Horse Health Roundup – Supplements, Hindgut, and Kinesiology Tape

Horse Health Roundup – Supplements, Hindgut, and Kinesiology Tape

 

Are you buying the right supplements for your horse?

As a horse owner, you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your horse in its best condition.  To do so, many owners add a supplement to their horse’s diet to help fill the gaps in nutrition depending on time of year, age, level of work, and more.  But there are so many supplements on the market, and sometimes good intentions are not enough.  With the addition of more and more supplements, it’s challenging to keep up with what the best options are out there.  So how do you stay informed and make the best decision for your horse?

Equus Magazine created a quiz to find out your supplement IQ (with answers and explanations) to provide guidance to owners when they are purchasing supplements.  From ingredients to help promote a shiny coat to produce-aisle items you might find in joint supplements, this quiz offers a helpful review that will make you think twice about the types of supplements you are buying.

 

A better view of your horse’s hindgut health

Today, veterinarians are challenged to diagnose issues in a horse’s hindgut (a horse’s intestinal tract) as this area is incredibly difficult to have visibility into.  An endoscopy (a tube with a camera that is inserted into the stomach through the horse’s mouth) only allows veterinarians to see as far as the stomach.  Even with ultrasound, the hindgut can still be a mystery – but this may be changing.

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan performed a test with a “camera pill,” originally designed for humans, that gathers imagery of the intestinal tract.  This little capsule contains a light source and an antenna to send images to an external recording device.  The researches said the results were promising, as the camera captured continuous footage of the intestinal tract with only a few gaps.

What does this mean? Veterinarians may be able to diagnose hindgut troubles with more certainty, and researchers may be able to have a better understanding of normal small-intestine function.  Read the full article on Practical Horseman.

Horse hindgut

Image originally published on succeed-equine.com

 

Kinesiology tape for horses – an alternative therapy?

Human athletes use kinesiology tape as a kind of elastic brace to help relieve pain, provide support after injury, or help with rehabilitation.  Many therapists will use different tension strengths and techniques to allow the muscles and ligaments to have “help” when injury occurs.  While we have been using this for decades with humans, experts have now started applying this method to our equine partners.

Horse & Rider published interviews with three experts from tape manufacturers to learn more about kinesiology tape, explain what it is, and provide advice on how to use it successfully.  Linda Delker, project manager for Kinesiotaping advises, “If you’re looking to work on a high-level problem with your horse, look for someone who’s completed training from a taping company,” she shares. “And the practitioner should have extensive knowledge in the equine anatomy and physiology.”

 

Have you heard any interesting stories that should be featured in another roundup?  Share them in the comments!

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