Tag Archives: lameness

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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Horse Health; Herbs versus Medications

Health and soundness in the horse is crucial to performance and overall longevity.  The more time and knowledge that is soundly invested in your horse’s health, the less problems that will be present and inevitably, the lower your overall financial output on healthcare costs.  Despite this concept of ‘preventative care‘ being known for decades, as horse owners and veterinarians we tend to fall back on medications to save us. Are these medications truly the end-all-be all?  Or are there better options available, including herbs and proper nutrition? (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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Whole Foods for Horses; Truths and Misperceptions

Whole food and the horse are becoming a hot topic of discussion in many forums and other information resources.  For many, the topic of ‘whole food’ makes complete sense and they understand the concepts, while for others, it creates a state of confusion.  When there is a state of confusion, and lack of clear understanding, then that individual becomes subject to the words and advice of others, which can either help or create more harm.  Your horse is dependent upon you, as the owner to make the correct decisions, but in order to do this, you have to acquire a level of understanding even on a basic level.  The food choices that you choose for your horse can either improve their health, keep it at a stagnant level, or worse, push it in the negative direction.  There is more to food than just nutrient value and in seeing this, the right decisions often become clear. (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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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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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 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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