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Category Archives: Equine Articles

Solution to the Problem; Whole Foods vs Processed in the Horse

Whole food nutrition.  What does that mean to most of you, as horse owners?  Do you see nutrition in your horse as something that comes in a bag of grain, a bale of hay, or do you feel there is more that can be done?  Maybe that something might be missing in the grand scheme of things?  Do you see your horse struggle with body condition or experience delayed recoveries from injuries?  It could all be related to the diet you are feeding, processed foods, and inadequacies, despite your being led to believe that is ‘complete’, balanced nutrition. (more…)

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The “Hot” Horse, Health, and Cooling Them Down

The ‘hot’ horse.  Covered in sweat often for no reason.  Poor stamina, poor recovery, and often followed with an unruly behavior pattern.  Some can even hinge on the edge of becoming anhidrosis cases or become more prone to E.I.P.H. . We’ve all seen them but they come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  In many cases, there are also health issues or even lameness conditions that accompany this ailment.  So, why does this happen and is there anything that can be done to help the average horse afflicted with excess internal heat? (more…)

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The Stress Response and Cur-OST EQ Adapt & Recover

The stress response is an ongoing problem in almost every horse, which can impact their mental and overall health.  It can also dramatically impact the predispose to the development of injuries and the recovery of damaged tissues.  Realizing that the stress response is a key player in most equine related health and lameness conditions, you need to seek viable options to help mitigate the harmful damage. (more…)

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Stress: Friend or Foe in the Horse and the Impact on Health and Soundness

Stress.  It’s a part of life and ever more present in our human lives in the past couple of decades.  Is it a part of our equine companion’s lives?  Absolutely.  On more levels than you care to know or realize.  The stress response in the horse is not much different than in you and I, and can  either be beneficial or damaging to health, soundness, and recovery.  Curbing that process, on what ever level that you can, dramatically impacts those three aspects of health, soundness, and recovery.  The question is whether if you recognize that the process exists, that it is truly playing a role, and then decide to do something about it. (more…)

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Equine Fecal Cultures, the Microbiome, and Cur-OST EQ Tri-GUT

For decades we as veterinarians and horse owners have struggled with many equine health conditions and even soundness.  It seems like in the past 20 years, we have made no further progress in the management of laminitis, metabolic concerns, sore feet, tendon injuries, allergies, EIPH, anhidrosis, and many other conditions.  Despite applying the past knowledge and therapies with these conditions, some horses respond clinically while others are severely lacking.  We have to look to recent research and apply what we have been given if we want to move forward.  Fecal cultures and the digestive microbiome of the horse is just as important as that in humans, and the connection with overall health is staggering at times.  This one concept, the microbiome, may shed more light on various conditions and allow us to have one more tool in the box to utilize to monitor and aid in recovery.  The thing is that we have to use this tool, in one way or another, and the information that it provides. Otherwise we are potentially left wanting, over and over again.  It’s really quite fascinating information that can be gained! (more…)

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Help! My Horse Refuses to Eat His Supplements!

Your horse refuses to eat a supplement or even a feed.  You put in a lot of effort to help them with their health or a medical condition, and yet, they walk away from their dinner!  Not an uncommon problem, but certainly a frustrating one for many owners.  So, what do you do?  Is it the supplement? Your feed? Or maybe your horse?  It could be a combination of all three, but with some detective work, patience, and persistence, you can change the situation and maybe their health in the process!  The picky eater horse can be helped! (more…)

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Equine Health; Conventional Versus Non-Conventional Medicine

Horses are not much different from you or I, regarding their health and soundness.  They are just as predisposed to harm when it comes to an improper diet and stress, which can dramatically impact health one way or the other, as it does in people.  When you have a medical or soundness condition, the ultimate question is how you look at things, which then determines your approach in providing care. Do you favor pharmaceuticals, including pain medications, steroids, and antibiotics?  Or do you truly see the problem on a much bigger level?  I think ultimately, which approach is taken is dictated by a true level of understanding, but also motivated by short term desires. (more…)

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Therapy Approaches for More Successful Outcomes in the Laminitic Horse

Laminitis doesn’t have to be frustrating in most cases.  Better outcomes can be readily achieved through an understanding of the process at hand, and through utilization of other therapies outside of the traditional ‘normal’.  In part one of this article, we discussed considerations or factors involved in laminitis in the horse.  Through a seeing of these factors, it becomes clear in most situations that certain aspects of the disease are not being managed.  Through a better understanding, options and possibilities become clearly evident which just may alter the course of the disease condition.  Laminitis doesn’t have to be a death sentence, nor should it result in endless suffering or financial expenditures.  There are many options available, but ultimately it becomes a question of which approach you wish to explore. (more…)

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Considerations for More Successful Management of Laminitis in the Horse

Laminitis in the horse can be a devastating condition, often instigated by a variety of circumstances or conditions.  In many cases, there is no rhyme or reason to why the condition develops, or so it seems, and despite current therapies, problems persist from year to year.  Although laminitis is a complex pathological process in the horse, creating much frustration for both owner and veterinarian, there are promising avenues that can greatly assist in management.  Through a better understanding of the process, improved outcomes can be created with longer lasting effects for the horse.  (more…)

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Incredible Findings in Equine Gut Health and Soundness Research

The microbiome in the horse’s digestive tract is a living entity of itself, almost like a separate organ system within the body.  In states of health, the balance between species of bacteria, protozoa, and yeast is in harmony, while in states of disease, the opposite is true.  This state of dysbiosis or imbalance is important and is becoming more closely linked with a variety of health issues impacting the horse based on our research, mirroring what is being revealed in human health.  Establishing means of intervention is paramount due to the fact that the problem is becoming more prominent.  Our recent research has opened the door for newer options that may be extremely promising not just for gastrointestinal health, but overall health and even soundness in the horse.  The results are just incredible! (more…)

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