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May 31, 2011

Be proactive and boost your horse’s immune system

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

With the recent EHV-1 scare, horse owners are feverishly trying to take as many preventative measures as possible.  The best way to help help your horse combat viruses is to make sure his/her immune and neurologic systems are strong and healthy and a good start is to supplement with Lysine.

L-Lysine is a critical building block for all protein in the body. It is an essential amino acid that cannot be created by the body, so it must be obtained by food or supplements. Using a L-Lysine horse supplement at times of stress is key to calcium absorption, building muscle protein, boosting the immune system and supporting the body’s production of hormones, enzymes and antibodies.

For two years, I had been trying antibiotics for Lucien’s horrible colds, coughing and runny nose. We ran tests, but couldn’t figure out what it was. Dr. Mark recognized it as a herpes outbreak and recommended Lysine. Within a short amount of time, Lucien seemed much healthier. On top of that, it is a very reasonably priced product.  Donna Wolf – OR

L-Lysine is commonly considered as a helpful nutritional supplement for Herpes Virus outbreaks in people.  One of the most common diseases of the modern day horse is a disease called Equine Rhinopneumonitis (EHV-1 & EHV-4), which is caused by a herpes virus. Rhino is the inflammation of the respiratory tract somewhere between the nose and the lungs. Horses are typically infected at a young age (between 2-4 years), usually during their first respiratory tract infection.

I’ve seen tremendous results with Lysine for horses that are muscle sore or lose power and balance in their haunches. When supplemented with Lysine, these horses immune systems are allowed to work properly. This brings about a positive outcome and wellbeing.  Jim Shakleford, E.S.M.T. – OR

Since Rhino is caused by a herpes virus, it lives in the horses body and cannot be cured.  Outbreaks may also occur during times of high stress to the immune system (i.e. training, hauling, shows, other disease/infections, ulcers etc.). Supplementing the immune system with Lysine can be very beneficial to optimal health and performance.

The National Research Council estimates that the daily Lysine needs of mature 1,100 pound horses range from 29 grams for horses doing light work to 46 grams for mature horses in intense work. Grains and grasses are considered inadequate sources of Lysine. Brewers Yeast and fenugreek powder are added to make the Lysine more palatable to your horse.

A healthy neurologic system is discussed in the Health Library under the Vaccination category.

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