As we pull these horses off the track to point them towards new careers, we need to address a few health aspects that affect the vast majority of OTTBs. Having been fortunate enough to play with many a thoroughbred, I am excited to share 3 Essential Soundness Checkpoints when Starting Up an OTTB!
The drawback to the newly possible solutions/supplements in horse health rests in their overwhelming volume, and as horses are individuals, some therapies work better than others for specific cases. As a horse mom who wants the best for her babies, but also a barn manager who keeps an eye on budgeting and efficient investments, I would love to share my 6 steps to make the most out of trialing sports medicine therapies.
Establishing the reality of the problems in the gut, we can more clearly see realistic solutions. Here are the 6 steps we like to take to nip Gastrointestinal irritation in the bud once and for all!
Whether Sullae’s trend toward sensitivity stems from GI discomfort, muscle tension, mental insecurity, or some low grade combination of everything, his overall diagnosis has been simple- not quite comfortable enough. Like too many horses, this plateau of ‘not quite right’ due to possible, variable factors can be frustrating and difficult to conquer. Fortunately for Sullae, he has taken to the BEMER.
Hooray Kitty!!! After 7 weeks of Wellness Restoration, Kitt is ready to hit the trails. Having built up enough muscle to support his joints, Kitt is staying comfortable and balanced walking circles in the ring, up and down hills, and on the road. With an end goal to get Kitt into a therapy riding program, we want to keep him ‘bitless’, as he will go that way once he gets into the program. All in all, we are so excited to have Kitt feeling fresh and fabulous!
While the spring grass rush may be over, now is the time of stressed pasture. Whether pasture is fighting drought, excessive rain, or dealing with the peak heat of the day, stressed pasture means lots of sugar. Moreover, allergies are prominent right now, and steroidal allergy medications are common prescription. For horses prone to laminitis, this can be a red flag season, so here are a few ways to help horses fight the flare ups!
As Kitt reaches the six-week mark in his ‘Senior Wellness Restoration’, it’s time to adjust our management program according to his progression. This means addressing his nutrition plan, fitness regimen, and physical therapy. Here are the 3 big changes to Kitt’s management program starting this week!