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How Leg Saver Benefits Your Horse’s Overall Health

Posted on: January 13th, 2018 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

For twenty years, Leg Saver has treated thousands of horses around the world for a multitude of injuries and ailments. Our satisfied clients and healthy horses are testament to the power of Leg Saver. We set out to improve the performance level of equine athletes, discovering new benefits to our ting point therapy method along the way for a holistic treatment that’s now an asset to trainers, racers, equine therapists and pleasure riders equally.

So how does Leg Saver benefit your horse’s overall health?

The non-invasive, electro therapy treats inflammation at a cellular level by increasing oxygen-rich blood flow to all organs, bringing them back into balance and strengthening them. The Leg Saver’s wave form technology also kills bacterial and viral infections as they cannot survive in that frequency.

This one, seemingly simple action has a ripple effect through the horse’s body. Healthy blood circulation allows your horse numerous benefits:

  • Strengthened immune system

  • Balanced hormones

  • Reduced recovery time

  • Fast rear muscle soreness relief

  • Increased stamina

Quicker healing time means more time to rejuvenate and train, resulting in a more consistent athletic performance.

The Finer Points of Leg Saver’s Healing Benefits

Whole body health is achieved by:

  • Reduced swelling and edema

  • Reduced acute and chronic pain

  • lncreased range of motion and eases tightness

  • Releases muscle trigger points

  • lmproved soft tissue regeneration

Leg Saver addresses specific Ting Points to help heal common afflictions in horses:

  • Heals hoof problems: laminitis, founder, and navicular disease

  • Rear end soreness: azutoria/tying up

  • Lung bleeding or hemorrhaging

  • Hunter bump/sacroiliac

  • Osslets

  • Colic and Stomach issues

  • Increased healing time of damaged: fetlocks, knees, shoulders, bowed tendons, hocks & ligaments

Addressing these issues on a regular treatment basis with Leg Saver can eliminate lameness altogether. You can read a more in-depth explanation of all the benefits of Leg Saver here. We are continually striving to improve our treatment product and processes to give horses the tools and healthy systems they require to heal themselves — assuring you less medical bills and a healthier, happier horse.

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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 Colic Prevention Helps Good Horse Digestive Health

Posted on: April 24th, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

If you and your horse are one of the unlucky ones, you’ve seen it before. The pacing and pawing at the ground. The restless up-and-down. The swinging of the head from side-to-side. The potentially fatal abdominal condition and #1 horse-killer around the world is sadly very common, and extremely painful. Here’s how you can spot and prevent colic through simple, good digestive health.

What Causes Colic

Horses are generally susceptible to infection thanks to sensitive digestive systems. The most common causes of colic are: bloodworms, roundworms, a sudden change in diet, dehydration, gulping their food, and the ingestion of sand or dirt.

Spotting Colic Types

Three type of colic result from a combination of symptoms: abdominal pain, intestinal displacement or gastrointestinal obstruction. The most common form is Gas Colic. Gas collects in your horse’s bowels, causing pain from a distended bowl as it passes through. Horses with this type tend to swing their heads from side-to-side, stomp their feet, pin back their ears, roll their eyes and have rumbly tummies.

If your horse exhibits lethargy, restlessness, pawing, excessive sweating and zero of their usual abdominal sounds, they be suffering from Obstructive Colic. This is caused by either when food parasites, or other foreign bodies amass in the bowels, or when pasture sand or soil accumulates in your horse’s gut.

A Twisted Gut is literally the physical twisting of your horse’s intestine. Look for excessive sweating, general signs of discomfort that won’t be relieved by pain medication, and progressive restlessness.

In any of the above cases or if in doubt, it’s always best to call your veterinarian immediately!

How To Help Prevent Colic in Your Horse Checklist

Promoting good digestive health is the number one way to prevent colic in your horse. Keep in mind that any changes should be gradual, as the sudden implementation of a new diet or daily routine can also cause colic.

1.  A roughage-rich diet is important, as is its constant availability. Grass is your horse’s best friend, followed closely by hay. Grain should be kept to a minimum unless otherwise suggested by your veterinarian.

2. Maintaining a regular feeding schedule of two-to-three smaller portions of grain a day will prevent overloading your horse’s digestive tract.

3. Giving your horse access to regular, fresh, clean water 24/7 encourages drinking to keep things moving.

4. Keep worms at bay by regularly de-worming your horse. Ask your veterinarian for the best method to control internal parasites.

5. Daily exercise is an important part of good digestive health.

6. Feed pans and elevated wall feeders are a good way to keep feed away from contaminants such as pasture sand or soil. They also encourage natural, heads-down grazing posture.

7. Muck out stalls and till pastures frequently to keep manure–and parasites–to a minimum. Regular maintenance of stalls and pastures include weeding and removing indigestible materials from feeding and bedding areas. Consider perimeter sprays and traps to kill insects.

8. Regular oral maintenance including dental checkups with your vet is a good way to ensure proper chewing and improved digestion. Consider digestive supplements.

Before starting any new routine, it’s always a good idea to check with your veterinarian first!

If you are unlucky and have been unable to prevent colic developing in your horse, contact us today and see how the LegSaver can help today!