Why Equine Hair Analysis

Why Hair Analysis?

Are you concerned about your horse’s performance level? Have you tried multiple supplement programs but have seen little or no changes? Do you want to take the guesswork out of your horse’s nutritional program? These are all good reasons to have a hair analysis done.

What is hair analysis and how is it done? By collecting a small quantity of mane hair and sending it to a certified lab can provide volumes of information. Among the many advantages of a hair-mineral analysis is its accuracy in revealing the tissue levels of minerals in the horse over a two – three month period. A word of caution regarding labs, make sure the lab you work with is certified to test equine samples. Some naysayers will say you you’re looking at old information but in actuality it gives accurate information on minerals and nutritional deficiencies. It takes into consideration that toxins are stored in the tissues of the body, not in the blood. For instance, you can have normal copper levels in the blood, but high copper levels in the tissues. Hair analysis can help check enzyme and endocrine function, stress response and recovery, inflammatory tendencies and nutritional deficiencies and imbalances. The report provide a base line of your horse’s health and enables you to make informed decisions on your current feeding program.

Balanced Eco Solutions offers equine hair analysis from the only certified lab in the USA. The report is reviewed by our in-house veterinarian and provides a summary of the findings. Our equine nutritionist also reviews the report and works with our veterinarian to create a custom supplement program for your horse.

Benefits of Hair Analysis

1. Checks minerals and nutritional deficiencies
2. Check enzyme and endocrine function
3. Stress response and recovery
4. Baseline for supplement program