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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1 day ago

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💩💩💩WHO GIVES A POO?!…

Well, if you own a horse you definitely should!!! 💩💩💩

When used as part of a holistic assessment, a horse’s manure can help give terrific insight into their overall health…

Primarily, manure can help give a good indication of digestive function, including: feed transit time (and as a result the horse’s ability to properly digest, produce and utilise nutrients); digestive enzyme production; dental health; gastrointestinal (GI) irritation and inflammation; hydration status; and whether current feed and management practices may be suitable for that horse. Furthermore, manure may help to give us some indication of imbalances in the microbial population of a horse’s GI tract.

As the brain and gut have a bidirectional communication system (often referred to as the ‘gut-brain axis’), a horse’s manure can help to identify production of certain neurotransmitters (these chemicals influence horse behaviour, temperament and learning).

In an otherwise healthy horse, changes in manure can be one of the first indications of illness and/or infection.

Some of the important things to assess when looking at a horse’s manure include the colour, frequency, form, smell, texture, quantity, the presence of mucus and undigested feed.

#horsehealth #horse #eventing #horsesofinstagram #ponies #equine #horsenutrition #ottb #performancehorses #campdrafting #naturalhorsemanship #equinevet #doitdifferently #horsedigestivehealth
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2 days ago

Optim Equine

💩💩💩WHO GIVES A POO?!…

Well, if you own a horse you definitely should!!! 💩💩💩

When used as part of a holistic assessment, a horse’s manure can help give terrific insight into their overall health…

Primarily, manure can help give a good indication of digestive function, including: feed transit time (and as a result the horse’s ability to properly digest, produce and utilise nutrients); digestive enzyme production; dental health; gastrointestinal (GI) irritation and inflammation; hydration status; and whether current feed and management practices may be suitable for that horse. Furthermore, manure may help to give us some indication of imbalances in the microbial population of a horse’s GI tract.

As the brain and gut have a bidirectional communication system (often referred to as the ‘gut-brain axis’), a horse’s manure can help to identify production of certain neurotransmitters (these chemicals influence horse behaviour, temperament and learning).

In an otherwise healthy horse, changes in manure can be one of the first indications of illness and/or infection.

Some of the important things to assess when looking at a horse’s manure include the colour, frequency, form, smell, texture, quantity, the presence of mucus and undigested feed.

#horsehealth #horse #eventing #horsesofinstagram #ponies #equine #horsenutrition #ottb #performancehorses #campdrafting #naturalhorsemanship #equinevet #doitdifferently #horsedigestivehealth
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5 days ago

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MENOPAUSE & HORSE WELFARE….

Whilst this subject is rather different from usual topics of focus at Optim Equine, it is certainly one of importance. If you are a women who takes oestrogen medications, it pays to know where they come from. Especially if you care about horses and their welfare.

Whilst many people think NATURAL is best, this isn’t always the case- especially in regards to conventional oestrogen therapy. ‘Natural’ conjugated oestrogen products are routinely prescribed to menopausal women, some women with low bone density and those with low oestrogen levels.

These prescribed drugs can both be sourced naturally or manufactured synthetically.
Many people are unaware of exactly where these ‘natural’ oestrogens come from or how they are obtained. One of the most common brands of oestrogen tablets and creams is Premarin.

Premarin is produced from oestrogen-rich pregnant mares’ urine (PMU). It is one of the biggest-selling drugs in the world. While there are no PMU farms in Australia, Premarin is widely prescribed and used here, despite the availability of plant-based and synthetic alternatives. The life of a mare in PMU farms is typically horrendous- their movement being severely restricted, wearing uncomfortable urine collection bags, and being given minimum water to ensure their urine is highly concentrated.

Aside from the equine welfare aspect, oestrogen therapy may post its own significant health risks and side effects. So ladies, if you care about horse welfare (and your own health), please check your drug cabinet…

#horse #horsehealth #horsewelfare #equine #equinewelfare #menopause #naturalhealth #dressagehorse #horsesofinstagram
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6 days ago

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“INNOVATION IS THE UNRELENTING DRIVE TO BREAK THE STATUS QUO AND DEVELOP ANEW WHERE FEW HAVE DARED TO GO”- Steven Jeffes

So grateful to have a business and career helping equine patients enjoy the very best of health, wellbeing and performance- whilst educating their owners, riders and caretakers. Living a life true to my passions: horse health, natural medicine and holistic practices is both satisfying and fulfilling. Most importantly, it helps to bring awareness and positive change in the equine industry.

Thank you to @fxmedicine , NatEx and @tammyguests for the recognition at the recent #natex2020 awards.

#horses #horsehealth #natex #natex2020 #fxmedicine #tammyguests #naturalmedicine #equine
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2 weeks ago

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(Yet) Another reason to reconsider rugging your horse and getting adequate sun exposure…

Vitamin D. We know it is essential for immune, metabolic and musculoskeletal health; reducing inflammation; influencing temperament and behaviour through neurotransmitter production; helping promote calcium, phosphorus and magnesium absorption and metabolism. Now research is demonstrating that vitamin D helps to both restore and promote the healthy bacteria in the gut. The feeding of low-fibre/roughage diets; the overconsumption of high grain and/or high fat diets; the use of medications including non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs)- such as ‘bute’, antibiotics, gastric-ulcer medications; long-distance and/or regular travel; consistent high intensity training in the horse; and sustained levels of stress in the horse are all factors which can unfavourably alter the bacterial balance of the horse’s gastrointestinal tract (GIT).

Early animal studies have shown that vitamin D deficiency can further aggravate these undesirable changes. Horses naturally produce vitamin D when their skin is exposed to ultraviolet (UBV) rays. Horses who are rugged extensively and/or spend significant daylight hours in stables/stalls are at risk of vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency.

It’s also a nice little reminder that there is no one miracle supplement alone for your horse. Supplements should always be used in a holistic context, ensuring to simultaneously address feeding and management practices. Whilst you may feed probiotics or other ‘gut health’ supplements, their value may potentially be limited if your horse is deficient in or has insufficient levels of vitamin D…

#thoroughbredsofinstagram #horses #ponies #horsehealth #horsenutrition #holistichorse #dressage #showjumping #eventinghorse #performancehorse #ottb #besmart #thinkdifferently
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