How can I remove an iron overload in my mare?
Question: My Peruvian mare just tested positive for IR and I highly suspect it was triggered by a high iron level in the hay she has had exclusively over the past one year (tested at 151 ppm/ 69 mg/lb).I am no longer feeding that hay, but also suspect water level of iron may be around 0.5 ppm. What do you suggest to remove the iron overload presumably already in her system?
Dr. Kellon: While 151 ppm is more than she needs, it's actually below the average of 198 ppm found in the DairyOne database containing over 46,000 samples of grass hay. There is evidence that many IR horses are iron overloaded and high iron burden may be a complicating factor but the actual cause of IR is genetics and Peruvians are known to be at risk.