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How To Improve Circulation in Your Horse

Posted on: February 18th, 2018 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

It’s easy to forget how important something as simple as proper circulation is for your horse. Good, strong circulation means that oxygen and nutrients are delivered to every cell in the body. It also aids in various body functions such as speeding up recovery time after an injury and reducing arthritic pain. Here is our guide on how to improve your horse’s circulation. 

Improved Vs. Increased Blood Flow

The circulatory system is relatively closed: the amount of blood in a horse’s system is what he’s got for life. So, think of any adjustments to circulation as “improving” rather an “increasing” it.

5 Ways to Improve Your Horse’s Circulation

Exercise! What holds true for humans goes for horses as well. The best way to improve circulation is to get that heart pumping through regular exercise, thereby ensuring good blood flow to all of your horse’s tissues and organs.

A good grooming that removes dirt, dead skin cells and shed hair improves blood flow to the skin. Result? A healthier, shinier coat.

Reduce stress. When your horse is relaxed, his spleen actually enlarges. This allows for more efficiency in cleaning red blood cells; the spleen’s main function. So keep it mellow between exercising: brushing, massage, bathing, and free reign in the pasture are all good ways to reduce stress and offer other benefits.

Cooling your horse down post-exercise or on hot days keeps him regulated and blood flow optimal. If your horse overheats, the vessels in his skin and lungs tend to enlarge which draws blood from other, more necessary functions, such as the brain and major organs.

Maintaining lungs, heart & spleen with the Leg Saver. Making sure that the internal circulation system is healthy is essential for improving stamina and blood flow. Our guide to increasing stamina with the Leg Saver focuses on treating the lung and heart ting points, which will help improving circulation to the necessary areas, reducing pain while increasing endorphins. Regular maintenance with the Leg Saver is a great way to keep circulation up like this.

 

How do you keep your horse relaxed and his blood pumping in optimal conditions? Share with us in the comments!

The Best Exercises for Recovering Horses

Posted on: February 4th, 2018 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

When your horse is recovering from an injury, it can be a long road to full recovery. It’s crucial to remember that baby steps are key, as is regular treatment with Leg Saver’s waveform therapy designed to speed up the healing process.

Here are three type of training exercises you can do with your horse recovering from injury to help re-stabilize his spine and limbs through engaging specific muscles. Rehabilitation exercises are meant to improve muscle function, athletic performance, and most importantly; reduce risk of future injury and back problems.

Recovery Exercise #1: Mobilization

When completing these exercises with your horse, ensure he is well-balanced, even standing against a wall for support. Start with small movements, hold, and repeat the session 3 – 5 times daily.

Rounding

Use your choice of bait, perhaps a healthy crunchy carrot, to entice your horse to flex his neck. He must stay straight as he bends chin to chest, chin to knees, and chin to fetlocks.

Bending

Bend chin to girth and chin to flank. Engage the horse’s pelvic and abdominal muscles by getting your horse to bend his chin to hind fetlocks, as well.

Extension

Encourage your horse to stretch his neck as far as possible after rounding and bending.

Recovery Exercise #2: Core Strengthening

Before you exercise your horse, begin with these two motions:

First, apply upward pressure starting between the chest muscles. Then, slide your finger slowly back along the horse’s chest muscles, lifting the shoulder blades and the back. Second, apply firm pressure at the top of the spine, and move forward with pressure until you reach the bottom.

Recovery Exercise #3: Balance:

Repeat these balancing exercises 3 times daily:

    • Activate the muscles which support the chest by applying pressure to the middle of your horse’s chest, causing him to rock backward.

    • Activate the pelvic muscles that help balance your horse by gently pulling the horse’s tail to one side, then the other.

    • Activate fore- and hind-limb muscles by lifting one limb at a time while pushing gently on your horse’s shoulder or chest to rock his weight slightly.

It’s always best to consult with a trained physiotherapist before starting any exercise program with your horse. Take your horse’s cues when it comes to what they’re ready for, otherwise you could re-injure him. It’s important to keep an eye on your horse’s diet during this time, as eating habits are another sign of health. For more on how Leg Saver can help speed up recovery time during this process, see here.



Resources:

http://www.thehorse.com/articles/34482/rehabilitation-exercises-from-the-ground

http://www.thehorse.com/articles/36459/rehabilitating-sport-horses

How To Treat Common Hoof Problems

Posted on: January 6th, 2018 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

Prevention is key to avoiding hoof problems that can turn into long-term health issues. Paying close attention to the season and its associated conditions is the first step to anticipating potential hoof hazards.  Winter weather can especially dry the hoof wall out, so consider a moisturizer.

Other common hoof problems come with their own set of natural treatments so you don’t have to keep the vet on speed dial. Here are our most effective treatments for common hoof problems.

A Regular Farrier Appointment

Like an annual trip to the dentist for humans, routine farrier care is vital to preventing hoof problems and catching more serious ones before they reach that point. Consider shoeing for different weather and footing conditions. Every six to eight weeks from the time your horse is one month old is a good place to start.

Regular Shoeing Treats: Laminitis (inflammation), Navicular disease

Apple Cider Vinegar

Strong hooves are essential to a healthy horse. A regular dose of diluted, raw apple cider vinegar applied to picked-out hooves keeps them strong. The enzymes promote circulation, which in turn stimulate hoof growth.

ACV Treats: Thrush, White Line disease

Liquid DMSO

Liquid DMSO, also known as dimethyl sulfoxide, is a substance used by many farriers and has many medical applications. While some believe the substance can be harmful, it has proven effective in the treatment of horse hoof problems when applied correctly and can encourage healing and growth.

Liquid DMSO treats: Hoof infection, stimulates repair

Leg Saver

Our holistic Ting Point Therapy targets inflammation to treat lameness and accelerate recovery time and hoof growth – up to half an inch of growth per month!

Leg Saver Treats: Laminitis, (inflammation) Joint problems

Heel support and regular trimming are also important to maintaining good hoof health. Keep in mind that all of the treatments listed above are meant to help, but may not cure the problem in its entirety. Always consult with a professional if a problem persists. Contact us if you have any questions about the diverse range of issues the Leg Saver can treat.

The #1 Way to Remove Lactic Acid From Your Horse’s Muscles

Posted on: December 9th, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

For performance horses and aging equines alike, the Leg Saver is the number one treatment to help remove lactic acid from your horse. Combined with trotting, this is a surefire way to address lactic acid buildup in your horse.

What Is Lactic Acid and Why Is It a Problem?

When Lactic Acid build-up is not addressed, it settles deep into the sacroiliac and spinal cord with devastating results to the long-term performance of your horse. Lactic acid is a side-effect of energy generation in the muscles without the presence of oxygen, leading to muscle acidosis and ultimately, muscle fatigue. The build-up of lactic acid causes pain in the horse’s rear end, often resulting in problems with the front legs, such as bowed tendons, wind puffs ligament, joint and hoof issues.

The Winning Combo: Trotting and Leg Saver

Strictly walking your horse for doesn’t remove this toxic lactic acid, while galloping can actually increase levels, driving it deeper into the horse’s body and spinal cord. However, the Leg Saver treatments combined with trotting resulted in increased performance levels for every breed of performance horse: Race, Grand Prix, Jumpers, Endurance, Barrel Racers, and Polo Ponies.

Lactic Acid Build-up Treatment with Leg Saver:

Treat the Tip of the Tail, Sacroiliac, and Bai Hui points simultaneously with 5 electro-pads that run down the spinal cord to the base of the tail with the Leg Saver copper coupling that secures directing on the Tip of the Tail, for about an hour. Trot your horse during or immediately following the treatment for half an hour to enhance its effectiveness. Treatment should be administered 3 days prior to the race or event, as well as the day before the event and always the day following. Maintain trotting for a couple of days post-race or event as well.

Leg Saver’s proven results are evident in our satisfied clients whose performance horses exercise pain-free post race. We are continually improving our protocols and developing new ones to ensure every horse has the best possible chance at a healthy career.

In keeping: Wishing You & Yours a very Happy Holidays and a Healthy, Happy New Year!

Hoof Health And Repair With The Leg Saver

Posted on: June 1st, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

Good hoof health starts with quality hoof growth free of infection and increased blood flow to the hoof area. If your horse is showing signs of laminitis, navicular, and founder, or suffers from quarter cracks, then removing inflammation from the hoof is key to successful treatment.

Here’s how The Leg Saver can help you kill all of the infection from your horse’s hooves.

How LEG SAVER increases blood flow and kills infections

By treating the kidney and liver Ting Points (for a run-down on equine acupressure points, check out this summary from The Naturally Healthy Horse), enzymes will be released into the bloodstream. This increased blood flow will help your horse fight infection while accelerating quality hoof growth by ⅜ to ½ an inch per month.

Repairing quarter cracks for healthy hooves

Our experience has lead us to believe that quarter cracks are caused by poor quality horn in the hoof, and in some cases is hereditary from the mother. The LEG SAVER stimulates blood flow to the hoof with the flow of enzymes from the horse’s liver.

Other causes of poor quality hooves

A lot of race horses are administered drugs and other toxins that affect the liver. If they go untreated, will affect their offspring in the form of poor quality hooves.

We also feel that too much sugar and molasses in a horse’s diet can cause liver damage. The liver becomes clogged with toxic plaque because the kidneys can’t function due to an overflow of those toxins. The sulphur in molasses builds up in the liver, which can ultimately damage the entire body depending on the strength of your horse’s immune system.

The bottom line of hoof health

The Equi-Stim Leg Saver is designed to kill all infections through Ting Point Electro Therapy to keep your horse in top form. Have you got any top nutritional tips that keep your horse in tip-top shape to compliment our therapy for whole horse health? Let us know in the comments below or share with us on Facebook!

What is Equine Inflammation and How do you Treat your Horse?

Posted on: March 16th, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

Inflammation is the process when white blood cells and substances they produce protect a horse’s from injury and infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses.

However, in some diseases, like arthritis, the horse’s body’s immune system — the defense system — triggers an inflammatory response when there are no foreign invaders to fight off. In these diseases, called autoimmune diseases, the animal’s normally protective immune system causes damage to its own tissues. The body responds as if normal tissues are infected or somehow abnormal.

What Causes Equine Inflammation and What Are the Effects?

Inflammation occurs when chemicals from the horse’s white blood cells are released into the blood or affected tissues to protect the horse’s body from foreign substances. This release of chemicals increases the blood flow to the area of injury or infection, and may result in redness and warmth. Some of the chemicals cause a leak of fluid into the tissues, resulting in swelling. This protective process may stimulate nerves and cause pain.

The increased number of cells and inflammatory substances within the joint cause irritation, swelling of the joint lining and, eventually, wearing down of cartilage (cushions at the end of bones).

What Diseases Are Associated With Equine Inflammation?

Some, but not all, types of arthritis are the result of misdirected inflammation. Arthritis is a general term that describes inflammation in the joints. Some types of arthritis associated with inflammation include the following:

  • Arthritis
  • OCD (Osteochondritis dissecans)
  • Joint pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Loss of joint function
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Atrophy

Often, only a few of these symptoms are present.

What to do if your horse has inflammation.

You don’t treat the inflammation. Since inflammation is the immune response to protects the horse from infection from foreign organisms, inflammation is necessary to keep the horse alive. However, to treat the horse’s inflammation, we need to treat the bacterial or viral infection that is the underlying cause of the inflammatory response.

How do Veterinarians Treat Equine Inflammation?

Veterinarian will try to treat of inflammation by eliminating the bacterial infection with antibiotics and attempting some pain relief by administering steroid and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. We’ve found that this course of treatment to be expensive and does not lead to optimal health of the horse. They also administer Bute to mask the pain. 

The Leg Saver® works by emitting specific electrical frequencies that kill viral and bacterial infections. Administering the Leg Saver® to the ting points on your horse creates the wrong environment for viruses and bacteria to survive and consequently, the inflammatory response is no longer required and the inflammation is naturally eliminated. 

Horses Holistic Alternative Therapy

Posted on: March 6th, 2014 by legsaver No Comments

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ALTERNATE HOLISTIC HEALING THERAPIES are gaining popularity for treating horses while the massive use of drugs is on the decline, which is good—they all have side effects.  In most athletic disciplines, human athletes are under serious scrutiny for the use of drugs while the horse trainer is given an open door to use anything on the performance horse.  This is happening in North America only as other jurisdictions have banned drugs.  This wide-spread (and reckless) use of drugs in North America is most certainly destined to have a negative effect on the long-term success of our breeding programs.

THE LEG SAVER HAS TAKEN ALTERNTIVE & HOLISTIC THERAPIES TO ANOTHER LEVEL.

We treat the performance horse without surgery or drugs and achieve superior results while saving a lot of money!  Holistic and alternative therapies are here to stay.  For good reason—they are the best form of treatment and therapy for most injuries and illnesses.  Money spent on surgeries and injections is usually not necessary.  LEG SAVER achieves superior results at a much lower cost.  Our success rate is amazing.  Check out our website: www.equi-stimlegsaver.com