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.
INTESTIN PURIFIER / LAMINITES.
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. EXITABLE NERVOUS HORSES.
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. WHITE HORSES.
Epsom salt is also used to make the coat of white horses whiter. HOOF ABCESSES / INFLAMMATION.
A dilution of Epsom Salt in water makes a perfect soaking against abcesses and inflammation. MUSCLES.
A (contrast)bath with Epsom salt acts relaxing on the muscles (see below). HEADSHAKERS / RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS DUE TO POLLEN.
Epsom salt has an beneficial effect against pollen problems.
DIRECTIONS OF USE/ DOSAGE:
Feed 10 gr. ( in pollenseason 20gr.) per 100 kilo bodyweight, feed over 2 meals.
(CONTRAST) BATH FOR YOUR HORSE WITH EPSOM SALT.
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 ?
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.
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.
How to use Epsom salt to heal bruises, sore or strained muscles or ankles, constipation or irregularity, washing oily hair, and exfoliating the body.
With the creation of new medicines, treatments, tonics, rubs, sprays, soaks and other aids, many people have lost sight of the fact that before all of the fancier products came along, the old-fashioned products were what did the trick for most people.
The newer products might come in fancier packages, have added aromas or come with sparkles and colors, but stripping all of that away, you end up with the underlying ingredient which is the one that works.
Some of these main ingredients have been around for many years and in their plain form are all but forgotten by most people, but still work very well.
Among these products are Witch Hazel, Isopropyl Alcohol and Epsom Salts.
Did you know, for instance, that soaking a splinter in Epsom salts can release the splinter and help the area to heal?
Many people know that Epsom salts work to relax tight muscles, and are found in many bath salt products, but Epsom salts actually have dozens of healthful benefits.
Epsom salts - magnesium sulfate - are a natural way to treat skin problems, relax the nervous system, and draw toxins from the body.
Soak aching, tired feet in a pan of water with half a cup (120gr.) of Epsom salts and not only will your feet feel better, but they’ll smell better too.
Epsom salts work to neutralize odor and soften skin. Soak feet until they feel better then rinse and dry well.
A full bath should contain 2 cups (480gr) of Epsom salts for relief of tired feet, back muscles, legs or just as a way to have softer skin.
You can also rub Epsom salts all over the body, while wet, then rinse and towel off. Rubbing Epsom salts directly on the body exfoliates skin and leaves it smooth and silky. They make a great gift to give someone when you put them in a nice glass jar with lid and tie on a pretty ribbon.
You can add scent to them by sprinkling them with essential oil.
Or mix Epsom salts with baby oil and keep by the sink if you wash your hands a lot.
The combination can be used on the face, too, to treat dry skin problems.
Cleanse your face with Epsom salts mixed with half a teaspoon of salts and your regular cleansing cream.
The salts do wonders for the hair, absorbing oil from problem hair by adding 8 tablespoons of Epsom salts to a half a cup of shampoo that’s formulated for oily hair. Put a tablespoon of the shampoo mixture on dry hair and work it in and around the scalp area, rinsing it out with cold water.
To rinse it well, and further treat oily hair, pour a cup of apple cider vinegar over the hair, leave on for 5 minutes, and then rinse with cool water.
To add fullness to thin hair, combine equal parts of Epsom salts and hair conditioner. Warm the mixture in a pan then work it into hair.
Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.
For occasional constipation or irregularity, adults can mix 2 to 4 teaspoons into water until dissolved and drink.
Kids 6 to 12 take half of that. This can be used twice a day by taking the first treatment, waiting 4 hours and taking the second dosage if necessary.
Bruises, sore or strained muscles and sprained ankles receive relief when soaking in Epsom salts.
Epsom salts are safe to use but when applying directly to the skin or hair, rinse well. The next time you’re shopping for bath, health or beauty products, pass by the fancy, expensive stuff and try Epsom salts for a blast from the past.
Epsom Salts are routinely used for:
soothing relief from arthritic pain
reducing stiffness, soreness, and tightness of joints
improving discomfort from muscle aches, pains and tenderness
soothing painful bruises, sprains and strains
alleviating pain from overexertion during sport activities
improving the body’s sleeping and resting productivity
increasing and improving body energy levels
improving the rate of natural body healing
soothing away stress
deep cleaning skin and pores
taking the sting out of insect bites
drawing out splinters
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