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29
Apr

Lysine is commonly lacking in a horse’s diet.

What is L-Lysine?

L-Lysine is an amino acid. Amino acids are the building block of protein. L-Lysine is important in metabolism, a healthy nervous system and proper immune function. A well functioning immune system can prevent disease and boost overall health.

Amino Acids are the “building blocks” of proteins

Protein forms the skin and hair coat, builds muscle and strengthens bones and ligaments. To help assimilate protein a horse needs a proper balance of amino acids in their system. Amino acids are obtained through food but unfortunately most Read more »

26
Apr

Ice cream from CA to TX

It’s a DePaolo Equine Concepts tradition to visit a local ice cream parlor after our occasional dinner meetings.  I thought it would be fun to cover a few unique ice cream choices since at DEC we definitely all scream for ice cream!

First up is Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream.  You wouldn’t know this parlor was founded in 1998.  With the checker-board floors and wire backed chairs you’d expect the patrons to be off to the local sock hop after dessert. Read more »

21
Apr

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 Read more

17
Apr

Natural tick repellent

Many horses owners enjoy getting out of the arena and riding on trails. While this can be a fun and relaxing way to spend time with your horse, it may also expose both of you to disease laden ticks.

These parasites generally live in wooded and grassy areas, They anchor themselves onto the skin and need blood from a host to survive. Their ‘saliva’ may transmit the bacteria borrelia burgdorferi, which causes Lyme Disease (also known as Read more »

14
Apr

Helping your horse have a relaxed mental attitude

Feeling drowsy after eating copious amounts of turkey is rumored to be caused by the high levels of Tryptophan in the meat.  Although many dispel these thoughts and explain the sleepiness to be a result of over indulgence at a Thanksgiving feast, L-Tryptophan itself has been proven to be a calming agent in both people and animals.

This essential amino acid is the precursor for serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain.  Serotonin is considered the feel good hormone.  Increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain  promote a feeling of Read more »

2
Apr

Aloe Vera – The Plant of Immortality

Nearly 6000 years ago the Egyptians used this spiky green plant with the gel-like center for various medicinal uses.  Since ancient times people all over the world have adopted aloe vera to treat everything from sunburns to hair loss.  Internally juice or powder (dried and ground plant matter) has amazing detoxifying and soothing effects.

Aloe vera powder is added to our Excel Daily Digestive Supplement to offset the negative side effects of gastric upset. Some symptoms associated with gastrointestinal distress are: Read more »