Equine and Small Companion Articles

Tension, Stagnation, Health & Soundness in the Horse

By Dr. Schell | May 23, 2021

Tension.  It’s a physical concept that most of us are familiar with in our own lives, becoming increasingly dominant at times, but does it impact your horse?  Tension is a physiological response to stress on some level and it does occur in the horse, rather often.  In fact, I am hard pressed not to find…

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Soft Palate Displacement and Lethargy in a Quarter Horse

By Dr. Schell | Jan 30, 2021

Lethargy and loss of stamina in the competitive horse can originate from a variety of clinical problems.  Upper airway conditions are common and are a potential source, however, even then, there are contributing factors.  Dorsal displacement of the soft palate and laryngeal hemiplasia are specific problems found intermittently in the horse, which can be troublesome…

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EIPH in the Horse; A Tale of Two Horses

By Dr. Schell | Jan 21, 2021

Exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) in the horse is a common problem especially in the Thoroughbred racing industry and the Quarter Horse competing in barrel racing.  The precise cause of the bleeding in the lungs is uncertain but only theorized currently.  Despite the heavy usage of medications including Lasix or other diuretics, the problem of…

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Management of Chronic Suspensory Issues with Herbs in the Horse

By Dr. Schell | Jan 21, 2021

Suspensory ligament desmitis in the horse can take many forms and have a variety of presentations.  In all, if not most, there is a lameness noted by a head-nod or reluctance to stretch out in front.  This can be evident on different levels, dependent upon the degree of damage to ligament and which area is…

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Management of Anxiety in a Thoroughbred with Herbs

By Dr. Schell | Jan 21, 2021

Anxiety is very common in the horse, especially noted in the lighter weight and leaner breeds, such as the Thoroughbred. The anxiety is often self-evident in the horse by seeing vices such as cribbing, pawing, weaving, or just overall restlessness.  The anxiety, when uncontrolled, will also lead to a high incidence of gastric or stomach…

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EPM in the Horse; A Case Study with Herbs and Diet

By Dr. Schell | Jan 21, 2021

EPM has become a common clinical problem in the horse, being primarily a parasitic infection of the central or peripheral nervous system cased by Sarcocystis neurona.  The condition is commonly diagnosed in all breeds of horses and different levels of activity from the backyard companion to the elite dressage competitor.  When not managed properly and…

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Jiaogulan (Gynostemma) and the Metabolic Horse

By Dr. Schell | Sep 26, 2020

Metabolic syndrome in the horse is an ongoing problem for many owners and a focus for many researchers over the years.  Despite most best efforts, metabolic related issues from foot soreness to insulin dysfunction tend to wax and wane, with most horses being chronically affected.  Jiaogulan or Gynostemma pentaphyllum has gained some attention in recent…

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Qi, Energy, Herbs, Health and Lameness in the Horse; Part Two

By Dr. Schell | Jul 25, 2019

This is part two of a several part article series on the use of traditional Chinese medicine and theories to help in resolving health and lameness events in the horse.  In part one, I discussed the very basics of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and the concept of Qi or energy, which is a vital substance…

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Qi, Energy, Herbs, Lameness and Health in the Horse; Part One

By Dr. Schell | Jul 24, 2019

Qi or Energy is just one of a few vital substances needed for ultimate health and soundness in the horse, or really any living body, including you and me.  Every health ailment and lameness condition in the horse roots back to one of 5 vital substances, from a traditional Chinese medicine perspective. A failure to…

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Ketones and the Metabolic Horse; A Rebuttal for Better Understanding

By Dr. Schell | Jul 17, 2019

Ketones and the metabolic horse.  A topic that appears to have become popular with many, creating some contradictions in their own current understanding, and stirring up some debates in other areas. I am writing this article today in response to a press release put out by a well known equine insulin resistance group, finding problems…

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