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I recently received an email from a client that is dealing with arthritis in the neck of his 6 year old TB.  He was asking if there was any nutritional support that might help his horse.  This is how I answered:

“With most arthritis cases, nutritionally you have to make sure they’re getting certain nutrients to aid the body with inflammation and bone health.

I always start with my hay and make sure it is tested and has a higher protein level so that I know my horse is getting proper amino acids.

If the horse requires supplementation with grain for energy try to use one that has the three essential  amino acids guaranteed in the guaranteed analysis.

These include lysine, methionine and threonine.
Most feed companies only guarantee lysine.

Other nutrients that are super important for bone health are phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur and the trace minerals zinc, copper and manganese.

Vitamins A, C and B are all really important for anti-inflammatory and connective tissue health.

After you are sure his diet is adequate you can look at joint supplements.  I usually tell my clients to use one that has all of the joint support ingredients (rather than just one) as you never know which one your horse will respond to.

So look for one that has HA,MSM, Chondroitin, and Glucosamine.

Herbal supplementation would include devils claw for reducing pain, Bromaline for anti-inflammatory and yucca for anti-inflammatory.

I really like Uckle’s Arthrigen because it has everything in it.”

Hope this helps!

The Nerd

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Our new relationship

Howdy Nerd Herd!

So excited to announce that we are a supplier for Silver Lining Herbs- Health Products for Horses! I love their herbal blends and have used them with much success with my clients. We carry the full line but here is a preview:

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#37 KIDNEY SUPPORT- Kidneys are an area where today’s horses are put under extreme stress with a chemical environment. The kidneys primary function is to cleanse the blood and produce urine, which excrete wastes; due to the critical and body-encompassing nature of this job, improvement in kidney function will help restore and relieve a wide range of systems and symptoms. Contains a proprietary blend of Marshmallow, Uva Ursi, Barberry, Garlic, Kelp, Parsley, Dandelion, Chamomile, Hydrangea and Juniper.  BEST SELLER!!!

427-2001#20 KEEP COOL- Riding an excitable horse in a competition or trail ride just isn’t as fun or productive as riding one who has his wits about him. #20 Keep Cool contains herbs known as “nervines,” which maintain a normal nerve impulse in the animal. Helpful in maintaining a calm, cool horse that still knows where his feet are…a state enjoyed by the horse as much as the rider. May be beneficial in supporting the overall nervous system in horses. Also may be beneficial for nervousness, stress, worry, spookiness and poor haulers. Contains catnip, chamomile, hawthorne, hops, rosehips, skullcap, valerian, Oregon grape, black cohosh, lobelia, mistletoe, burdock and echinacea.

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#30 DIGESTIVE- Gives the digestive system what it needs to function at its highest level. A healthy digestive system is of utmost importance to the overall health of any horse, particularly those prone to colic. An optimally healthy digestive system avoids problems, and offers more effective and efficient nutrition to the cells. #30 Digestive may be beneficial for digestive discomfort and indigestion, abnormal gut sounds, abnormal manure (either too hard or soft), digestive stones, sub-optimal peristalsis, back soreness, horses who won’t put or keep weight on, general digestive issues. Contains psyllium, slippery elm, chamomile, cascara, dandelion

If you would like to receive a catalog just let me know and I will pop one in the mail to you.  Or check out our Horse Care Shop at http://www.happyhorsehealthyplanet.com/for-your-horse.html

Peace and Good Feed,

ENN

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DENGIE, aka Chopped Hay

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What is it and How is it Made?

Dengie is just another name for chopped hay. The name Dengie is actually a brand of chopped hay, one of the original manufacturers. The company Dengie pioneered the use of high temperature drying to conserve forage for horses in the United Kingdom. When the Dengie company was founded, it was the only producer of high temperature dried alfalfa.  As research on equine nutrition confirmed  the benefits of a high fiber diet for horses, a bunch of other feed manufacturers followed suit.

Dengie2Because of its origination some people refer to all chopped hay as “Dengie”. Kind of like how there are tons of search engines but everyone says “Just Google it” as if Google is the name for searching the web. I will discuss Dengie under the letter “D” even though it probably belongs in “C” for chopped hay or even “H” (hay) for that matter.

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How Much Does The Grain in Your Scoop Weigh?

You should feed according to the Body Weight of your horse.  Usually 1.5-2% of BW.  If you have a horse that requires grain for extra energy you need to know how much you are really feeding.  Here’s a video to help

Peace and Good Feed,

~THE NERD