Possible Symptoms List

The check list below is designed to help you find the base causes for the issues your currently experiencing with your horse/s. Print out the checklist and write your horses name next to the issues that best discribe what is going wrong. In conjunction with the Gotcha Equine Feed plan your horses over all health and behaviour can be greatly improved. 


If you would like assistance working out what could be wrong with your horse, or a free copy of the full (updated) Gotcha Equine Feed Plan please email Gotcha Equine , please including your full name and phone number.
Below is a brief list of the some symptoms. There are MANY more.


General Vitamin and Mineral Shortage

(ALL Vitamins + Minerals)

  See back label for dry grass and dry lot (yarded) dose rates
  • Vitamins and Minerals have a role in assisting with dull and off colour coat / no topline / gut health
  • Cracked and flaking hooves / thin hoof wall / slow growing hooves
  • Extended recovery time / ill-thrift
  • Developmental orthopedic diseases(DOD) and OCD/tendon contracture/knuckling under or weak behind
  • Lacking energy / reluctant to move forward / reluctant to canter or make transitions
  • Compulsive eating/can’t keep their head out of grass/failure to reach genetic potential/growing rump high
  • Prone to string halt / acidosis / abscesses / mud fever / sunburn / EPSM
Extremely high demand for minerals
(Oxalate/High Demand)

Supplementing calcium and magnesium is vital when grazing high oxalated grasses: Note the correct cofactors (vitamins + minerals) for maximum absorption must also be present.
DPI warns to supplement horses when grazing the following list of grasses; Kikuyu, Setaria,
Buffel, Green Panic, Pangola, Para Grass, Sand Bur, Guinea Grass, Signal Grass and Purple Pigeon Grass.
Or when in heavy or very heavy work such as: full endurance training or racing, 3 day
eventing, heavy sweating during daily work out of 6-7 days a week, full race training / racing.
Also for lactating mares and growing horses 0-24 months.
Horses grazing oxalated grasses or chronically lacking minerals may display the following:
  • Reluctant to move forward / reluctant to walk properly / reluctant to strike off into canter
  • Enlarged parathyroid gland (under the neck, just back from throat latch)
  • Unexplained lameness / Hind leg stiffness
  • Leg bone splints/bone demineralisation
  • Ruptured tendons, spontaneous fractures
  • Facial crest -bump on the bridge of the nose just below the eyes (often in growing horses)
  • ’Big Head’ (Hyperparathyroidism) - swollen facial bones
  • Loose teeth / stiff gait / short stepping
  • Enlarged joints / joint and bone tenderness / ’clicky’ or noisy joints
  • Young growing horses fail to reach expected height / Very rump high
  • Obstruction of nasal passages, which may cause a noise and / or discharge
  • Developmental orthopedic diseases (DOD) or OCD / tendon contracture / knuckling under or weak behind

Magnesium - Imbalance



  • When grass is growing rapidly such as during spring and autumn
  • Badly behaved /very skatty, spooky and anxious / over sensitive / violent bucking
  • Bolting off in short bursts / grinds teeth / tight and tense / claustrophobia
  • Sore back / cold back / muscle tightness
  • Unsafe / can’t handle pressure of competition, unpredictable
  • Can’t get a saddle to fit / discomfort with saddle
  • Weak behind / grass tetany (flush of grass) / appears lame behind
  • Head-flicking
  • Short stepping / tender hooves
  • Skips in canter with hind legs
  • Stressful situations - traveling / racing / competing
  • Herd bound (goes ballistic if paddock mate leaves)
  • Floating out / floating long distances (travel tetany)

It is important to note that myco-toxicity and magnesium deficiency have very similar symptoms.

Myco-toxin - Affected

(DE-TOX - Toxin Binder)

Autumn / Spring / Tropical conditions (Ideal conditions for fungus/mycotoxins) Grazing Rye Grass, Paspalum, Fescue and Phalaris

  • Spaced out / eyes glazed over / staring out at things not there (statueing)
  • Rye Grass or Paspalum staggers / dipping in the back end / appears weak behind
  • Skipping hind legs in canter
  • Low or compromised immune system due to mycotoxins
  • Badly behaved / very skatty and anxious / over sensitive (to noise) / unpredictable
  • Dislikes handling (ears, chest and sides) / head-flicking
  • Bolting off in short bursts / violent shying / violent bucking
  • Unsafe / can’t handle pressure of competition
  • Tripping and stumbling
  • Bloated and pot belly
  • Excessive aggressiveness
  • Herd bound (goes ballistic if paddock mate leaves), Fence walking
  • Excessive snorting / overheats when rugged
  • Small frequent manure / scours and diarrhea
  • Effect the reproductive system / raging seasons / prolonged gestation
  • Excessive sweating / sweating with very little exertion / smelly sweats
  • Sweating up in situation they don’t normally do, such as floating
Digestive - Imbalance

Assist gut health/also contains toxin binder - (as listed above)
Assists with loose or soft manure by helping to produce well formed manure
Not coping well with the spring grass or green grass in general:
  • Very gassy / loose manure / very noisy stomach
  • Very sensitive digestive system / picky eater / slow eater / chews wood / wind sucks
  • Ideal for horses locked off grass at night or have limited acces to grass

Plain natural salt will need to be added to the diet if in heavy or very heavy work, or grazing Kikuyu grass.
Refer to the Gotcha Equine Feed Plan for dose rates.


Like assistance working out what could be wrong with your horse or like a free copy of the full feed plan. Please email Gotcha Equine, including your full name and phone number please.


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