Category Archives: Equine Articles

The Hot Horse; Proper Herbal and Food Therapies

Excess heat in the horse can be a major problem for many horse owners.  In part one of this article, I discussed the concept of the ‘hot’ horse, which can present many different ways clinically from sore feet to attitude issues.  While it is imperative to get your horse back into balance physically and reduce that internal heat accumulation, the solutions are not always as straight forward as you’d like them to be. Through looking at your horse in his or her entirety, the causes or contributors do become more evident and thus can guide you to choosing correct solutions.  The solution is always there, but it can take time, patience and understanding to reach the goal of recovery for your horse. (more…)

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The Hot Horse; Anhidrosis to Attitude

The hot horse comes in all shapes and sizes. The summer season opens the door for these physical characteristics to present themselves through encouragement of their development.  The excess heat in the horse’s body can present clinically in many forms from a horse that can’t sweat (anhidrosis), to one with a high strung attitude, skin and eye conditions, and even lameness concerns. To resolve or at least provide better management, it is crucial to understand the problem at its root, as no two horses with heat problems are often addressed the same. (more…)

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Joint Injections or Herbs in the Horse?

Your horse is lame.  He’s off somewhere and your vet, through flexion tests and radiographs, determines that one of his joints is irritated or potentially worse, showing signs of degeneration or arthritis.  The recommended course of action is a joint injection, but is that the right thing for your horse?  Are there other options?  What about herbs?  They helped a friend’s horse, but what about yours?  Are herbs a better option for joint pain in your horse, rather than a joint injection? (more…)

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Healing the Equine Tendon & Ligament

Equine tendon and ligament injuries are extremely common in the industry, being created as a result of many factors.  Despite being very common in the industry, the recovery rate is dismal with a high percentage of horses either experiencing a recurrence of the injury or being forced to retire to a lower level of work due to persistent lameness.  This doesn’t have to happen and through a better understanding, either you can reduce the incidence of tendon and ligament injuries through prevention or enhance your recovery rate with proper supplementation. (more…)

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Horse Health; Herbs versus Medications

Health and soundness in the horse is crucial to performance and overall longevity.  The more time and knowledge that is soundly invested in your horse’s health, the less problems that will be present and inevitably, the lower your overall financial output on healthcare costs.  Despite this concept of ‘preventative care‘ being known for decades, as horse owners and veterinarians we tend to fall back on medications to save us. Are these medications truly the end-all-be all?  Or are there better options available, including herbs and proper nutrition? (more…)

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Can Curcumin or Turmeric Help Your Horse?

Turmeric and curcumin.  Both well known names in the world of herbs and alternative medicine, even in the horse industry.  Despite being well known, many do not trust or believe this herb can be of any value in helping their horse. The reason for this disbelief is two-fold, stemming from misinformation or a lack of true desire to investigate the herb and acquire an understanding.  When used properly in the horse, both curcumin and turmeric can be of real value, but again, there must be a certain level of understanding in its proper usage. (more…)

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Rebuilding Your Horse’s Core for Health and Soundness

The Three Treasures of Chinese medicine are the root of almost every health and lameness condition impacting the horse.  Resolve, re-balance, and support these three important facets of the body and you will restore health and soundness to your horse. This is the core or root process involved with healing and recovery.  Understand it and the answers will seem rather straight forward.  Ignore it and you will be chasing your own tail as you struggle to find solutions and long-term remedies as a horse owner. (more…)

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Shilajit; Rebuilding Bone and Body in the Horse

The ‘Conqueror of Mountains and Destroyer of Weakness‘!  Shilajit goes by many names and has many catch phrases being used to testify to it’s ability to rebuild and strengthen the body, but it is more well known in Ayurvedic Medicine than it is in western culture.  This is an unfortunate thing as this is just one more example of an herb that can pack a real punch, helping to keep your horse in top shape, invigorate his body, and rebuild tissue. Are you looking to rebuild and support your horse? Then, let’s take a look at what Shilajit has to offer! (more…)

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Cordyceps sinensis; Rebuilding & Enhancing the Horse

Lack of energy, breathing problems, poor recovery and stamina, and impaired healing are all symptoms that often plague the equine athlete. Cordyceps sinensis is a long time, well-revered and cherished herb for overall health and vitality.  It is viewed as being a re-builder of health on many levels, supporting energy and recovery in humans.  Considering that the horse is not much different than us, enduring much wear and tear, not to mention ongoing stress upon their system, Cordyceps sinensis could be an extremely beneficial herb that could dramatically impact the horse’s overall recovery, vitality, and even longevity.  Let’s take a look at what Cordyceps could potentially offer your horse. (more…)

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Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM) in the Horse

EPM or Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis has plagued horse owners for decades with an estimated clinical prevalence of less than 5% of horses being affected.  Despite this being a low number, relatively speaking, impacting less than 5 out of 100 horses, the impact when it does happen can be devastating to the average owner.  The costs can be huge in regards to diagnostic expenses, therapy costs and overall loss of use and performance issues.  The incidence of EPM appears to be increasing at times, which is not uncommon as overall health is impaired on a higher level.  This can be frustrating, but if we take a step back and look at ‘why’ this may be happening, it can open doors for prevention and newer therapy options for the horse. (more…)

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