Did You Know??

You should try to avoid the long term use of ulcer medications?
They either turn off the acid-making machinery in the stomach or they neutralize acid. Stomach acid is a necessary component of your horse’s immune system, destroying harmful pathogens that your horse picks up from the ground. Acid is also necessary to start protein digestion.

Sweet PDZ Sweetens Up Disney World’s Animal Kingdom

The Zoological Manager of Disney’s Tri-Circle D Horse Ranch in Orlando, FL recently contacted us to learn how Sweet PDZ could keep their animal environments healthy and ammonia free. We gave them the short and skinny on how Sweet PDZ performs and filled them in on the true respiratory health benefits of maintaining hygienic and odor free animal habitats. On top of that we arranged for them to try some Sweet PDZ, on our dime, in image011select stalls to see and smell Sweet PDZ’s performance firsthand. It took only one adjective to express their feedback – “IMPRESSIVE”.

They are now moving forward with a new barn/facility plan that will incorporate Sweet PDZ in their stall management/hygiene routine. They also indicated that if all continues to go well, they will most likely plan to put Sweet PDZ to work in Disney’s Animal Kingdom as well.

C’mon y’all, sing along with Baloo and Mowgli……….Look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities, forget about your worries and your strife. I mean the bare necessities, Old Mother Nature’s recipes, that brings the bare necessities of life.

Sweet PDZ really is a “bare necessity” to keep our animal kingdom companions healthy. Thanks for continuing to spread the word.

Show the Love

Today, I’m giving you ANOTHER chance to win a fabulous new pain relieving cream that is formulated JUST for the hard working human. Imagine, the look of love on your human’s face when you tell them that this year, THEY are the ones being treated on Valentines Day!

We all know that as horses (and humans!) age, the pain becomes a fact of life. Muscles ache, joints creak and it hurts just to wake up. Until now.resize_c9da3c2f190d9da3063913afcc2a8ab41c39ab8a7f7eb5f2f07a392cf0b1e0098cddd532250250

My human recently found a great new product that dramatically reduces her aches and pains, AND is safe to use on a daily basis! Noxicare™ is a natural pain relief formula that quickly and effectively alleviate pains by combining seven of the world’s most potent natural pain relievers. The non-greasy cream formula is easily applied to the affected area and it quickly quiets your screaming muscles.

This is an incredible natural pain relief formula that relieves all three common types of pain: inflammation, muscle aches and nerve pain. And, the best part? You don’t even need a prescription to purchase it!
But actually, today… you don’t need to purchase it all! I’m giving you a chance to WIN a tube!
Simply comment below letting me know that you “LIKED” Noxicare on Facebook and/or FOLLOWED them on Twitter. You can enter twice!
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Best of luck!
Ta-Ta for now!
Sweet Pea

Tail Tales

Have you considered banging your horse’s tail for that polished look? When a horse’s tail hangs with the bottom parallel to the ground, the hind end is framed and appears more engaged.

However, if you are to just cut the tail straight across, when the horse lifts its tail to move, the back hairs pull up shorter than those close to the body. The bottom angle opens out behind the horse, giving the look that your horse is dragging his hind end.

The trick to banging tails is to simulate carriage before cutting. First, organize all the hair to the root. Then, have someone put his or her arm under the dock or use a rolled towel to approximate tail carriage before you cut the tail.

Spice Rack Cures

Curcumin in the active ingredient in the spice, turmeric, which has been used for centuriesPOI_Turmeric_4_14 in Indian cooking, as well as in Ayurvedic medicine. It exhibits anti-oxidant properties (neutralizing damaging free radicals), and has been used to treat a long list of conditions, including diarrhea, respiratory infections, dermatitis, and even cancerous tumors. Most notably, curcumin reduces inflammation and pain.

Curcumin supplementation is a natural approach that can be highly effective and far less costly then chemical options.

-From Dr. Getty Equine Nutrition

Parade of Colors

The benefits of ground flaxseeds are numerous. They are a good source of protein, POI_Flax_SH_14boosting the overall amino acid pool available for tissue synthesis and repair. Their high lignan content gives your horse antioxidant protection against disease. And most of all, their plentiful omega 3 fatty acid content promotes health by reducing inflammation, lowering insulin, balancing immune response, and feeding hooves, skin, and hair.

Flaxseeds come in two basic varieties – golden or brown. Is one better than another? The Canadian Grain Commission did a recent study comparing the two and found them to be very similar. The alpha-linolenic acid (omega 3) content of brown flax seeds was 59% compared to 51% for the golden seeds. Producers of ground flaxseed products also show them to be virtually equal in their omega 3 content.

Bottom line: Either form is nutritious and worthwhile.

Tips for Taming Your Winter Allergies

As frigid temperatures and unusually snowy conditions over much of the nation continue to keep most of you humans indoors, a veteran allergy expert wants to remind you that staying inside may keep you warm, but it also gives prolonged exposure to four powerful indoor allergens capable of triggering a variety of cold and flu-like symptoms.  Cockroaches, dust mites, dander, and mold.

“If you experience more than nine days of continuing congestion, coughing, sneezing, watery eyes and nasal drip, chances are good that you are reacting to the presence of either dust mites, cockroaches, animal dander, or mold somewhere in your home, office or school,” said Dr. Joan Lehach, integrative medicine physician specializing in allergy, asthma and clinical immunology at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. “Many times, and especially in the inner city where populations are dense, all four of these allergens are present and must be addressed.”

Dr. Lehach’s tips for controlling your indoor allergy symptoms:

1.     Mold inspection: The first step for controlling your allergy symptoms is to do a little inspection for mold inside the house. The most common places to find it are on shower curtains, wallpaper, carpets and the sink. Mold also grows in the drain, which can be cleaned with bleach and detergent.

2.    Cockroach hunt: Studies have found cockroach allergens to be present in at least half of inner city homes and in nearly three-quarters of inner city schools.  Cockroaches do not have to be alive to trigger respiratory problems. Dust containing molecules of crushed carcasses can still cause problems for humans.  Professionals can be consulted to discover and clean out hidden colonies.  Nesting areas and pathways where cockroaches may have been traveling should be thoroughly cleaned.

3.    Dry up dust mites: Keep your indoor humidity at 50 percent or lower, as higher humidity will breed dust mites.  A humidity gauge can be purchased for about $5.

4.    Filter out animal dander: If you have a pet allergy,  you probably are going to need to be on allergy medications until you can consult with an allergist and see if you want to be desensitized or not. Meanwhile, a small HEPA air purifier placed in each room will keep airborne dander from spreading throughout the house. Mice or other fur-bearing pests living under the house or in the attic must be searched for and removed.

5.    Get symptom relief: A mixture of sinus-friendly Chinese herbs, like Rootology, can temporarily halt most allergy symptoms in less than 20 minutes. Rootology can also be used to control winter cold and flu symptoms.

6.    Start an immune-building diet: Eliminate foods that are weakening your immune system, like processed and packaged foods, and start eating immune boosting, allergy fighting foods, like blackberries and blueberries. Also important are multivitamin supplements and digestive enzymes to help you access more of the nutrients in the food you consume.

7.    Get sufficient sleep:  Our immune system is very “sleep-driven”, and allergies are precipitated by weakened immunity.

8.    Stay hydrated: When you become dehydrated you get dry nasal mucosa and can develop microscopic cracks in the nasal lining, making it easier for allergens to enter your bloodstream.

9.    Use the “hot” setting:  Wash your bedding in hot water (at least 130 degrees) to properly neutralize allergens.

10.   Wash your face and hands: Not only to maintain popularity with family, friends, and co-workers, but if there is dander, mold, or dust on your face or hands, chances are good that you will end up inhaling it.

Or…. Just Spend More Time in the Barn!!
Sweet Pea