3 Warning Signs Your Horse Could Be Sick And In Pain... And What To Do About It
USING THE LATEST RESEARCH FINDINGS FROM AUSTRALIA'S LEADING EQUINE SPECIALISTS
How To Avoid Illness And Pain In Your Horse
As a horse owner, there’s nothing worse than seeing your horse in pain. Especially if you have no idea why it’s happening - or what to do about it.
Even worse, your horse could be in pain but you don’t even realise… This means that they’re quietly suffering each day.
Fortunately, as we continue to learn about horses through research, we are starting to recognise the subtle signs of when a horse may be sick or in pain.
Here are 3 warning signs you should be looking out for with your horse that indicates they are sick, in pain and need your help.
Symptom 1 - Girthiness And Soreness Around The Gut
Girthiness around the gut is very common in horses.
Most of the time we don’t really give it too much thought.
However, dig a little deeper.
The area that tends to get girthy and sore sits right above the large colon (part of the hindgut).
If that area is unusually girthy and is sore to touch, then connect the dots. It’s possibly due to something not right going on in the large intestine!
Through research, we are starting to really understand how much the way we feed our horses affects the health of our horse’s hindguts. And how easy it is to create an environment in there that will cause pain and inflammation…
So it makes sense that a girthy gut means... inflammation in the large intestine.
Fact is, the gut is the ‘engine of the horse’. Anything wrong with the gut will flow through to other issues with your horse.
But what exactly is wrong with the gut that’s causing the girthiness? Read on...
Symptom 2 - Anxious Behaviour
Do you notice your horse becoming stressed, anxious, especially in competition?
This is possibly a sign of sickness and if it is, you need to address it quickly before nervous behaviours get set as habits.
And here is the kicker, in other animal species, including humans, researchers are showing that stress itself changes gut bacterial populations and leads to inflammation and physical damage to the gut wall...
Which can only lead to even more pain and stress!
So how do you stop your horse getting stuck in this vicious cycle?
Good news! Keep your horse’s good bacteria happy and they will keep your horse happy and pain free.
And where do good bacteria live?
You guessed it again - the gut.
However, your current feed regime may be making your horse’s gut too acidic.
An acidic gut kills good bacteria, and promotes stress and physical sickness.
So, the key to reducing stress is to:
- Reduce acidity in the gut
- Produce more good bacteria
- Produce more B-vitamins and happy hormones
How do you reduce acidity in your horses gut?
The number one cause of high acidity in the gut is a diet that is too high in uncooked starch & indigestible sugars.
So something you can apply straight away to help your horse is to replace some of those starches & sugars with more fibre!
Less grain, more fibre!
This will also help to reduce the girthiness of your horse - as you balance the bacteria, inflammation and pain decreases - leaving you with a happy, healthy and gut-pain free horse.
Symptom 3 - Unable To Gain Weight Or Muscle
You keep adding more and more feed to your horse’s diet, but it simply won’t gain any weight.
He won’t put on muscle, he won’t put on condition - and you’re getting confused, frustrated and you’re going broke!
Let’s look deeper into how food is processed in the horse to understand why.
A lot of digestion happens in the hindgut of your horse.
When that hindgut is disturbed, the bacteria are unbalanced and the wall of the gut that absorbs nutrients gets damaged, so it doesn’t function properly.
When it is like this it won’t be able to process the food your horse puts through it.
An unhealthy hindgut is caused by:
- Low forage
- High indigestible starch
- High fructans
- Stabling or travel
- Big meals
So, work on these things to improve your horse's hindgut, and the ability to gain weight will start reappearing in your horse.
Once you’ve fixed the fundamentals by changing the diet from starches to fibres, it’s time to add some more detail into the mix…
Is This The Answer You've Been Looking For?
Poseidon Equine was created by Linda Lord, the proud owner of 12 horses, with over 40 years of riding, training, breeding and competing experience across various disciplines.
You’re about to find out how she struggled for years with an ‘uncurable’ sickness in herself and her horses… but after trials & tribulations came upon a discovery that finally got herself starting to heal and her horses reaching their full genetic potential.
Here’s Linda's story in her own words...
Linda Lord, Founder of Poseidon Equine
It started with my own health crisis. I had previously suffered from encephalitis and over ten years later I was still having major problems with my health, energy levels and my memory and concentration.
I decided to look into dietary changes and I soon stopped eating processed foods and drastically reduced sugar intake and I started to learn about gut bacteria and its link to health and emotions. I began to follow a gut healthy diet and I was amazed at the improvement I then started to experience.
Horses have always been a big part of my life, and I had always been keen to feed my horses as natural as possible. But I had one particular horse that I was having ongoing troubles with.
He was losing weight.
He had trouble getting the right canter lead.
He would grind his teeth and tilt his head.
He even randomly one day bolted out from underneath my daughter, putting her in hospital.
I couldn’t work out what was wrong.
I spent thousands on getting a custom saddle made and getting it regularly re-checked. I had his teeth treated routinely.
I even had moulds done of his mouth and got a customised bit made.
All important steps but my horse was still having issues.
I thought it might be a gastric ulcer - the treatments seemed to work.
They stopped the weight loss and crankiness, but then the symptoms reappeared even worse once I stopped treatment.
I finally got some breakthrough when I tried a gut product with him.
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I was impressed that finally something was starting to help him.
Yet he was still grinding his teeth, scooting and having inconsistencies with canter leads.
And his head started to shake incessantly. He had been grazing in a paddock with paspalum - which at the time I wasn’t aware contained mycotoxins (invisible toxins produced by moulds that can cause neurological changes).
Some feed changes, including moving paddocks, and about two weeks later the headshaking had settled down.
This was enough motivation to start my journey of learning about the hindgut and the role of nutrition.
I reached out to leading animal and equine nutritionists. I spoke with them about everything I’d learnt with my own experience of improving my gut health.
We talked about what effect diet, mycotoxins and stress have on a horse, and in particular a horse’s gut.
We decided to build the best possible gut health product available, worldwide.
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We sourced incredible evidence-based products from around the world and began a trial among 17 horses - mostly our own.
Within a short time, the changes in all my horses were significant - even amongst the ones that I thought were looking and performing their best prior to the trial.
These noticeable changes included:
- Weight gain;
- Calmer horses;
- Improved appetite with the fussy eaters;
- Improved feed conversion;
- Improved coats;
- Change in foot quality and growth;
- Greater elevation in movements
We tweaked and tested, and once we were satisfied that this product was of high quality and impact, we trialled it across various disciplines and approximately 40 horses to test it further.
We brought in a veterinary supervised trial to get feedback on the palatability and ease of use and other things such as weight gain.
The feedback was positive and with a few adjustments to the texture, Digestive EQ was ready for commercial distribution.
We were committed to delivering the highest quality product possible and we chose to have it made in a quality controlled environment and not just in our back shed.
Fast forward to today…
Poseidon Equines products are a staple part of the diets of horses in the Australian Eventing team, high-level show horse riders, dressage riders, barrel racers and western riders, race horses, show jumpers and even retired geriatrics.
We have PhDs in Equine Nutrition & Gut Health working on the product.
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