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Re: [RC] need info on possible link between hard water and tying up - Sullivan

For those who have so kindly helped, i might add that I feed, over the course of the year, two types of grass hay, oat hay and alfalfa.
The alalfa is about 50% of the hay...but the horses also get some grazing.  I always thought Calif. alfalfa was high in magnesium...one of the contributors to enteroliths?  This gets confusing....
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Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2003 5:05 PM
Subject: Re: [RC] need info on possible link between hard water and tying up

I have read that low Magnesium can cause tying up.  High Calcium can supress magnesium absorption.  Hope this helps some.
Kathy Kelly
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From: Sullivan
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2003 12:54 PM
Subject: [RC] need info on possible link between hard water and tying up

I am hoping to get some imput as to any possible link between horses drinking hard water and being more prone to tie up.
I read an article in the ridecamp archives that explained a posters consistent problems with her  horses tying up, despite good conditioning and warmup, supplementing with Vit E se, etc.  They finally tested their water and found it was very hard, which means high in calcium. This might be my story also.....most of my mares, over the years, having minor problems with tie up...and one bad one which went to U.C Davis. Davis did not run a test for Se, but reccomended adding the supplement.
I finally had our water tested.  IT came up with a ph of 7.4, and a hardness of 14....which they said was in the medium range of hardness.  They also said the calcium was 14g/gal....or 240 ppm.  I am hoping perhaps a vet can comment on this. Anyone know if this degree of hardness is going to cause any problems?  Of course, at my age (47), I would personally thinking drinking water high in calcium is perhaps a good thing....
Problem would be doing anything about it; we have a softener at the house, but the horse water is way out at the barn. We could not give softened water (which takes out the calcium but leaves sodium), but would then need a reverse-osmosis filtration system ($1,000 to $2000), and again, it would be up at the house and we would have to run very long hoses back to the barn area.
Any thoughts or comments appreciated.  We have our own well.

[RC] need info on possible link between hard water and tying up, Sullivan