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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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…)
Digestive health in the horse is extremely important and is tightly connected with almost every medical and lameness condition that you can imagine. The importance of proper digestion goes way beyond the typical association with gastric ulcers, colic, diarrhea, or irritable bowel conditions in the horse. In many cases, if digestion is addressed properly, not only do the horses improve but their long-term health and soundness is greatly enhanced. In the first article, I discussed the concept of dampness and digestion in the horse, determining if this problem was present, and steps to intervene for best results. In this second part, I’d like to take a look at specific herbs and foods which can create benefit or potentially more harm, depending upon how they are applied in the horse. (more…)
Digestive health in the horse is a growing concern over the past couple of decades, being readily evident in the high usage of ulcer medications, ulcer supplements, high rates of colic, allergies, skin issues, and metabolic problems. Depending upon how you look at the problem and what you ‘see’ as the main issue of concern, this dictates your approach, which then creates the result, be it positive or negative. Digestive health is not that complicated in the horse, but creating better results does require taking a different perspective and a certain level of understanding. Let’s dive into the concepts of dampness and ama from an alternative medicine perspective on digestive health in the horse. (more…)
When you think of a horse, you almost instantly think of grain. The two are intertwined and deeply related in our thought patterns, having for decades seen horses fed grain of some sorts. It has become the status quo, a set tradition for most horse owners, and they are marketed to by all sorts of feed companies, telling you why you should feed their grain. Given this, and the peer pressure from the standards of others, you simply feed a grain to your horse, often with no thought at all. But, why do you feed that grain? Does your horse really need it? Or could it be creating problems or even resistance to true healing in health and soundness for your horse? (more…)
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…)
The horse is just as prone to anxiety as we are, believe it or not. Anxiety in the horse impacts their performance and ability to pay attention, but it also can dramatically impair their health. The anxiety problem in the horse industry is becoming a big problem. Many horse owners are just seeking a calming supplement for their horse and some even resort to sedatives or tranquilizers. Although some of these remedies can help, most are not getting to the root of the problem. Until you get to the main issue at hand, the anxiety and impacted performance may always be an issue of concern.
Many allergy conditions are associated with poor digestive health and leaky gut syndrome, contributing to unhealthy levels of inflammation and poor immune response.
EQ Total Support targets equine allergy conditions associated with high levels of inflammation and pain while enhancing digestion, helping to also improve joints, mobility and tendon health. Ideal horse supplement for equine allergies, joint ailments and tendon conditions that might be associated with poor digestive ability and chronic inflammation.