Tag Archives: metabolic

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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Ama, Dampness, and Equine Digestive Health

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…)

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Blueberry, Strawberry, Raspberry and the Metabolic Horse

Metabolic syndrome and obesity is an epidemic in the equine world.  The fact is that you are in control of your horse’s health, believe it or not, and the foods you choose to feed them can either assist in their vitality and health, or work against it, contributing to more disease and pain.  The blueberry is one of many fruits, including the strawberry and raspberry, that pack a powerful punch when it comes to health.  The little purple and red gems are packed full of vital nutrients and phytochemicals that can truly alter well-being and health.  The blueberry is just one of many fruits that possess these research supported powers, impacting overall health, sugar metabolism, mental well being, and even digestive health.  These benefits can impact the metabolic horse on many levels.  Many will claim that horse’s do not normally eat these fruits, which is true, but does that mean we don’t take advantage of them? (more…)

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Creating Real Change in the Metabolic Horse

The easy-keeper and metabolic horse pose many challenges to horse owners, farriers, and veterinarians in many facets of equine health and soundness.  For some owners, they are contending with weight issues, insulin resistance, laminitis, and other health concerns in their horse.  For many others, these primary issues are not the problem, but more so it is allergies, ongoing colic concerns, irritable bowel issues, hindgut acidosis, and non-healing injuries or foot problems.  While this second group doesn’t realize it, all of those issues stem from underlying weight issues, metabolic concerns, and often poor digestive health balance.  Let’s look at some new options to assist these horses. (more…)

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Fueling and Repairing the Horse Cells; Cur-OST EQ Cell Repair

In order to compete, run, jump, recover from an injury, muscle stiffness, PSSSM, or even battle the effects of metabolic syndrome, a horse is completely reliant upon their cells.  Now, this may be obvious, as all tissues are composed of different cell types, but for most, the negative events you are encountering in your horse are actually due to those cells not functioning correctly.  They are damaged and in need of desperate repair.  As a result of their reduced function, other vital areas of your horse’s health are also impaired.  How do you repair the cells and turn the tide on this viscous cycle of events?  The Cur-OST EQ Cell Repair formula may just be the answer you are seeking! (more…)

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The Metabolic Horse; Digging Deeper into Insulin Diagnosis Part Two

The metabolic and insulin resistant horse.  Quite a complex situation and one that is often poorly managed, as most chronic health ailments are in the horse and other species.  In part one of this article, I discussed the underlying biochemical problems in the average horse with metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance.  It may appear to be a very complex problem, and it is to some extent, but if you can see the problem and not ignore it, then options become readily available for improved management in the horse. (more…)

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The Metabolic Horse; Understanding the Problem Part One

Metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance in the horse can be a real challenge for the horse owner and veterinarian to manage.  It seems like there are several approaches offered online and from veterinarians, but often those therapies yield little for the horse in regards to clinical benefits. Most of these horses continue to suffer bouts of instability throughout the years, followed by periods of stability.  Through a different approach, and seeing the problem for what it truly is, many of these horses can be helped on a whole new level.  This approach is more of a lifestyle change than a true therapy, targeting cellular repair and rejuvenation to benefit the horse and return cellular function back to a baseline level. (more…)

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Why Is My Horse Fat?

Why is my horse fat?  That’s a good question and one that I was asked routinely during annual preventative wellness checks on my patients.  It is also a question that I get asked in emails all too frequently.  I think it is a good question and for those that ask the question, it is a sign that they recognize that a problem exists, thus opening door for correction.  An overweight horse is not a sign of good health and over time, can lead to significant health problems and increased morbidity, not to mention mortality for some.  Seeing that the problem is present is the first step, but taking the following steps to conquer the issue at hand means that we must understand some basic concepts.   (more…)

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Beverly Gray

Seeing the Whole Horse, Not Just the Obvious Problem

Horse health and lameness are two of the most prominent concerns with owners. The most urgent situation is always the one at hand, or in sight, right there and then.  We have to attend to emergency situations, whether if that is an acute lameness, injury, wound, health ailment or even colic situation. They are dire, in most situations, and must be dealt with accordingly, however, once through that crisis situation, we need to step back and really look at the big picture, hopefully isolating or honing in on the cause of why things happened or developed.  This often entails looking past the obvious problems at hand, whether if that be a lameness or even a health situation, looking deeper and hopefully arriving at insight and wisdom.  Can we do this?  As easy at is sounds, it is not generally well accepted to look beyond the obvious problem at hand. Certainly a challenge for many horse owners, people themselves or even veterinarians.  (more…)

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Carbohydrates; Intakes & Considerations in the Horse

When we think of carbohydrates, we think sugar and we also think energy, as the two are often interconnected.  We all need energy and our equine companions are no different. Thus carbohydrates are an essential part of the horse diet, but in excess and dependent on the form ingested, problems can develop and impact overall health.  In order to gain a better understanding of carbohydrates and feeding in the horse, we have to understand some basic principles. Utilized properly, carbohydrates can be a useful means of gaining and sustaining energy needs for every horse. (more…)

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