The Natural Horse Vet Magalog

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was the last time you vaccinated your horse? Probably last week! For instance, vaccinations are often filled with preservatives like mercury and foreign protein. Ask yourself, “Are all of these vaccinations really needed year after year?” Let me assure you, everything, including vaccinations, has a consequence. If you have an allergy horse, please look at this issue carefully. Continually “sensitizing” with foreign tissue via vaccines, is a big part of the allergy syndrome. Copious vaccinations are not natural! The vaccines that your state requires are the only ones your horse should have.

Basic #1 More Fat, Less Sugar Basic #2 With allergy horses, especially, NEVER rely on complete feeds. A “complete feed” or even oats alone simply cannot provide what an allergy horse needs. For example, take two 1000 lb. horses - one horse that eats ten (10) pounds per day of a complete feed or oats - the other eats only 3 pounds. The latter will get far less vitamins and minerals than the horse that eats 10 pounds per day - right? These “easy keepers” often get far less of what they need with regards to vitamins and minerals.

This perpetuates the problem even more. The horses’ whole metabolism is adversely affected! They are stressed metabolically and they eventually wind up as insulin resistant, hypothyroid, laminitic, or cushinoid, and in some cases have such a messed up immune “I don’t know anyone system, they “develop” allergies - all because who doesn’t try their they were not getting enough vitamins or very best to get their minerals.

By the way, most will agree that allergies start in the spring. Nearly all horses are vaccinated every spring. Let me know if you see a relationship between allergies and vaccinations. I would appreciate the email!

Nutrition is critical!

The best way to prevent or treat any disease, not just allergies, is to look at what the horse’s body horses what they is getting too much or not enough of! We have Personally, I don’t think there is such a thing as need...What do you discussed vaccines and chemicals already. a complete feed! There are just too many feed? What do you Vitamins, minerals and salt are equally important. variables. Each horse should be supplemented supplement?” (See Minerals are often full of heavy metals like individually - especially the allergy horse! Our article on page 26.) aluminum and lead. Studies at the University of soils and the foods grown on them simply can’t Kentucky show that Lead and Cadmium are often provide a balanced diet today. Remember contaminants in minerals. Even salt is chemically though, many minerals and vitamins however, made for other industries, not for horses. The horse’s body has to are man made. Even worse, many of them are another industry’s handle all of this extra “junk” in one way or another. “leftovers.” I don’t know anyone who doesn’t try their very best to get their horses what they need. BUT it can be so confusing! What do you feed? What do you supplement? The list of questions goes on. Do you feel that you need a Ph.D. in Nutrition? Are you considering going to vet school just so you will know how to take care of your horse’s needs properly? You don’t need either degree. Truly it is not that difficult! Keep in mind the basics...and leave the rest to nature! For instance, horses, in general, don’t get enough fat and get far too much sugar from sweet feed and corn. The essential fatty acids are a must in allergy horses. In order to deliver these, along with more fat, the best source, in my opinion, is coconut oil. We add crude, unrefined soybean oil to this to keep it liquid so you can pour it because coconut is a solid at room temperature. Also coconut oil is stable, and much less likely to go rancid, than flax or rice bran sources. Vegetable oil and corn oil are practically useless except for calories, of which most horses get way too much of anyway.

Health Check gets rid of the "junk”. Antioxidant effects: Each scoop would require eating 11 buckets of carrots and apples to compare. Laboratory tested! See page 44.


Basic #3 All allergy horses must be supplemented with vitamins and minerals. Basic #4 Allergy horses need plenty of anti-oxidants. It only makes sense to help the body in every way possible to get rid of the “junk” that it is exposed to day in and day out. Anti-oxidants do just that! The best analogy I’ve heard is that the foreign substances to which the body is exposed day in and day out cause the body to “rust” - and anti-oxidants prevent the rusting. The beneficial effects of anti-oxidants are not often seen immediately in a relatively healthy horse or person but are often immediate in allergy horses, especially when really good anti-oxidants are used. No doubt about it - anti-oxidants add years to ones’ life; but when severe allergy cases can be reversed with their use - that impresses me. For instance, my first experience with antioxidants in horses overwhelmed me. I had a patient with Heaves that was really about ready to die, and because I had seen tremendously beneficial lung changes in people from using grape seed in such cases, I decided to try it. I fed this horse $300 worth of Grape Seed capsules in one month. I must have broken open 1000 capsules, but the horse improved - became well enough to go home! This showed me that anti-oxidants are a lot more than just a little vitamin A, C and E as so many products tout.

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