Introduction to Herbs and Foods in the Horse An Online Course for Better Understanding for Ultimate Success in Equine Health and Soundness Do you struggle with resolving a health or soundness issue in your horse? Has your horse’s condition been ongoing for months or even years with no resolution despite appropriate medical therapy? Does it […]
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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…)
Turmeric and curcumin are two popular terms when it comes to herbs and health in the horse, which are really almost one in the same. We may know about the health benefits noted in research, focusing on inflammation reduction, and have heard on the news or in social media outlets, but do we truly understand what all of that means? Should we use these herbs and if so, in what form or even combinations? Is there a difference between the different types and how can using them benefit my horse? (more…)
We all age, including our geriatric canine companions. Aging can be done gracefully. Quality of life is far more important than quantity of life, although both would be ideal, right? Is it possible to improve not only quality but also longevity? The answer to this is yes, but the right approach needs to be taken, making it more of a lifestyle than a passing fad or just a regimen. Our canine pets depend on us to make the right choices. The more understanding we have, the more informed we are in the choices we make. Growing old for our pets does not have to be a ‘bad’ thing. It can be done gracefully. (more…)
A pain in the back; SI problems, pelvis pain, neck stiffness and generalized back pain are rampant in the equine industry. Back issues and complaints in the horse are quite common, leading to lost work, poor attitudes and overall moderate difficulty in management. Current therapies are often unrewarding, especially long term, as the main cause or root is often overlooked. Through a better understanding of both anatomy, physiology and contributors, management becomes easier and the horse more responsive without the long term need for medications or injections. (more…)
The opposite of health is disease and in the horse, we have many chronic and likewise frustrating health conditions. Many include lameness as a result of direct joint or soft tissue damage, which continue to inflict pain and lameness on the patient as a normal course of the condition. In other cases, we deal with the increasing incidence of Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, and EPM, which in and of themselves can be frustrating due to the often high recurrence rate in certain patient groups. Given this group of chronic diseases, which often come with hefty ongoing medical costs and variable outcomes, we need to step back and really evaluate the conditions and how the patient is responding, if we are to come up with better solutions. (more…)
Spring is upon us and with the increase in pollen and other allergens, those horses with prior respiratory allergies can flare, creating a life of misery for them and their owners. Respiratory conditions impact a large percentage of horse community, contributing to health problems ranging from poor performance to complete debilitation. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most common respiratory conditions affecting the horse, which can be frustrating to manage. Just like other health conditions in the horse, the more we know and the earlier we intervene, often the prognosis is improved and management made easier. (more…)
As a veterinarian, I have to confess that after almost 20 years of clinical practice, I failed many of my patients due to lack of knowledge about proper nutrition. Being a student in veterinary school, honestly, there was not much focus on nutrition. In some courses, there was mention of various nutrients, but not much pressure to use the diet as a tool to aid in disease management and recovery. The good news is that after all of those years, I did ‘wake up’ and realize the importance and today, my approaches are much different for myself, our pets and those horses that I have contact with on a daily basis. It wasn’t always this way and I discover more each day, which can be exciting!
Are you or your horse an antacid junkie? Stomach or gastric ulcers are a common condition impacting horses, people and even pets sometimes. We see commercials regarding antacids and ‘acid blockers’ all of the time and horse owners are exposed to these medication way too often, being an unfortunate part of many horse’s daily routines. For some people, it is no different and many of the commercials seen make it seem like it is the ‘in’ thing to do to take or give these medications. If it is as prevalent in today’s horse world and for people as we are made to believe, then we have a problem. If we have a problem, then we need to understand the problem in order to remedy it or at least improve it.
Tendon Injury management can be challenging, often with a tremendous investment of time and money. After 20 years of veterinary practice, utilizing traditional methods of management, I am a firm believer in providing for the tissue that is injured and thus, creating the ideal environment for cellular repair and recovery. The results tend to be more reliable, quicker and the patient seems to do better in the long term. I feel it is critical to control the inflammatory response and provide proper nutrients, which then opens the door for healing. Here is one case, amongst many, that demonstrates a fairly simple approach with dramatic results in a short period of time.