Many years ago, around 1983, I heard about some very unique Trace Minerals had some incredible effects over different areas body horses. Some these included an anti-inflammatory action, an enhancing effect over absorption capabilities the digestive tract, a mineralizing effect over depleted bone structures, an antioxidant effect an antitoxic effect, which prevented many every day food poisonings related sequels, kind ended up causing frequently seen Laminitis.
These minerals question belong group Montmoryllonites, are found naturally occurring compounds, originated from fossilized animals, plankton, algae plants, from ancient ocean sea beds are found today rocks.
There no way copy one these natural formulas with kinds minerals are usually used off shelf, form a premix, which way trace minerals are sold animal or human use. Since these natural formulas contain heavy metals concentrations little parts per million, with diluted gases most known oligoelements, rare presence these are recognized body catalytic agents, help dissolve products digestion process are not usually dissolved, protecting body from effects heavy indissoluble molecules travel through different systems, arriving perypheric blood vessels, where they cause toxicity kills cells vessels cause necrosis or death surrounding tissues.
This roughly what causes inflammation death laminae hoof, which allows Coffin Bone rotate, a process generally called Founder.
Taking these notions consideration, we set out test effect product, a Paso Fino ranch Colombia, Criadero La J, Cali. year 1993. I observed test till 1996.
There were 18 foundered horses when we started, from a population 150 stalls. That's more than 10 %. Some these had very bad Founder signs, with soles were so deformed perforated; we couldn't count abscesses appeared them. Some had have a surgical procedure alleviate pull deep flexor tendon rotated Coffin Bone by mechanical pull. This called a Tenectomy. Some others had a demineralizing process their Coffin Bones weakened very much bone, causing an unbearable pain.
We started treatment with Trace Minerals administering 2 ounces a day, a period 20 days. Then we reduced dose 1 ounce daily. I had chance oversee trial three consecutive years.
In a matter 20 days we started observe some changes were very promising. The hair started change, together with skin nail tissues (hooves). The growth sole was noticeable appearance an elastic, harder, new tissue was observed. These findings were seen with use Trace Minerals alone. No other known hoof enhancers type biotin or methionine were used, although combination them could be very promising; could be interaction between these Trace Minerals regular veterinary prescriptions are used these cases.
Once these initial changes took place, a better displacement horses was observed. Although vast majority them never returned fully be used ring, a visible improvement laminitic condition took place. Horses could not walk did so, living at least a kind life would allow them reproduce be some service.
But real effect Trace Minerals was observed first year treatment was completed: no more rotations occurred Laminitis cases became so infrequent, we could expect them only when major changes food components took place, such changes seasons, from rainy season dry or vice versa. We went from more than 10% incidence zero rotations.
In other words, some prevention Laminitis was observed, I feel due power these minerals disrupt formation heavy, toxic molecules could cause damage blood vessels conform Laminae. This was true even with aflatoxin levels (fungus) more than 40 parts per billion, when standards were no more than 20 parts per billion allowed. These were verified through tests taken field by a company large Purina.
Other desirable effects use these Trace Minerals were fact reduced amount grain administered horses. Since components allow absorption some lignified portions grass, converting them into digestible particles, a lot food eliminated by intestine unprocessed was used by body, resulting less food needed per day maintain same body weight. As much 20% less grain! Which prorated into 550 horses ended Trace Mineral program gave ranch savings 20% purchase food whole herd. That translated into thousands dollars. For adult horses, less than 2 pounds was amount grain given twice daily!
Also an improvement bone density Coffin bone was observed through X-rays. The same could be said those horses were diagnosed with arthritis hocks (bone spavin). These tended not show symptoms arthritis so much, so long they were Trace Mineral treatment.
In conclusion, what was said us about use Trace Minerals was confirmed many ways, some others was enhanced... No one would have expected so many uses results from just one single product. It kind supplement I would recommend, when results are needed treating preventing Laminitis, although what we have seen, these Trace Minerals do a whole lot more than that!
Carlos Cortelezzi VMD