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Is Your Horse The 1 out of 3?

equine digestion

Maybe it's because we hear statistics all the time that it's possible to read that on average 1 in 3 horses suffers from gastric ulcers and still not realize the “1” could be our horse!

Just curious how many horses do you have?

How many horses are at the barn where you keep your horse?

For me I own 4 horses currently… so it's possible that 1 out of my 4 horses is suffering from gastric ulcers right now…

Reducing The Risk of Digestive Concerns

To be honest equine gastric ulcers is just one concern of many that your horse could be experiencing when it comes to their digestion. By raising your awareness, I in no way mean to increase your fear or worry… because that will not serve you or your horse in any way!

But it is often in these times of discomfort and tension that we are open to changing our patterns and taking action to achieve a new and better result…

That is the outcome I desire for you and your horse 🙂

Now that you know that your horse's digestive health could be at risk, here are some tips to drastically reduce the concern!

  • Maintain consistent annual or biannual dental exams
  • Reduce the fasting periods your horse experiences
  • Check your supplement ingredients for synthetics, fillers, and chemicals that cause inflammation and intestinal irritation
  • Choose a natural digestive health supplement and be sure to feed or focus on your horse's digestion at least every 3 months

An Immune Boost of 70%?!?

When we stop and remind ourselves that over 70% of the immune system resides in the GI tract, it only further solidifies the fact that our horses digestive health is crucial to their overall wellness. You can explore more tips on supporting equine digestive health below, starting with one of my new favorite digestive supplements shared in the video… just be sure to take immediate action and use what is shared here to move forward to improving your horse's health and digestion today!

Don't Unknowingly Let Dangerous Digestive Problems Linger-

What most horse owners don't realize is that their horse IS trying to tell them that there are health problems lurking below the surface! Your horse could be too…

My mare struggled with #3 on the list for many years and I was told it was a behavior and training issue. I created a free pdf guide that shares 10 Tell Tale Signs Your Horse May Be Suffering From Dangerous Digestive Problems. Click Here to download your copy today.

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Avoiding Dangerous Digestive Problems With Nothing But Your Thumb

Equine Acupressure ST 36

What if you could support your horse's, dog's, and even your own digestive health with nothing but your thumb?

If you wanted it to be more work or your thumb isn't up for the job you could always rely on your pointer and middle finger…

Either way put the neutral, healing energy of your body to work for you!

Master GI Regulator St 36-

Kinda like Sesame Street… this ability is brought to you be the letters “St” and the number “36”.

By utilizing Stomach Meridian Acupressure Point “ST 36” which is known as the digestive master regulator. Offering balance, strength, and tonality to the Spleen, promote the function of the Stomach, increasing the flow and cleansing of pathogens by reducing digestive sluggishness. A stagnant gut is most definitely not supportive to overall health and wellness. It can impact the entire system, including the lungs, immune system, liver, skin, etc. Causing all other systems to be taxed and weighed down with toxins and waste.

Not Just For Equine Digestive Health-

What is so great about acupressure… much like many other natural modalities is it is not only beneficial for your horse. You can promote the health of your horse, dog, yourself and often more (I have heard benefits for goats, cows, cats, etc.)

For your horse you can utilize this point to simply support a healthy digestive system. You can also support your horse from concerns ranging from gastric ulcers, digestive upset, loss of appetite, and bloating. It is also considered to be a very grounding acupressure point and can assist in increasing and balancing energy.

So if you, your horse, or dog is anxious and needs calming, feel fatigued and weak, or struggling with digestive concerns give the “St 36” point a gentle amount of pressure, you can hold your pressure upwards to a few minutes… your goal is to look for a release from your horse or dog. So movement, yawning, lick and chew, or even passing gas.

Remember to do both sides and you can always include the use of a therapeutic grade essential oil. My favorite essential oil blends for digestion are Endoflex or DiGize from Young Living. Single essential oils include Peppermint, Ginger, Spearmint, and Copiaba.

Canine ST 36

This point is safe to utilize in most situations and health concerns including colic… which you can find additional tips on below. There are some sources that don't recommend this point during pregnancy, so be sure to check with a professional first in that case. For additional ideas and points to support your horse's digestion check out the video below.

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Don't Unknowingly Let Dangerous Digestive Problems Linger-

When toxins build up in the horse's system it can be due to the digestive system not functioning properly… many of the health concerns our horses face today are connected to problems that begin in the GI tract. It has also been my experience that these concerns often are overlooked by equine professionals and horse owners alike.

My mare struggled with #3 on the list for many years and I was told it was a behavior and training issue. I created a free pdf guide that shares 10 Tell Tale Signs Your Horse May Be Suffering From Dangerous Digestive Problems. Click Here to download your copy today.

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Comparing A Hoof Abscess To Acne?

Does it make sense to think of an abscess like a pimple?

I read an article by Horse.com that compared a hoof abscess to a zit… I liked the article and it is not too far fetched to compare the two.

There is inflammation, white blood cells, and infection that build and cause pain and pressure. With your horse though it can cause lameness… and if left unsupported it could lead to further complications.

Most recommendations will be topical or externally focused. Which makes sense if the abscess is to believed to be a result of a stone bruise, quarter crack, or puncture wound.

But in more chronic cases or times where it is due to imbalance shoes or trimming, poor stall or paddock maintenance… only caring for the concern topically or externally when it arises does not keep the horse's best interest in mind.

Following Through With The Analogy-

If you or someone close to you has ever struggled with acne, it is often not successful over the long term to only address the concern externally… much like what I just mentioned, it is important to look at the internal environment.

So for your horse you should do the following:

Hoof Abscess Hacks-

Here are my top hoof hack picks to have on hand if my horse experiences a hoof abscess. Always be in contact with a licensed medical professional to ensure further care is not needed. If the abscess has not yet opened, I like to encourage it to drain from the sole…

  • A thick natural based ointment like Young Living Animal Scents mixed with Epsom Salts as a pack with a hoof boot or wrap
  • Ichthammol drawing salve is another option I like to have on hand and utilize

Once it is draining I like to keep my horse's hoof clean and supporting an environment that bad bacteria don't want to be, so my top picks for that include…

Don't Unknowingly Let Dangerous Digestive Problems Linger-

When toxins build up in the horse's system it can be due to the digestive system not functioning properly… many of the health concerns our horses face today are connected to problems that begin in the GI tract. It has also been my experience that these concerns often are overlooked by equine professionals and horse owners alike.

My mare struggled with #3 on the list for many years and I was told it was a behavior and training issue. I created a free pdf guide that shares 10 Tell Tale Signs Your Horse May Be Suffering From Dangerous Digestive Problems. Click Here to download your copy today.

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How To Avoid Sticky Stifles And Add Longevity To Your Horse’s Mobility

4 Vital Steps To Evading Stifle Struggles

The horses stifle is comparable to the human knee. It is a complex network of 4 bones, 3 joints, 14 ligaments, and 2 cartilage menisci. The stifle allows for your horse to flex and extend their hind leg and is designed to help absorb shock as your horse is in motion. Commonly most people think of performance horses when it comes to injury or concern of the stifle…

What is important to understand is that conformation, genetics, and fitness/conditioning plays a role in the health of your horse's stifle. Which means that even recreation and leisure horses can experience concern if the right supportive measures are not implemented with the horses care and lifestyle to promote the proper function of this intricate system of your horse's body.

  1. Proper Digestion- There are many resources that teach on proper nutrition to ensure the health of your horse's musculoskeletal system, but if the delivery vehicle for that nutrition is not functioning at its best. It is likely that the nutrition will go in one end and out the other… leaving your horse still at risk and your hard earned money in supplements in a steaming pile of poo. A great start is to support with the 3 Amigos of Equine Digestion, click here to read more.
  2. Species Appropriate & Individualized Nutrition- The resources I mentioned sharing nutritional advice… not only fail to address the delivery vehicle being operational (big deal if you want results…) but they also preach on cookie cutter, ratio, lab created synthetics that will most certainly fall short of the long term health and benefits you desire for your horse. Do you think that you and I have the exact same nutritional needs, what about compared to your spouse, kids, or your friend who goes to the gym for an hour everyday?? Is blanket nutrition really what you want to trust your horses's vibrant health to?  Once you have cleaned the nutrition of synthetics, chemicals, and toxins… look to add a natural amino acid supplement or check out our favorite joint health hack by clicking here.
  3. Fitness & Conditioning- Proper warm up, cool down, and overall fitness have a huge impact on the health of your horse's stifles. Did you know that the quadriceps and stifle area of your horse is the last place to build and strengthen from your conditioning routine? That means it will also be the first to weaken if you lack consistency or if the horse is on stall rest or inactive over a period of time. Remember that strength training is best done with slow work, consistency, and patience. Working with a sports trainer or qualified professional with slight incline hill work, trotting poles, lateral suppling exercises, and serpentines are great ways to build fitness and condition over time.
  4. Recovery & Therapy- Supporting your horse with bodywork, natural liniments, and nutritional support and remedies known to reduce oxidative stress, and aid in cellular reproduction, repair, and function can be the small difference that puts the icing on the cake to your additional efforts.

Simple Exercises You Can Do Now With Your Horse To Support Hindquarter & Topline Health

When you don't know where to start…

It can be overwhelming and confusing to know how to best care for your horse. It seems there are so many opinions, facts, and conflicting information out there! We want to help empower you to individualize your horse's care with confidence and peace of mind… we designed a FREE PDF guide to get you started right now.

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Do You Respond or React To Horse Health Concerns?

Whether You Respond Or React… Will Impact Your Horse's Health

We have all been there where a sudden illness or problem arises with our horse and an internal panic ensues… but did you know that your stress, worry, and anxiety has the potential to make your horse's health concerns worse?

On top of that the market is full of tactics that take advantage of your concern, promising solutions with their products that often mask, treat, or suppress the problems your horse has…

Driving them deeper into the body and setting your horse up for additional, more severe health problems! Soon you feel lost not sure where to turn or how your horse got here in the first place.

Somehow, the experts and marketers get you to take comfort in the fact that it is “normal” for your horse to be experiencing health concerns as the trends reveal there are more horses that are sick or diagnosed with health concern, then those who remain healthy and sound.

You may be wondering then… What am I to do??

You must begin with YOU! Your mindset, knowledge, belief, and confidence in caring for your horse is something completely within your power.

An empowered horse owner stands prepared and ready should health challenges arise for their horse, but the best part is that they also have the skills and tools necessary to reduce their horse's risk of many of the problems a majority of horses are facing.

The worst place you can be in regards to your horse's health is in your head. One of the best questions you can ask yourself is, are you all in? Are you truly committed to doing what it takes to get the result and desired outcome you want for your horse?

You will face opposition.

People will tell you that you're wrong, crazy, and some may even call you ignorant.

There will be times it seems like it isn't working, it might look like it is getting worse, and it will take investment of both time and money…

My mentor often makes the statement that if you argue for your limitations you get to keep them. Are you arguing for either your personal limitations or maybe what you perceive to be your horse's limitations?

You are your horse's headlights and they can only see and make it as far as you are willing to go. That means that you must let go not only of the limiting beliefs that you have, but those that have been “given” to you be your friends, vet, farrier, trainer, etc.

Draw a line in the sand of what you are determined to achieve for your horse, regardless of if you know how to get there or not! For more suggestions and tips on how to respond vs react check out the audio below.

You Have To Decide & Then You MUST Take Action

With my mare Pokey I had 3 different opinions with “tests” to back why each was right and the others were wrong…

Although each professional had a different label of what Pokey suffered from, there was a shared consensus of euthanasia as the only option. I was disheartened, confused, and not sure what to do.

I decided that I would not accept this fate for Pokey and set out to change and improve her health with no earthly idea how I would do it. All my mentors and peers thought I had lost my mind and nothing good would come from my false sense of hope and determination…

If you know our story… that was back in 2001 and she is still here with me today. I make it my mission to have the tools and information available to those open and looking for a better way to care for their horses.

One of the very first steps is to spot the overlooked signs of health concern, that your horse could be sharing with you right now… My mare struggled with #3 on the list for many years and I was told it was a behavior and training issue. I created a free pdf guide that shares 10 Tell Tale Signs Your Horse May Be Suffering From Dangerous Digestive Problems. Click Here to download your copy today.

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