We gathered in the classroom at The Whole Horse to hear from Nikki Wahl-Seto, a member of Standard Process Inc’s Veterinary Support Team. Standard Process is a whole food supplement company that was started in 1929 by Dr. Royal Lee. They produce human supplements that are sold only by health professionals, and Equine Supplements that are sold only by Veterinarians. They make equine specialty products such as: Equine Metabolic Support for insulin resistant horses supporting the thyroid, liver, kidneys and pancreas, Equine Performance for general health and well-being and to prevent inflammation, muscle soreness and oxidative stress. Equine Performance is specially formulated to help the equine athlete return to equilibrium after the physical stress of hauling and performing. They produce Equine Mobility Support for joints and tendons, Equine Immune Support for a healthy immune system that resists both parasites and pathogenic bacteria and viruses, and Equine GI support for a healthy gastrointestinal tract and stomach. The “take home” message was: It is much better to supplement your horse with “whole food” nutrition that contains enzymes and phytonutrients in their complete form than to give your horse synthesized vitamins and minerals. For example, one of the vitamins you get when you eat a carrot is vitamin A. Vitamin A could be synthesized and added to a supplement, but it would not give you all the enzymes and phytonutrients that come in the whole carrot. Their supplements are made up of whole foods that provide the desired vitamins and minerals. Products like Platinum Performance have a base of milk protein with vitamins and minerals added to it. I prefer to use whole food supplementation. These nutrient dense products are used to make up the supplement. For example, The Standard Process Equine Metabolic Support has chromium yeast in it rather than so many mg of synthetic chromium. The “base” product for the three new Standard Process equine supplements is their human product, SP Complete. SP Complete is a blend of whey, flax seed, rice, buckwheat leaf, brussels sprouts, kale, grape seed, carrot, barley grass, and red wine extract. Find out more about the Standard Process Equine Supplements under the “Services” and “Nutrition” tabs on the home page.
OSTEOPATHIC EXPLORATION OF THE PELVIC ROOM FOR VETERINARIANS
As many of you already know, we evaluate horses using Osteopathic Technique. Osteopathy takes the scientific knowledge of anatomy and physiology that veterinarians have already obtained, and trains their hands to interpret minute restrictions of the fascia that cause the stasis of blood and fluids in the body. This stasis compromises the external and internal anatomic structures of the horse. Compromised structure leads to disturbed function and disturbed function leads to compromised structure. We are holding a two day class to explain to veterinarians how the osteopathic technique can be used to release visceral restrictions that impact the external muscles, bones and ligaments. Classes are open to any veterinarian who might be interested in knowing more about how to release restrictions in the pelvic room that impair the function of the hips and stifles of horses.
Call us for the next upcoming Exploration of the Pelvic Room class dates:
The Whole Horse Veterinary Clinic, San Marcos Texas
3330 Harris Hill Rd, San Marcos TX 78666
Course includes: classroom lectures with power point, wet lab for hands on practice, and a dissection.
Cost: $200 per person
THE WHOLE HORSE VETERINARY CLINIC
DEWORMING PROGRAM FOR ADULT HORSES
Horses with a good immune system will have less trouble with parasites. Make sure your horse has good nutrition above everything else. Whole Food Vitamins like blue green algae and chlorella promote healthy immune systems. Always give the horse a sufficient amount of dewormer for his weight. Giving less dewormer than the amount the horse weighs will make all the worms sick and resistant to the dewormer, but will kill zero worms. If the horse weighs more than the 1250 lbs that come in the tube, buy two tubes and give one tube plus a partial tube to make up the proper weight. The American Association of Equine Practitioners has recommended that we do fecal tests to evaluate which horses are shedders and only deworm them, due to the developing resistance of the intestinal parasites to de-wormers. I think this is a great protocol for most of the country, however when we tried to implement this in Texas, I had horses developing a large number of L4 larvae and strongylus vulgaris infestation. Perhaps with the killing freezes this winter, conditions will improve. Meanwhile, I am continuing to recommend deworming horses every 2 months if horses are grazing in small pastures and some of the horses are shedding parasite eggs. My clients who have negative fecals on all of their horses are backing off on giving de-wormers successfully. Below is the recommended protocol if your horse is shedding parasite eggs:
Rotate: changing the active ingredient, not just the brand name, giving a dose every two months
We use a Panacur Power Pak in the spring, again making sure that we are giving a sufficient amount for what the horse weighs. For difficult cases, when the horse does not seem to have good immunity to parasites; we may repeat the Panacur Power Pak again in the fall. Since we do not really have a winter with a killing frost in central Texas, we don’t rotate the same as the northern states. I like to use a dewormer that will kill bots during the summer and early fall.
Below is a sample deworming schedule:
- Jan: oxibendazole (Anthelcide EQ)
- Mar: Panacur power pak
- May: double dose of pyrantel pamoate (Strongid)
- Jul: Moxidectin (Quest) make sure you give sufficient amount, but don’t overdose.
- Sep: oxibendazole (Anthelcide EQ)
- Nov: moxidectin/praziquantel (Quest Plus)
To kill L4 larvae at the anterior mesenteric artery in a horse that is already on a good de-worming schedule; we will give a Panacur PowerPak (must be name brand), wait ten days, give a Quest or a Quest Plus depending on the condition of the horse; and then repeat with another Quest or Quest Plus after an additional ten days. If there is resistance on your farm to the ingredient in Panacur, fenbendazole; then use two tubes of Anthelcide EQ (Oxibendazole) for five days in a row instead of the Panacur PowerPak. We like to give FastTrack Equine while we are deworming for intestinal support. We also give Colloidal Silver during the de-worming process for it’s antibiotic and scavenging effects.