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Hair Mineral Analysis For Horses

Horse Hair Analysis can take the guessing out of diagnosing equine health issues.

 Pinpointing health issues in your horse.

Many horse owners treat sore muscles and stiffness with time off or NSAIDs (such as Bute) or they constantly battle problems such as hives with a number of prescribed treatments recommended by their attending veterinarian.  The effectiveness will be short lived if the real issue is a vitamin or mineral deficiency.

Has your horse been living with deficient levels of essential minerals or possibly exposed to toxic metals?

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Horse Ulcer Treatment and Prevention

Ulcers are the single-most preventable, performance inhibiting disease that horses are forced to deal with today. Treatment and prevention are easy even for the inexperienced horse owner.

What can I do to treat and prevent horse ulcers?

The first suggestion is a change in diet. Horses whose diets lack enough hay typically have ulcers. Grains containing carbohydrates and sugar cause high levels of acid production during digestion, which also promotes ulcer formation. It is very important for horses to be able to

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How Stress Can Cause Cushing’s Syndrome in Horses

Mark DePaolo, DVM explains how stress can cause effects that can progress into Cushing’s Syndrome. Many of today’s horses are exposed to daily low-grade long term stress. As the severity of these stressors build, a horse’s susceptibility to Cushing’s Syndrome dramatically increase. 

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Recent Articles


Take a break from the horse show in Tulsa

Dr. Mark is currently at US National Arabian Horse Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  This is one of his busiest horse shows of the year.  Even though Dr. Mark doesn’t have too much down time if you are in Tulsa and need a break from the show maybe you should try some of the non-horse activities the city has to offer. Read more »


Harmony Supplement – Before and After Treatment

Typically we recommend Harmony for horses dealing with Endocrine disorders.  This supplement can help even out a horse’s temperament and hormone levels.  Often when a horse’s endocrine health is severely compromised, for example when they have Cushings Syndrome this can lead to founder or chronic laminitis.  Below are two videos Read more »


Baking Soda To Help Equine Ulcers

Baking Soda, otherwise known as sodium bicarbonate, has been used since the ancient Egyptians discovered it for cleaning purposes but it wasn’t until the mid 1840’s that it was sold as the “baking soda” that we know today.  It was almost one hundred years later that it was packaged and advertised as having medicinal purposes.

At DePaolo Equine Concepts we love Baking Soda!  It is a great Read more »


It’s Hockey Season!

Today is the Dallas Stars’ pre-season opener against the St. Louis Blues.  Dr. Mark and his wife, Jacqui, are big Stars fans and this year they season ticket holders!  The stars have won eight division titles in Dallas and in the 1998-99 season they won the coveted Stanley Cup.

Rapid Fire With Dr. Mark Read more »


Horse Hair Analysis for stallions

One of our clients had a stallion with strange hydration and skin issues including wrinkly skin and severe scratches that no topical treatments would help.  Plus, his sperm count/life had very poor motility.  They had multiple vets examine the stallion, including having blood work done several times and everything kept coming back as normal.

It is common to have blood work come back “normal” when an HHA test does not.  Click HERE to find out why Horse Hair Analysis is more accurate than blood testing for certain information.   Read more »


The best complete vitamin supplement for your horse

As a horse owner myself, I recognize how hard it is to find a complete supplement that has everything that your horse needs without a bunch of additives that your horse is better off without.

Essential was specifically formulated with the proper ratios of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, prebiotics, probiotics and electrolytes to promote the overall health of your horse.  It can help improve immune function, provide digestive support, grow strong hooves, and aid in muscle function.  Essential is ideal for all life stages of horses. Read more »


Dr. Mark Works On A Cover Model

Last weekend Dr. Mark traveled south to work on some horses for barrel horse trainer, Jolene Montgomery.  One of the horses in Montgomery’s string is Guys Canyon Moon.  This gorgeous palomino is sired by Frenchmans Guy and out of all time futurity money leader and national finals three time go round winner barrel racing icon Mulberry Canyon Moon.  He recently graced the cover of Read more »


Two things to NEVER feed your horse

These two things might surprise you as many people feed both of these ingredients to their horses every single day.  The negative side-effects can be detrimental to your horse’s health and wellbeing.  Take a minute and read the label on your horse’s feed.  The information may surprise you.   Read more »


Ulcer Paste For Horses

Research shows up to 90% of performance horses have digestive tract ulcers. Changes in attitude, movement and body condition can be caused by ulcers. In as little as five days, an overly acidic stomach can result in mild to severe lesions of the stomach lining. Drug treatment with Omeprazole is often needed to help rid a horse of ulcers.  Although UlcerRx is by prescription only, Dr. DePaolo can answer your questions about the product and equine ulcers if you contact the DePaolo Equine Concepts office.


How UlcerRx Works Read more »

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09:  (L-R) Gold medal medalist’s Karim Laghouag, Thibaut Vallette, Mathieu Lemoine and Astier Nicolas of France pose during the medal ceremony for the eventing team jumping final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Equestrian Centre on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Olympics Recap

Even though the Olympics are over there are a few statics that might surprise you…

The oldest horse in the Olympics – 18 (Pluto Mio)

The youngest horse in the Olympics – 8 (Aspe)

Number of mares – 14

Number of geldings – 47

Number of stallions – 4 Read more »