I am wondering if a horse can get too much iron out of drinking water. We have well water, it tested at 18 for hardness and 7 for iron, and that is what the horses drink. I have been told now by the water softener guy and a vet(not one i usually use and dont know if I would use again) that excessive iron isnt healthy for a horse and that I should be giving them softened water. I was told it can cause reproductive issues and if they do carry it can cause a lack of milk.... I am wondering if this is true since my last mare to foal took 2 years to get her in foal , and when she did foal she was VERY short of milk, she needed oxytocin a few times over the first 6 weeks. she didnt have any problem getting pregnant or with milk supply previous to that but this was the first foal since we lived here. I am planning to breed a different mare this spring so I am a bit concerned now. Can excessive iron cause any other issues I should be aware of???? can it cause horses to become overweight? whenever i buy a new horse, or board a horse it gets extremely fat at my place on only pasture and in the winter grass hay with very little grain! (like 1/2 to 1 lb) and when they move away from here (sold or change locations) they do not have a fat issue.... can it be the water???? also i have a mare with an enlarged thyroid.... can the water with the iron and all kinds of minereals be causing that??? thank you so much and any input would be greatly appreciated!!
Posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 12:21 am:
Kris,ask dr getty.she is a nutritionist,just google dr getty.she is alot of help with those kinds of questions.
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