EPM or Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis has plagued horse owners for decades with an estimated clinical prevalence of less than 5% of horses being affected. Despite this being a low number, relatively speaking, impacting less than 5 out of 100 horses, the impact when it does happen can be devastating to the average owner. The costs can be huge in regards to diagnostic expenses, therapy costs and overall loss of use and performance issues. The incidence of EPM appears to be increasing at times, which is not uncommon as overall health is impaired on a higher level. This can be frustrating, but if we take a step back and look at ‘why’ this may be happening, it can open doors for prevention and newer therapy options for the horse. (more…)
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Ulcers, specifically gastric or stomach ulcers, are very common in the horse. While ulcers generally impact the horse in training or competition, they do affect horses not in active work, often to the same degree if not worse. Ulcer medications are also heavily used in all horses with suspected or diagnosed gastric ulcers, helping to resolve the immediate crisis in some, but in the long-term, many continue to suffer. Should you use ulcer medications in your horse? (more…)
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…)
The ‘hot’ horse. Covered in sweat often for no reason. Irritated, agitated, poor stamina, poor recovery, and often followed with an unruly behavior pattern. Some can even hinge on the edge of becoming anhidrosis cases or become more prone to E.I.P.H. . We’ve all seen them but they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. In many cases, there are also health issues or even lameness conditions that accompany this ailment. So, why does this happen and is there anything that can be done to help the average horse afflicted with excess internal heat? (more…)
The horse is just as prone to anxiety as we are, believe it or not. Anxiety in the horse impacts their performance and ability to pay attention, but it also can dramatically impair their health. The anxiety problem in the horse industry is becoming a big problem. Many horse owners are just seeking a calming supplement for their horse and some even resort to sedatives or tranquilizers. Although some of these remedies can help, most are not getting to the root of the problem. Until you get to the main issue at hand, the anxiety and impacted performance may always be an issue of concern.
Stomach or gastric ulcers in horses are quite common, actually becoming more of a problem that in the past for our equine patients. It has been estimated that upwards of 80% of all horses, including sedentary and those in training, exhibit gastric ulcers but not all are clinically evident. In some studies, it has been demonstrated that just by moving a horse into a barn or training facility, the incidence of stomach ulcers increases beyond 80% and upwards to almost 100%. Some cases of ulcers are obvious with typical clinical signs, while others are more ‘quiet’ in nature and often only diagnosed incidentally. The sad part is that for many of these horses, they live a life on constant ulcer medications to control the clinical symptoms, which is not solving the problem but also costing the owner money and even, based on some studies, potentially inflicting harm. We need to dig deeper to find better ways of managing this problem in the equine industry. (more…)
Probiotics are common in today’s equine industry and human health. They are heavily marketed for supporting gastrointestinal health on many levels. Are they truly beneficial to the horse, or is all hype?There are many types of probiotics promoted in various products, but unfortunately, they are all lumped together and promoted as being beneficial, which can further muddy the waters. So how do you know if you need to use them and if so, what types are most beneficial? The answer to this question lies not only within research but also through clinical experience. (more…)
The equine athlete is no different from us, as a human species, whether we are an athlete or not in our daily lives. As individuals and living beings, we are in-tuned, in most instances, as to how different stressers, diets and activities impact our health and general well being. For instance, we may know that spicy food may upset our stomachs or create a sense of heat in our bodies. Or we may understand that over-exertion, whether physically or mentally, drains us of vital energy. Given these apparent observations, why is it that we can listen to our own bodies and heed warnings, but when it comes to our equine companions, often we do not?