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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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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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Metabolic Syndrome and Insulin Resistance in the Horse; New Therapy Options

Equine metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance is an ongoing epidemic in current times.  Although the case load is very high, as is the morbidity rate, options for better management are not keeping up with nor offering improved outcomes for the horse.  Laminitis and chronic foot ailments are often associated with EMS and insulin resistance, which adds to the pain and suffering associated with the metabolic condition in the horse.  The laminitic condition is one common reason for euthanasia in the horse, many times associated with equine metabolic syndrome.  In prior articles, I have outlined the problem on many levels, correlating with our research findings.  In this final part 4 of the article series, I plan to outline specific therapy options that we are implementing in our equine patients with very high levels of success. (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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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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