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Category Archives: Equine Articles

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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Equine Laminitis, Hindgut Microbiome Research – Candidates Needed

Equine laminitis is a devastating condition that impacts a high percentage of horses throughout their lives.  Despite years of research and millions of dollars spent, we are no closer to a solution than we were 10-20 years ago.  The same standards of therapy are applied in hopes of increasing results.  The sad fact is that most of these patients are impacted by their condition lifelong, requiring ongoing care, with many not returning to a significant level of soundness.  Research, both on the human and veterinary side has however, pointed us in one significant direction that may yield further answers and solutions, which is the hindgut microbiome.  Your horse’s feces may provide more answers than you think! (more…)

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Horse Hoof Health, Growth, and Nutrition

As the saying goes, “no hoof, no horse.”  The horse’s hoof is a vital component to soundness.  Poor health and nutrition are often reflective in that hoof health.  In many cases, the horse’s hoof is compromised in one form or another, leading and contributing to soundness issues.  Most horse owners are aware of whether or not their horse’s feet or hooves are in proper health or could use some conditioning.  One of the biggest deterrents to acquiring true hoof health is time and nutrition.   (more…)

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Equine Laminitis Research Trial – Candidates Needed.

Equine laminitis is a potentially devastating condition that has plagued horse owners for decades.  Despite the amount of research dollars spent on finding a solution, we have made no significant strides in recovery or management rates.  There have been no new medications developed but many therapies have been explored, with some having merit while others fail.  Through a basic understanding of the principles at work in the horse’s body and a willingness to explore options, solutions are readily available.   (more…)

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The Equine Gut; Connections with Health and Soundness

The digestive tract of the horse is vast, encompassing about 100 ft in length from the stomach to the rectum.  Each section of the gastrointestinal tract has its own job, and each section is influenced by health and balance in the other.  In most cases, the digestive tract health in the horse only becomes a concern in cases of ulcers, colic, or diarrhea, but there could be problems lingering deeper outside of these areas.  Could the digestive tract in the horse actually impact overall health and even soundness?  Could your horse with ongoing joint, tendon, allergy, laminitis, or metabolic concerns actually have a gut problems and dysbiosis beyond your recognition clinically?  Are you properly managing your horse’s gut health or is this potentially an illusion, or false sense of security?  The answers lie in a deeper understanding of the problem.  Let’s lift the covers on this topic and dig deeper. (more…)

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Topline and Cold Back Problems in the Horse

Topline and cold back problems are common in the equine industry.  In many cases, the problem is more cosmetic in the horse, i.e., loss of muscle tone to the topline or lumbar region.  While in others, the problems extend into performance related issues, such as overt pain or failure to fully perform or stretch out. Although there are no specific remedies to these issues, some approaches have proven more valuable at least in our experience with rehabilitation patients.   (more…)

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What Do I Feed My Horse?

This is the question of the century for many horse owners.  Determining what to feed your horse may seem like a complicated topic, but really it isn’t.  Modern processed horse feeds, heavy marketing, and the internet have made matters more complex than they really are.  We’ve lost our way because we have lost focus.  Creating the ideal feeding program can vary from one horse to the next, but the choices you make for your equine companion can make all of the difference.  These choices will also impact, positively or negatively, the overall health, performance, and injury recovery of your horse. This is a lengthy article and for this I apologize, but I do feel it is an important one that needs to be truly evaluated and understood on many levels.  (more…)

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