Topical Body Care

  1. What to do about a gelding with sheath issues?

    What to do about a gelding with sheath issues?
    Question: A customer with a 16 yr old gelding has been experiencing discomfort and discharge in his sheath. He had a colic episode 4 months ago and the symptoms started after the colic. Ever since he has had a sensitive sheath and a black discharge (tarry) with horrible smell. Her vet recommended cleaning it with aloe vera and mineral oil. The...
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  2. Getting Hands-On With Topicals

    Getting Hands-On With Topicals
    Getting Hands-On With Topicals  Invest a little time in hands-on attention to your horse’s aches and pains. You won't be disappointed in the results. With a medication-oriented mind set, it's easy to overlook the benefits of topical therapy which can offer tremendous benefits, especially for joints and muscles. Simple touch can provide relief. The instinct to rub or...
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  3. Topical Hoof Treatments that Work

    Topical Hoof Treatments that Work
    Topical Hoof Treatments that Work Being alert for and addressing early minor hoof issues can prevent them from advancing to painful problems that require stronger or more invasive treatments. The most important factors of hoof health and quality are: Genetics. You can’t change this, but genetically weaker hooves are far less tolerant of neglect. Diet.  Protein and...
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  4. Will CocaSoya or CocoOmega help with my Arab's skin condition?

    Will CocaSoya or CocoOmega help with my Arab's skin condition?
    Question: I have an Arabian gelding that has a skin condition - dandruff like that is seasonal.  I have used every topical product and then went to feeding omegas ..etc.  Last year spend $$$ on a big name skin and allergy product along with their vitamins.  As soon as I removed his full fly sheet with neck attachment he rubbed his mane...
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  5. How can I help my horse's skin problem

    How can I help my horse's skin problem
    Question: We live in the high desert of Oregon and my mare receives a skin allergy every summer. They are yellow, serum, crusty type scabs on the skin which I remove. I have heard it could be related to juniper trees/berries?  I have her on decent immune support and I doubt she will eat Spirulina due to her extreme picky...
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  6. Mud Woes: How to Deal with Scratches and Thrush

    Mud Woes: How to Deal with Scratches and Thrush
    Mud Woes: How to Deal with Scratches and Thrush It's really hard to come up with anything good to say about mud - except that it's better than ice, which is not saying much.  I want to focus on two challenging skin issues which are made worse by mud.  Scratches/Mud Fever and Thrush. Scratches/mud fever is a skin condition...
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  7. Hair Mineral Analysis

    Hair Mineral Analysis
    Messages From the Mane A Unique Perspective on Biochemical Individuality The Objectives of Hair Mineral Analysis Hair Mineral Analysis (HMA) is a laboratory test that measures the mineral content of the hair.  A small sample of hair (one tablespoon) taken from the mane closest to the horse’s skin can accurately give an overview of the mineral levels...
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  8. Herbal Help for Sore Muscles

    Herbal Help for Sore Muscles
    Herbal Help for Sore Muscles It’s that time of year when sore muscles, inflamed tendons and ligaments are common occurrences among horses that are active.  Herbals aren’t always the first treatment of choice, but in this scenario they often offer an alternative to traditional approaches that focus on anti-inflammatory drugs, which do block symptoms to some extent, but don’t...
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  9. Topical Treatments for Wounds

    Topical Treatments for Wounds
    Herbal Topicals for Wounds It's not something we want to spend a lot of time thinking about, but the prospect of a horse getting injured when out in the middle of nowhere deserves some forethought. A little planning can make a big difference if you ever find yourself in that situation. The first thing to realize is that...
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  10. Relief for Summer Skin Issues

    Relief for Summer Skin Issues
    Relief for Summer Skin Issues  Warm weather is fabulous for riding, but not so great for some horses' comfort.  Seasonal skin irritations can lead to scratching that, in some cases, can become constant and severe, even causing the horse to rub off hair or damage his skin.  In some horses, it becomes a self-perpetuating cycle that leads to...
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