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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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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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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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Equine Navicular Syndrome and Heel Pain; New Perspectives

Navicular syndrome (disease) and heel pain is a very common problem in the equine industry, likely impacting 30% or more of horses, dependent on the breed and discipline. We see this condition commonly in the western disciplines but also to varying degrees in other sports, including jumping, dressage and even racing. There are many factors that contribute to the problem, which can make it difficult at times to manage. All too often, though, we tend to wait until the condition has progressed, with irreversible damage, before we properly intervene.  With a better understanding, hopefully we can recognize the condition sooner, see contributing factors and produce better results for the patient in the long term. (more…)

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