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Cushings Syndrome in horses

Cushing’s is a hormone disorder created by a hyper-stimulated pituitary gland which leads to high levels of the stress hormone cortisol.  The pituitary tells the adrenal glands to produce cortisol to combat acute health threats – providing an immediate response to stress and injury.  The hormone cortisol raises blood pressure and blood sugar levels, which help a horse to endure short periods of stress.  Chronic stress causes Read more »


What contributes to Cushings Sydrome in Horses?

Stressors such as high sugar or carbohydrate diets, training and showing, injury, vaccinations, daily dewormers and most show medications such as ACTH, Regu-Mate®, etc. can create negative side effects that may seem small at first, but may accumulate.  Diet and nutrition have the single greatest impact on horse health, with an unhealthy diet resulting in undue amounts of inflammation. Feeds that are high in Read more »


The many layers of an onion

In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu…
Many of the farmers and their families had contracted it and many died.

The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an Read more »


Adult Caramel Apples

Usually we don’t endorse alcohol on the DEC blog but ’tis the season for having a party…A Barn Holiday Party perhaps? And what better way to serve your drinks in the form of a yummy, buttery caramel apple slice!

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Chaste tree berry powder and your horse’s endocrine system

Cushings, Pre-Cushings, Hypothyroidism, Endocrine Syndrome and Insulin Resistance all have one thing in common: pituitary gland dysfunction. Most of these diseases are brought about by stress like competitions, trailering, sweet feeds, stalling, medicating, vaccinating, and daily dewormers. Read more »


Equine Chiropractor in Texas

It has already been over a year since DePaolo Equine Concepts and All Star Equine made the move to Pilot Point, Texas.  Wow, how time flies!  Dr. Mark is busy developing a business here treating performance horses of all disciplines.  He enjoys focusing on preventative care.

Dr. DePaolo’s veterinary chiropractic treatments are more than “fixing” a sore back.  The entire Read more »


Through the eyes of a 4 million dollar rider

This past Saturday night the DEC team went to Oklahoma City to watch the NRHA Open Futurity Finals.  It is such a thrill to see these young horses compete in the show of their lives.  With $165,000 going to winner, Casey Deary aboard Americasnextgunmodel, these horses and trainers left it all in the showpen.  4 Million Dollar rider, Shawn Flarida, strapped a Gopro camera to his cowboy hat during his 5th place run on Yankee Gun.  Take a ride with the best of the best… Read more »