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Equi-Cal provides concentrated Calcium in a highly palatable base for growing, pregnant, lactating horses, or horses on low-calcium hay. Supports bone, nervous system, and muscular health.
Calcium to Phosphorus ratios are very important: horses should receive slightly more Calcium than Phosphorus—a ratio for adults between 6:1 to 2:1 and growing horses between 2:1 to 1:1.
Equi-Cal should be fed according to size, feed intake, and actual Calcium requirements.
Average dose 1-2 oz. per day. 1 oz. provides approximately 8 g of Calcium. 1 scoop = 1 oz.
10 lb. pail = 160-320 day supply
Although most of the Calcium in the horse’s body is incorporated into crystals that give bone and teeth their strength, small amounts of free Calcium ions have pivotal functions. Free Calcium is so important that it's one of a tiny number of substances that are under hormonal control.
Free Calcium makes nerves fire. It controls both the contraction and relaxation of muscle. Calcium constricts arteries to regulate blood pressure, is a cofactor in blood clotting, and triggers insulin release from pancreatic cells among its many functions in the equine body.
Grass hays in some areas, such as regions in the south, are low in Calcium compared to Phosphorus, as are diets heavy in plain grains, Coconut Meal or Brans. Pregnant, lactating and growing horses have tremendously increased needs for Calcium compared to adults. For precise recommendations, get professional advice.