Natural Equine Health Solutions

Optim Equine brings a unique approach to optimising horse health, wellbeing and performance.

Combining scientific evidence-based medicine with traditional naturopathic practices, Optim Equine delivers the most effective and beneficial health outcomes for your horse.

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Ever wondered about what you may be able to do to prevent flexural limb deformities ? Or what you can do to reduce OCD risk in horses BEFORE a foal is even born? Curious about what nutrients may not be at optimal levels in your broodmare’s diet? Then be sure to tune into the free webinar Optimising Reproductive Outcomes in the Broodmare.

Webinar is on Wednesday June 3rd at 8 PM (AEST) and will be available for viewing up to 48 hours after this time.

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1 week ago

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PROBIOTICS and HORSES

Probiotics are ‘live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host’. These microorganisms, which consist mainly of bacteria but also include yeasts, are found in a wide range of equine feeds and supplements. However, not all foods and supplements labelled as containing probiotics have proven health benefits.

Health benefits of probiotics are strain specific, condition specific, and dose specific. Specific strains have specific actions and affinities for different parts of the horse’s gastrointestinal tract (GIT).

What does this mean? It means that if you want to change a particular aspect of your horse’s health, and probiotics are indicated in helping achieve this, then you want to be using the specific probiotics which are indicated in modulating that aspect of the horse’s health.

Think of it a little like this…

Take a high level dressage rider. Now they could ride their horse in a stock saddle. Or a racing pad. Or an all purpose saddle. Or even a jumping saddle. They’re all saddles. They’re all made to be ridden in right? Sure, they’re all saddles, they can all be ridden in, but different situations dictate the use of different saddles. If you’re trying to achieve specific results in a specific discipline, you’re going to use the most appropriate equipment. You’re hardly going to try to do a piaffe pirouette in a racing pad. Different breed, size and shaped horses dictate what saddle fits best too. Not to mention the quality of the saddle…

If you’re going to invest the time, effort and money into supplementation, make sure it fits YOUR individual horse and specific situation.
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2 weeks ago

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POST VIRAL SYNDROME: My horse has never been right since….

It may have started out with your horse being a little ‘off’ or ‘flat’. He may have briefly spiked a temp, had a snotty nose, or performed below expectations. Blood tests may have indicated a viral infection. Nothing remarkable, but the horse wasn’t quite right either. As nothing looked drastically wrong, you rested him for a day or two then got back to work. Yet he’s never been right since…

Post viral syndrome (whilst not a readily recognised term in relation to equines) is something I most commonly see in racehorses, high level performance horses, eventers, showjumpers, and dressage horses. These horses have been unable to achieve their prior level of performance or training, yet their bloods have returned to ‘normal’ and there is seemingly no explanation for their decreased level of performance, even after extended periods of spelling/rest. Why is this so?

The condition is complex and multifactorial, but likely centres around changes in gastrointestinal microflora and immune function, associated alterations in inflammatory cytokine and hormonal expression, in addition to changes in mitochondrial function.

The great news is there is plenty that can be done to help these horses return to (or even) exceed prior levels of performance.
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3 weeks ago

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PASS ME THE LUBE…

Lubricant. It’s used in the breeding shed without second thought.

And anyone who’s worked in a breeding shed knows that you’d rather use a little more than a little less. And that’s about as much thought as it gets.

Yet research has demonstrated that some of the most commonly used lubricants, EVEN THOSE LABELLED as NON-SPERMICIDAL, may adversely affect sperm quality.

When it comes to breeding, whether by live cover or AI, you want to be optimising the number of progressively motile, morphologically normal sperm.

Don’t make the error of slipping up…
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