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Re: Chromium use for laminitis

Hello Leslie,

Since your goal is to reduce circulating insulin levels, chromium would be a worthwhile addition. You can either feed Quiessence (which has both magnesium and chromium), or you can add chromium by itself (I believe Platinum Performance supplements offer individual minerals).

Be sure to feed your hay free-choice. An empty stomach is very stressful to a horse, and can trigger a laminitis attack (because cortisol -- stress hormone -- causes elevated insulin. Elevated insulin = laminitis).

All the best,

Dr. Getty
Author of Feed Your Horse Like A Horse

I have a 10 year old horse that is prone to laminitis. He is lean and athletic, without a cresty neck or adipose pockets. Since a recent sore footed episode one month ago, I have kept him off all grass and I am feeding 9% NSC hay and supplementing minerals based on hay analysis - no grain. I have started him on 20g of magnesium. Do I also need to add Chromium to his diet if he is laminitic but has no weight or fat issues?

Where are you from? Bayfield, CO