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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


Hidden Heavy Metals In Horses

Dr. DePaolo has tested over 3,800 horses with Horse Hair Analysis.  Many horses show heavy metal toxicities.  Heavy or toxic metals are known to interfere with normal biochemical function and are deadly to Read more »


Selenium Is Essential For Horses

The mineral, selenium, is a great anti-inflammatory and anti-viral.  It has high anti-oxidant properties.  Although humans get selenium from certain nuts, fish and eggs, horses need to obtain it through Read more »


What is a Fecal Egg Count?

Veterinary clinics and independent laboratories can conduct a Fecal Egg Counts (FEC) which is a test to determine your horse’s parasite load.  This is a great way to learn if you need to deworm and what dewormer to use.

Simply collect a small, fresh manure ball in a sealable bag marked with the date and horse’s information and give it to your veterinarian.  The vet clinic will normally complete the test within twenty-four hours. Read more »


One of our favorite vets goes live!

Dr. Karen Becker did her first Facebook Live stream today.  She had fans send in questions and she chose popular and interesting ones to answer on Facebook today.  If you missed it, you can still watch the video from the Dr. Karen Becker’s Facebook Wall.  Some of the topics she covered today are: Read more »


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 »


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 »


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 »