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Joint Injections or Herbs in the Horse?

Your horse is lame.  He’s off somewhere and your vet, through flexion tests and radiographs, determines that one of his joints is irritated or potentially worse, showing signs of degeneration or arthritis.  The recommended course of action is a joint injection, but is that the right thing for your horse?  Are there other options?  What about herbs?  They helped a friend’s horse, but what about yours?  Are herbs a better option for joint pain in your horse, rather than a joint injection? (more…)

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Can Curcumin or Turmeric Help Your Horse?

Turmeric and curcumin.  Both well known names in the world of herbs and alternative medicine, even in the horse industry.  Despite being well known, many do not trust or believe this herb can be of any value in helping their horse. The reason for this disbelief is two-fold, stemming from misinformation or a lack of true desire to investigate the herb and acquire an understanding.  When used properly in the horse, both curcumin and turmeric can be of real value, but again, there must be a certain level of understanding in its proper usage. (more…)

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Rebuilding Your Horse’s Core for Health and Soundness

The Three Treasures of Chinese medicine are the root of almost every health and lameness condition impacting the horse.  Resolve, re-balance, and support these three important facets of the body and you will restore health and soundness to your horse. This is the core or root process involved with healing and recovery.  Understand it and the answers will seem rather straight forward.  Ignore it and you will be chasing your own tail as you struggle to find solutions and long-term remedies as a horse owner. (more…)

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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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What’s the Cost of Joint Injections in the Horse?

Joint injections in the horse, likely the most commonly performed procedure in the horse with osteoarthritis, navicular ailments, or other lameness condition.  The second most common procedure, likely, is endoscopy for gastric ulcers.  How much does a joint injection cost in the horse?  Not just financially, but what do they cost your horse regarding future health and soundness?  Is there a downside outside of where it hits you in the pocket book?  Is there another option or alternative to a joint injection for your 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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Horse Health and Lameness; Nitric Oxide and Circulation

The horse is just as predisposed to health ailments or lameness associated conditions as any human or athlete.  A high majority of these health and lameness conditions are directly linked back to chronic inflammation on many levels.  Nitric oxide plays an important role in over horse health and lameness. It is an important gas that is produced within the body that impacts circulation, vascular health, and can be negatively impacted by many factors.  This reduction or alteration in nitric oxide production can play a role in many horse health and lameness conditions.  Is there something you can do about nitric oxide and circulation to aid in the recovery and overall health for your equine companion? (more…)

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Does My Horse Need a Supplement?

Does my horse need a supplement?  A very common question that is presented to me as a veterinarian and also one that I see on FB and other social media outlets.  It’s a good question, but as with anything when it comes to health or soundness, there is no one answer that fits every horse.  You have to define what a supplement is and its purpose.  Then, you have to look at your specific horse, their needs, your goals, and other factors that are in play.   (more…)

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Equine Health and the Importance of the Off Season

Equine health and soundness is critical for the competition athlete.  It is something that many struggle with during the competitive season, which then often translates into the off season with hopes of full recovery.  In many cases, the time off does allow for repair, just due to the fact of reduced stress, but for others, the problems persist. There may be more that can be done to further enhance the body and accelerate the recovery process, during that much needed time off .  (more…)

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