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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


And so it begins!

Dr. Mark is spending the next few weeks in Scottsdale, AZ.  The 62nd Annual Scottsdale Arabian Show kicks off today! This show is one of the biggest horse shows in the country with over 2400 horses entered in various classes through the 10 day span.  Dr. Mark works his magic on dozens of the top competitors trying to keep the horses sound, healthy and relaxed.   Read more »

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A Poor Hair Coat Can Be A Sign Of Something Deeper

Did you know that a horse’s coat can reveal a lot about its health?

HHA_FL_largeA dull coat can be a lack of essential vitamins and minerals.  To test these critical levels, you might want to try Horse Hair Analysis®.  We simply send a small section of your horse’s mane to a lab for profile of a horse’s biochemistry.  Along with the lab results, Read more »

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Could Horses Be Gluten Intollerant?

As someone who suffers from a gluten sensitivity myself, I’ve been wondering if horses could have this same issue.  Often times when horses with digestive problems transition to my recommended low glycemic diet, their health improves.

Even though soy is not addressed in the article, I firmly believe it is also a contributing factor to hind gut distress.  Soybean crops are typically “Roundup ready” or sprayed heavily with chemical herbicides leaving the hulls contaminated with these toxins.

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Feeding A Senior Horse

This question was written in to Dr. Mark and the answer is useful for anyone with a horse who has reached its golden years.

I have a senior mare that can no longer eat hay. I have been feeding her soaked Triple Crown senior and alfalfa pellets but am interested in getting her off the senior feed and giving her beet pulp, rice bran, and alfalfa pellets. I am not sure how much (how many pounds per day) of each she should be getting, though. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Read more »


Horse Hair Analysis – Detoxing Heavy Metals (testimonial)

Here is a testimonial that was sent to us about Horse Hair Analysis.  As you will read, sometimes it is a bumpy road to getting your horse healthy but trust us, it will be worth it!

I hope by sharing our “journey” others will recognize the signs & symptoms and take action to correct their horse’s health sooner than later.

We brought Ace home Oct 2, 2010, Read more »


Tidbits From Dr. Mark

Often times Dr. Mark shares great thoughts and tips with his clients out in the field or on the phone.  Here are a few regarding general equine nutrition: Read more »


Chaste Tree Berry Powder for horses

Insulin Resistance (IR) in horses is very widespread either due to better detection and diagnosis or due to improper feeding, in particular grains and sweet feeds that are high on the Glycemic Index (chart below) meaning high in sugars.  Read more »

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All Natural Paw Balm

This time of year is ruff on your best friend’s paws.  Frozen ground, anti-freeze, salt and synthetic de-icers can be very harmful.  Here is a recipe for an all natural balm to help your doggie’s paws. Read more »


Hello Dolly!

Last Friday night the DePaolo Equine office received a special treat from the boss!  VIP tickets to Dolly Parton at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.  We started with a yummy dinner at El Fenix and then rushed over to the concert hall to enjoy over Read more »


Using the Glycemic Index To Evaluate Your Feed Program

Are you providing the best diet for your horse?  Good nutrition is the cornerstone of having a healthy horse.  We think that by feeding hay and “grain” or a complete feed we are giving our horses a diet to support a high level of performance; but many complete feeds contain ingredients that are actually harmful to your horse’s health.  Dr. Mark recently wrote an article for the Arabian Horse World Magazine explaining the Glycemic Index and how you can use it to increase health & performance. Read more »