Horses Benefit from Magnesium

Magnesium, The Miracle Mineral
In the Equestrian world, the health of your horse is of utmost importance. Every rider, groomer, and trainer knows this. Because without your horse’s health, you well… have no horse. Supplementation and daily vitamin regimens are nothing new to the industry, but one particular supplement is gaining traction and gratuitous amounts of positive praise.

This supplement is magnesium. Praised as the “Miracle Mineral”, magnesium is responsible for over 300 enzymatic reactions within the body; human and animal alike. Playing a fundamental role in bone development, the cardiovascular and muscle system, and energy metabolism, magnesium is an invaluable mineral for any living creature. But these benefits are especially helpful to our Equine friends.

The Benefits
Best taken transdermally (directly rubbed into the skin) magnesium can benefit instantaneously in some cases but certainly after long periods of use. Oral magnesium supplements are also sold, but are not as effective. A horse’s kidney is a powerful filter, and separates out much-needed magnesium through ingestion, and due to over farming and irrigation, magnesium has been depleted from our soil. These factors lead to horses receiving less and less magnesium and becoming deficient. Transdermal magnesium is more readily absorbed as well, due to magnesium’s function as a vasodilator causing it to be quickly taken in through skin tissue.

As a horse’s magnesium levels rise they can actually feel more calm and relaxed. This is due to magnesium’s effects of reducing tension in the muscle and cardiovascular system. People have reported horses that spook easily, no longer experiencing the tension of quick movements or other animals. Magnesium deficiency is the possible reason for a spooky horse. Better sleep is also reported when magnesium is supplemented.
Magnesium Helps Muscle Contractions
Magnesium can also help a horse’s muscle contractions or cramps. When a muscle contracts itself calcium is released to lock in the muscle, and then magnesium is released to knock out the calcium to relax the muscle again. When there is a magnesium deficiency or an abundance in calcium the muscle cramps and contracts painfully. Supplementing magnesium through muscle soaks with Magnesium Chloride can prevent and relieve this ailment in horses.
Soaking Your Horses Hooves
The most effective way to use transdermal magnesium on horses is through soaks with Dead Sea Magnesium Chloride. The Dead Sea in Israel is the world’s oldest health retreat, amassing thousands of visitors each year. Along with the highest levels of magnesium chloride in the world, the Dead Sea’s salts also offer high levels of over 20 other essential minerals for wellbeing. We recommend soaking your horse’s hooves in Dead Sea Salts and warm water for 15 minutes per hoof. This soaking session will do wonders for your horse and relax them.
Given Transdermally
Transdermal magnesium (delivered through the skin) is an efficient way to deliver magnesium to muscle tissue as it bypasses the digestive system altogether and can be taken up by the blood stream rapidly. A transdermal application can be very therapeutic prior to athletic competition especially for a nervous horse and also post workout helping the body to recover and relax muscles. It is available in sprays, lotions and a magnesium chloride salt form that is dissolved in warm water. We recommend Dead Sea Magnesium Salt or Mg12’s very own Magnesport Oil.
Placing Towels on Top of the Neck
As well as soaking their hooves, soaking towels in hot water with Dead Sea Salts and placing the towels on top of the neck, where the saddle lays, and on the horse’s haunch instantly will calm the horse and help with magnesium absorption. It is also recommended that you pour Dead Sea Magnesium Oil on these towels as well for an added boost.
Additional Benefits
The added magnesium supplementation helps your horse in a variety of ways:
• Calming and Relaxing the horse
• Easing strain on the muscles after a training or riding session
• Improve sleep
• Help build and repair bones
• Prevent the occurrence of cramps and sprains
• Help heal joint issues
• Reduce the likelihood that the horse will “spook”
• Greatly increase cardiovascular health within the heart
• Prevent and subdue “ticks and jerks” that the horse may have
• Benefit the nervous system
The Most Neglected Mineral in Your Feed
Magnesium is often the most neglected mineral in store bought horse feed. Spring grass is typically deficient in magnesium due to the fast 
growth rate and horses are known to be unstable behavior at this time. Owners often attribute this to too many carbohydrates in the grass. While this may be part of the story, what is often overlooked is that these horses may be deficient in magnesium. Magnesium deficiency has varying effects on the horse population. Some horses do not suffer any signs while others are almost unrideable due to their apparent silliness and hyperactivity. Adding magnesium to their diet may have a dramatic calming effect as explored in our previous article.

Testimonials from Pam Stone
Rubbing our Magnesport Oil on a horse’s neck, behind the ears, heart area, and coup provide profound relaxing effects, as affirmed by our prominent supporter Pam Stone. Pam is a comedian, talk show host, actor, writer, and horse-trainer. She has appeared on numerous talk shows with the likes of Oprah, Jay Leno, and Joan Rivers. Pam has been using our products for months and is experiencing fantastic results on herself & her horse Forrest.

The Power of Magnesium on Pam's Horse
So I've been touting the success of Magnesium from my friend's local company, Mg12, in Tryon, NC, because everyone I know, including myself (for my broken wrist), who has used it has raved about its efficacy. We know horses are often magnesium deficient as well, so as Forrest rehabs his stifle and we only walk under saddle, knowing I can't longe this very spooky boy, first, I've been, first, soaking towels in hot water and a cup of their Dead Sea Salts and laying them over his croup, back, and poll, letting it soak in, followed by poulticing his stifle (not easy) and rubbing the Mg12 oil there, as well as either side of his poll. Result: Forrest is absolutely starting out much more loose and totally mellow. We *know* scientifically, magnesium combats stress and inflammation and countless other painful issues. When I have chiro work done on Forrest, we are often told he is 'out in his right poll' and I believe he has carried tension there from his racing days. I always ask for jaw and poll flexions, mounted, before we move off from the mounting block, asking him to chew the bit and stretch and walk off in that posture. He normally is resistant flexing his poll/atlas to the left. It's physically difficult for him to 'give' in that flexion. After applying and rubbing in the oil to either side of his neck, by his poll, yesterday, this horse immediately and easily gave in both directions and as we stepped forward to begin our walk, he stretched out his neck as if he was going to graze~ just stretched and stretched from head to tail~ his way of saying, "OMG, this feels sooo good!!" He has been quiet as a mouse, no spooking, no silliness and beautifully supple. So, obviously, I'm spreading the word! If you mention my name when ordering, either by phone or typing in my name and discount code in the 'comments' box online, you'll receive 10% I LOVE this product! 
- Pam Stone