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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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.  Irritated, agitated, 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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