Category Archives: Equine Articles

The Equine Gut; Connections with Health and Soundness

The digestive tract of the horse is vast, encompassing about 100 ft in length from the stomach to the rectum.  Each section of the gastrointestinal tract has its own job, and each section is influenced by health and balance in the other.  In most cases, the digestive tract health in the horse only becomes a concern in cases of ulcers, colic, or diarrhea, but there could be problems lingering deeper outside of these areas.  Could the digestive tract in the horse actually impact overall health and even soundness?  Could your horse with ongoing joint, tendon, allergy, laminitis, or metabolic concerns actually have a gut problems and dysbiosis beyond your recognition clinically?  Are you properly managing your horse’s gut health or is this potentially an illusion, or false sense of security?  The answers lie in a deeper understanding of the problem.  Let’s lift the covers on this topic and dig deeper. (more…)

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Topline and Cold Back Problems in the Horse

Topline and cold back problems are common in the equine industry.  In many cases, the problem is more cosmetic in the horse, i.e., loss of muscle tone to the topline or lumbar region.  While in others, the problems extend into performance related issues, such as overt pain or failure to fully perform or stretch out. Although there are no specific remedies to these issues, some approaches have proven more valuable at least in our experience with rehabilitation patients.   (more…)

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What Do I Feed My Horse?

This is the question of the century for many horse owners.  Determining what to feed your horse may seem like a complicated topic, but really it isn’t.  Modern processed horse feeds, heavy marketing, and the internet have made matters more complex than they really are.  We’ve lost our way because we have lost focus.  Creating the ideal feeding program can vary from one horse to the next, but the choices you make for your equine companion can make all of the difference.  These choices will also impact, positively or negatively, the overall health, performance, and injury recovery of your horse. This is a lengthy article and for this I apologize, but I do feel it is an important one that needs to be truly evaluated and understood on many levels.  (more…)

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Horse Health and Lameness; The Importance of Nitric Oxide

The horse is just as predisposed to health ailments or lameness associated conditions as any human or athlete.  A high majority of these health and lameness conditions are directly linked back to chronic inflammation on many levels.  Nitric oxide plays an important role in over horse health and lameness. It is an important gas that is produced within the body that impacts circulation, vascular health, and can be negatively impacted by many factors.  This reduction or alteration in nitric oxide production can play a role in many horse health and lameness conditions.  Is there something you can do about it to aid in recovery and overall health for your equine companion? (more…)

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Calming the Anxious Horse and Reducing Anxiety; How and Why It Is Important

The horse is just as prone to anxiety as we are, believe it or not.  Anxiety in the horse impacts their performance and ability to pay attention, but it also can dramatically impair their health.  The anxiety problem in the horse industry is becoming a big problem. Many horse owners are just seeking a calming supplement for their horse and some even resort to sedatives or tranquilizers.  Although some of these remedies can help, most are not getting to the root of the problem. Until you get to the main issue at hand, the anxiety and impacted performance may always be an issue of concern.

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Does My Horse Need a Supplement?

Does my horse need a supplement?  A very common question that is presented to me as a veterinarian and also one that I see on FB and other social media outlets.  It’s a good question, but as with anything when it comes to health or soundness, there is no one answer that fits every horse.  You have to define what a supplement is and its purpose.  Then, you have to look at your specific horse, their needs, your goals, and other factors that are in play.   (more…)

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Is My Horse’s Grain Creating Health Problems?

Grain.  They are a staple in the horse community.  Processed or commercially available grain products are the most popular and there seems to be a grain blend for almost any health or performance issue. Considering the popularity of these commercial grains and the concurrent rise in health problems in horses, you have to ask whether if you are truly doing good…or are you maybe doing harm? (more…)

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Understanding Curcumin and Impact for Your Horse

Turmeric and curcumin are two popular terms when it comes to herbs and health in the horse, which are really almost one in the same.  We may know about the health benefits noted in research, focusing on inflammation reduction, and have heard on the news or in social media outlets, but do we truly understand what all of that means?  Should we use these herbs and if so, in what form or even combinations?  Is there a difference between the different types and how can using them benefit my horse? (more…)

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Considerations in Equine Tendon Injuries

A tendon and ligament injury is common in the equine industry, impacting upwards of 30% of horses. Despite the injuries being common, most often result in loss of use or reduced use, especially in highly competitive industries including racing.  These injuries are often frustrating to both owner and veterinarian because healing can be slow and often incomplete, despite valiant efforts.  Can healing be enhanced and recovery improved?  The answer is always an emphatic ‘yes’, but each case can be different. (more…)

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Equine Health and the Importance of the Off Season

Equine health and soundness is critical for the competition athlete.  It is something that many struggle with during the competitive season, which then often translates into the off season with hopes of full recovery.  In many cases, the time off does allow for repair, just due to the fact of reduced stress, but for others, the problems persist. There may be more that can be done to further enhance the body and accelerate the recovery process, during that much needed time off .  (more…)

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