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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3 days ago

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August 1st... the official birthday of all our Thoroughbreds in the Southern Hemisphere..
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5 days ago

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There’s VERY good reason why you should do it.

The bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses that colonise the equine gastrointestinal tract (GIT) (collectively known as the microbiota), play many crucial roles in horse health.
These microbes influence digestion, energy and nutrient production, immune health, levels of inflammation in the body, overall GIT health, body condition, and the production of neurotransmitters (chemicals which influence their mood, temperament and behaviour).

When the microbiota deviates away from what is optimal, a horse is more susceptible to conditions of inflammation, illness, pathology, GIT disturbances, ulcers and diminished nutrient and energy production and uptake.

Sudden dietary changes induce rapid changes in this delicate balance of microbes and the byproducts they produce, rendering a horse more susceptible to illness. Whilst this is a broad simplification, the sudden changes in the microbes and their activity is largely indicated in many cases of colic, laminitis and other serious health conditions.

When we add new feeds to a diet, or change a horse’s diet- we want to facilitate a G-R-A-D-U-A-L change in the microbial population and the products these microbes produce. The best way to do this is to add new feeds gradually over a 7-14 day period, slowly increasing the amounts as the microbial population adjusts.

It’s a simple process, which is largely overlooked: something which can save a lot of pain, heartache and expense.
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2 weeks ago

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Activated charcoal. It’s one of those ‘all natural’ feed additives which people often use because ‘it’s good for my horse’ ‘great for gut health’ or a ‘good detoxifier’. But is it really?

Activated charcoal is very porous and binds to chemicals and ‘toxins’ in the gut. I cringe when the word ‘toxins’ is mentioned (and detox too for that matter) in relation to natural supplements. Generally it is thrown around with poor understanding of normal digestion and physiology of the horse and very little substantiation behind a supplement’s mechanism of action. In this instance however, I’m happy to use it in relation to activated charcoal’s ability to bind to SOME (note- NOT ALL) noxious substances which shouldn’t have been ingested by the horse in the first place. It thereby helps to prevent their absorption, potentially helping to prevent poisoning. For this I am happy to give it when used under qualified supervision. 👍

It may also (in some cases) aid in reducing diarrhoea and excessive flatulence- however, in general, I do not recommend its use for this as it doesn’t address the cause, its merely a temporary ‘band-aid’ measure.

Now for the flip side of this ‘all natural’ supplement:

❌It interferes with the absorption of some essential nutrients required for your horse’s health
❌It has the ability to hinder the absorption of some medications (important if your horse is receiving veterinary/pharmaceutical treatment)
❌It may change the bacterial balance of your horse’s gastrointestinal tract (ie. it may harm ‘good’ glut flora)
❌It may cause constipation and colic in some horses.

In summary, if you care about your horse’s health and wellbeing, do not use activated charcoal as a regular supplement.
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3 weeks ago

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ULCERS...take a listen to learn a little more about this all too common condition in horses... ...

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3 weeks ago

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NERVY or ANXIOUS HORSE? Consider your own mood…

There’s a nice little research paper which supports the theory many horse people know well…your own anxiety can directly influence your horse’s behaviour, making them more likely to be nervous when led and ridden.

Horses have been shown to have an elevated heart rate in direct response to an elevated heart rate in the person leading or riding them.

To think beyond the scope of the study, stop and take a moment to recall the times when you’ve been in a rush, irritated, impatient or in a bad mood when riding or handling your horse. How did the horse behave?

On the other hand, when you were relaxed, happy, felt as though you had all the time and not a care in the world, how did your horse behave?

Not all anxious horses are anxious of their own accord…
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