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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!

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 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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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!

How To Remove Inflammation in Fetlocks

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

The #1 cause for lameness in horses is inflammation of the fetlocks. These metacarpophalangeal and metatarsophalangeal joints, commonly referred to as the “ankle” area, are particularly susceptible to swellings known as “wind puffs”, “wind galls”, or “road puffs”. Critical to a horse’s movement, the dynamic fetlocks are also very sensitive. Leg Saver Therapy will restore balance to lame and compromised areas, and will also remove inflammation in fetlocks quickly.  Signs of Compromised Fetlocks.

When dealing with fetlock and ankle issues, generally the problem is in the rear; whether it be the hocks, whirl bone, sacroiliac, hamstrings or something else. However, when the horse changes its gait for any reason, it places tremendous stress on the front legs. This shifting of weight to the front legs is the cause for most front lameness including the tendon ligament and joint problems. Rear end problems must be addressed before you can achieve front end soundness.

Swelling: Wind Puffs

Wind Puffs are one of the most irritating problems as the horse is not lame, but the puffs are prevalent enough to cause an issue. Wind Puffs are a result of rear end pain issues. If not treated immediately, they will become much more problematic in the future.

How to Prevent Permanent Damage

If you want to avoid permanent damage to the joint, begin by applying poultice on the joint regularly. The Leg Saver will kill any arthritis in the fetlocks and thicken the synovial fluid for smoother functioning of the ankle area. If no chips or internal fractures are present, the Leg Saver will ensure positive results.

Check out our video on how to remove inflammation in fetlocks or read more about Leg Saver Therapy here, or contact us with any questions!

 

 

 

Five Tips to Improving Your Sitting Trot

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

Trotting is one thing, perfecting and improving your sitting trot is quite another. Your horse’s temperament will play a role in how long it takes, so remember to have patience with him, and yourself! Keep in mind: always put safety first and if possible, have an experienced person with you on the ground while you practice. Then, get in that saddle and have fun!

Practice Without Your Horse First

This might sound counterintuitive, but getting in tune with your own body first will help it become second nature when it comes time to get a feel for your horse. Keeping your back flat against a wall and your feet apart the same distance as if you were riding, bend at the knees to adopt your position. Tighten the stomach muscles and curve your back to keep the whole of it against the wall. Which muscles are you using? Those are the ones you’ll need for the sitting trot.

Easy Does It

Keep your horse’s trot rhythm slow to begin. The less bouncy it is, the more secure you’ll become before asking for bigger strides. In order to keep your balance, practice just a few steps of your sitting trot at a time. By building up the amount you do slowly, you’ll maintain better control and form.

Stand in the Stirrups

In order to develop the strong and secure lower leg you’ll need for a sitting trot, practice raising your body out of the saddle for walking, trotting and cantering. This will prevent your lower leg from tensing up and gripping your horse when you’re in a sitting trot.

Ride Without Stirrups

This is best done only if your horse has a sensible demeanour and you’re in an enclosed area. You will absorb your horse’s movements more easily without stirrups, as it opens your hips. Start with a walk and as you feel more secure, add a few steps of sitting trot.

Practice on an Exercise Ball

Improve your coordination and core strength by regularly practicing on an exercise ball. Start by sitting and drawing your belly button towards your spine. Keep your chest open and your shoulders back. Bounce gently at first, gradually increasing the height and speed at which you do so.

Good luck, and keep improving your sitting trot!

How To Treat Azoturia Holistically With The LegSaver!

Posted on: May 18th, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

Equine exertional rhabdomyolysis (ER, also known as tying up, azoturia, or Monday morning disease) is a syndrome that damages the muscle tissue in horses. There is a new therapy of handling this major problem in performance horses.  We have developed a program with the LegSaver treating the major organs that control all of the muscle groups in horses and also in humans too! This program is a natural and holistic way to treat azoturia! 

Horses are given a lot of medications (drugs) in North America which results in extra work for the liver to clean the blood.  All drugs or toxins are removed from the blood by the Liver which sends all the residue to the Kidney.  If the Kidney is over worked and becomes plugged with all of these toxins the Liver cannot clean the blood properly.  Hence muscle cramping occurs everywhere in the horse’s body.

We actually developed the program from human treatments. We always used herbal cleanses to clean out our kidneys first and then the liver second.  We have added the Spleen to dump all of the oxygenated blood stored there to flush all toxins out of the cells.

This therapy is so successful we have not failed yet!  It is so easy and the process takes approx. 3 hours to complete.  

-We treat the Kidney Ting Point first for 1 hour.

-The Liver Ting Point is the next one hour treatment.

-The Spleen Ting Point is the last treatment for 1 hour.

Dietary Changes

We also suggest you try to remove all of the added sugar from the diet like molasses and any other complex carbs.  Do not feed you horse candies or sugar treats!

-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.

Molasses also contains a lot of Sulphur which is also toxic for horses.

The LegSaver guarantees the results of this treatment! If you would like to learn more on how to treat azoturia or the LegSaver in general, get in touch! We love to hear from you! Contact us here.

 

How To Tempt a Fussy Feeder

Posted on: May 12th, 2017 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

A fussy feeder can be frustrating. Not only do you worry, it can affect their performance and overall health. Finding out the cause can be a lot of trial and error, Your first step should always be to contact your vet. Has your horse had his teeth checked lately? Is his worming up-to-date? Do they suggest a probiotic to help with digestion? If everything is all clear, we suggest trying the following horse diet tips to tempt your fussy feeder.

Trial by Fire

Try switching out their food or the way you you feed it. There might be one little ingredient or where he’s actually eating it, that just doesn’t sit well with your horse. Consider feeding small meals to avoid overloading your horse’s digestive system.

Fibre First

Your horse needs to have constant access to good quality forage to maintain a healthy digestive system. A horse weighing 500kg should have a fibre intake of no less than 5kg/11lbs of fibre a day. Is your horse avoiding his hay? Check it for mold and dust; no one likes unnecessary seasoning like that.

Mix it Up

Mixing up the flavours and textures can make a difference as well. Grate some carrots or apples over his feed bucket, dried spearmint or his favourite horse treats could be added another day. Does your horse prefer wet or dry feed? If it’s currently dry, try soaking it. Especially in winter, warm, wet food can be tempting; as it is to older horses with compromised teeth, as well.

Reduce Stress Levels

Is your horse getting plenty of exercise and turnout time? Is his schedule regular? Does he have a good stable mate? Maybe he just needs to know his friends are eating, too; place his haynet near a window or door so he can see out, and them. And keep his feeder shallow, deep buckets can be scary!

Things to Avoid

It might be enticing to add sugar to your horse’s diet to encourage feeding, but excessive sugar is bad for anyone’s diet, especially a horse. Other foods to avoid: molasses, pellets, alfalfa cubes. Molasses contain large amounts of sugar and sulphur which can harm a horse’s mental state and liver health while pellets and alfalfa cubes contain high levels of mold through manufacturing. Check out our blog on why you should avoid sugar in a horse’s diet here! 

If your horse isn’t getting his essential nutrients, he won’t be living up to his potential. Have you picked up any helpful tricks and horse diet tips to handle your fussy feeder? Share with us!