Determining "what's in your feed bag" should be a top priority.
Posted by Dr. Dan Moore, The Natural Vet on 6/25/2019
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All too often, we simply just look at the name of the manufacturer or look at the protein content.
And quite honestly, those should be the least of your concerns when it comes to determining what to feed your horse.
Knowing What's NOT in the bag is equally important...
Least cost analysis is often used to formulate feed. Feeding from just the bag, quite honestly, you can't get what you need anyway, if it's a so called complete feed. If you look at the bag, it'll tell you how many pounds a certain weight horse should get fed every day.
Posted by Dr. Dan, | T.W. Swerczek, DVM, PhD. on 10/19/2017
Until the minerals are balanced nothing else matters...
I've been saying this for years!
Salt and mineral blocks definitely, and even typical commercial feeds our horses get today, simply won’t provide the vitamins, minerals
We have to have salt! It just has to be good salt… not, kiln dried, bleached chemical sodium chloride that is in our food and our animals. History tells us we have to have it; the media and current medical establishment tells we shouldn’t. AND they are correct if you are talking about the typical chemically processed salt today. BUT a natural source of salt can make all the difference for good health.
Consider for a second, how important salt has been throughout history. Consider in the past just how many wars have been fought over salt.. plain old ordinary salt, Mother Nature’s salt and minerals! (uncivilized health link) If you are a hunter, or a wildlife enthusiast of any kind, you understand the importance of a “salt lick”. Animals will seek it out and they have to have it and so do we….. if we want to remain healthy!
Salt and minerals are what keeps the “batteries of life” charged”.
This why I suggest- RED CAL “Mother Nature’s Minerals and Natural Salt” for all Animals and our REDOXX for all people.
Below is a personal note to me along with a research article from Dr. Swerczek, DVM, PHD after one of many discussions out Red Cal. Dr Swerczek is probably the leading Equine Pathologist in the country. Being Located in Kentucky, he has seen it all and has seen how Red Cal works!
Posted by Dr. Dan on 3/20/2015
Are salt blocks or salt rocks killing your horses, cows, alpacas and more? Heck, is your salt shaker killing you? In my opinion the answer is a definite yes, but you will be surprised why! If you‘ve never read another article on health, I suggest you read this… It’s not about how salt is hurting you, but rather how you and your animals are getting too little salt and especially the WRONG KIND of salt.
Posted by Dr. Dan Moore, The Natural Vet on 8/8/2014
I am not talking about spiders, ants or even bed bugs – though the later has certainly been in the news. Viral flu or cold bugs are NOT the topic either…. But I promise there are millions upon millions of the culprits in the body and some experts say trillions. In fact, there are 100 times more of these bugs in the body than all the TOTAL number of cells in the human body. Other animals such as dogs, cats, horses and cows have them too.There are no exceptions – all animals are loaded with bugs! Millions of species and millions of bugs occupy all animal bodies. Some are good, some are bad. The good news is that IF you and your animal friends have more of the good bugs chances are you and your animals are healthy. On the flip side, if you have more bad bugs than good bugs more than likely you are sick and going downhill fast.
The good guys and the bad guys do have, however, one big thing in common. …they are all bacteria – tiny microbial bugs that cause BIG THINGS!
Sometimes good things, sometimes bad things!
Up until recent years many doctors and even experts in the field thought all bacteria were bad. Antibiotics, of which the word which essentially means against life, kill both good bugs AND bad bugs. Overuse of antibiotics have created “super bad bugs” by a process called resistance. The same thing is happening with dewormers.
Indiscriminate use and deworming by the calendar instead of deworming strictly based on need has created super worms that even harsh chemicals no longer kill. I have been on my soap box for nearly twenty years preaching the hazards of calendar rotational deworming and the need for fecal exams instead.
I have been preaching that a healthy immune system through healthy nutrition is superior over use of drugs and medication too.Now, as each day passes
, health care professionals around the world are learning that the makeup of the massive bacterial populations of all animal bodies, and even possibly some worms in the gut may very well be the PRIMARY FACTORS in our health status. Antibiotics and indiscriminate use of dewormers is on the way out! Probiotics are in!
Posted by Dr. Dan on 12/5/2013
The answer to winter woes is easy… simply move south!
It worked for me, believe it or not - as a child I used to live in New Jersey! My southern accent now assures those who hear it that times have changed! Honestly, times (i.e. the weather) have changed for the north as well. It just doesn’t seem as wintry anymore. Of course, my friends in Vermont would disagree! Around the beginning of January the temperature is about 35 degrees below. I honestly can’t imagine such temperatures, but the natives tolerate it well, and so do their many gaited Mountain Horses.
Posted by Dr. Dan, The Natural Vet on 10/9/2012
Until recently most doctors and even today many veterinarians simply don't believe that the medicines used by native American medicine men, our great-grandmothers, or even our grandmothers were of any value. Designer prescription drugs in some minds are the only cure for all the ills of animal or man.
Times are changing and every day it becomes more evident that most drugs only relieve symptoms and often bring terrible side effects. Today I find myself digging through ancient medical books seeking remedies that don't have side effects and looking for answers that were long forgotten. It is amazing what I have continued to find. Some truly long forgotten others even covered up!
Posted by J.E. GROGAN, B.Ed., C.N. on 9/10/2012
Grape Seed Extract (GSE) is a rich source of biologically active compounds. Complexes of bioflavinoids including polyphenols, catechins, proanthocyanidins, gallic acid and others occur in large quantities in GSE and exert powerful biological benefits. GSE is water soluble, extremely well absorbed, well tolerated, and is free of toxicity.
Posted by Dr. Dan on 8/14/2012
Short of water and air, there is NOTHING more important than minerals and salt for the health of your horse. Salt is a mineral too, but because it is so important and because most horses are so deficient in it, we will discuss it by itself.
Even if your horse gets a "complete" feed and even if you have salt or mineral blocks in the fields - THAT IS NOT ENOUGH!
Literally, every function in the body requires minerals. Even the slightest imbalance can cause severe consequences and in my opinion, humble yet outspoken as it is (!), literally every disease is either directly or indirectly caused by an imbalance thereof! And know this: Horses ain't Lickers, but they are "LIKE'ers"!
So what is the "Big Deal"?
"My horses have a salt block already, I have a mineral block in the pasture and, besides, I feed a "complete" feed anyway. My horses should be fine, right?"
Quite honestly - almost certainly NOT!
Conditions like founder, laminitis, abortion, allergies, botulism, cushings, hypothyroidism, lameness, joint problems are truly the result of imbalances...
Posted by Dr. Dan on 5/23/2012
Far removed from prominent view, exists an age old substance in nature, known as "Calcium Montmorillonite Clay." There are only a limited number of "Calcium Montmorillonite Clay" deposits around the world. The first site was discovered in Montmorillon, France in the 1800's, hence the name, Montmorillonite. For centuries Native American healers used it internally and externally in the treatment of a variety of illnesses. In years past sailing vessels departing from France were known to store clay on board for the treatment of dysentery as well as other ailments. Animals, domestic and
wild alike, instinctually drawn to clay deposits have been observed licking the clay as part of their everyday diet, and rolling in it to obtain relief from injuries.
Posted by Dr. Dan on 5/13/2012
So, just the other night I released the news of an EHV-1 outbreak. Just as I had so many times before whether it be EHV-1 or one of
many other challenges we as horse owners were facing and needed to be concerned with.
Let me say, for horses, pets, and people nutrition and preventative health have never been more important than today. Imagine 100
horses in a herd exposed to NHV-1, some will get sick and some won’t-why? Imagine 100 people exposed to influenza, some will get sick,
some won’t-why? I know it is scary to think about either situation, but similar scenarios are actually occurring right now in each of
our bodies. The battle is health versus sickness and battle never stops. It is constantly raging and we are the effect of it. Or could
we really be the cause of it?
Posted by Dr. Dan on 3/15/2012
"Is soil health important in feed quality and your horses health?
Of course it is. The quality of forage and grains, or any food for that matter is dependent on the soil quality and soil health. Poor soils with fewer nutrients or poor soils with nutrients that out of balance will produce less nutritious food or food with nutrients that is out of balance as well. You may say that this is unimportant; we can just add nutrients and supplements to our diet as human beings. But as the animals that we care for that are herbivores and they get 100 percent of their diet directly from forages and grains that are grown on soils, it is important that we grow these forages and grains on healthy well balanced soil.
Soils are made up of three basic parts:
1) The physical part the clay, sand, and silt that make up the majority of what you pick up and hold in your hand when your are walking through your field or pasture. It also includes the water in the soil as well.
2) This chemical constituent of the soil; the nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, (the first three numbers on the fertilizer bag), calcium, magnesium (from lime), and trace nutrients that are held on the clay.
Posted by Dr. Dan on 3/14/2012
Truly Your Best Friends AND Worst Enemies!
One of the most misunderstood yet most important aspects of health, is Fat! Quite honestly, many health care practitioners don’t even
understand just how important fats are. For instance, would you agree that most people have and ARE being told daily that fats are bad
for you? Most doctors, the media, the advertisements and pretty much ALL, suggest a low fat diet. I am here to tell you, in my not so
humble opinion, that NOTHING COULD BE FARTHER FROM THE TRUTH! Fats are critical to your health and your animal’s health. You need them
and you need lots of them, you just need the right kinds!
Posted by Dr. Dan on 3/14/2012
(But That's Not All!)
Has anyone ever been told to NOT feed oats? And if so, has the same person ever offered any reason other than that oats are carbs and
may make your horse “hot”?
So let me preface this article by saying that, personally, I have suggested oats to thousands upon thousands of horse owners (as have
many other nutrition minded educators) and not once can I remember those to whom I suggested such not loving the results. Oats work -
despite the rumors!
But let’s look more closely at why, and also look at why other feeds may NOT be so great. And let’s take a close look at why these commercial feeds may actually be directly related to, and in my opinion the very cause of many of our overweight, cresty necked, insulin resistant, allergic and laminitis prone horses today.
In addition, we’ll consider why the idea of supplementing either commercial or individual grains, oats or otherwise, with vitamins, minerals, microbials, etc. is critical as well.
So what is bad about oats?
Oats like ALL grains are mineral and vitamin deficient. Horses simply can’t get the overall nutrition that they need from any grain UNLESS they are fortified. Oats, corn, barley, etc., etc. are all are deficient. Today, what farmers essentially use to fertilize is chemical fertilizer. The 10-10-10’s or 2010-10’s are only nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus: 10% nitrogen, 10% phosphorous, 10% potassium. What happened to all the other minerals on the periodic chart that we learned about in high school? To make matters worse, these fertilizers are salt based. Salt destroys the soil over time and makes it very packed, claylike and sticky – AND in doing so kills the earthworms, the soil’s true method for oxygenation.
Posted by Dr. Dan Moore, The Natural Vet on 4/19/2009
"OH CRAP!" is the title an interview that I conducted with Equine Wellness magazine in 2009. In it, we get "up close and personal" with your horse's manure and discuss the importance and role that regular fecal exams play in the implementation of a natural horse care regimen.
Posted by Dr. Dan on 3/14/2007
Spring is in the air and Summer is brewing...
Just around the corner are (more of) those wonderful flies, mosquitoes and, for many horse owners, those awful allergy problems. Veterinarians
call them dermatitis. Those that have affected horses call it a nightmare. Often hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, have been spent
doing blood tests on affected horses. These usually come back telling you nothing can be done. And they frequently say your horses are
allergic to items that you couldn’t possibly keep them away from, like flies, certain hays, and dust!
Desensitization with allergy shots is usually recommended. However, allergy shots are expensive. What’s worse is they only work about 50% of the time! Other alternatives, such as steroids and antihistamines are becoming less and less popular, too; it appears they only make matters worse. Yes, allergy problems in horses are a nightmare! Allergies are becoming more and more prevalent. Yet hopefully, with the knowledge I am about to give you, you will never have to experience them with your horse!
What are the symptoms?
The obvious symptom of allergies is itching. This is often accompanied by hives, which are little raised bumps, similar to what a bee sting would make. In severe cases, hives are so numerous they gather together, causing what are called whelts. In extremely severe cases, the horse itches so bad it rubs and bites its skin until it is raw and/or bleeding! Horse owners feel helpless! Fly sprays, lotions, etc. help somewhat. Yet, for the most part, these simply make the owner feel better -- not necessarily their horse...
Posted by Dr. Dan on 4/10/2006
One of many articles written by me years ago with popular information that rings true today...
Grass Muzzles for pasture horses - that’s crazy!
They have been a popular item for several years. I still see them at almost every equine event I attend.
Truthfully, I almost laughed the very first time I saw one years ago. Then I thought to myself “that is a great idea”, many horse owners today really need them. But why?
For thousands of years wild horses have lived on grass alone and typically they ate all they wanted. There was no one to stop them, turn them out for only a few hours at a time or worse yet MUZZLE them. Today, colic, allergies, metabolic issues, laminitis, hoof and other health issues are often associated with eating too much grass.
What is different about today’s grass or perhaps what is different about the horse? Obviously a lot has changed! If we truly look at the way it was and, “mimic” what’s natural, perhaps we can have healthier horses and avoid a lot of problems.
Today’s species of grasses are totally different from the past. Most horses today on pasture only have one or two varieties of grass - usually timothy, orchard grass with some degree of clover and fescue. In the wild, they had access to vast areas of grass and abundant species. Equally important was access to other plants and herbs. Today they eat what they have access to in the spaces we confine them to. Most species of grass (and even grain) today are genetically modified - a controversy and discussion all in itself. By being able to “pick and choose” what they needed, horses received a balance of nutrients.
Posted by S. Moore on 10/22/2005
Properly functioning cell membranes are vital for the proper functioning of the human, and animal, body. The cell membranes are made up
of three factors: these include phospholipids, glycolipids, and cholesterol. Phospholipids are the largest component of the three.
Phospholipids are made up of saturated and unsaturated fat, and the balance of these is what is important to the functioning of the
body. A large part of the human body is lipids, and many neurodegenerative diseases are lipid, also known as fat, related. Hence, the
balance of unsaturated, especially essential fatty acids, and saturated lipids is critical to human and animal health.
Nutrition is the best way to insure that the cell membranes will stay healthy.
Posted by Dr. Dan on 5/19/2005
I am excited to share some incredible information with you today about Health Care.
Normally, since I am a veterinarian, I speak about ANIMAL health but today the animal is two legged – i.e. people.
I have probably never been more excited lord knows we all need help, health wise today - both animals and man!
What I am excited about is not new though, BUT IT IS… as OLD as dirt itself! In fact, it is so old that Galen, one the oldest know physicians, and from way back in Greek renaissance even spoke of it and USED IT often in his practice for every imaginable illness.
Native American Indians and ancient cultures from all over the World have used it since antiquity! Gandhi used it for constipation!
Both Russian and French soldiers had it provided in their ration packets during WWI. Wild Animals seek it out and will walk hundreds of miles just to get to certain types of it and then fight over it to keep it! ALL animals eat it - it IS older than dirt! In fact, it is dirt!
Now before you reach for the BROOM, bare with me a moment, I am not just talking about any type of dirt! I am speaking of a very specific type of CLAY DIRT- Montmorillonite CLAY!
Posted by Dr. Dan Moore, The Natural Vet on 11/3/2000
I’ve been told, you have been told, and we have all been told that “all horses have worms”.
Likewise, we have been told that if you don’t deworm your horse(s) EVERY 2-3 months you are a “bad” horse owner, right? Well perhaps no one actually called you bad – but you WERE shown all those horrible pictures of all those horrible worms and informed of all those horrendous consequences.
Eventually you believed, I believed, we all believed! Fear and guilt are incredible tactics BUT notice I used the past tense believED! Why the change? For me it was merely a matter of just remembering the truth.