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7 Tips to Supporting Your Horse Through Detox

Tips for supporting your horse through a cleanse-

In this day and age supporting the body to detox is very important. There are different ways in which you can detox your horse. Some people like to more aggressively detox the body and choose to utilize specific detox systems and programs….

The tips shared in this post are meant to guide you through a more moderate and lifestyle approach. With the amount of toxins our horses are combating it seems more advantageous to maintain a balanced and continual detox approach.

  1. Clean your horse's nutrition of synthetics and chemicals- many feeds on the market today actually contain the very ingredients in which you are looking to cleanse from your horse's system…
  2. Support the digestive system with prebiotics, probiotics, and digestive enzymes- if the digestive system fails to deliver the nutrition your horse's bodies needs, the body will not have the fuel it necessary to properly cleanse. Resulting in toxic build up…
  3. Filter water and ensure appropriate hydration- Utilize options like a Horse Hydrator to filter out chemicals within your water that raise the risk of health concern.
  4. Stop applying topical products that are synthetic laden and based- Feeds and supplements are not the only ingredient lists that you need to review and be aware of. Switch your fly sprays, liniment, shampoos, etc. to more organic natural choices.
  5. Utilize herbs like milk thistle, dandelion root, or dandelion leaf to support cleansing- Always be sure to review the tips above and lifestyle of the horse, adjusting and reducing the toxins where you can prior to utilizing natural remedies.
  6. Add essential oils to your care routine (supports pH, frequency, and reduced oxidative stress)- Remember health begins at the cell level. Continued toxic overload after implementing these tips is a sign of imbalance at the cell level. Check out Where does your horse's health begin? for more information on cell health.
  7. Exercise and bodywork- Exercise is crucial to your horse's overall health and wellness… and bodywork is a great way to help support your horse's circulatory, endocrine, and lymphatic systems.

What is most important to understand is you are looking to cell health and function. If you are implementing these 7 tips in your horse's health and wellness you are on the right track!

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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Understanding Horse Health Problems

Equine Wellness Begins at the Cellular Level

We want to help you see horse health problems in a new way. It is common when an injury or illness arises to look for the immediate cause (example bacteria, virus, etc.). This is not necessarily inaccurate but can be a delayed way of thinking in some cases. You must understand where horse health and wellness begins to get a clear picture of when horse health problems actually start to occur.

Where does equine wellness “live”? Cells.

Cells are the fundamental building blocks of life and where health and wellness can be measured or better understood. Groups of cells form tissue, and groups of tissue forms organs, and groups of organs form organ systems. So it is easy to see that if there is a lack of cellular health there is dis-ease and concern for the body as a whole.

Horse Health Problems Begin in the Cells

Here at Equine Essential Wellness we look at equine wellness from this viewpoint, and try to decrease horse health problems by promoting proper cellular function. Cells are best supported through adequate nutrition, proper hydration, and other supportive measures. In this post we would like to share how essential oils can be one of the supportive measures used for maintaining cellular health.

Horse Health with Essential Oils

Within the chemistry of therapeutic grade essential oils you will find phenylproaniods, sequiterpenes, and monoterpenes. These chemical compounds can support the following cellular functions:

  • Clean receptor sites allowing the proper transfer and communication of neurotransmitters, hormones, etc.
  • Clear incorrect information from cellular memory stored within the DNA
  • Reset or reprogram the cell with the correct information and restore proper cell function.

You can find more detailed information on this process from David Stewart Ph.D., R.A. from his article titled THE BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER or his book The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple: God’s Love Manifest in Molecules.

Combining essential oils with the proper equine nutrition is a great way to decrease horse health problems and support cellular life and function. Focus on health and repair of cells through nutrition, hydration, and immune support and your horse will be on a path to better health and wellness.

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A Tool for Equine Nutrition

Equine Nutrition is a Key to Horse Health

There is a “tool” that you can use to improve your horse's health and nutrition, and the best part is it won't cost you a thing to utilize except maybe the time it takes to read it… The tool is the ingredient list!

We often  receive requests for supplement and grain reviews and recommendations. Below are some simple tips to choosing healthier supplement options for your horse.

 

Tips for Choosing a Healthy Equine Nutrition Supplement or Grain

Horse health must be supported with proper equine digestion and clean, effective nutrition. Yes horses in the wild graze on low nutrient feeds and the horse is designed to digest these very effectively. It is important to note that these horses are grazing freely all day and they are not put in the same high performance situations some of our domestic horses are.

Some simple things to think about while reading over an ingredient list:

  • Notice the length of the list- shorter isn't always better, but many of the shorter lists are cleaner and more organic.
  • How much of it is fillers?
  • How much of it is naturally derived vs synthetic?
  • What is the molasses content?

We are becoming more aware as a society to the unhealthy fillers and additives in our foods, what we need to realize is our horse's nutrition is not any different. They need clean, organic grains and supplements.  Tips for healthier options:

  • Try a less “commercialized” option as a base grain- like a beet pulp or alfalfa pellet, with rice bran added.
  • Add clean organic supplements or even herbal supplementation instead of over processed filler filled commercial grains.

For more tips on natural equine nutrition you can check out the links below:

  1. 5 Reasons to Choose Chia Seed as a Horse Supplement
  2. Equine Nutritional Benefits of BeneCell
  3. Aloe Vera- A Natural Effective Horse Supplement

After cleaning the nutrition you can continue supporting your horse down the path to vibrant health by downloading your copy of our FREE PDF guide, The Secrets of Equine Naturopathy, click here or the image below to get this series sent to your inbox today! This guide will help you contin

How to Naturally Improve the Health of Your Horse

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Winter Feeding Tips to Promote Horse Health

Winter Horse Care Tips

Horse Health Tips for Winter and Cold Weather Care

When the seasons change and the temperature drops, equine nutrition and care needs change as well. We wanted to share some winter feeding and care tips. Because the horse's energy requirements change as the temperature drops it is important to accommodate their needs and equine nutrition requirements appropriately. On average for every degree below 18°F the horse requires an additional 1% energy in their diet.

winter feeding and horse care

Equine Nutrition Options for Additional Energy for Winter Feeding

The best option is to increase your horse's fiber intake. The volatile fatty acids produced in the hind gut of the horse during microbial fermentation is a great energy source for the horse. For horses that do not have access to turn out you can provide a slow feeder to help spread the intake of the increased forage amount out to make it last longer. Which will benefit the horse's entire GI tract.

Of course adding forage and fiber to the diet also increases the need to be certain the horse has adequate water to prevent blockage and impaction. Utilizing a tank heater will encourage the horse to drink. When providing dry forage this is imperative to ensure the proper flow of the digestive system.

Soaked beet pulp shreds or pellets are another option to add to your horse's diet to increase fiber intake. Soaking at room temperature or even with warm water can be additional ways to pamper your horse during cold weather months.

winter feeding tips

Additional Equine Nutrition Tips

  • Utilize Ginger – This warming herb has long been used for the circulatory and digestive systems. It can improve circulation to all parts of the body. Ginger can be used topically via a therapeutic grade essential oil or as a dietary supplement via herb or essential oil.
  • Trace minerals– be sure to be offering or feeding an organic trace mineral option during the winter months.
  • Additional Joint Care– Some horses really struggle with mobility in the cold, offering them a joint supplement that has ingredients like MSM, curcumin, collagen, and other organic ingredients will foster health of the joints through the cold weather months. My mare gets extra care in the winter, because the cold is hard on her. I utilize additional therapy products and essential oils to give her the boost she needs to stay comfortable and thriving through the winter.

If you are looking for guidance on what products or options would best fit your horse contact us today, we are happy to help you design care that is unique and individualized for your horse's specific needs.

Stay In Tuned To Your Horse's Health Year Round-

Maintaining health takes year round awareness and effort!  If you want to go deeper into ensuring that your horse is on a path to health and not disease then you should download your copy of our FREE PDF guide, The Secrets of Equine Naturopathy, click here or the image below to get this PDF sent to your inbox today!

How to Naturally Improve the Health of Your Horse

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The Golden Years – Caring for the Senior Horse

Horse Care for the Senior Horse

For those of us who own a senior horse we can face some challenges and concerns in regards to horse health and care. Depending on the natural horse care in earlier stages of life the severity and complications can vary. I own two senior horses right now. Pokey my childhood mare who is in her mid to late twenties and my gelding Peppy who is 19 years old. If you have been following my blog and content for awhile you know Pokey's story.

I was told by three different veterinarians that the time had come for Pokey to be euthanized. They all believed it was her best and only option. That was almost 6 years ago! Because of my determination and going outside the traditional realm of care, Pokey is still here and doing quite well.

We all have that horse we will never forget... horse health for the senior horse

Tips for Caring for the Senior Horse-

Here are a few guidelines and tips to provide great care for your aging horse. They have given so much to us or their previous owner, it is time to give back!

  • Proper dental care– It seems as horses age or hit more of a retirement status, owners bypass or stop getting routine dental care done. Annual or at the very least bi-annual dental exams and floats should be done for your senior horse.
  • Digestive system support– As your horse ages the digestive system tends to need additional support. A properly functioning digestive system is a crucial part of horse health. As over 70% and some suggest more of the immune system resides in the GI tract. Combine that with the weight of nutrient absorption and utilization! To support the senior horse digestive system you can offer slow feeders or a third feeding in the day, offer prebiotic, probiotic, and enzyme supplements. Also allow for grazing live grasses when possible.
  • Monitor body condition– Regularly monitor the horse's body condition and adjust as needed. Just because  a horse is older and even retired, obesity or being underweight is still a health concern.
  • Exercise and lymph stimulation– It is important to remember that the lymph system needs stimulation and movement to flow and function. Your senior horse should still get regular exercise as their body can handle. Grooming is also a great way to stimulate the lymph and body, and can be a therapy for the human too!
  • Hydration – Monitor their hydration and watch for excessive drinking or them drinking inadequate amount of waters.
  • Joint and Muscle Care– It is often beneficial for senior horses to have some natural liniments applied, use of some therapy products like Back on Track, red lights, etc. to support their joints and muscles. Again the exercise will help here as well, along with a natural effective joint supplement.

Foundations of Natural Horse Health and Care-

Caring for the senior horse really is the same principles as horses of younger ages. Sometimes with a little additional focus or awareness. If well cared for horses can have their golden years as senior horses and have great potential! Focus on horse health now before it is lost or becomes a concern, not matter the age of your horse. Doing so can reduce the risks of illness and injury.

It is our mission here at Equine Essential Wellness to help you promote your horse's health naturally. If you want to take your horse's health to the next level, we invite you to get our FREE PDF guide, The Secrets of Equine Naturopathy, click here or the image below to get this series sent to your inbox today!

How to Naturally Improve the Health of Your Horse

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