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The Top 5 Horse Races Around the World

Posted on: August 17th, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

Horse racing is at its heart a performance sport. A spectacle that appeals not only to horse lovers, but attractive to business types, sports bettors, and spectators who simply love a good show. When you take into account the total number of bets placed on a specific race, the media coverage it attracts, its history and worldwide significance, along with the total prize purse for the owners and trainers, there are 5 horse races around the world that come out ahead of the pack. Here’s a glimpse of the top 5 horse races around the world !

The Kentucky Derby

On the first Saturday every May since 1875, the leading leg of America’s Triple Crown kicks off in Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky. The purse prize may only be a mere $2 million, but the Kentucky Derby draws the biggest annual gambling crowd–and celebrity sightings–in the world of horse racing. Arguably the most famous horse race, the 1.25 mile race is know as the “Fastest Two Minutes in Sports.”  

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The Dubai World Cup

What it lacks in history, the Dubai World Cup more than makes up for in purse size. The $10 million prize pool is awarded to the winning horse on the last Saturday in March, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Open to Northern Hemisphere thoroughbreds 4+ and Southern Hemisphere thoroughbreds 3+, the 1.25 mile race is held on the dirt Meydan Racecourse.

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Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe

Since 1920, the 1.5 mile race has been Europe’s most distinguished horse racing event. Held the first Sunday of October at the Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, France, the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe is open to three-year-olds and over for a $5.5 million prize purse.

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Breeders’ Cup Classic

The Breeders’ Cup Classic splashed onto the circuit as America’s richest horse race in 1984. The $5 million purse is awarded the winner ever fall at the event held at various tracks around the United States. Toronto, Canada hosted the race once in 1996.

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Epsom Derby

The oldest horse race is also the most prestigious flat horse racing event in Britain. Held at Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey, England, the Epsom Derby even attracts the likes of the Royal Family to watch every June as the middle leg of England’s Triple Crown. The grass dash is one mile, four furlongs, and 10-yards long, open to thoroughbred colts and fillies 3+. 

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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!

How to Rid Your Horse of Inflammation Using Leg Saver Equine Therapy

Posted on: July 17th, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

The leading cause of lameness in performance horses is inflammation of the joints. Repetition in your horse’s exercise program or the discipline that they are performing in is the main reason to blame for this inflammation. If the inflammation isn’t removed from the joint, your horse will not be able to move properly and arthritis or OCD are severe, long-term effects if left untreated. It will manifest as an infection and spread to all of the other joints in the body over time. Anti-inflammatories will only succeed in masking the damage and not fully remove the issue. Read on to learn how to rid your horse of inflammation using Leg Saver equine therapy!

Why Anti-Inflammatories Won’t Help Inflammation of the Joints

Scientists at Stanford University under Dr. Bill Robinson, Associate Professor of Immunology and Rheumatology, have indicated that joint pain cannot be removed unless the source of the problem is found. Inflammation — heat — attacks and destroys the Synovial fluid and surrounding cartilage and membrane in the joint. Dr. Robinson concluded these findings as “a paradigm change” and that inflammation is in fact not caused by excessive wear and tear. If inflammation is present, there is five times the possibility of joint pain and lameness.

The use of drugs including Bute and other anti-inflammatories do not remove the inflammation and can actually cause more damage. Using a poultice or sweating the joint are similarly ineffective methods and can make the joint fluid less functional as well as open up the possibility to other infections like viruses, OCD and arthritis.

The Main Causes of Inflammation

The main causes of inflammation are: repetitive injury, surgery, injury from fall, excessive weight, and a blood sugar imbalance. Sugar imbalance is very common due to additional sugars in their diet. This unnecessary additive can also attack the brain and cause other long term health issues in your horse.

When a horse becomes injured through an accident or is over-worked, the cells start a process that lowers the normal bioelectric activity in a healthy horse. This in turn causes a reduction in oxygen and fresh blood supply to the compromised cells. Inflammation results in some or all of the following muscle groups: joints, tendons, ligaments or hooves.

How Can You Rid Your Horse of Inflammation Using Leg Saver Equine Therapy ?

The Leg Saver works at a cellular level in the horse’s body to reduce and eliminate inflammation. Its waveform polarizers and penetrates the cellular membranes and allows the increase of the flow of nutrients to, and toxins from, these damaged cells. This process quickly increases the oxygen and blood supply to the inflamed area. The Leg Saver is the only product on the market that will reduce or remove the inflammation in all injured horses. This is because blood flow is the only way to reduce and eliminate inflammation and Leg Saver stimulates blood flow to the injured area and kills the bacterial or viral infection, guaranteed.

You can treat the lungs, heart, large intestine (immune system), liver (hooves and muscles), kidneys (bones), bladder, stomach, spleen and other points with Ting Point Electro Therapy in an easy and efficient method for truly amazing results.   

You can increase the stamina of a race horse by 20 – 30% at the end of the race by treating their heart and lungs. However, you must reduce the amount of exercise you do the week before the race or event to reduce the stress and chance of injury to the joints, tendons, ligaments and more.

How Ting Point Electro Therapy Works

When treating your horse with Leg Saver, you are employing Ting Point Electro Therapy. This can really accelerate the healing process by treating the main organs through the Ting Points and Meridians. Ting Point Electro Therapy increases the oxygen supply in the blood, which strengthens any organ that is treated with this amazing therapy.  

Leg Saver has been utilizing this method for 15 years with tremendous success. Ting Point Electro Therapy can kill cancer, ebola, arthritic viruses, and many more — even in humans, and it’s 100% holistic.

Have you had any experience or success using magnet blankets and wraps to treat inflammation? Please contact us! We are conducting research and have yet to find conclusive results.

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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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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