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How To Improve Circulation in Your Horse

Posted on: February 18th, 2018 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

It’s easy to forget how important something as simple as proper circulation is for your horse. Good, strong circulation means that oxygen and nutrients are delivered to every cell in the body. It also aids in various body functions such as speeding up recovery time after an injury and reducing arthritic pain. Here is our guide on how to improve your horse’s circulation. 

Improved Vs. Increased Blood Flow

The circulatory system is relatively closed: the amount of blood in a horse’s system is what he’s got for life. So, think of any adjustments to circulation as “improving” rather an “increasing” it.

5 Ways to Improve Your Horse’s Circulation

Exercise! What holds true for humans goes for horses as well. The best way to improve circulation is to get that heart pumping through regular exercise, thereby ensuring good blood flow to all of your horse’s tissues and organs.

A good grooming that removes dirt, dead skin cells and shed hair improves blood flow to the skin. Result? A healthier, shinier coat.

Reduce stress. When your horse is relaxed, his spleen actually enlarges. This allows for more efficiency in cleaning red blood cells; the spleen’s main function. So keep it mellow between exercising: brushing, massage, bathing, and free reign in the pasture are all good ways to reduce stress and offer other benefits.

Cooling your horse down post-exercise or on hot days keeps him regulated and blood flow optimal. If your horse overheats, the vessels in his skin and lungs tend to enlarge which draws blood from other, more necessary functions, such as the brain and major organs.

Maintaining lungs, heart & spleen with the Leg Saver. Making sure that the internal circulation system is healthy is essential for improving stamina and blood flow. Our guide to increasing stamina with the Leg Saver focuses on treating the lung and heart ting points, which will help improving circulation to the necessary areas, reducing pain while increasing endorphins. Regular maintenance with the Leg Saver is a great way to keep circulation up like this.

 

How do you keep your horse relaxed and his blood pumping in optimal conditions? Share with us in the comments!

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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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.

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!

 

 

 

Hoof Health And Repair With The Leg Saver

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

Good hoof health starts with quality hoof growth free of infection and increased blood flow to the hoof area. If your horse is showing signs of laminitis, navicular, and founder, or suffers from quarter cracks, then removing inflammation from the hoof is key to successful treatment.

Here’s how The Leg Saver can help you kill all of the infection from your horse’s hooves.

How LEG SAVER increases blood flow and kills infections

By treating the kidney and liver Ting Points (for a run-down on equine acupressure points, check out this summary from The Naturally Healthy Horse), enzymes will be released into the bloodstream. This increased blood flow will help your horse fight infection while accelerating quality hoof growth by ⅜ to ½ an inch per month.

Repairing quarter cracks for healthy hooves

Our experience has lead us to believe that quarter cracks are caused by poor quality horn in the hoof, and in some cases is hereditary from the mother. The LEG SAVER stimulates blood flow to the hoof with the flow of enzymes from the horse’s liver.

Other causes of poor quality hooves

A lot of race horses are administered drugs and other toxins that affect the liver. If they go untreated, will affect their offspring in the form of poor quality hooves.

We also feel that too much sugar and molasses in a horse’s diet can cause liver damage. The liver becomes clogged with toxic plaque because the kidneys can’t function due to an overflow of those toxins. The sulphur in molasses builds up in the liver, which can ultimately damage the entire body depending on the strength of your horse’s immune system.

The bottom line of hoof health

The Equi-Stim Leg Saver is designed to kill all infections through Ting Point Electro Therapy to keep your horse in top form. Have you got any top nutritional tips that keep your horse in tip-top shape to compliment our therapy for whole horse health? Let us know in the comments below or share with us on Facebook!

Counting Down The 6 Most Common Mistakes Horse Owner’s Make

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

Not all horses are the same. Some you can get on and easily ride. Some are so green that you could be easily injured if you have little or no riding experience. The ones easy to ride are typically older horses. They have been ridden the most and will be the most forgiving of a beginning rider’s mistakes. The younger horses will be the hardest to ride unless they have been thoroughly broke. There are many common mistakes horse owners make and we are counting down the most frequent here! 

Mistake #6 – Assuming A Horse Trainer’s Technique Is The Only Way To Train A Horse

When novice horse owners begin to experience problems with their horse, they go looking for answers. The first place they look is in books. When the author of the book explains a training technique, the reader assumes that’s how it’s done by everyone. But when they can’t train their horse with that technique, they assume a difficult or untrainable horse. What novice horse owners need to know is that there are typically lots of ways to train a horse to do one thing. If you try something and it doesn’t work, try something else.

Mistake #5 – Not Riding A Horse Enough

New horse owners may experience problems, not because the horse suddenly goes sour, but because they don’t ride their horses enough. About the best thing you can do to have a good horse is to ride it, ride it and ride it some more. Don’t ride him just once every couple weeks. Horses need to ridden a lot to make them a good riding horse.

Mistake #4 – Thinking A Problem With The Horse Is The Horse’s Fault

Although a horse may have some problems, they are typically a result of the horse’s owner. There are rarely problem horses, it’s more likely there are problem riders. For instance, if you can’t get your horse to ride away from home (this is called “Barn Sour”) it’s likely because you don’t have control over him. You can establish control with various techniques such as Doubling.

Mistake #3 – Not Understanding How Horses Think

Horses do not think like dogs or cats. Horses are a prey animal which means they run from scary things. They have thousands of years of the “flight instinct” built in their brains. To successfully train them takes patience and understanding that they are naturally fearful and cynical.

Mistake #2 – Not Knowing That Every Interaction With A Horse Is A Training Exercise

Every time you interact with your horse you are training him. Even if your horse is well trained with the lead rope, you are training him every time you use the lead rope. Even when you pet your horse, you are training him. Novice horse owners must think through what they do when working with their horse because they can easily and unknowingly affect a horse’s behaviour.

Mistake #1 – Riding A Horse With Little Or No Understanding Of Horsemanship

A typical novice horse owner will ride their new horse not knowing horse-riding skills. It is important to have an understanding of riding techniques because horses react to leg pressure, how you sit in the saddle, whether or not the rider is tense, and a whole host of other things.

Let’s face it. Horses need to be understood for a horse owner to be successful with their horse. The best thing novice horse owners can do is learn how to ride, learn how horses think, learn what works good to shape horse’s behaviour, and understand that constantly riding a horse is just about the best thing you can do to have a good horse.

What is Equine Inflammation and How do you Treat your Horse?

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

Inflammation is the process when white blood cells and substances they produce protect a horse’s from injury and infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses.

However, in some diseases, like arthritis, the horse’s body’s immune system — the defense system — triggers an inflammatory response when there are no foreign invaders to fight off. In these diseases, called autoimmune diseases, the animal’s normally protective immune system causes damage to its own tissues. The body responds as if normal tissues are infected or somehow abnormal.

What Causes Equine Inflammation and What Are the Effects?

Inflammation occurs when chemicals from the horse’s white blood cells are released into the blood or affected tissues to protect the horse’s body from foreign substances. This release of chemicals increases the blood flow to the area of injury or infection, and may result in redness and warmth. Some of the chemicals cause a leak of fluid into the tissues, resulting in swelling. This protective process may stimulate nerves and cause pain.

The increased number of cells and inflammatory substances within the joint cause irritation, swelling of the joint lining and, eventually, wearing down of cartilage (cushions at the end of bones).

What Diseases Are Associated With Equine Inflammation?

Some, but not all, types of arthritis are the result of misdirected inflammation. Arthritis is a general term that describes inflammation in the joints. Some types of arthritis associated with inflammation include the following:

  • Arthritis
  • OCD (Osteochondritis dissecans)
  • Joint pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Loss of joint function
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Atrophy

Often, only a few of these symptoms are present.

What to do if your horse has inflammation.

You don’t treat the inflammation. Since inflammation is the immune response to protects the horse from infection from foreign organisms, inflammation is necessary to keep the horse alive. However, to treat the horse’s inflammation, we need to treat the bacterial or viral infection that is the underlying cause of the inflammatory response.

How do Veterinarians Treat Equine Inflammation?

Veterinarian will try to treat of inflammation by eliminating the bacterial infection with antibiotics and attempting some pain relief by administering steroid and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. We’ve found that this course of treatment to be expensive and does not lead to optimal health of the horse. They also administer Bute to mask the pain. 

The Leg Saver® works by emitting specific electrical frequencies that kill viral and bacterial infections. Administering the Leg Saver® to the ting points on your horse creates the wrong environment for viruses and bacteria to survive and consequently, the inflammatory response is no longer required and the inflammation is naturally eliminated. 

Inflammation

Posted on: February 5th, 2014 by legsaver 10 Comments

INFLAMMATION

Inflammation is the main cause of lameness in performance horses.  This is often due to repetition in the exercise program or the particular discipline they are performing in.  If you cannot remove the inflammation you cannot repair your horse.

When a horse becomes injured—whether through accident or over-work—the cells begin a process that lowers bioelectric activity that is normal in a healthy horse.  This reduced bioelectric activity causes a reduction in oxygen and fresh blood supply to the compromised cells which, in turn, triggers the inflammation cycle in one or more of the following areas: muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments or hooves.

LEG SAVER works at the cellular level to reduce and eliminate inflammation.  LEG SAVER’S waveform polarizes and penetrates the cellular membranes—thereby increasing the flow of nutrients to the damaged cells and increasing removal of toxins from the damaged cells (two crucial components of recovery from inflammation).

When treating your horse with the Ting Point therapy you can really accelerate the healing process by treating the main organs through the Ting Points and Meridians.  We’ve been doing this for 15 years with tremendous success.  Treat the LUNGS, HEART, LARGE INTESTING (IMMUNE SYSTEM), LIVER (hooves & muscles), KIDNEY (bones), BLADDER, STOMACH, SPLEEN and you will enjoy results that are truly amazing.   The process is easy and efficient.

By treating the heart and lungs of a race horse you can achieve a 20 to 30% increase in their stamina at the end of the race.  One caveat: You must reduce the amount of exercise the week before the race or event.

We have tried using magnet blankets and wraps and we’ve had no success with these modalities with respect to the removal of inflammation.  We have not found any scientific evidence to rebuke our findings.  If anyone has information to the contrary please contact us; we are always open to new information on this topic.

P.S.      LEG SAVER works great on humans as well!