Kobi’s Hair Mineral Analysis (part 1)

As all of you know, Kobi suffers from severe allergies.  He scratches, rubs and chews spots on his body until the hair is gone and he is literally a bloody mess.  I was originally told he had ‘sweet itch’ which is an allergic reaction to gnats – since there probably aren’t gnats in Nevada, it made sense.

I have tried every literally every lotion, potion, and supplement that I could find relating to allergies and itching, specifically sweet itch.  Nothing. 

I’ve had the vet out several time and we are able to treat his immediate symptoms (the itching) but as soon as the meds are gone, the itching returns.  Not to mention that I’m leery about the medical implications of keeping him on steroids for so long (Kobi has to live forever…remember?)

A company that I have used in the past and respect them for their products, Uckele, advertised an Equine Hair Mineral Analysis

What did I have to lose?  I’ve tried everything and my poor boy continues to scratch himself raw and bloody – maybe they can give me some insight on what I need to be doing for him.

The results are in:

 Prepared By: Jack Grogan / Mike Uckele

Date: 8/17/12

From the mineral levels and ratios shown on the Hair Mineral Analysis Graph, consider the following:

  • 1. High Al: High toxic and inflammatory stress.
  • 2. High Fe/Cu, High Zn/Cu, Low Cu, Low Se, & High Fe: High inflammatory stress.
  • 3. High Ca/P: High general stress. Slow basic metabolism.
  • 4. Low Na/K: Sensitive to sugar and stress. High general stress.
  • 5. Low Ca/K: High general stress. Fast basic metabolism.
  • 6. High Na/Mg: Over-reactive to stress. Sensitive to stress.
  • 7. High Ca/Mg: Sensitive to sugar.
  • 8. High K: Sensitive to sugar.

Notice any patterns?  High stress (inflammatory and general) and sensitive to sugar.  I understand about the sugar – I’m sure he and the other mustangs didn’t have much access to it in the wild.  Not sure what to do about the stress levels for him – he seems much calmer now than he ever has in his life!

Thankfully the test also comes with a phone consultation.  Mine is scheduled for today at 10.  I’ll let everyone know what this means, and how my boy is doing later!

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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1 Response to Kobi’s Hair Mineral Analysis (part 1)

  1. Mom says:

    Heather do you know if there is a support group of Mustang owners to see if this in a problem with other mustangs and what others have tried and maybe succeeded in . Mom

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