Cur-OST EQ Topline & Muscle Protein Rebuilds the Horse

Building the topline and overall muscle development in the horse can be a real challenge for many horse owners.  In order to provide for proper topline and muscle development in the horse, protein and amino acids are vital for success.  Most feed regimens and forages being fed are lower in digestible protein and not often high enough to support proper muscle growth.  Supplementing with Cur-OST EQ Topline & Muscle, may provide the edge you are seeking to help your horse to rebuild muscle and topline. (more…)

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Building the Topline in the Horse; The Importance of Nutrition and Gut Health

The topline in your horse is one of the most important groups of muscles that supports the vertebral column, the rider and saddle, and facilitates proper movement in power.  The topline in the horse is also one of the most underdeveloped muscle groups in a high percentage of horses.  Take the saddle off of many high level competition horses and you will be witness to a weak topline, which then impacts that horse’s performance and soundness.  Why is the topline so tough to build and what can you do to regain muscle and strength to that region in the horse? (more…)

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The Horse’s Joint and Soundness; Taking Action to Prevent Problems

The horse’s joint is the second most common site of lameness in the horse, after the foot or hoof.  As owners, you often spend a great deal of time at the veterinarian either having a joint lameness diagnosed or managed with various injections or other therapies.  Considering the importance of all the joints in your horse’s body, and how much money is often spent trying to keep them from breaking down, it just makes sense to come at the problem from a preventative point of view.  If you can do this successfully, the approach may reduce the increased wear, tear, cartilage loss, and bone remodeling that comes over time due to the stresses of life, conformation, and competition.  Once that damage begins, with evident bone remodeling and cartilage loss, you often find yourself chasing your own tail.  Promote joint and bone health from the onset, and in the long-term, the benefits can be real and often, dramatic. (more…)

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Bone and Joint Support in the Horse; Cur-OST EQ Bone Support

The bones make up the skeleton and foundation of every horse and are directly involved in every joint. When we have a failing joint in the horse, it is really a matter of failing bone. Bone health is paramount for overall support, movement, and joint function.  In every horse, especially as they age or are heavily under work, the bones will gradually change over time and joints will remodel. The long-term effect is typically seen as osteoarthritis or simply arthritis, which impacts upwards of 80% of all horses, creating discomfort, reduced range of motion, and impaired performance.  Arthritis in the horse, or joint associated lameness, is often the most common reason for an owner to seek out veterinary advice.  Despite all of our efforts and means of intervention, the long-term outlook for bone and joint health in the horse is often not what we would desire it to be.  Is Cur-OST® EQ Bone Support a new approach for long-term bone and joint health in the horse? (more…)

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Digestive Support in the Horse; Cur-OST EQ Tri-GUT versus EQ Pro-GUT

Digestive support is one of the key and most critical aspects to aiding a horse with almost any condition. The main problem can be obvious, such as gas, loose stools, colitis, or a colic history.  However, in many horses, the gut is a silent player in the ongoing inflammatory problems contributing to joint issues, back problems, irritability, poor performance, tendon issues and yes, hoof problems.  As owners, we spend a small fortune on nutritional supplements, but forget that in order to utilize those nutrients, your horse’s gut or digestive tract must be working properly.  Here are two key Cur-OST® formulas that I utilize in patients and in our own rehabilitation facility to help those horses achieve their highest level of success in health and soundness. (more…)

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The Overweight Horse, Digestive Health, and Ongoing Lameness

What’s your horse’s body condition?  Is your horse overweight?  Comfortably round? Does he have a bloated hay belly? Are there other health issues that you are contending with in your horse?  Possibly allergies?  Metabolic conditions? Poor hoof health?  Joint lameness? Tendon or ligament injuries?  How about his digestive health?  Any problems with gas, loose stools, hard fecal balls, ulcers or poor absorption of nutrients?  Is there a connection between your horse’s overweight body condition, metabolism concerns, and those other health or soundness issues? (more…)

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Hoof Health and Soundness in the Horse; A Constant Struggle?

Are you struggling with hoof health and foot related soundness in your horse?  If you are, you are not alone!  This area of horse health can be a battle, making positive gains one minute and then falling four steps backwards the next.  When you combine other factors including weather, mud, and other unfavorable contributors into the mix, it can be really frustrating.  No matter what you do, no matter what shoes or other fixtures are applied, your horse always seems to have problems from cracks to flares, thrush, to white line issues.  Are you missing out on something?  Is there a magic trick? (more…)

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Turmeric Oils and Horse Health

The majority of today’s research and common knowledge about turmeric and health are linked back to curcumin.  Although curcumin is one of the active ingredients in turmeric, it is not the only one.  Turmeric essential or volatile oils are a less commonly known source of health benefits that are often excluded or overlooked, and likewise not taken advantage of in horse health.  Many horses have benefited from the daily use of curcumin, due to known abilities to promote a healthy inflammatory process, but could turmeric oils add even more to the equation.  Is there more to these oils that we do not know?  Could a combination of curcumin and turmeric oils impact your horse’s health on a higher level? (more…)

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Navicular Disease, Curcumin, and Bisphosphonates in the Horse

Navicular disease in the horse is a common lameness condition impacting equine athletes of all disciplines, but with varying degrees.  The condition results in ongoing heel pain associated with soft tissue damage and navicular bone remodeling, which occurs progressively over time.  The horses impacted by navicular disease suffer variable degrees of pain and have a shorted forward phase of their stride, which inevitably impacts performance and comfort.  Current therapies are limited and most of those therapies are directed towards alleviation of clinical signs, more so than altering the condition itself.  Could an herb like Curcumin, or Turmeric, impact navicular disease in the horse and potentially improve bone health alone or with bisphosphonates? (more…)

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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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