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 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 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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The horse, the veterinarian, and the firetruck.  Three totally different beings, but yet linked together in many cases in various ways.  I listened this morning to the sounds of sirens screaming down the interstate behind our house and it reminded me of veterinary practice.  More times than not, despite the best intentions by the horse…

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“No Foot, No Horse”.  This is a common saying throughout the years that has stood the test of time and has remained truthful in many regards.  The fact is that the horse is highly dependent upon their feet and thus, the external hoof capsule, for overall soundness and quality of life.  The concept of hoof…

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Equine arthritis and bone degenerative changes are all too common in the horse industry.  These changes can impact any joint, but commonly found in the fetlock, carpus or knee, hock or tarsus, stifle, hip and back region.  The navicular bone and coffin bone are also commonly impacted and associated with navicular disease and pedal osteitis. …

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Wow!  That is a very important question!  How important is your horse’s gut health?  What do you believe as a horse owner?  For some owners and horses, the connection is real, such as in the case of ulcers, recurrent colic, or irritable bowel type of conditions, but for others, it may not be so obvious. …

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You want your horse sound and healthy, right?  Not an easy request in many cases due to ongoing inflammation in the horse, which is very complex and multi-faceted.  This process can impact their joints, back, neck, feet, behavior, and digestive tract.  It can reach even further over time, when unregulated, and impact the proper function…

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Vitamin C is a well known nutrient, being found in many fruits, vegetables and from synthetic sources. This nutrient is a potent antioxidant and vital for many cellular functions, including tissue repair and immune health.  Many dog owners likely don’t give vitamin C a second thought, regarding their dog’s health, cancer, or even recovery from…

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Pedal osteitis is a common condition in the horse, resulting in ongoing foot pain and lameness, which can be extremely limiting to athletic performance.  The end result for many horse owners is rest, specific shoeing strategies, medications, and in some cases surgery is warranted.  Despite these treatment options, many horses do improve in their soundness,…

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