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Is Your Horse The 1 out of 3?

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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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The Three Amigos of Equine Digestive Health

The Keys to Equine Digestive Health

For horses that regularly graze on live grass or pasture they will get these “three amigos” naturally. But for horses that have little to no graze time or are under higher stresses (performance horses or horses that or ill or injured, horses being hauled for long distances, etc.) these key essentials to equine digestion, will need to be supplemented. To maintain proper digestion horses need prebiotics, equine probiotics, and equine digestive enzymes.

Does your horse's current diet include support for these essentials to equine digestive health?

1. Equine Prebiotic

A prebiotic is a non-digestible food ingredient that promotes the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the intestines. It helps maintain a healthy environment for the microbial population that promotes the proper function of the horse's digestive tract. The large intestine of the horse has over 400 different kinds of bacteria, fungi, and protozoa.  This is one reason it is important to feed an equine digestive supplement that supports this microbial environment.

2. Equine Probiotic

Animals and humans both are full of beneficial bacteria and microorganisms that promote health and balance of the body. Probiotics are strains of bacteria that are known to benefit the body. It is best if you can use species specific probiotics when available. There are many supplements that claim to contain probiotics… if you do not see any benefits when adding it to your horse's diet it is a flag that either the supplement does not contain active or optimal probiotic strains or your horse's GI tract needs additional support to balance pH and the environment of the GI tract.

Equine Digestive Health

 3. Equine Digestive Enzymes

The horse's body is made up of trillions of cells, and there are different cells for different functions. Enzymes are what make chemical reactions in cells happen. They are vital for life and serve a wide range of functions in the body, including aiding in digestion and metabolism. The horse's small intestine utilizes enzymes for digestion, so it is important to supplement equine digestive enzymes. Especially if yours horse does not have regular access to living grass and pasture to graze.

Don't Allow Dangerous Digestive 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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Equine Health Solutions

What you focus on grows! Choose to focus on Equine Health

Here are Equine Essential Wellness we choose to focus on increasing equine health and wellness. Many of us have be taught and conditioned to place our attention on disease, symptoms, or concerns. It is up to us to educate and empower ourselves, regain and take back the control and responsibility of our horse's health and get it aligned as close to nature as we can.

Natural Equine Nutrition and Health

So how do you start to focus on equine health solutions vs equine health problems?

Equine nutrition is the foundation of health. Ensuring you are feeding a clean, organic diet is imperative for your horse's health. Many of the processed commercial grains are laden with toxic chemicals and synthetic additives that your horse's body cannot digest. This leads to build up in the horse's body which can cause concerns like inflammation and undue stress on organ systems.

Equine digestion goes hand in hand with equine nutrition because if the GI tract is off or in distress even the best nutritious diet will not be processed properly. Since over 70% of the horse's immune system resides in the GI tract, proper equine digestion is crucial to the overall well being of your horse. For horses that don't have access to live grass to graze on, supplementing what we call “The Three Amigos of Equine Digestive Health” is non negotiable and must be done to support the proper digestion. Understanding the role we play in our horse's health is important. We have altered their way of live to suit and accommodate our lifestyle and environment, we owe it to them to adjust where and how we can to bring their lifestyle as balanced as we can to the 8 Laws of Health.

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Equine Health and Physical Indicators

Most equine health questions are often related to physical soreness, lameness, skin conditions, etc. By maintaining equine nutrition and equine proper digestion some of these problems can be avoided. But because of performance strain, saddle fit, hauling, and other stresses we put our horses through it takes extra effort to promote balance and health for their physical body. We recommend adding alternative therapy to your horse's regular maintenance plan or schedule (ex. like your farrier, veterinarian, and equine dentist). There are many modalities to choose from. We like to help horse owners find the therapy their horse prefers. This can be anything from acupressure, acupuncture, massage, ortho-bionomy, essential oils, thermal imaging, etc.

By adding more focus on proper nutrition, digestion, and physical condition you will be on the path of increasing your horse's overall well being. What we focus on grows and the health of your horse is no different. For more topics on boosting and improving equine digestion, nutrition, and over fitness check out the links below.:

Begin Naturally Promoting Horse Health

To be successful in improving your horse's health it is crucial to put your focus on fostering health, not fighting disease. This may sound simple and common but in this day and age it is not. So much time and attention is put on the problems and concerns instead of the solutions.

Get started on supporting your horse to vibrant health right now, 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!

How to Naturally Improve the Health of Your Horse

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Utilizing Horse Hay Feeders to Optimize Equine Nutrition

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Promote Horse Health with Slow Feeders

Slow feeders are growing in popularity more and more every year. Some horse owners use slow feeders primarily for convenience, but as people start to become educated on their horse's digestive system and how it functions it becomes clear that horse hay feeders are the best choice for promoting your horse's overall health and wellness.

Why are Slow Feeders a Benefit to Horse Digestive Health?

The horse's digestive system is designed to graze on small amounts of forage continuously throughout the day. When we restrict horse's grazing time and feed large meals only a couple times during the day, we impede the proper function of the horse's GI tract.

  • Saliva production is reduced
  • The stomach gets overfull
  • The food matter moves too quickly through the small intestine, resulting in less nutrition absorption
  • Teeth are not worn down evenly
  • Fasting times increase acid and raise risk of ulcers

Equine Nutrition and Digestion

The list above explains the negative impact large meal feeding and long times of fasting can have on your horse's health. Through utilizing slow feeders you can expect benefits like:

  • Increase in support and protection of the esophagus and stomach against damage and ulcers
  • Better nutrient absorption and digestion
  • More even wear of teeth
  • Supports proper pH of the horse's GI tract for proper digestive health.

Horse Hay Feeder

Selecting a Horse Hay Feeder

Here are some tips for those who are ready to utilize slow feeders to improve your horse's health.

  • Consider your horse's “body type” are they an easy keeper or do they need to consume more then the average horse during the day. This can help you decide what hole size you need on the slow feeder, as well as the size or quantity in which the hay feeder can hold.
  • Where/how will you use the slow feeder? Think about where you would like to hang or place the slow feeder. Is your fencing or stable set up to easily and safely hang or attach a horse hay feeder? Would you be better off with a slow feeder that is safely recommended for ground use?
  • Are you currently feeding a hay that will be compatible to feed with a slow feeder? Some alfalfa and alfalfa mixes are not always recommended in all hay feeders.
  • Quality- often times with hay nets and slow feeders, you get what you pay for. Some of the more expensive options are truly worth it because of the durability of the material and the safety options for the horse.

We have used NibbleNets here at Equine Essential Wellness and enjoy the quality and durability of them.  But I have also heard good reviews from customer's on the Hay Pillow products as well.

Additional Steps to Promote Equine Nutrition & Digestive Health-

If you would like to learn more information on equine nutrition and equine digestion check out:

  1. The 3 Amigos of Equine Digestive Health
  2. Aloe Vera- a Natural Effective Horse Supplement
  3. 5 Reasons to Choose Chia Seed as a Horse Supplement

Don't Allow Dangerous Digestive 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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7 Natural Digestive Supplements for Horses

Natural Digestive Supplements for Horses

The most common questions I receive from clients have to do with supplements. Many supplement options on the market today are full of fillers, chemicals, and additives. Here are 7 natural digestive supplements for horses, we recommend most often. These are not in any particular order. I like to address each horse as an individual and base my choices on their preferences and needs when possible. For the most part I believe an equine probiotic is a must for any horse that is a performance horse or who does not graze on fresh, “live” grasses/pasture.

Equine Digestive Support

Equine Digestive Supplement List

1. ForeFront Equine ForeDigest– support the 3 Amigos of Equine Digestion all from 1 clean and effective product…

2. Aloe Vera Gel or Juice–  Many horse owners turn to this great natural digestive supplement for horses, to soothe a digestive upset or even to aide in comforting ulcers. A very simple and beneficial equine digestive supplement to add to a clean grain ration. I like feed 1/4 cup once per day for my horses.

Aloe vera gel- equine digestive supplement

3. Peppermint Essential Oil– Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for supporting normal digestion, including promoting healthy intestinal function and gastrointestinal system comfort. You can add one or two drops of a therapeutic grade Peppermint essential oil to your horses grain or even a cookie as a equine digestive supplement.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar– Another simple and very affordable digestive supplement for horses. You can add 2 oz as a serving size to your horses current grain ration. In my experience because of the strong odor some horses may need to adjust to this option so add it in slowly over a few days. ACV is believed to help alkalize the digestive tract, especially the hind gut.

5. DiGize™ Young Living Essential Oil Blend– This blend is a must have pick for the barn! In the ADR Animal Desk Reference by Melissa Shelton DVM it is one of the essential oils mentioned in her colic protocol combined with Peppermint.  DiGize™ is one of Young Living's exclusive and proprietary dietary supplements. This unique blend contains Ginger, Anise, Fennel, Peppermint, Tarragon, Lemongrass, Patchouli, and Juniper essential oils. To add this as an equine digestive supplement add 3-5 drops to grain or on a cookie.

6. Marshmallow Root– Usually available in your local health food store. This herb is a digestive health promoter known to aide with digestive problems, gastric ulcers, and diarrhea. To add this equine digestive supplement to your ration a serving size between 1/2 a cup up to a full cup. Opinions vary on this serving size. I would start with the lesser amount. Horses have a very sensitive and effective digestive system.

7. Colostrum– ForeFront Equine describes the amazing benefits of using Colostrum, “As nature’s first food for newborns colostrum supplies immune and growth nutrients and a balanced combination of vitamins and minerals. It contains proteins (antibodies) that fight disease-causing agents such as bacteria and viruses.  It is proven to provide similar benefits for horses of any age or activity level. Colostrum also offers tremendous benefits to the gastrointestinal tract.” No doubt a great pick as an equine digestive supplement!

Prerequisites Before Utilizing Natural Digestive Supplements for Horses

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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