Below is an article that Mark DePaolo, DVM wrote for the Arabian Horse World Magazine. Ulcers have become extremely prevalent in today’s performance horse. Stressful conditions such as stall confinement, training, competition and hauling can all lead to ulcerated tissue. Gastric ulcers and hindgut acidosis have a dramatic impact on a horse’s health, disposition and performance. A horse with no gastrointestinal ulceration can develop ulcers very quickly when subjected to physical stressors. Read more
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
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.
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
At DePaolo Equine Concepts, we focus much of our owner education on equine nutrition. Many of the popular horse feeds out there contain ingredients that can be detrimental to your horse’s health. Why are they added if they aren’t healthy for my horse? Because they are cheap, easily accessible and they are appealing to the owner (either visually or aromatically). The same rings true Read more
We had so many comments on our “Two Things To NEVER Feed Your Horse” post and the What Goes In The Bucket? post that we will continue to focus periodically on an overall healthy feed program on the blog. It is exciting to see owners wanting to learn more about what is actually going into their horse. It is even better when they make changes to improve their horse’s diet; and it is THE BEST when they let us know how they have seen a change in their horse! Read more
Typically we recommend Harmony for horses dealing with Endocrine disorders. This supplement can help even out a horse’s temperament and hormone levels. Often when a horse’s endocrine health is severely compromised, for example when they have Cushings Syndrome this can lead to founder or chronic laminitis. Below are two videos Read more