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Spotlight On: Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Posted on: January 20th, 2018 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

The positive health benefits of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) have been scientifically proven for humans for years. Those in the know regularly add this superfood to their horse’s diet too, for numerous reasons that range from a digestive aid to mosquito repellant. We’ve broken down this amazing, natural substance to show just why you should always have a bottle on hand in the barn.

How Apple Cider Vinegar Is Made

Step One. Crushed apples are exposed to yeast, which ferments the sugars turning them into alcohol.

Step Two. Bacteria is added to the alcohol solution, further fermenting it into acetic acid; the main active compound in vinegar.

Step Three. Strands of proteins, enzymes, and healthy bacteria are added to organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. It’s widely believed that these additives, or “mother” as they’re more commonly known, are what’s responsible for ACV’s health benefits.

It’s crucial to choose the organic version of ACV with ‘the mother’ for this and other reasons. Some ACV on the market is made from apple juice, concentrate, or cider, rather than the whole apple; so always look for the natural, unpasteurized cloudy vinegar!

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

At only about 3 calories per tablespoon, you don’t have to worry about it contributing to weight gain, making it a healthy additive choice to your horse’s diet. It’s been known to help with a number of health issues:

  1. Encourage weight loss through improved digestion and lowered blood sugar
  2. Acidifies the stomach to defend against bacteria, parasites, and food or water-borne diseases
  3. Eases arthritis symptoms
  4. Prevent and dissolve intestinal stones
  5. Create an ACV poultice to help heal thrush, fungus, abscesses, burns, wounds and infections
  6. ACV causes thiamine to be excreted through the skin, acting as a natural insect repellent
  7. Use ACV as a mane and tail rinse to remove soap film and hard water residue for super shiny results

How To Feed ACV To Your Horse

On average, a ¼ cup of ACV diluted with equal parts water, added to your horse’s daily feed is plenty. Always feed ACV in a hard plastic container, as it can leach minerals from metal or galvanized tanks. AVC is a great way to disguise unfamiliar water when on the road for competitions!

Regularly feeding Apple Cider Vinegar and ting point maintenance therapy is the winning combination for a healthy, happy horse.

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.

How to Deal With Your Horse’s Poor Eating Habits

Posted on: June 30th, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

A horse’s poor eating habits may not have immediate life-threatening effects, but it can affect their long-term health and equal many vet bills. Good eating habits with balanced nutrition will mean a happier horse thanks to good health. It may take a while to figure out the right measures to keep your horse happy but we’ve found the following ways to deal with your horse’s poor eating habits!

The #1 Ingredient to Ban from Your Horse’s Diet: SUGAR

The negative effects of too much sugar in a horse’s diet are many and vast. Sugar can be toxic to a horse’s brain. Over time, as with humans, if you’re not feeling well, you don’t behave well, and that can lead to poor eating habits. Molasses are a byproduct of sugar, and the high levels of sulfur in them can wreak havoc on a horse’s digestive system as well. But your horse loves sweets? Try this:

Add Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to Your Horse’s Diet For Better Eating Habits

Horse’s actually love the taste of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar! Mostly because it tastes like, well, apples! Not only healthier for their digestion, it encourages eating feed because of the added “treat” flavour; and it’s low on (processed) sugar.

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar also makes a great topical spray for rashes, scrapes, and open wounds to stimulate blood flow to the area and kill bacterial infections. Suffering from Gerd or reflux yourself? One tablespoon will usually rid you of the problem in an all-natural way. Every stable should keep a gallon of this healthy sidekick on hand in the tack room at all times.

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