Iron overload by Dr Eleanor Kellon VMD Iron is absolutely essential for life. The high affinity of iron for oxygen is what makes it so useful in trapping oxygen in haemoglobin for delivery to the body tissues.
Understanding a hay or pasture test is important for understanding the nutrient levels and mineral ratios that should make up the largest portion of the intake. The best diet for a horse is a balanced diet based on data.
Hair testing is considered by many nutritionists/scientists/vets to be very limited for overall nutrient balance. Nutritionists can’t use results for balancing a horse’s intake or consider hair testing credible in the face of such significant research.
Blood testing is very limited from a nutritional aspect. A blood test allows a vet to learn information about a horse’s health which can only be found from collecting a sample of blood and having it analysed.
Soil Testing is a valuable process for long term soil treatment but it’s very limited in terms of helping to determine what to feed and supplement to correct imbalances/ deficiencies and excesses in a horse’s intake.
Is Lucerne evil? Some say Lucerne hay or chaff should never be fed as the protein is too high or too rich in ??? This is an example of looking at a feed ingredient or nutrient in isolation to the rest of the diet.
Who are the NRC? In the USA, the National Academy of Sciences have a group of scientists involved in the National Research Council (NRC). This committee has spent many years researching the nutrient requirements for horses.