Horse Hair Analysis and the performance horse
Many performance horses are asked to push through minor physical injuries. It is not uncommon for recurring leg swelling or body soreness to be treated with non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as Phenylbutazone (bute). The effectiveness of these treatments will be short lived if the real issue in a mineral deficiency.
Electrolyte minerals, copper, manganese, chromium, selenium and cobalt are crucial to the growth, repair and function of muscles, tendons and ligaments. Inadequate supplementation may lead to recurring physical setbacks resulting in expensive treatment protocols (i.e. Bone Scan, IRAP, Shockwave, joint injections). Proper nutrition is the most critical ingredient to allowing your horse to thrive.
Horses with improper mineral levels or metal toxicities commonly display one or more of the following:
- Tendon/ligament issues
- Chronic body soreness
- Lack of stamina
Rarely does a horse possess the mental and physical talent to consistently achieve top level success in competition. With the increased popularity of futurities, maturities, and derbies, young horses are pressured into being more finished earlier in their career. Many of these horses become irritable, nervous or aggressive. While this may seem like strictly a mental fault, it may be due to a mineral deficiency.