HELP YOUR HORSE AVOID THE WINTER WOES… Naturally!

“Whether the weather be fine, Whether the weather be not, Whether the weather be cold, Whether the weather be hot, We’ll weather the weather, Whatever the weather, Whether we like it or not”.

The most obvious preparation is adequate shelter for their horses. Despite what you might think, a windbreak of any sort and a roof over their heads is all that is needed for most. Only those who simply have never been exposed to extreme weather should have a problem. This brings up the subject of acclimation. Common sense would tell one to gradually introduce our four legged friends to any extreme weather. Never just “throw them out” into the cold unless they are used to it. Fortunately, nature generally prepares all horses for winter. Heavy coats, a little extra fat, and usually, all will be well.

Aside from shelter and acclimation, winter nutrition is critical. In most situations hay, alone, will not suffice. Of course, plenty of good hay is a must – even before the onset of the cold. Before the grass is even gone you should start feeding hay. This assures your horses put on the fat. I don’t mean belly- busting fat, which is not good for any beast, but just pleasantly plump. I would define pleasantly plump as where you can’t see any ribs showing, and they just look “a little” fat. At any time of year other than winter, one should be able to feel but not see the ribs.

In addition to hay, another way to add a little extra fat is to feed a little extra fat. The key to this fat is feeding the “right fat”, which is often hard to find in horse feeds today. Many feeds contain cheap corn or vegetable oil, which are processed and/or hydrogenated in some fashion. These oils are cheaper for the manufacturer and, honestly, are more stable (which is important to the stores if feed is stored for any length of time), but are awful for any horse’s body (or ours, our pets’, or that of any living species)…

Also, when fats are processed, the “goodie” is filtered out and sold elsewhere. A natural, unprocessed, GMO-free supply of essential oils (like our Weight Check Oil) contain the the “goodies” needed. “Goodies” include such natural preservatives as vitamin E, tocopherols, and sterols, which are fairly stable, albeit more costly. In my humble opinion, the real cause of obese horses – summer, winter, or any time – in what we often call “insulin resistant” or “metabolic” horses – is processed fats. They cause these conditions by interfering with the exchange of nutrients at the cellular membrane level, disallowing the good nutrition to enter and the waste to exit.

The key to avoiding this situation is providing good fats, not processed or hydrogenated fats. Personally, I like soy bean oil for horses and a non-genetically modified source is what I use in our Weight Check Oil, an oil that I believe is simply “weigh better” than the rest. You see, soy beans provide “calm calories”, as opposed to the “hot calories” that one might get from corn oil. By the weigh- I mean way… most of the “weight builder” types of products that one sees on the market have these processed fats as the main ingredients. Please read the labels!

Check the labels good and try your best to avoid feeds with corn and molasses. For instance, corn is essentially all calories, effectively just all sugar. Just like sweet feed, corn is definitely not a healthy diet – even in the dead of winter. Granted, heat is produced from the burning of the calories, but corn has the same glycemic index as sugar, and obviously the molasses in sweet feed is sugar. I recently read about top trainer who actually recommends molasses for its nutritional benefits. I am sorry, but I totally disagree!

Anything that causes a spike in sugar (even eating a candy bar) causes a subsequent spike in insulin. These spikes of highs and lows lead to insulin resistance, which also creates other metabolic issues: the laminitis prone, the cushinoid- all those fat horses that are on the edge of illness.

Now, rather than corn or sweet feed, I prefer to feed oats. Add to these oats the good fats and always a vitamin/mineral supplement, and you have the best feed for any time of the year. For a little more fat in the winter, add a little more oil.

Also, the nice thing about using oats rather then premixed feeds is that you can vary the amount given to each individual horse, and if you are adding the needed fortification provided by a robust vitamin/mineral supplement (like our “Just Add Oats” formula) to the amount of oats needed, you can be assured each horse gets all of the vitamins, minerals, etc. they need each day.

Let me ask you a question. What is the first thing you typically do for an easy keeper horse?

The obvious thing is to cut back on the feed. The problem with that is, if you simply just cut back on a premixed feed, then obviously the horse will not be getting the necessary amounts of vitamins, minerals, etc… The subsequent lack of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc… then only leads to more metabolic issues.

Click here to watch a newly released uncut/raw video footage about our Feed For Success program!

It also goes without saying that water, not ice, is critical for winter health. If you live in an area where water freezes, heat it. Your local supplies store can advise you on what specifically is needed for that problem. Where I live freezing does occur, but only for a day or two at a time. We simply carry an ice breaker, like an ax, on the feed cart.

It is hard for me to discuss winter without mentioning spring. Good hay, fed all winter long, often has high potassium levels – after all, good hay is generally heavily fertilized right? You know, the 10-10-10 stuff? Nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus. What happened to the rest of minerals on the Periodic Table we studied in high school? Something seems to be missing here. Back to the main point, too much potassium, in a short period of time, without chloride to balance it is deadly for a horse.

This brings up a significant need for salt ( i.e sodium chloride) and plenty of it – and preferably not in the form of a block! Blocks should be outlawed for horses, in my opinion. They simply cannot get what they need fast enough. Horses need loose granular salt, preferably organic (not kiln dried and bleached and dead, like typical salt), and free choice – all they can eat – always available.

I also prefer natural minerals (our #1 top-selling Red Cal), not processed, or other industries’ leftovers.

Good, soft, readily available calcium will help balance the excess phosphorus from fertilizers. I’m sure you’re aware that most of our grains today are heavily fertilized, as well. If we could only find a good inexpensive source of ORGANIC fertilizers, I truly believe our horses would be much healthier. I suspect many of you already have the answer to this problem piled up next to your barn. Now that’s a bunch of #$%*!

A salt deprived horse, such as one that only has access to a block, when springtime comes may over-consume the lush green grass, causing him to eat too much potassium. Understand that sodium and potassium are very similar substances. In fact, it is difficult for the horse to actually tell the difference. Here you could face a situation where the horse does not even desire sodium, or salt, and salt is very critical to things such as water consumption. The lack of water consumption, combined with dry hay can lead to impaction. Free choice, loose, natural salt and minerals simply have to be available at all times.

Again, our product for this purpose and “For Success” component #1 is RED CAL. It really is the single most healthy thing you can give your horse to help support against the challenges caused by unhealthy pastures, weather changes and more… all while providing free-choice, the needed salt, minerals and electrolytes provided from nature without depending on the junk of blocks and rocks.

Geriatric horses and younger horses, in the winter, may require special attention (I refer to younger horses as horses under three). Parasites, especially in the winter, when horses are more stressed, can be a real issue, particularly for younger horses. Geriatric horses, honestly, are pretty much resistant to parasites by the time they reach their ripe old age. But if winter is especially harsh, stress can bring out the worst in all situations. My advice with regards to deworming has always been to obtain fecal exams prior to worming, rather than the simple indiscriminant administration of worm medication on a time schedule – regardless of age.

With this in mind, fecal exams in late fall for all of your horses would be an important consideration, followed by the appropriate dewormer, if parasites are present. Frankly, I suggest fecal exams on horses under 3 years of age every two or three months, and adult horses every four to five. Although it may be more trouble then simply giving a tube of dewormer, in my opinion it’s a much healthier alternative for both the horse and the environment. Parasite resistance from overuse of chemical dewormers is a serious and growing problem. (WormCheck.com)

Bug Check... for what bugs the inside too! Click HereWe are excited to know each day that so many of you across the country and in all climates, are now providing our ever-popular Bug Check through the winter season. Because of continued efforts to share on the benefits of doing so- each year the providing of Bug Check to horses, donkeys, cats, dogs and others has increased.

Since we introduced in 2001, more and more come to know that not only does it support on the outside, it helps support against what can bug on the inside too and keeping the Bug Check ingredients in the system year-round makes for an even more happy buggy season!

Our Health Check or Joint Check formulations are a great antioxidant-packed addition to the regimen and should be first considered for added immune system support in the regimen you provide while others also lean on the added extra support from Aller Check and Gut Check to meet the more specific needs of their companions.

A basic and commonsense approach to good health, with perhaps a few twists, is the best approach to the woes potentially brought on by the winter months. You can hardly beat the combination of proper shelter, diet, attention to the most fundamentally necessary minerals as well as supplements (which may simply not be available in sufficient levels in the average horse’s diet), and appropriate deworming to stave off potential problems brought on by the stresses of cold weather.

And regardless of the season, as we always say… Being naturally proactive is being ready ahead-of-time- naturally!

You may also be interested in reviewing this article:
Mineral Wise, Salt Poor

Never-Before-Seen Natural Vet Videos

We recently ran uncovered some old files from the archives that contained never-before-seen video footage recorded back around 2004 discussing several important topics. In recent weeks we have posted 3 including “Feed Your Horse For Success” information as well as about a horse’s allergy challenges. The videos are only about 5-6 minutes each and the player for each is posted below- just click on each to play via YouTube.

The Natural Vet: What To Feed Your Horse (the Feed For Success program)

The Natural Vet: Feed Your Horse For Success (Metabolic Challenges)

The Natural Vet and Horse Allergies

filmed days long enough ago that some labels might look different (like the Red Cal bag) and other updates that will be noticeable. Most importantly the references made to our Weight Check Oil in the videos.

Weight Check OilAt one time, and for just a few months around 2006-07 we had 2 versions of the needed oil. The Weight Check Oil performed so well and became so popular and add to that the fact that we were finally able to secure an “un-modified” source that we believed in and could verify personally- it just became unnecessary to have both. To this day our Weight Check Oil continues to perform “weigh better” than the rest!

As always, Learn more at http://TheNaturalVet.net and/or http://FeedForSuccess.com

Update on Equine Feed Oat Project Awards Inaugural Oat Research Grant

Equine Feed Oat Project Awards Inaugural Oat Research Grant
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Scottie Ellis
270.724.3181
scottie@equineoats.org

EquineOatProject

Grant to Dr. Laurie Lawrence of the University of Kentucky
 
LOUISVILLE, KY – January 10, 2013 -

The Equine Feed Oat Project (EFOP) today announced the recipient of its first equine oat research grant. Dr. Laurie Lawrence of the University of Kentucky will receive more than $122,000 in funding for a two-year research project beginning in February 2013. The EFOP is an initiative of the Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA), a non -profit organization representing 15,000 Canadian Oat Farmers. Launched in 2010, the EFOP was created to conduct research and educate about the role of oats in equine nutrition. Since its formation in 1998, POGA has placed a high priority on funding research that has helped produce many new varieties of oats for both the human and equine markets.
 
"Healthy horses have been eating oats for hundreds of years because they are safe, natural and healthy. And we know how and why oats are good for people," said Bill Wilton, Chairman of POGA. "Dr. Lawrence's research will help us know more about why and how oats are good for horses."
 
POGA received matching funding for the grant from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture – Agriculture Development Fund (ADF). Each year ADF provides over $10 million in project funding to researchers in public and private research and development in order to create future growth opportunities in the provincial agriculture industry.
 
Laurie Lawrence, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Kentucky (UK) and has more than 30 years experience in equine nutrition. She joined UK in 1992 and has since become one of the leading researchers and teachers in equine nutrition. She has authored numerous papers and studies and has been honored by the industry and her peers for her work including the American Society of Animal Science, the Equine Science Society and the University of Kentucky.
 
 
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About the Equine Feed Oat Project
The Equine Feed Oat Project (EFOP) is an initiative of the Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA), a volunteer farmer organization representing 15,000 hard-working Canadian oat growers. The EFOP was created in 2010 to research, educate and communicate information about oats to the equine industry.
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FEED OATS BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!

Oats are a component of our time-proven "Feed For Success" Program…

The Natural Vet- Here To Serve You (Even Ahead Of Time!)

Dr. DanWhen I say that, "being proactive is being ready ahead of time"… it's a simple message that I share with others in hopes it will impact you and your companion animals, sooner THAN later!

I've shared before, but knowing that many of you are new to receiving my emails, you might not know the story of my journey that led me from having a thriving multi-unit "traditional" practice- to turn away from that and focus on a more proactive approach.

Life affected me in a way that would lead me to that change of focus and set me on that new journey that is now going on 2 decades.

That journey is in the "wellness" industry as opposed to what could be referred to the sickness industry.

You see early in my career at those traditional practices, I was at my busiest when "my clients" were at their worse. That is why that segment, whether it be for people or animals, is sometimes referred to the "sickness" industry as opposed to the before mentioned, "wellness" industry.

I simply wanted to serve in a much greater way by formulating and providing products and programs that would support and impact ahead of time.

You often here people say that "sooner or later your health will become a priority"… well, I guess you could say, I wanted to be busy serving at the sooner stage than the later!

With that said, know that each and every body needs to have a foundation regimen in place to begin on a more proactive journey to help support a more healthier life and I continue to try and do a better job of providing the information you need and may not be aware of. I appreciate you being connected and supporting me and all of us here at The Natural Vet as we continue to grow.

Every "body" needs a regimen that can support the immune system, support healthier weight management and support the ability to thrive during the activities of the day and life in general.

You know for yourself that the diet is the foundation to build upon, and while I do provide a meal plan for you, I can tell you that you need plenty of water, you need good fats, less sugar etc. while getting some sort of exercise each day. These are things that i think most of you know.

What I can provide you are supplements that will help to put more good in- the good that you can't necessarily get from a diet in your lifestyle, but more importantly products that will help support getting and keeping the bad out.

REDOXX, our #1 people product, is a tremendous product for both and while tremendous alone, when combined as part of one of our Special Packs you can have a simple daily regimen to support a more proactive approach for yourself.

The same is true for your companion cats and dogs. While we at this time do not offer a natural food, (though we provide ours a brand called Innova) we can provide natural supplements to make a diet more complete- by putting more "goody in" and removing the "baddy" out. The Special Packs offered for the cats and dogs are again another great way to put a proactive regimen in place for them as well!

And of course there is my time-tested, time-proven FeedForSuccess.com program that is the foundation for any and all horses, regardless of age, discipline or activities. So, so many questions I receive about the challenges being faced can first be answered with being directed to this program. Not only does MY answer start with the program… the program HAS been the answer for thousands through the years!

While we offer products for "targeted support" based on extra needs and environment- the feeding program is the foundational regimen that should be in place in the first place… again… sooner than the later!

In fact, the FeedForSuccess.com with the added benefits of BUG CHECK and either Health Check or Joint Check is the optimum regimen to have in place 24/7 and all year-round.

There is not a better overall program and regimen with so much value available anywhere and I hope you will consider today!

Something to consider and ponder…

Consider the recent outbreak of West Nile Virus…. of course the environment and natural cycles played a huge part, but consider for a moment the chain of events… the biting that has to occur in the first place… then how one with a compromised immune system might be affected more than others and then lastly… the toxins that were breathed in and then likely to be consumed in one way or another as time continues.

Again, "Be ready ahead of time?"… just saying.

Back in January of this year, I shared a "rant" of sorts after a personal occurrence (or two) with the sickness industry. Shared via email, that little rant connected with many of you- probably more than any recent email nand I was humbled by your support. If you would like to see "What Makes Me Sick" you can click here and read the online version of that email.

I shared above about my journey… I've shared a personal note before about my Father. My father served in the Korean War and sustained injuries that would forever challenge and change his life and that of our family. It was those experiences that first had a profound effect on me and how I would serve others.

I want nothing but a fruitful and healthy life for each and every "body".

I hope you know that I, and my team, fully appreciate your support as we continue to serve. We are grateful that so many have chosen us to be the one to serve you and yours!

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Lucy asks about horse’s Fly allergy and very itchy skin

From:
Lucy

Message:
What would you recommend from your product line
For a horse that gets bad allergies to seem to be
Flys super itch and has many many sores on her neck
And face . Thanks Lucy

PS. She is a big 17.3 four year old about 1700. Lbs

 

Hello Lucy, first and foremost our Bug Check product. Know that it is much more than just a "bug" product and
is only healthy in many regards and support other systems from the inside-out. BuyBugCheck.com

With that said, building upon the foundation of my feeding program is the optimum course of action.
(FeedForSuccess.com)

I always suggest facing challenges that concern "allergies" from the inside-out and the feeding program
is that start. Of course, we also have targeted support of Aller-Check and Health Check that will
help to get junk out of system causing allergies as well as put good stuff in. Topically if needed our Grape Balm
product is great.

Refer to Allergies article in the Library at:
Allergies, Itchy Skin And Other Icky Stuff

As well as other "conversations" on the question answer blog at:
http://askdrdan.com/?s=allergies&submit=Search
(several pages)

The above will help. Thanks for asking!

 

Conversation with Kelly about feeding her horse oats and …

From:
kelly n.

Message:
Hi,
I own a 24 yr old appaloosa, retired barrel, pole, western games, team
penner … his forte was barrels and poles & he was raced until 19.
He's still very active – 2 or 3 hr trail rides at least 4 times a week
- lots of hills and some ring work (not barrels – western pleasure
gaits etc).

He has been on oats for 4 months (grown by the farmer where I board) -
with the only supplements being a small amount of sentinel senior
pelleted feed and a handful of beet pellets- (beet pellets are dinner
only)  and msm and a carrot. (he doesn't get much hay as he is never
at the round bale … hence the handful of beet pellets in his
dinner.)  He's on pasture the rest of the time.  Only stalled to eat,
then turned right back out.
He's a very easy keeper so his meals are mostly oats, and not that
much.  Total feed would be about a pound and a half per day.  I have
to ride him regularly in the summer to keep the weight off.  But he's
in great shape.  Oddly, since his diet switched to oats from sweet
feed, his mane has grown back.  Not sure if that's a coincidence.
Since it's difficult to keep his weight down, I started lowering the
sentinel (12% fat) and adding enriched 32 instead (more protein, much
less fat – for easy keepers.  This has only been for 2 weeks now).

Should I discontinue the enriched 32 ? (like I said, he's still very
active and still loves the barrels, although I don't let him gallop
around them anymore.  He will still gallop at the drop of a hat,
though.  And stop on a dime).  For an active, healthy, easy keeping
senior, should I just get the oats supplement (just for oats) and the
natural salt?  (The beet pellets were just because he wasn't eating
hay hardly at all – he had hay only before his breakfast and dinner as
this is given to the horses in their stalls).

This is what I get from reading your articles – He already gets oats,
so should I just add the Just for Oats supplements and get the natural
salt? Oh, and because the farmer mixes some corn oil in the oats to
keep down the dust, maybe I should use a different oil (olive oil?)
Any suggestions here for corn oil substitutions?

Thanks so much,

Kelly

Hi Kelly.

I suggest that the components of our feeding program FeedForSuccess.com (You're alreay there with the oats!!!)
would be all that is needed. The feeding program is time-tested and time-proven.

You need to have the fatty acids / good fats (our Weight Check Oil is the oil you need and can be adjusted according to "weight" needs or un-needs), this, combined with what man KNOWS the horse needs, which is provided via our "Just Add Oats" supplement and then the "gaps" are filled by our (nature's) Red Cal (pristine,natural salt/minerals). Again this is my time-proven feeding program and is referenced in my article, "Feed Oats… But That's Not All" that is linked to from FeedForSuccess.com the page of our website. As you will see I'm not a fan of anything pelleted/cooked.

The program will meet all your needs and I appreciate you asking and considering Kelly.

Keep me posted.


Dr. Dan

Thanks, Dr. Dan.  
I received your email.

Another question about the oats.  They are grown on the farm and fed to the cows and horses.

There is a small amount of corn in the oats (also grown here).  The oats are not processed or cooked in any way, but they are ground up a bit for ease of chewing.

The grinding of the oats produces a little dust, so for the horses, a little corn oil is mixed thru the oats (not very much but enough to keep down the dust).

I don't like the corn oil so I mix Rusty's oats with a little extra virgin olive oil.  It doesn't take much, but of course this is a little more expensive.

Now the oats, with a little bit of corn and the olive oil – does this take care of the fat?  I know olive oil has the 'good' monosaturated fat that is also good for horses.  (theres only 5% or less of corn- also grown on this farm).

Also, I always throw a handful of beet pulp pellets (about a quarter of a cup) into each dinner.  I did originally because he wasn't getting hay where I used to keep him.  This farm has plenty of good quality hay/alfalfa/timothy – 2nd and 3rd cut for much of the season.

But I just read that the phosphorus/calcium ratio is a little lower in calcium in the oats – and that beet pellets are high in calcium (and of course, fiber).  

Now since his oats  has a little corn and olive oil, as well as the beet pellets, and I always give him a big fresh carrot from farms in erie with his dinner), would the 'Just for oats' be redundant?
He's been doing great on this mixture – even his mane and tail are fuller since he started on this mix.

The only supplements I've given him are joint supplements and msm.  I wonder, since he's an appaloosa and his eye seems to be a little cloudy at times (moon blindness – hence the farm fresh carrots) – are there any supplements that are high in vitamin A and good for the eyes, that won't throw off the balance of nutrients he's getting now?

Other than that, he may just need the red cal salt (not sure about mineral blocks) …?

Thanks
Kelly

Your oats sound fine. The program to a "T" is the foundation and covers all you have mentioned. These products and supplements are based on my years of experience and has benefited thousands through the years and continues to do so including hundreds I'm personally connected to, including my own herd.

The program and the components will naturally balance everything. My Weight Check Oil is "weigh" better than anything else— yes and it is added to the oats but much more benefits than just keeping the dust down. Yes, as you see on the site in several places NO Rocks/Blocks.. only nature's Red Cal…. you asked about Vitamin A… well that's covered by the Just Add oats supplement and component of FeedForSuccess.com (all the info is there— clicking on products will give you label view- a must to review)

If you want to look at other conversations about challenges like the moon blindness you mentioned… enter serach term for such on AskDrDan.com and return results like these:
http://askdrdan.com/?s=moon+blindness&submit=Search

Again thanks for asking and considering. Hope the above helps further.

Jan asks about bran mash for her horse and colic

From:
Jan C.

Message:
First off I am the one with the gelding and the tail rubbing.  Your
suggestion of the Aller check seems to be doing the trick so thanks
for that tip.  Now my questionw what are your feelings about giving a
horse bran mash once a week.  My 21 yr old colic last week and the vet
reccommended I give it for like 2 days.  Some of my friends say that
they use it once a week  fall and winter any thoughts?  thanks as
always for all you help you're the best  Jan

The bran mash would be fine Jan, but I would be remiss in not emphasizing again that if following the foundational feeding program to the "T", (FeedForSuccess.com) a horse shouldn't colic in the first place.. at least all precautions (proactive!) would already be underway- combined with the "targeted" support of our support products like Aller Check— it is all awesome!  Again, it is the best "foundation" for better overall health. Years of experience finalized the program where it is today and why it is adhered to by numbers of horses into the thousands- including my own herd.

Thanks for the update and I hope the above helps even more.

Nathaniel asks about feeding his thoroughbred racehorse

From:
Nathanial

Message:
Hello Dr. Dan, Do you feel that a thoroughbred racehorse can sustain
weight and energy levels etc to compete by using oats and oil and JAO?
We see a lot of gastro trouble and also have trouble keeping a good
topline and muscle on these horses. I agree with you about the
downside of molasses and beetpulp and commercial feeds but really
wonder if I can get the calories into them any other way. Any
thoughts? Thanks.

Hey Nathanial! Thanks for taking the time to ask!

The Feeding program is absolutely great! The extra calories needed are provided by the Weight Check Oil. Give all it takes…. up to 8 oz daily if really in training and needed.   Not long ago we even had a new track record at the Meadowlands- a standardbred, not thoroughbred, but none the less still was great.  We have every discipline of horse on our products… and while not everyone wants others to know ;-) some like Randy Bradshaw have given me permission to mention his name. Also am attaching (below) a screenshot of a "comment" that was just given a couple of weeks ago via Suffolk Downs that I've shared online and in emails recently.

Again, I appreciate you asking and especially for looking things over and reading what I've had to say about issues while you are considering.

I know you won't be disappointed Nathanial!

Dr. Dan

P.S. Not a fan of Beet Pulp- at all!

Happy 4th Birthday Ask Dr. Dan Dot Com!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASK DR. DAN DOT COM!
 
While we have been online providing natural solutions since 1998, it was 4 years ago today that AskDrDan.com went online to provide a searchable archive of the question and answer conversations we have had at least those since 2008.
 
 With nearly 1000 postings, it has become a great resource of information that is visited and used everyday by folks across the world.

Click here now to see what was posted back on 08.09.2008. I know you'll enjoy the look back. Don't forget to save it and share it for easy access when you or someone you know is faced with a challenge.
 
 
As I mentioned, it is searchable, and now with so many entries, there is not many search terms that you could enter into the search boxes that wouldn't return results. I invite you to keep it, use it and share it!
 
 Thank you so much for your support.  Together, let's make it a great day! :-)

Diane asks about apple cider vinegar for her horses…

From:
Diane J.

Message:
Hi Dr. Dan,
Is it a good thing to put apple cider vinegar in my horse's feed?  If
so, what kind is best and how much?

Thanks, Diane

Just not something I would do Diane. It concerns me how the acid could change the pH of the gut and as you know the gut is very sensitive to say the least.

I just have to say with my feeding program implemented 100% just no need for "gimmicks", either vinegar, beet pulp etc. etc. Basically you could enter any of these "key words" in the search box at AskDrDan.com and see what Ive been saying for years- or at least since I started archiving questions/answers a couple of years ago.

As always, I appreciate you asking and hope this was helpful Diane.

Susan asks: one horse is loving Bug Check!!! but…

From:
Susan

Message:

I have 3 horses.  Two of them somehow manage to empty their feed bucket leaving much of the Bug Check on the bottom and will not eat
it.  Any suggestions what to use to make it more palatable to them? The other horse finishes his and then cleans up what the other two
don't eat!  

He doesn't have any problem with pesky gnats and flies and his coat is very shiny!  The two mares do get some of it, and they are not as troubled as if we don't feed it, but I would like to see then better off.

Susan

Hi Susan,

Would it be possible to start the picky'er eaters with a smaller amount? Even a pinch and then work up slowly
to the needed rate? Those that provide Weight Check Oil will mix that with as well, but usually alone, Bug Check
as you see with the one is tasty enough. If possible start with a small amount… with a gradual increase every 3-4 days,
backing back down if needed and working more slowly up. This works in situations like this.

Try that and keep me posted so that we can get these others looking like the one you shared about!


http://www.thenaturalvet.net/Bug-Check_c_4.html

Carmelita asks about Iron-rich water and respiratory problems with 22 year old Thoroughbred

To: Dr. Dan

From:
Carmelita A.

Message:
Does ingesting very iron-rich water as the only water sourse cause or
increase respiratory problems in horses?  My horse has a bad
respiratory problem and he has never had one until this past spring.
He has lived in the area he is currently in most of his life.  The
water specifically where he has lived the past almost three years
(same area) has a whole lot of iron in it, also a lot of sulphur and
salt too, but mostly iron.  Could the water be part of the problem?
He is a 22 year old Thoroughbred.  Thank you!

Hi Carmen,

I really think chances are slim to none… "allergies" are way way more likely and
I have lots of info available online about allergies that I will share a good link
for you to review such.

Without, knowing what you are currently feeding besides supplementation I would
consider changing the feed/hay… if there might be a "dust" problem "stemming from that,
or even if providing commercial feed… that is a source of many "allergy-type" challenges–
that too will be covered in questions/answers/info available in the many pages/postings that you
will be led to through this link:

http://askdrdan.com/?s=allergies&submit=Search
(bottom of each page will have a "older posts" link to take you to more)

Hope this helps and thanks for asking! Feel free to keep me posted as well.

Dr. Dan

Nancy asks about support for her her own arthritis and asthma challenges…

To: Dr. Dan

From:
nancy

Message:
so I have both, I am 60, run a big farm and have trouble with my knees
 I am a vegetarian, have cut back on dairy.. and still have really bad
pain.. what do you recommend?  I am not riding my horse and i want to
have fun!

Hi Nancy.

My suggestions to try and get you going again would be to at least provide yourself
with REDOXX Hi-Mag version (this is our #1 people supplement and wouldn't go without!) and then
I just released today my KRILL Oil product, "KRILL FACTOR" that I would add into
the regimen. These will help support each of your challenges.

Now, again, strictly for joint/inflammation support I also have a product called
ENHANCE FACTOR that like the new krill product will provide more essential
fatty acids that will help support joint function and ingredients that will help support
as wide range of challenges as well.

For just more support targeted at the joint/inflammation challenges I would provide my Comfort Caps.

I also have a product called TrimFlex that is a combination of not only joint ingredients
not found in the others above, but also includes a formula that has provided many benefits
like energy, level blood sugars, and for some weight loss/muscle building.

I will provide direct links below, so you can review more about the ingredients of each.

As with anything… sometimes it is just a matter of getting the right combination together to
provide what your body needs, but I do hope the above recommendations give
you a foundation to start with and work with.

Keep me posted and thanks for asking! Here's the links:

http://www.thenaturalvet.net/REDOXX_c_53.html
http://www.thenaturalvet.net/REDOXX-Hi-Mag_c_57.html

http://www.thenaturalvet.net/Krill-Factor_c_73.html

 

http://www.thenaturalvet.net/Comfort-Caps_c_45.html

http://www.thenaturalvet.net/TrimFlex_c_54.html

 

Jan asks: Clover Allergies?

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From:
Jan V.

Message:
Hi Dr. Dan,

There is a large percentage of white clover in our horse pasture. As I
understand it, clover can get a fungus that produces a chemical called
slaframine which horses are allergic to. It causes them to drool
excessively. My experience has been that they also become excitable on
the clover because of the high sugar contact. I do not want to use
herbicides to control the clover, but would rather have more grass in
the pasture.  What would you recommend? Would your Pasture Check help
the clover be healthier so it doesn’t get a fungus and encourage more
grass to grow? Would liming the pasture help? I do feed Red Cal,
Weight Check oil, JAO, Bug Check, Joint Check and Hoof Check along
with oats to all our horses. They are all very healthy otherwise, but
I’d sure like to eliminate the clover problem without the use of harsh
chemicals.

Thank you,

Jan

Hi Jan, hope all is great.

I actually sow clover (20%) along with orchard grass (40%) and timothy (40%) The horses do slobber etc. but never in 30 years have I seen a real issue other than some excessive slobber.  Yes, as I do, I would suggest lime and Pasture Check for you as well, but I personally… I would not be concerned with clover.

Of course, it is recommended that our FeedForSuccess.com program be the foundation provided for your horse- especially our Red Cal (no rocks/blocks!)

On the FeedForSuccess.com there are important articles concerning Red Cal like the “Perfect Pastures” article and others. There are also audios in the Library section that you can and should listen too as well so you can fully consider our program and supplements.

As always… thanks for your support and asking me about this. :-)


 

Fran asks about 25 year old Thoroughbred Gelding who appears to have Urinary Incontinence

To: Dr. Dan

From:
fran a.

Message:
Dear Dr. Dan

I have a 25 year old Thoroughbred Gelding who appears to have Urinary
Incontinence.

I have known this horse since he was 6 years old and owned him since
he was 12 years old, he has been under my care since he was 6 years
old.

He recently developed this incontinence in the last year, he has been
on the same property for the last 5 years, never traveled, only on the
local trails. I have had my equine vet, equine chiropractor and equine
herbalist all look at him!

My vet examined him for Equine Herpes, the only sign that he has of
this is the incontinence.

I have had the scalding on his hind legs under control until the flies
this summer, what can I do for the scalding on his hind legs, any
supplement that I can give him or salve that I can apply?

Anything that you recommend that I can give him for the incontinence?

Any & All Help Is Greatly Appreciated,

Fran A.

Hello Fran,

I would for sure provide our Marigold product topically and Bug Check would be great to provide (it is much more than just a "bug" product).

Now, for the incontenince… might find locally from a natural/health food store something called nux vomica…. provide about 10 pellets daily of the 30 cc potency. Would be worth a try I feel.

Now, along with above please consider our Health Check to help detox and get past junk out of system and get more goody in and help support immune system more.

Hope this helps and feel free to keep me posted. Thanks for asking!

Karoline asks about natural solution for dog’s heartworms…

To: Dr. Dan

From:
Karoline K

Message:
I am looking for something natural for heartworm.  My dog gets
seizures everytime I use Heartguard and also with the flea and tick
applications.  I did buy something nautral for the flea and tick,
do you have something natural for the heartworm.
Thank you,
Karoline

Hi Karoline,

T
here is no natural alternative for heartworm except keeping the "bugs" off and keeping them healthy as possible (a healthy immune system. For this I would suggest out Bug Check and at least the Health Check for pets. Both work from the inside-out.

http://www.thenaturalvet.net/Bug-Check-_c_34.html

http://www.thenaturalvet.net/Health-Check_c_37.html

If something extra topically is desired for the ticks and fleas, we also have an all-natural spray called Finally Something That Works— it is not a "kill" but will help keep off as good as anything else naturally.

Thanks for asking!

Leslie shares an update about her “mini” and asks about equine ulcers, panic attacks and more…

To: Dr. Dan

From:
Leslie W.

Message:
Dear Dr. Dan,
My horse has panic attacks. Sometimes they are quite severe–to the
point that he will not eat for about 3-5 days. He will nibble on a
little hay but, will not eat his grain. Something sets him off and he
will work himself into a white foam sweat. Most of the time this seems
to happen in the early morning hours but, this most recent episode was
the day before the 4th of July. He was out in the riding area racing
back and forth very concerned about "something" in the woods. I am
concerned that from these episodes that he then ends up with an ulcer.
What would you recommend to treat an ulcer?
Presently, I feed mostly oats, with a little bit of Poulin'd MVP
pellets supplement, and Blue Seal Hay stretcher pellets along with a
good quality hay and plent of fresh water. He gets Red Cal and
Cocosoyo oil. We have no pasture but, he gets turn out every day –
weather permitting.
Thank you in advance,
Leslie

p.s. you helped me recently with my mini….per your recommendation he
is/was on Critical care laminitis formula and, now is on Health Check.
He is doing great, looks like a real mini instead of an overgrown
woodtick!! I can't believe the weight he has lost! With in three days
of being on the Critical Care we stopped the Bananmine and all the
rest of the drugs that were not working!

Thank you for your help and great products!

Hi Leslie,

Thank you for sharing about your mini and the kind words. I appreciate it for sure.

Also great on providing Red Cal… now please consider the Weight Check Oil (instead of cocosoyo)
and the Just Add Oats supplement to be on the feeding program 100% (FeedForSuccess.com) and
then also provide the targeted support of our Gut Check natural supplement.

This has helped so many with the challenges you mention ulcers, calming etc.

Here's some other postings that might be of interest:

http://askdrdan.com/?s=ulcers&submit=Search

http://askdrdan.com/?s=calming&submit=Search

Hope this helps and thanks for your support Leslie. Keep me posted for sure on this and again thanks for the update about your mini!

Dr. Dan

Sharon with questions about Supplements/Warts/Soy

To: Dr. Dan

From:
Sharon S.

Message:
I usually have my hay tested every year, I feed Bermuda, Mixed Orchard
Grass, pasture grass and sometimes Teff.  Then I buy Horse Tech's
Arizona Complete (which compliments the hay analysis) and feed with
Horse Techs Nutra Flax mix (not that crazy about the flax)  plus salt
and yeast.  That's it, no oats or pellets.
I have Hymalyan salts licks (which they seem to like they stand there
and lick and lick)

My one white horse always has had little warts mostly under his neck
and around his buttox area.  I've read and read and mostly just know
that it has something to do with the immune system.  I've ordered your
Allergy check but I don't think I'll be putting the Grape stuff on his
white body. I've also ordered your Red Cal.  I'd like to see what
happens with that.

Now, the Weight check, that has soy in it.  Is it fermented soy?
Why oats?  I would never feed any pellets or commercial feed but are
the oats just a vehicle for the other stuff?  I remember reading years
ago that the only reason oats became a horse product is because the
cowboys found it much easier to transport than hay.

I'm considering transfering to your program, but I have to do some
figuring about the costs it seems pretty expensive but I know you get
what you pay for in life.

Sharon

Hi Sharon,

Thanks for considering the program. I'm guessing by now you've seen some
of the info at FeedForSuccess.com as well as the related product links.

Oats are just more than a "convenience". I think my oats article along
with the short video both of which are at the feeding program link will
best provide why I use and recommend oats.

Here's the direct link to the article (there's also audios as well):
http://www.thenaturalvet.net/For-The-Health-Of-Horses-Feed-Oats_ep_54.html

You just can't go wrong with oats.

My Weight Check Oil contains GMO-Free oil from the soybean. Not to be confused
with the negatives you have and might hear about soy. Unfortunately that is is
something I have to answer often…

(just see pages here: http://askdrdan.com/?s=soy&submit=Search),

but fortunately thousands agree and have come to love the Weight Check Oil as their
source for the good fats (and more) they know their horses need.

I searched years for a gmo-free source of this soy "bean" oil that I could be assured of
and comfortable with. It has performed admirably through the years and
I would put Weight Check up against anything else.

I know you've also already ordered Red Cal— be sure to remove those blocks asap.
Again the short audio on the Red cal page if not yet listened to will be great quick listen
http://www.thenaturalvet.net/RED-CAL_c_3.html

And great on the Aller Check— it looks like you have been doing some due dilengence
and I appreciate you using what I have online— just as you said, so many things are
best approached naturally from the inside out and keep the immune system in top-notch
shape.

Again, I appreciate your orders and for choosing us Sharon. I hope the above helps and keep me posted.

Jim and Nelda asks this about providing Red Cal

To: Dr. Dan

From:
Jim and Nelda

Message:
I ordered Red Cal.  However, with the large amount of horses, I
decided feeding free choice would be labor intensive, plus horses
share the same runnout.  So I put a scoop-the one from the feed
through package-in their morning grain.  My question, "Is this too
much for them to get that much everyday?"  They eat it with their
grain and the feed through product.

I know you recommend free choice, but that would mean an extra bucket
in each stall.  We have two water buckets and a feeder in each now and
the stalls are not 12×12.

I don't want to overfed the Red Cal and cause any problems for the horse.
Thank you.

Hi Jim,

This will be fine Jim and not too much. Only healthy, but free-choice they will eat
what they need when they know they need it. Could eat more or could eat less-
they just know. So if there was ever a way this would be preferred, but again
what you are doing is fine. Be sure to remove any blocks/rocks too- (just in case).

I appreciate you choosing to provide Red Cal for your horses and for your support.

Stay in touch and keep me posted on things.

Dr. Dan

RED CAL

Chris shares a testimonial and asks this for her mare…

To: Dr. Dan

From:
Chris

Message:

Hello Dr.Dan,
I first want to say Iam so thrilled with the products. It is the first
time EVER in over 20 years of trying things for my horses that works
and that they all LOVE. Thank you so much for the OUTSTANDING
products.

I would like to tell you about a mare I have and see what you
recommend.

She is a 6 year old. She slipped and fell as a 3 yr old on ice at a
full speed canter. SHe got up and seemed to moce perfectly hine,
however she was shaking a bit and broke out in a sweat like when they
colic. I had the vet out and  they found her very sore over her left
lower back. SHe could barely trot to the right and would nearly
explode if asked to canter… she would kick out and could only cross
canter.

The vet put her on anti inflammatories and I hand walked her daily for
a month. Afterwards I had massaging, chiropractic work done on and
off. Also, she would react violently when asked to pick up her left
hind foot for trimmimg….. NEVER did this before the fall. Then as a
4 year old she reared and fell over twice… landing on the left side
and shoulder. Same things…. wouldnt want to go to the right… trot
or canter.

Gave her off with 24/7 turn out.Now 2 years later
she started acting up for the farrier again….. cannot hold her left
hind up high or outward. She is good if they dont lift it high…..
but is very concerned and worried.

Can you please offer any suggestions. Its been 3 long years.
She was fine for quite awhile and I had her bred… she is 5 weeks
along!! Thank you very much for your time!!

Thanks for sharing Chris. I appreciate your support and taking the time to say the kind words. Couldn't do it without you.

Regardless of actual cause. Keep up the chiropractic and staft on joint… if non responsive after a month then start providing the Critical Care Founder/Laminitis formula for the natural anti-inflammatory support.

Thanks again for what you shared. I appreciate you and keep me posted.

Dr. Dan

CRITICAL CARE- Founder/Laminitis

Susan asks this about hulless oats…

To: Dr. Dan

From:
Susan W.

Message:
I am currently feeding my horse whole oats (from Canada) and hay,
along with Red Cal, Just Add Oats, Weight Check Oil, Joint Check, and
Bug Check.  I am considering switching to hulless oats  (also from
Canada), as the undigested oats are attracting too many birds.  Are
hulless oats nutritionally comparable to whole oats would they would
work with your feeding program?  Also, do you know if they are
genetically modified or do they grow naturally?
Thank you for any information you can provide.

Susan W.

Hi Susan,

I should say that there shouldn't be undigested in the fecal. Its just not ever been an issue I have ever seen or heard nor has what you shared with me about birds.

The hull less can be used with program fine, but will cost more and yet really no more nutritious… only shown higher in protein etc. because hull is not present making "concentration" higher. Not sure if gmo or not though.

I don't think that oats are yet genetically modified. I might expect though that some are hybrids of some sort.

Hope this is helpful and thanks for asking.

Lori asks this about joint stiffness and something called “Ledum”

To: Dr. Dan

From:
Lori I.

Message:
Hello Dr. Dan
 Question:  Have you ever heard of a holistic herb called "Ledum".  A
vet in CT recommends using Ledum 1M for lyme disease cure and
prevention in horses, dogs and cats. ( even his clients have used it)?
Just wondering what you think about it?

Thanks,
Lori

Hello Lori.

Its not an herb but considered a "homepathic" remedy.

It is good for tick bites, puncture wounds etc. and I have suggested its use before, BUT I also suggest to provide more immune support (Joint Check / Aller Check) and of course provide Bug Check (it's more than "just a bug product). and Joint Check being like 2 products in one… an antioxidant and for "joint support"

Alone it the homepathic remedy may help, but just not something I personally use just alone.

Thanks for asking!

Joint Check
Aller Check
Bug Check

Chrissy asks about feeding oats to her horse that is 28 1/2 years old

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From:
chrissy

Message:
hi dr. dan, is it ok to feed oats to a horse that is 28 1/2 years old?
he still eats hay and has had his teeth floated resently, shows normal
aging but still good. what is your recommendation on this. thanks
chrissy

Hi Chrissy,

It is absolutely fine. I do and many many through they years that I know and have always recommended.
Regardless of age- my total feeding program at FeedForSuccess.com is always recommended as well.

Let me share this link with you that will guide you with questions from others
and my answers as they relate to several different challenges that may be
present in feeding a senior horse. Some you may relate to now or in the future.

http://askdrdan.com/?s=senior&submit=Search

Hope this helps and I appreciate you asking!