This is an invaluable diagnostic tool that can provide insight into your horse's mineral balance.A hair analysis is done by submitting a hair sample taken from your horse's mane. The analysis will reveal the mineral levels as well as heavy metals. You will receive a thorough explanation of each mineral and metal.
Why is this important? Minerals are critical for the biological
processes of the body. For example; too much magnesium can produce
symptoms such as diarrhea, fatigue, and muscle weakness; too much calcium
can cause body stiffness, tendency toward colic, defensive attitude,
joint pain and metabolic disorders.
Commonly detected heavy metals are lead, arsenic, aluminum, nickel, cadmium and mercury. If any of these are found to be in the toxic range, it is most likely your horse will be exhibiting symptoms related to the toxicity.
A hair mineral analysis is the most accurate way to detect the presence of heavy metals and mineral imbalances. The lab that is used to do the test plays an important role as to the accuracy. For best results I recommend going through DePaolo Equine Concepts to order the test.