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By Cathy Mahon
The first time I heard about Pete Ramey and Natural Hoof Care was when I saw his name listed as a guest on Clinton Anderson’s TV show. It said he would cover two topics, laminitis and navicular syndrome and that he would show how, with the barefoot trim, he could resolve both problems. I couldn’t believe it. If this was true, then it was only a matter of finding someone who knew his techniques and who would “cure” the horses affected by these crippling conditions. Little did I realize, in just one year after seeing Pete on TV, that someone would be ME and that I would be trimming, not only my own horses, but also those of several of my friends. (more…)
By L.A. Pomeroy for Equilite.
This article is reprinted with permission from Equilite™. Visit www.equilite.com
We’d never mistake calling a Clydesdale an Arabian. Both may be horses, but each type is recognized as having vastly different skills and services. Herbs fall into different categories, too. While there are literally hundreds of herbs studied and used for nutritional and medicinal applications, the list of adaptogenic herbs is under two dozen.
What is an adaptogenic herb? The word itself is of Greek origin: adapto (‘to adjust’), and gen (‘producing’). So adaptogenic herbs “produce an adjustment,” helping the body restore its natural balance, and moderate cortisol (the hormone produced by the andrenal gland) responses to exertion or stress, without medical or external force. (more…)
You might be surprised to learn the outcome of drug companies’ clinical studies, as well as consumer complaints on record.
HHH: Today’s horses are experiencing extremely adverse side effects to chemical wormers at an alarming rate! (more…)
This article is reprinted with permission from the March 2010 issue of Worm Control News (WCNews), a monthly e-newsletter from Horsemen’s Laboratory. H-Lab is dedicated to helping horse owners develop successful worm control strategies through mail-order fecal egg count testing, targeted use of dewormers, and effective pasture and herd management practices. To learn more or read other issues of WCNews, visit www.horsemenslab.com.
Worm of the Month: Pinworms
Tail-rubbing is one of the top symptoms of pinworm (Oxyuris equi) infestation; it’s because the female pinworm peeks out of the horse’s rectum at nighttime, laying up to 60,000 microscopic eggs at a time in a gelatinous fluid that sticks to the skin around the horse’s anus, causing intense itchiness. Over a period of days, the fluid dries and flakes off along with the eggs, leading to contamination of the barn or pasture environment and anything your horse has rubbed his tail against. (more…)
Climate is a significant factor when it comes to equine parasite management. Although we’re all approaching the autumn season, the weather will be different in Florida or Arizona than it will be in Minnesota or Maine. This means worm control practices, and their timing, will vary, but this time of year still offers opportunities to reduce your horse’s parasite load.
A ‘clean out’ deworming at this time of year helps interrupt the reproductive cycle and eliminate bots in your horse until next year. (more…)
This article is reprinted with permission from the April 2010 issue of Worm Control News (WCNews), a monthly e-newsletter from Horsemen’s Laboratory. H-Lab is dedicated to helping horse owners develop successful worm control strategies through mail-order fecal egg count testing, targeted use of dewormers, and effective pasture and herd management practices. To learn more or read other issues of WCNews in our Archive, visit www.horsemenslab.com.
Bots are a serious threat to your horse’s stomach health and ability to digest, since the larvae attach themselves with sharp teeth to the stomach’s lining for an 8-10 month period, and can both ulcerate and inflame the stomach lining. The good news is that with a little strategy and the right dewormer, you can keep bots at bay within your herd. (more…)
“A good, real, unrestrained, hearty laugh is a sort of glorified internal massage, performed rapidly and automatically. It manipulates and revitalizes corners and unexplored crannies of the system that are unresponsive to most other exercise methods.” …Author unknown
We talk about the importance of a good immune system in fending off disease but have you ever stopped to consider the role healthy skin plays in equine health?
A horse’s skin is its largest organ and keeping it clean not only makes your horse look good, it offers them the best chance to perform at their optimum best. A clean coat is less prone to harbor infection or parasites, and strong, nourished skin is better at keeping such threats outside the horse’s system. (more…)