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Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate)

for horses and humans !

Traditionally used in a weekly mash and to replace lost mineral salts after exertion, but also valuable as a salt bath.

Epsom salts, or magnesium sulfate, is becoming an increasingly common supplement for horses.

Magnesium plays an important part in nerve and muscle function, and horses deficient in this important element can show signs of nervousness, wariness, excitability, and muscle tremors.

This gives magnesium its reputation for having a calming influence on equines.

A deficient horse is likely to have a poor tolerance to work and its muscles will tie up quite quickly.

Magnesium is also known to play an important part in reducing equine obesity, and can lessen the risk of laminitis in animals prone to it during periods of strong spring grass growth.

Epsom salts is best known as a laxative.

Give your horse an overly generous amount and, just like people, they’ll be feeling the effects of diarrhoea.

Anything greater than one level tablespoon a day per 100kg of your horse’s bodyweight is likely to result in a case of the runs.

Excessive magnesium will be excreted in the urine, but major overdoses have been linked to heart conduction problems and renal trouble, so it’s important you don’t overdo it.

The magnesium requirement of a typical horse was put at 13 milligrams per kilogram of bodyweight per day.

Horses that are growing, lactating, or in work will use more each day.

For example, a lot of magnesium can be lost in sweat.

For such animals, the quantity could be increased 1.5 to 2 times the maintenance dose.

Opinion appears to vary on whether magnesium supplementation is needed at all.

It will, of course, depend in part on whether the soils on which a horse is grazing are deficient in the element.

Any such deficiency will be reflected in the grass grown.

In general, a horse is likely to get between 60 per cent and 100 per cent of its daily magnesium needs through a normal forage diet.

Deficiencies are most likely in spring, during periods of strong grass growth, and even in winter on pastures in milder areas where grass is being pushed along with fertiliser.

Supplementation of magnesium in a deficient horse will have a huge effect on its wellbeing.

Very useful if the rectum has to been cleaned fast, f.i. with acute laminites, when toxins heap up due to a hold-up and are the kick start for this painful condition.
Some nervous or over exitable horses can benefit by Epsom Salt.
One tablespoon (± 10gr.) in the morning and 1 in the evening can be useful.
Epsom salt is also used to make the coat of white horses whiter.
A dilution of Epsom Salt in water makes a perfect soaking against abcesses and inflammation.
A (contrast)bath with Epsom salt acts relaxing on the muscles (see below).
Epsom salt has an beneficial effect against pollen problems.

Feed 10 gr. ( in pollenseason 20gr.) per 100 kilo bodyweight, feed over 2 meals.

After a long hard day at work or play humans often enjoy a relaxing warm bath with epsom salts.
We recognize this as a method to relax and rejuvenate tired sore muscles.
What many don’t realize is that this is a form of therapeutic hydrotherapy.
Epsom salts are a very powerful mineral that helps to draw toxins and metabolic wastes e.g. lactic acid through the pores in our skin.
The significant reduction in toxicity coupled with the warmth of the water relaxes the muscles of the body, increases their contractability and increases blood flow.
Blood flow is the life force of the body as it brings oxygen and nutrients to the cells and removes wastes and carbon dioxide.
This ensures that cells grow, multiply and repair themselves in an efficient, life preserving and body strengthening manner.
Obviously humans benefit enormously from this simple act of leisure and pleasure.
Can horses benefit as well ?
Absolutely !

After a long vigourous ride, a day at a show or post racing an epsom salt bath will help restore your horse’s muscles to athletic readiness.
Epsom salt baths used up to three times a week and aided with a solid warm-up and cool down routine can also help reduce the incidences of tying up in a horse prone to such muscular difficulties.

Epsom Salt Baths:
Dissolve in a 5 gallon bucket (20 litre) 1 cup of epsom salts in hot water (should be slightly hotter than what is comfortable for your hand).
Dunk in a large beach towel until well saturated.
Squeeze the excess out as you withdraw the towel from the bucket.
Lay across your horse starting at the neck.
Remove when the towel begins to feel cool to touch.
Repeat process until you have covered the entire body three times.
OR dissolve one cup of epsom salts per 5 gallons into a large basin or skip bucket and place in a wool cooler then lay this from head to tail across horse.
Process should be done three times.
OR for a cold weather alternative follow the first three instructions but bath / wrap only the legs.

Contrast baths:
Dissolve in a 5 gallon bucket 1 cup of epsom salts in COLD water (add ice if possible) AND dissolve in a 5 gallon bucket 1 cup of sea salt in HOT water (should be slightly hotter than what is comfortable for your hand).
Dunk a large beach towel into each bucket until well saturated.
Removing the towel from the cold bucket first squeeze the excess out and wrap the towel around a leg.
Leave on for 30 seconds then remove and repeat process using the towel from the hot bucket.
Repeat entire process three times on each leg.
This can be used for horses, dogs or people to kick-start the circulatory system to encourage a deep flush of metabolic wastes and toxins.

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