Ketones; Going Beyond the Average Metabolic Horse

Ketosis, the ketogenic diet, and exogenous ketones have become quite popular terms in human research and medicine, with significant impacts on health.  However, one has to raise the question as to how these ketones are working, how they are benefiting health, and can they be of use in the horse? Well, despite many ‘critics’ giving their input and little research available, I’ll give you my clinical thoughts when it comes to horses, and not just perceived metabolic horses. (more…)

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Wild Yam; Can It Benefit YOUR Horse?

Wild Yam is one of a thousand of herbs out there that can benefit your horse, but each herb, despite having similar capabilities regarding inflammation, can be quite different in their overall mechanism of action.  Thus, no one herb is right or beneficial for each and every horse.  Wild Yam is one that is quite unique and an herb that I have found to have tremendous value in the right horse for a variety of reasons and issues.  The capabilities and potential are quite significant! (more…)

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Medicinal Mushrooms and the Horse; A Powerhouse of Benefits

The horse’s immune response is a very important factor to their overall health and well-being, not to mention soundness.  All too often, as owners and even veterinarians, we often overlook this key element to their health, and only see a problem in the immune response when a health ailment is present. The fact is that the equine immune response is deeply woven into the fabric of their health.  Proper support of the horse’s immune response is vital each and every day, but there are different approaches each with their own pluses or minuses.  Medicinal mushrooms are one key supplement that many have relied on for centuries for various reasons, with time proven ability to enhance, stabilize, and keep the immune response at optimal working levels.  Let’s take a deeper look at what these mushrooms have to offer. (more…)

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What’s the Cost of Joint Injections in the Horse?

Joint injections in the horse, likely the most commonly performed procedure in the horse with osteoarthritis, navicular ailments, or other lameness condition.  The second most common procedure, likely, is endoscopy for gastric ulcers.  How much does a joint injection cost in the horse?  Not just financially, but what do they cost your horse regarding future health and soundness?  Is there a downside outside of where it hits you in the pocket book?  Is there another option or alternative to a joint injection for your horse? (more…)

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Should I Use Ulcer Medications in My Horse?

Ulcers, specifically gastric or stomach ulcers, are very common in the horse.  While ulcers generally impact the horse in training or competition, they do affect horses not in active work, often to the same degree if not worse.  Ulcer medications are also heavily used in all horses with suspected or diagnosed gastric ulcers, helping to resolve the immediate crisis in some, but in the long-term, many continue to suffer.  Should you use ulcer medications in your horse? (more…)

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Fueling and Repairing the Horse Cells; Cur-OST EQ Cell Repair

In order to compete, run, jump, recover from an injury, muscle stiffness, PSSSM, or even battle the effects of metabolic syndrome, a horse is completely reliant upon their cells.  Now, this may be obvious, as all tissues are composed of different cell types, but for most, the negative events you are encountering in your horse are actually due to those cells not functioning correctly.  They are damaged and in need of desperate repair.  As a result of their reduced function, other vital areas of your horse’s health are also impaired.  How do you repair the cells and turn the tide on this viscous cycle of events?  The Cur-OST EQ Cell Repair formula may just be the answer you are seeking! (more…)

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Metabolic Syndrome and Insulin Resistance in the Horse; New Therapy Options

Equine metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance is an ongoing epidemic in current times.  Although the case load is very high, as is the morbidity rate, options for better management are not keeping up with nor offering improved outcomes for the horse.  Laminitis and chronic foot ailments are often associated with EMS and insulin resistance, which adds to the pain and suffering associated with the metabolic condition in the horse.  The laminitic condition is one common reason for euthanasia in the horse, many times associated with equine metabolic syndrome.  In prior articles, I have outlined the problem on many levels, correlating with our research findings.  In this final part 4 of the article series, I plan to outline specific therapy options that we are implementing in our equine patients with very high levels of success. (more…)

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Whole Foods for Horses; Truths and Misperceptions

Whole food and the horse are becoming a hot topic of discussion in many forums and other information resources.  For many, the topic of ‘whole food’ makes complete sense and they understand the concepts, while for others, it creates a state of confusion.  When there is a state of confusion, and lack of clear understanding, then that individual becomes subject to the words and advice of others, which can either help or create more harm.  Your horse is dependent upon you, as the owner to make the correct decisions, but in order to do this, you have to acquire a level of understanding even on a basic level.  The food choices that you choose for your horse can either improve their health, keep it at a stagnant level, or worse, push it in the negative direction.  There is more to food than just nutrient value and in seeing this, the right decisions often become clear. (more…)

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The Metabolic Horse; Going Ketogenic and Cellular Health Part Three

Metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and the horse.  An ever present problem, contributing to a high percentage of laminitis cases, which are often seasonally related.  In the past 2 articles, I have defined the problem of metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance, as well as raised the questions as to whether or not some ‘clinically normal’ horses may be more susceptible that originally believed.  In this article, part 3 of 4, I will discuss newer therapy options, including the ketogenic diet, with specific goals that show promise in the horse impacted by metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and laminitis. (more…)

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The Metabolic Horse; Digging Deeper into Insulin Diagnosis Part Two

The metabolic and insulin resistant horse.  Quite a complex situation and one that is often poorly managed, as most chronic health ailments are in the horse and other species.  In part one of this article, I discussed the underlying biochemical problems in the average horse with metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance.  It may appear to be a very complex problem, and it is to some extent, but if you can see the problem and not ignore it, then options become readily available for improved management in the horse. (more…)

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