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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5 hours ago

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Feeding your horse Turmeric? Be careful…

Turmeric, its the ‘wonder’ natural supplement many horse owners, riders and caretakers have been self-prescribing for their horses. Most commonly used for its anti-inflammatory properties, very few, if any horse people stop to consider the quality of their turmeric.

Given that turmeric is widely available in powdered form makes it more susceptible to mixing with lower cost ingredients. Research has shown a large proportion of turmeric available on the market to be mixed with different species of the same genus; artificial colours and dyes (which are banned in many countries); heavy metals (such as lead); chalk and synthetic turmeric. Thus, instead of helping your horse by adding turmeric to his diet, you may be promoting more inflammation and oxidative stress and increasing their exposure to harmful substances.

As with any supplement (natural or otherwise), be sure to employ expert advice to determine whether the supplement is both appropriate for your horse and safe. Used for anti-inflammatory and medicinal purposes, turmeric should contain measurable quantities of curcuminoids (the most extensively studied active constituents of the herb); it should undergo independent third party testing, and should have proof of its bioavailability.

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3 days ago

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But the feed program said…..

This week, whilst overseas and consulting with a variety of special equine patients I ended up on a dead-end, partially flooded, gravel back road, in the middle of nowhere. Driving between consults, in the pouring rain, I was relying totally on my Sat-Nav. Now this amazing piece of technology is up to date, but like just about any automated piece of technology, in real life, it has its limitations. After repeatedly swearing for a couple of minutes, whilst realising that a) I was completely lost, and b) unless I wanted to end up bogged, I was going to have to reverse this little rental car back up said gravel road for about 4 miles before I could safely turn around again, I smiled: I realised that despite subconsciously ‘knowing’ I was headed in the wrong direction, I still followed exactly what this little automated piece of equipment was telling me. A resemblance of the many horse owners, riders and mangers who follow feed programs blindly ‘because that is what the program said’- rather than looking at the horse in front of them and how it is responding in real life.

Online feed evaluation programs and software can be useful tools to help formulate the basics of a sound diet. But they can’t tell you the quality of the feed, or more importantly HOW your individual horse utilises and metabolises that feed. It can’t tell you how particular medications or health conditions your horse may have may be influencing nutrient requirements, use and availability. They also can’t tell you how your horse responds to the feed, how he is recovering, how he is behaving and how he is performing.

Are you blindly following a formula, yet heading in the wrong direction? Data alone cannot substitute for real life situations. Science must be combined with practical application.

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2 weeks ago

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ALOE VERA AND WOUND HEALING: an effective home remedy with scientific backing...

Aloe vera has long been recognised and used in many cultures for aiding in wound healing and treating burns. Much research has supported the beneficial use of the plant in such cases.

Within each leaf of the plant is a gel which helps to increase healing rate (by promoting cell proliferation) and decrease inflammation when applied to wounds and burns. Studies have also shown aloe vera gel to have antibacterial and anti fungal effects and to reduce swelling associated with insect bites.

Using fresh aloe vera gel is best (most commercial products contain artificial preservatives, many have colourants added, and the beneficial therapeutic compounds of the plant may only be in small amounts if at all!). The good news is even those who aren’t green thumbs can easily grow aloe vera in a pot at home!

Fresh aloe vera gel can be obtained by splitting a leaf and applying the green tinged clear jelly inside of the split leaf to cuts, wounds, fungal infections, burns and insect bites.

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2 weeks ago

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ALTRENOGEST: AKA Regumate/Ovamed/Altren

(Part 2 of 2)

The labelling for all altrenogest products includes warnings against human exposure as the hormone is readily absorbed through intact skin. Many people make the mistake of thinking that wearing latex gloves will protect them from the harmful effects of this medication: this is a misconception as latex allows the passage of altrenogest through it, although not as easily as skin. Just think about this for a minute: once altrenogest has been spilled on the gloves and soaked through, it is then more easily absorbed by the skin than being able to pass back through the glove. Essentially this practice creates an “altrenogest patch”.

The significant health impacts of simple, routine practices in equestrian circles should not be dismissed or ignored.

It is time to be smart and change common practices which come with significant health consequences...

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2 weeks ago

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ALTRENOGEST: AKA Regumate/Ovamed/Altren (Part 1 of 2)

This week, during the questions session of an Equine Musculoskeletal health presentation I gave, the (somewhat unrelated) topic of altrenogest use was raised.

Altrenogest, most commonly referred to as Regumate (one of its trade names) is a synthetic progesterone product used to suppress oestrus in mares (and often used to help ‘maintain’ pregnancy in ‘problem’ pregnancy mares). It is the first choice by many horse people to help ‘control their marey-mare’.

Whilst the health implications in horses associated with the use of altrenogest are extensive (and definitely worth covering in another post) for the sake of brevity, we will focus on the known health implications in humans.

Scarily, altrenogest is routinely viewed and handled as a relatively harmless substance. As of May 2018, the FDA had received reports of adverse effects involving altrenogest exposure in 137 people over the last 30 years—115 women and 22 men. Exposure was most commonly reported following drug contact with the skin, but it is important to note that some reported exposures occurred in conjunction with touching product residue on barn surfaces, equipment, and treated animals. Thus- you don’t even directly have to handle the drug to suffer adverse health effects from it.

The most significant noted health implications of human exposure to altrenogest involved
reproductive system issues: including abnormal menstrual cycles in women (changes in bleeding frequency, pattern and amount). Girls as young as 14 years old have been effected- a scary consequence. In men, decreased libido has been noted. Headaches, fever, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting and rash have also been reported....

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