath for comprehensive support. This is particularly beneficial for performance horses or horses in heavy work that require a higher daily dosage, often double that of a non-working horse.

We recommend to split magnesium supplementation between morning and evening feedings to maximize absorption and minimize any potential laxative effects. Proper magnesium levels are essential for maintaining the health, well-being, and performance of horses, particularly those in competitive and high-stress environments​​.

Could your horse be suffering from magnesium deficiency? We have designed a questionnaire to help you uncover a possible deficiency in your horse.