Category Archives: Equine Articles

Cur-OST EQ Tri-GUT; Balancing the Equine Digestive Microbiome

The digestive microbiome in the horse is a crucial organ system within an organ system that impacts health and soundness.  This ‘unseen’ population of microorganisms when in balance is vital for overall health, proper digestion, performance, recovery, and healing.  Unfortunately, too many horses experience upset in this region, leading to a dysbiosis or imbalance.  Is this potentially the reason why your horse continues to have colic symptoms, poor digestion, metabolic disturbances, and fails to thrive and recover?  Cur-OST EQ Tri-GUT is a unique, research supported solution, that just may be the solution you are seeking for your horse.  (more…)

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Cur-OST EQ Inflammend; Harnessing the Power of Turmeric in the Horse

Inflammation is at the core of most horse related lameness and health conditions.  The cellular process is present, contributing to a high level of dysfunction and even degeneration, but we are often left with the ultimate question as to how to aid the situation.  Many current therapies target the inflammatory process, helping to balance it, but more times than not, we are left seeking, as a horse owner, veterinarian, and farrier.  What more can be done to help the horse and to further promote balance in that inflammatory process, while also keeping cost under control?  Curcumin and Turmeric extracts could prove to provide real solutions! (more…)

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Cur-OST EQ Sole & Tendon Therapy; Promoting Hoof Health in the Horse

Upwards of 80% of all lameness conditions in the horse are directly connected to poor hoof or foot health.  That is a staggering number and considering that the foot is often overlooked, it makes us wonder what would happen IF we looked at the foot more closely?  Hoof health is intertwined with many factors including the diet, digestive health, stress, correct trimming and balance, and the immune response.  This can be overwhelming for most and in many cases, everything is being applied properly, yet, results fail to follow.  Is there something more that can be done to help encourage proper hoof health and conditioning for your horse? (more…)

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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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