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[RC] Magnesium Deficiency - Spring Pasture - Complications - Rides 2 Far

After a hard ride last weekend, I had a blood panel done on my 
horse.   Everything was normal, except he was low in magnesium.  The
vet said  this  time of year spring pastures can be low in magnesium. 

This weekend at Million Pines Dr. Ken Marcellas felt that several horses
had problems with cramping due to an embalance of this sort...but I
thought it was the other direction. I had a badly garbled tape from when
I interviewed him for an article in the Chronicle...and was going to ask
him to clarify. 

Here's what I *thought* my tape said:

...whether or not some of these horses that are out on a lush green grass
like we've hd this Spring that we haven't had in years, are getting
fairly high calcium/magnesium from that grass. When you give what would
be normal electrolytes to these horses we end up with problems. I've seen
a couple today who seem like they've almost got hyper?? (could have said
hypo?) magnesium or too much calcium.


Ken drew blood on those horses. I'll send you his e-mail address
privately and maybe the two of you can give us some insight? It seemed
that some of the horses with the worst problems were on really good
fertilized fields. Once again I'm vindicated for having a really scruffy
churty hill pasture. >g<


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