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Iron Overload in Horses - Mad Barn - Vet Talk
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Iron is a common topic amongst horse owners, both with regards to iron deficiency and iron excess. Iron is indeed an essential trace mineral in the equine diet, so some amount of iron is required everyday. But what is the right amount? And where do horses actually get most of their iron?

When it comes to iron, horses are highly adapted to absorb this trace mineral from their diets. This means that iron deficiency is extremely uncommon. On the other hand, this means that horses are susceptible to iron overload.

This brings us to the topic of today’s presentation! When is extra iron too much iron?

Iron overload is a common worry for horse owners because it’s been linked to health issues like liver disease, oxidative damage, and secondary trace mineral deficiencies. Additionally, iron overload may exacerbate insulin resistance in susceptible horses, which becomes a greater concern for owners trying to manage their horse’s metabolic disease and risk of laminitis.

Horses meet their iron requirements from hay and water. However, some forages or water sources can be extremely high in iron. Additionally, other feedstuffs and manufactured feeds will contain iron, whether it be naturally occurring iron or added iron.

Join Dr. Fran Rowe, one of Mad Barn’s Veterinary Nutritionists, in learning more about iron in the equine diet and iron overload. She’ll walk through recommendations on how to be proactive if you’re concerned about excessive iron in your horse’s diet!

For more information about iron overload, check out our blog article 👉 https://madbarn.com/high-iron-horses/

For more information about iron deficiency, check out Dr. Rowe’s video on Anemia in Horses 👉 https://youtu.be/BDMTPLQsJ5E?si=J0esuUufXbdYdW4c

To know the iron content of your forage, submit a sample for analysis. You can do so here 👉 https://madbarn.com/product/forage-analysis/

Want to submit your horse’s diet for evaluation? Follow this link to get connected with an equine nutritionist 👉 https://madbarn.com/analyze-diet/

Have ideas for topics to cover or questions about your horse’s health? We would love to hear from you! Please send any questions or comments to vet@madbarn.com

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