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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!

Your Holiday Horse Gift Guide

Posted on: December 8th, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

We’ve rounded up our favourite products to help you and your horse have a happy, healthy holidays!

#5 Time Well Spent

The best thing you can give your horse for Christmas? A well-appointed, cozy barn that up-to-date and weather-proofed, along with daily walkabouts, even in less-than-ideal conditions. Daily exercise in the form of trotting can help keep your horse trim, fit and healthy through the winter months.

#4 Hermès for your Horse

For the horse who has everything, Hermès’ line of high-end horse gear includes everything from from standard saddles to blankets, bridles, and grooming equipment. We like this water-repellent Swing Dressage Pad in an ergonomic shape and breathable construction. Already have all the “needs”? What about the Fly Hat or Stirrups in that classic brown and orange?

#3 New Releases: Horse Books

Horse & Hound’s recently-released list of six new horsey books, out for your reading pleasure covers top riders’ autobiographies, equestrian novels, and factual coffee table books. At the top of their list, Churchill at the Gallop by Brough Scott about the “Greatest Briton in History”’s time in the saddle. Pick up a book, learn from the pros–your horse couldn’t ask for more!

#2 Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

The healing benefits of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar make this gift the easiest and healthiest you can give your horse. Its wide variety of benefits ranges from natural insect repellent and digestive aid, to mane and tail conditioner and minerals supplement. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

#1 The Leg Saver

We might be biased, but all of our satisfied clients are proof that Leg Saver should be on every horse’s Christmas wish list. This natural wave form therapy can help repair and maintain horse joint health to stave off arthritis. Because isn’t that what every horse wants for Christmas? Be raring to go in top form out of the gate for a healthy 2018.

 

Contact us any time to discuss how Leg Saver can help your horse!

5 Ways To Ensure Your Horse Is Ready For Winter

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

Horses are fairly self-sufficient creatures. These majestic animals need very little preparation for the impending cold snap. Their coats thicken to provide extra insulation as the weather chills, so all you need to do is ensure you’re properly stocked up with the right supplies and a well-appointed barn, and your horse will be happy all winter long.

The Right Food for a Healthy Winter

Winter Feed should consist of quality forage combined with grain. Ensuring hay is provided regularly will help your horse maintain his inner furnace, as digestion is a primary way he generates heat! Consider using a Slow Feeder so your horse has a consistent supply. Installing a heated water bucket will encourage regular hydration and keep the digestive flow moving. Giving him a daily dose of Apple Cider Vinegar also has numerous health benefits and, as always; stay away from added sugar and molasses.

Keep Up with Hygiene

Establishing regular check-ups for healthy teeth allows your horse uninterrupted comfort for eating and drinking, an important task they must keep up during winter months to maintain caloric intake and for warmth. Healthy hoof growth is also important, as are regular brushings to keep the mane and tail from matting. Check under their blankets periodically for signs of rubbing.

Prep the Barn for Snow and Pests

Make repairs and fortify the barn for colder weather with ample time so you’re not stuck fixing a leaky roof in the snow! Keep an eye on the feed for mold, which is common in winter, and keep it in sealed containers to avoid attracting small creatures looking for a warm winter hideout. Even blankets and tack can make attractive nests, so keep them in sealed storage.

Create a Run-In Shed or Run-Out Paddock

When the weather gets frightful, seeking shelter is your horse’s first instinct. Ensuring they have easy-access to one is the best thing you can do for your horse in the winter months.

Use Leg Saver Maintenance Therapy

The other #1 way you can help your horse brave the elements is to use Leg Saver therapy on a regular basis. By keeping infection and inflammation at bay, Leg Saver allows your horse to function at his best and work his hardest when he is able to exercise in the snow, and maintain optimal conditions when he can’t. Learn more about Leg Saver wave form therapy here.

How To Ease the Top 3 Health Issues of Older Horses

Posted on: August 11th, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

Aging is just a fact of life, and in your horse’s case, it means the same as for the rest of us: joints may not be as supple, internal systems can break down and be less effective, and it’s important to keep an eye on daily functioning to ensure your horse isn’t showing signs of illness.

The top three to look out for are arthritis, heart murmurs, and Cushing’s disease. We’ve also got a few tips on how to look after older horses and ease their discomfort. This will keep them as healthy as possible between vet check-ups.

Arthritis in an Older Horse

While incurable, arthritis can a natural part of a horse’s aging process. With proper care, it can be managed. Swelling around the joints, lameness, stiffness, and reluctance to move forwards are all possible signs of arthritis. If you are concerned, have your vet confirm the condition with flexion tests and an x-ray. Your vet may prescribe anti-inflammatory medication or in more serious cases perform surgery to remove cartilage.

What can you do? Use Leg Saver equine therapy to help with the inflammation. You can also provide daily turnout time to keep your horse moving and joints loose. Adding a daily joint supplement can help, and regular gentle massages with a professional can also help ease the pain.

Heart Murmurs

A heart murmur is the result of a leaky valve that results in the rapid filling and expulsion of blood from the heart. For older, less active horses, it won’t mean as many complications as for a competitive horse. Signs vary from tiredness, loss of appetite, to increased temperature, respiratory and heart rates. Or there may be no signs at all, only your vet confirm a heart murmur with the use of a stethoscope, followed by an ultrasound or electrocardiograph.

What can you do? Check your horse’s heart rate on a regular basis, avoid stress by keeping him on a daily routine, and ensure his weight is kept in check to avoid excess strain on the heart.

Cushing’s Disease

Also known as Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID), Cushing’s Disease is caused by the lack of secretion control of hormones ACTH and cortisol. This happens when the hypothalamus suffers nerve degeneration. Watch for increased thirst, tiredness, weightloss, if your horse suddenly develops a curly coat, and fat deposits cropping up on their neck and above the eyes. Call your vet to take a blood sample.

What can you do? While incurable, there is medication to keep your horse comfortable. You can also work to keep his weight regulated, his coat clipped to ease sweating, and regular dental care is important. Vaccinations and de-worming should be on a regular schedule as well.

The key to these three health concerns is really knowing your horse: what’s abnormal, and what keeps him comfortable. And as always, if in doubt, call your vet! Do you have any more tips on how to look after older horses? Share them with us on our Facebook page!

What You Need To Know About First Aid for Horse Owners

Posted on: August 8th, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

The first things to consider when it comes to first aid for horse owners are temperature, pulse and breathing, particularly when your horse isn’t acting himself. Check them regularly so you have a record of his normal temperature, pulse, and respiratory rates on hand for comparison in the event of an accident or illness.

How to Check Your Horse’s Temperature

If possible, get someone to help you hold your horse while you take his temperature. Stand to one side of his hindquarters–never behind–and gently lift his tail. Insert the thermometer a few inches into the rectum and hold for one minute. Keep in mind that normal horse temperatures run 37.5 degrees to 38.5 degrees centigrade.

How to Check For Your Horse’s Pulse

Feel for the artery that runs over your horse’s jaw bone. This is the easiest to get an accurate reading from with practice. A normal heart rate is approximately 20 to 40 beats per minute.

Measuring Your Horse’s Respiratory Rate

A normal horse’s respiratory rate is 8 to 12 breaths per minute. You can either count how many times his nostrils flare in a minute, or how many times his ribs move up and down. This method can be trickier than the others and requires patient practice.

How to Treat a Wound

The first two things to remember if your horse suffers an injury is to keep calm, and secure him immediately. Then, gently wash the wound with water in a slow trickle from a hose or plastic syringe. Once clean, you’re free to assess the depth and severity of the wound. Try to steer clear of antiseptics; simply cleaning it and a light bandage should do the trick until the vet arrives.

Call your vet even if a wound near a joint or tendon looks minor, it can cause unseen long-term damage. If a wound won’t stop bleeding and requires stitches, keep pressure on it until the vet arrives. Be aware that the bleeding may be a result of puncture wounds or a hidden, embedded object.

Signs of Eye Injury

The signs of an eye injury include excessive tearing and blinking, it’s swollen or half shut, can be painful to the touch, or any other visible signs of injury.

In the event of a possible eye injury, always call your vet immediately. If left untreated, eye injuries can lead to infection and loss of sight. Try to keep your horse as calm as possible until your vet arrives, and if anything is protruding from the eye, leave it in until the professional arrives no matter how painful it may look.

Possible Fracture

Fractures can actually cause your horse to go into shock, so cover him with a blanket and keep him–and you–calm until professional help arrives. Never move your horse if you suspect a fracture, and call the vet immediately. Be prepared your horse may act distressed, have swelling, and sweat profusely due to the pain. Keep in mind not all fractures will be immediately visible, such as a bone sticking out unnaturally, so watch for sudden lameness.

How To Make an Essential First Aid Kit

Make sure to have the following essential items in a handy kit:

  • Blunt-ended scissors
  • Thermometer
  • Self-sticking crepe bandages
  • Cotton wool
  • Swabs
  • Gloves
  • Torch and wire cutters
  • Paper towel or kitchen roll
  • Gamgee
  • Poultice
  • Salt
  • Small plastic bowl

Consider making a duplicate kit and keep them in different places so you’ll never be looking for one last minute.

No matter what, it’s always best to call your Vet first and follow directions in an emergency. But having these basic tips in the back of your mind while you wait for help to arrive can make all the difference in your horse’s health. If you have any other first aid for horse owners tips, share them on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you! 

How to Keep Your Grey Horse Gleaming

Posted on: July 31st, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

Keeping a horse clean is a huge task on its own. Getting into a daily routine of basic cleanliness combined with a weekly bath and grooming session can go a long way towards your horse not only looking his best, but preventing permanent staining on grey coats and fending off minor health issues. Even if you already know how to clean your grey horse, the following steps will also help you to examine your horse on a regular basis for signs of injury.

If your horse suffers from skin conditions, using medicated shampoos is also a good way of caring for the problem in a gentle way. Think of this time with your horse as more of a bonding experience than a job that needs to be done.

Step 1: The Pre-Bath Brushing

Get rid of all loose dirt and surface dandruff with a thorough pre-bath brush. A good tip is to use a new or clean headcollar during bathing to prevent grease and dirt transfer from their regular headcollar onto your horse’s face.

Step 2: Wash Your Horse From Head to Hoof

If your stable isn’t equipped with a horse shower, boil water and mix it with cold water for a nice, warm bucketful. Using a large sponge, start at the neck and work your way through the mane, across the body and down the tail last, as it may require several cleansing strokes. Don’t be stingy; a thorough soaking does the coat good.

Step 3: A Detailed Facial

Consider switching to a smaller sponge when cleansing your horse’s face to really get into the crevices. Get behind the ears, under the jaw, around the nostrils, and even under the forelock! Dandruff and browband stains like to hide out under the forelock plait, so this is especially crucial.

Step 4: Build a Lather

Lather up your horse. Massage the shampoo deep into the roots of your horse’s coat and mane. Putting the shampoo on the sponge first can increase the amount of lather you get for a deeper clean.

Step 5: It’s All in the Rinse

Use warm water to rinse ALL of the soapy residue off and comb through excess water to reduce drying time. Scraping the water off will also alert you if there’s any shampoo left to rinse out.

Finish off with a wool horse rug to prevent your horse from catching a chill after his nice, warm bath. These need to be swapped out as well to avoid moisture build-up if used regularly enough.

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Five Simple Ways to Keep Your Horse Hydrated

Posted on: July 10th, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

Ensuring your horse has clean water to drink goes beyond quenching their thirst, it’s a way to keep them healthy on a long-term basis. H20 contains vital nutrients that aid in your horse’s digestion, moderates their temperature, and lubricates their joints for optimal performance.

Here are a five simple ways to keep your horse hydrated and happy.

Location, Location, Location!

Providing your horse with unobstructed access to clean water includes ensuring your horse isn’t competing with its neighbours for a fresh drink. Several trough stations strategically placed at various locations in the barn and turn-out pastures will encourage your horse to sip more frequently.

Not All Water Is Created Equal

Your horse knows the difference between what they drink at home, and when they’re away. Think of it this way: we all gravitate towards a certain “brand” of bottled water when we don’t have access to our usual source at home. Usually, this is due to the taste that comes from the level of minerals in the water. If you’re stabling your horse elsewhere for a period of time or away at a competition, bring along a supply of H20 from home so your horse continues to get their fill as they may shy away from “strange” water.

The Power of Salt to Hydrate a Horse

We’re not suggesting you dose your horse’s food with extra salt as that can actually increase fluid loss as a diuretic. However, if your horse isn’t consuming enough liquids, a little added salt in the diet can stimulate thirst. A salt lick or a little table salt in your horse’s feed might be all it takes.

Keep an eye on your horse’s electrolyte levels as well which are lost through sweating in the summer, or alternatively the urine if they’re drinking too much. These can be easily incorporated into feed or mixed with water.

Encourage Hydration Through Hay

By soaking your horse’s hay in water, you’ll increase his fluid intake naturally. Dry hay can absorb water from the gut, and thereby out of the circulatory system where it’s needed. This is especially important for stabled horses who don’t have regular access to moist grass.

Cool Down Time

Just like walking after an intense workout for humans, cooling down your horse after exercise is important. Sponge him down with cool water to return his temperature to normal at a faster rate, and you’ll reduce the amount of water your horse loses through sweating. Then, rehydrate!

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Your Guide To Eco-Friendly Horse Keeping

Posted on: June 27th, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

Caring for a horse means also caring for the environment you provide him with. We share nature, specifically watersheds that are crucial to our survival, with our family, neighbours, and the animals we’re lucky enough to co-exist with. As a horse owner, it’s our responsibility to protect that environment through choices that leave a low impact footprint.

The following are a few steps to eco-friendly horse keeping that will positively impact your environment as well as make for good, neighbourly practices.

Manure Management System

The quality of water in your local water bodies–and subsequently your drinking water–is affected by everyone living in the vicinity. This includes your horse! Minimize contamination by regularly picking up manure in high traffic areas and stables, and stockpiling it away from ditches and other water bodies. Next, consider composting the manure to reuse in your pastures. Not only will it enrich your soil, but you will minimize waste; literally.

Sacrifice Paddocks for Land Management

Fencing off a “spare” paddock or sacrifice area not only prevents overgrazed pastures, but also helps manage manure. Create the sacrifice area on higher ground (in other words, away from ditches and water bodies) to avoid water contamination and filter any potential runoff by planting a grassy border. By covering the sacrifice area with coarse-washed sand or crushed rock, mud won’t be as much of an issue during winter months and manure removal will be easier.

Pasture Management For Vitality

Rotating your horse in cross fence pastures prevents overgrazing of your fields and soil compaction that inhibits water infiltration for root growth. By leaving your horse in one field all the time, the quality and quantity of available grass will be significantly reduced in favour of weeds, and the nitrogen runoff from manure and urine can lead to contaminated water. Low pasture productivity also increases your feed costs!

Managing Water Flow

Divert clean rainwater away from high traffic areas by ensuring the roofs on your barn, sheds, and outbuildings are properly outfitted with rain gutters and runoff systems. Not only does this reduce mud, but the amount of nutrients and sediments that could potentially be washed into surface waters.

Protect your watershed, and ultimately your community through eco-friendly horse keeping! Are there any methods you’ve devised to keep your stables eye-catching and watershed-friendly? Share with us on Facebook!

Why You Should Avoid Sugar in a Horse’s Diet

Posted on: May 8th, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

Many people give their horses treats in the form of candy (mints) or other sugars.  This is very harmful for performance horses (race horses, dressage, grand prix jumpers, barrel racers and all other performance horses).  Sugar including Molasses can be harmful to horses (and humans) on many levels.  If you need to add something to the food to make it more palatable to the horse try adding ORGANIC APPLE CIDER VINEGAR. Below are some of the main reasons why you should avoid sugar in a horse’s diet:

– Sugar damages the digestion system of horses (and humans).

– Sugar (Molasses) kills brain cells.  Use ORGANIC APPLE CIDER VINEGAR.  Horses love the taste.

– Sugar in the diet delivers a glucose spike directly to the brain & blood sugar levels become unmanageable.  Long term sugar intake reduces brain function.

– Sugar interferes with the delicately-balanced hormonal and reproductive systems in both mares and stallions.  These hormonal interferences reduce the quality of the offspring or the ability to reproduce.

Long Term Effects

Long-term sugar consumption causes major health and performance issues for horses.  Remove all sugar from your horse’s diet and the results will be notable (increased stamina and performance, improved temperament, higher resistance to disease, faster recovery from injury).  In our experience, eliminating all sugar from a horse’s diet has dramatically improved the above-noted compromises to a horse’s health, stamina and reproductive capacities.  

We have tested 6 major manufactured feeds including pellets with the company that tested the athletes of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.  There was too much mould in all of the feeds tested.  There was no consistency in the amount of mould in any of them.  Some were so loaded with mould it would have really compromised the digestion of any horse.  

Remember: Sugar has never been in the horse’s natural diet—ever. Their digestion system simply cannot handle it without causing a complexity of health problems.  Did you know that horses do not have a gallbladder?  This would certainly impair their ability to successfully assimilate sugar.  

The harmful effects of sugar on human beings is well documented in medical and scientific studies.  While there are very few studies for horses on this topic, logic should certainly caution us on the potential compromises of sugar to your horse’s health.  

Have you got any top nutritional tips to keep your horse in tip top shape? If so, let us know in the comments below or contact us on our Facebook page!

Five Ways To Keep Your Stabled Horse Happy

Posted on: May 4th, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

Horses are wild creatures at heart. The confines of an enclosed space such as a stall or paddock goes against their instinct to move, graze and be free. Keeping your horse confined for long periods of time can even have dangerous effects such as negative reactive behaviour. We’ve rounded up five ways to help keep your stabled horse happy and loving his home no matter what your situation is: options are key to keeping him healthy and happy.

Take a Walk About

Like any domesticated animal, the importance of daily walks is foremost for whole horse wellbeing. And we do mean walking on a lunge-line, even if you don’t have time for a full-blown exercise routine! Of course, whenever you can pre-plan a good workout for the both of you is even better.

Regular Turnout

Merely being turned out in the arena with some hay and a companion can do your horse a world of good. If you have the space, consider creating a fenced area attached to your horse’s stable that gives them free reign to wander in and out.

Change of Scenery

When choosing a stable or building one of your own, consider the option of swapping stalls with another horse, or simply having an “extra” your horse can be stabled in for part of the time. If you tie up your horse, change up the location in the yard; but only if it’s safe and someone is guaranteed to be around.

Socialization

Friendly neighbours can go a long way for a stabled horse. The horses should have the ability to touch and mutually groom each other for maximum positive effect. Set up playdates! If your horse’s best buddy is stabled elsewhere, go for a visit. This is also the perfect opportunity to get that exercise in.

Entertainment Value

Horses love to play. Like dogs, they appreciate toys that make them think. Ask at your local tack shop, or make some with household items like towels and staple-free, treat-filled cardboard boxes. Play time should always be supervised, and change up the items when possible to prevent boredom.

What’s your favourite way to keep your stabled horse happy? Share with us!