Advise on Quiessence and other magnesium supplements
I have a 16 yo mare, cresty, easy keeper, thankfully never foundered hard, typical starving pony syndrome. Hay is looking alittle short this year and I hope to turn her out (with a grazing muzzle) to help it stretch a little further. I have read that Quiessence is recommended for cresty necked, potentially insulin resistant horses. It seems that magnesium has the effect of increasing their metabolism and allowing them to eat more like a normal horse and less like a starving pony. Is this correct?
Does anyone use this product for that purpose? Have you seen definite results?
It is also marketed as a calming supplement, this mare does not need one! Lol, she would probably be impossible to shift if she were any lazyier/calmer.
I also have a second pony mare (not an easy keeper, perfectly average) that is currently on Quitex. It doesn't reduce her energy level per say, but it does enable her to 'connect' things faster and make actual progress in her training. Instead of just being a worried, nervous mess she is calm enough to think about and process new things. Since I board both of these horses the thought crossed my mind of using one supplement (Quiessence) on two different horses, for two different things. (Gasp! Entirely to convenient to be possible! Right?)
So has anyone used this product for either purpose? As a calming supplement or a metabolic supplement?