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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.

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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.

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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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Selecting More Natural Horse Nutrition

Better Horse Health Through Cleaner Nutrition-

Today's market is inundated with processed grain and supplement options that claim to offer complete horse nutrition. What you are often feeding your horse is mostly fillers, synthetic vitamin and mineral content, chemicals, and  preservatives. Sometimes fillers are natural and are not necessarily harmful to your horse, but a filler just leaves more for the horse's digestion to process to utilize the nutrition and benefits.

Not to mention that any ingredient the body does not recognize and fails to absorb or filter properly will lead to increased risk of inflammation. Along with the fact many of these options disrupt the pH levels of the GI tract which can lead to an imbalance of the microbial population. Leading to digestive health problems…

It is important to remember that each ingredient must be processed and digested in order to be of use to the horse. Many of the synthetic ingredients will either go in one end and out the other, or will be stored somewhere in the body. Over time the body gets weighed down and overloaded with toxic chemicals, additives, and synthetics. This is when your horse's health is comprised and disease and illness symptoms can arise.

Switching to a more natural horse nutrition does not have to be hard! You don't have to spend hours researching or looking into what different ingredients are or get a degree in equine nutrition. Just start with the thought of shorter, more natural ingredients as your goal. If the list is full of mostly things you can't pronounce it might be worth scratching.

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Examples of Ingredient Lists and Choosing Cleaner Horse Nutrition 

Here are a few example's of what I would not choose:

This list is from a common supplement and although there are a variety of natural ingredients in it I would say the first 4 or 5 are fillers in my opinion. Now flax, rice bran, and sunflower seed are not things I consider “bad”, in fact I have recommended them as options for some client horses. Overall this is not the type of clean ingredient list I am looking for or prefer.

This ingredient list is from a processed commercial grain that is very common when clients come to me as well. Again not saying that this list is “bad”, but I would like to see it shorter and cleaner! Just because a cereal might say complete and balanced breakfast, we know that eating natural more whole food is a much healthier option for our body. For your horse, it is no different.

 

Clean supplement ingredient list examples:

Since most horses don't get adequate access to natural live grass and time grazing, there is often a need for supplementation. Add a clean and natural supplement like this to a simple, clean base (soaked beet pulp, alfalfa/grass pellet, grass pellet) and you have an ingredient list for more natural equine nutrition. To ensure the trace minerals are also supported I cycle through an organic choice for this as well (it is actually the second image I used above).

Don't Unknowingly Create Dangerous Digestive Problems-

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. Click Here and download the guide now.

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The title photo of this post is the work of professional photographer, Nadja Rider. She has a great passion for the mustangs of the Sand Wash Basin and her work brings awareness and life to the herds and horses there. I hope to further the efforts of her great work, through utilizing these beautiful images. If you would like to follow these horses on Facebook Click HereBe sure to check out Nadja photos, they share a story of the lives of mustangs in such an honest and authentic way.