For a long time, riders fed corn oil for a hearty serving of fat. Fat will make your horse shiny, but it is so important to choose the right kind of fat.
Try to avoid the long term use of stomach ulcer medication. 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.
You can remember when stairs were no obstacle, when getting up from your bed or out of the car was effortless. If you’re feeling the aches and pains of age, you can imagine how sore joints and arthritis are affecting animals. You might be walking on two don’t-move-like-they-used-to legs, but for the four-footed among us, twice the legs mean double the pain. Natural Solutions for Life, makers of Natural Stride joint supplement for dogs, livestock and your equine friends, offers an all-natural option for animal joint health. The ingredient Cetyl Myristoleate, a key component of all Natural Stride products, is a pain reliever, an immune system modulator, and an anti-inflammatory. The product is safe, natural, and it works!
Obesity is an epidemic problem with domesticated horses. Although we most easily attribute the problem to overfeeding concentrates combined with too little exercise, the underlying cause is much less apparent. It has to do with the horse’s brain and his response to stress — a chronic low-grade, inflammatory stress. Continue reading
Argan oil has become trendy in the last few years, to the point where it seems like everything and anything has a piece of the action. It may seem a bit too awesome to be true, but studies are beginning to show that it is every bit the miracle that it seems to be. Continue reading
Show season is here, and “show nerves” are common, even in horses. Agitated, nervous horses that are normally well behaved may benefit from a calming supplement. These products can contain vitamins, or minerals, or herbs, or amino acids. So, which to choose and how best to use them? Before making a decision, consider these important points: Continue reading
What is all the fuss about free radicals, and what does it mean for your horse’s health? A free radical is a very unhappy molecule.
Although it was once stable, it is now missing an electron. Determined to become whole, it sets out in search of another vulnerable molecule and steals its electron. The original bad guy is now neutral and can relax. But in its wake, it has created another free radical that is just as desperate to steal and destroy. Continue reading
Cortisol – the STRESS hormone. Although an important hormone, when consistently elevated it negatively impacts carbohydrate metabolism, causing blood insulin levels to rise, leading to fat storage and most critically, a possible laminitis attack. Continue reading
Many horse owners spend hours upon hours selecting the perfect shampoo and conditioner combination for their horses, but when it comes to themselves they grab whatever the drug store has on sale. My owner was exactly the same, until she was given the opportunity to try out the Pura D’or hair care line.
All natural, with no artificial ingredients, the Pura D’or line comes from plants… not from a laboratory. Paraben and Sulfate free, the shampoo and conditioner nourishes hair… without stripping natural oils that protect the hair shafts. They are also completely against animal testing and animal cruelty… which let’s face it, means that this sassy mare gives them four hooves up!
My human tried out the Premium Organic Argan Oil Based Hair Loss Prevention Therapy Shampoo, which is truly one of a kind. It contains 12 DHT Blockers, creates thicker hair and prevents from further hair loss. It was amazing to see improved texture in just a few days, and a noticeable lack of hair in the hair brush within two weeks… as an added bonus, unlike many other organic shampoos, it actually creates a lather.
How do we keep our inner fire alive? Two things, at minimum, are needed: an ability to appreciate the positives in our life – and a commitment to action.
Every day, it’s important to ask and answer these questions: ‘What’s good in my life?’ and ‘What needs to be done?