Going Deeper Than Just Diet
Clean, species specific nutrition for your horse is crucial to their overall health and wellness… but going deeper and beginning to understand the synergy that happens within your horse's body can help you clarify and pinpoint health problems much sooner. Often before the bigger problem surfaces.
In caring for my horses' health, I use a tool called a Zyto Balance, this scanner allows me to get an in the moment sneak peek of what is going on with my horse's body. Although for some people this seems too woo-woo and out there to grasp…
Those of us that have been open to using this option as part of our care routine, we can spot patterns and imbalances that otherwise would go unseen or recognized by traditional tests until a major health concern arises.
With these scans, I have spotted a frequent pattern of imbalance in organs like the thymus, hypothalamus, pituitary gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, adrenal glands, and pineal gland. These are all part of your horse's complex endocrine system. We introduced tips on supporting thyroid health last week, and I would like to continue the focus on the endocrine system.
This week I would like to focus on the health of your horse's adrenal glands. Although diagnosis of any official disease of the adrenal glands specifically, is rare in horses. Imbalance of the adrenal glands has been linked to concerns such as anhidrosis and is also an indication of imbalance of the pituitary.
Conditions that can negatively impact or damage your horse's adrenal glands would be shock or trauma, overuse or frequent use of coricosteroid medications, or your horse being stuck in fight or flight response (being anxious, spooky, tight, tense, carrying head high, or overly alert).
Tips for Supporting Adrenal Gland Health
In our post on Overcoming Thyroid Concerns, I shared the concept of using Equine Acupressure and the Association Point for the Triple Heater Meridian. That Meridian is also going to be a great support in offering balance to the adrenal glands. Here are additional herbal and nutritional options you can narrow down on to support your horse now.
- B Vitamins are crucial to healthy cell metabolism. Your horse's digestive system will synthesis and create the B vitamins the body needs if the pH and microbiome is functioning at its best. Feeding a prebiotic, probiotic, and digestive enzyme supplement is a great option for ensuring optimal digestive health. ForeDigest from ForeFront Equine or Stomach Soother from Wild Fed Horse are my go to options.
- Amino acids are a great option to support many functions of your horse's body. From metabolism, joint health, and more! Spirulina or Equinety are quick and easy ways to check off this health promoter.
- Herbal options like Siberian Ginseng, Maca root, and Ashwagandha – or you can leave it to herbal specialist like Wild Fed Horse and utilize a combination of these herbs and use their Endurance Formula.
- Boosting Omega 3 intake like using 1/4 cup soaked chia seeds or short term use of a product like ForeCalm from Forefront Equine.
- Acupressure Points Bl 22 and TH 4 would be a great way to spot possible imbalance of the Triple Heater (connected to metabolic and hormone health). Tallgrass Acupressure has a convenient app you can download, for easy spotting and location of the Meridian Line and Acupoints.
Through utilizing power packed and focused nutrition and acupressure points that stimulate homeostasis, you will be taking action to reduce your horse's risk of adrenal health concerns. Not sitting back waiting for a problem to arise, and risking that it will be too late!
Don't Allow Dangerous Problems Linger-
In my content, I share the story of supporting my mare through health concerns, naturally, after traditional methods had failed and euthanasia became the only recommendation veterinarians had for her. Part of our mission has to do with the success I had in helping her, and wanting that for your horse…
The reality is Pokey had been “telling” me for years that there was a concern, but sadly the vets and other equine professionals and mentors I had at the time told me the things I noticed were no big deal! So 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.
Pokey struggled with #3 on this list for years and yet I was told she was just lazy and it was a training/behavioral problem. Don't let others misguide you or silence what your horse wants you to know.
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