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October 21, 2011

Electrolyte deficiencies in horses lead to musculoskeletal issues

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

FROM THE DESK OF MARK DEPAOLO,DVM:

Our research is far from done, but preliminary Horse Hair Analysis™ results have indicated that most horses with muscle issues are lacking all 4 major electrolytes (calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium) as well as iron, zinc, chromium, selenium and cobalt.  It is quite common for us to see these imbalances all together in horses with musculoskeletal issues such as:

  • Arthritis

  • HYPP

  • OCD

  • Sore back

  • Tendon/Ligament issues

  • EPSM

  

This information leads me to hypothesize that either these horses are not being fed enough of these minerals in their diet, they are being used up during exercise or both.  Alternatively, various horses may have some form of mal-absorption syndrome where they are unable to digest, absorb or metabolize these minerals.

This makes me wonder, would all of our performance horses (and human athletes, for that matter) compete better if we were to supplement with these ingredients simultaneously?  Would they heal faster?  Recuperate faster?  What injuries could we prevent?  Muscle tears, bowed tendons, DSLD, performance fractures, chiropractic issues, ulcers, tying-up, or arthritis?

Most of the horses that I have treated for musculoskeletal syndromes with HHA and Personal Supplement™ have recovered very satisfactorily.  Upon re-evaluation, most cases involving chronic sore backs are significantly better and soundness issues have been resolved.

It takes a very short amount of time on an HHA Personal Supplement™ for a horse to show signs of improvement.  For approximately the same amount as it would cost to have your vet out to diagnose chronic or non-responsive lameness and/or illness, it is possible to see the biochemistry imbalances affecting your horses performance and supplement a horse with a mineral deficiency for an entire year.

Horse Hair Analysis® is an emerging practice that allows greater insight into unsolved equine health and nutritional problems.  It is now possible to find causes for puzzling health problems and precisely address them through custom nutritional supplementation. For more information in HHA, please visit www.depaoloequineconcepts.com or to purchase a Horse Hair Analysis®  testing kit, please visit our online store.

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