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Acute Effects of a Single-Dose Nutritional Product on Stress Response and Task Completion in Horses

Acute Effects of a Single-Dose Nutritional Product on Stress Response and Task Completion in Horses

Original Research by Dr.Wendy Pearson*, Jennifer MacNicolDepartment of Animal Biosciences, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada AbstractThere are a growing number of nutraceutical products for promoting tractability and reducing anxiety in horses, despite a virtual absence of scientific assessment of these products. The objective of this study was to compare the effects of acepromazine (ACE) and Calm & Collected  (NUT) a legal for competition herbal / magnesium-based anti anxiety formulation for horses participating in tasks typical of normal equine management. Six horses were randomly allocated to one of the three treatment groups in a 2 ! 3 randomized block design. Each...

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Feeding to Body Condition

Feeding to Body Condition

Hormonal Regulation of Feeding Behaviour: feeding to body condition There are few things female humans are more sensitive about than our body weight. Where the rest of the world sees our gentle curves and happy smiles, we see lumps and wobbles and wrinkles. We generally have a far worse opinion of our own body condition than any of the people around us. I would hazard that this is because our friends and family care about us and see the best in us and recognize that while we may have a few extra curves we are healthy and happy, and that’s what...

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Jack Rabbit Starts!

Jack Rabbit Starts!

When your game requires lightning starts, passionate finishes, and a gruelling mile in between, JACK RABBIT START is your journeyman to the finish line. When fractions of a second separate the victorious from the rest, your horse needs a supplement that delays fatigue, protects against exercise-induced oxidative damage and helps him/her get the most out of his feed. JACK RABBIT START is a powerful combination of antioxidant ingredients that puts the jumper cables to your racing times. Containing extraordinary super-foods such as DMG (DiMethyl Glycine), Creatine, B-complex vitamins, Branched-Chain Amino Acids and nucleosides, JACK RABBIT START will reduce lactate accumulation...

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60% of horses suffer with this!

60% of horses suffer with this!

Don’t let yours be one of them. Gastric ulceration is virtually ubiquitous among performance horses, occurring in as many as 93% of Thoroughbred racehorses. In addition, up to 60% of other athletic horses also show signs of the disease. The problem is even of great importance in foals, as up to 57% of foal will show ulceration in their first few months of life. YET up to 50% of horses with ulcers do not show any outward signs of the condition! WHY OH WHY? There are many environmental and physiological factors that contribute to the appearance of gastric ulcers in...

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Winter Sucks!

Winter Sucks!

Let’s be honest – winter really sucks doesn’t it? It doesn’t get light till almost lunchtime and by supper it’s dark again. And while we grope around for a light switch our fingers are practically dropping off from being frozen. And seriously, and who can honestly say they’ve never uttered foul words when struggling to push a wheelbarrow through 3 feet of snow and then all the hay falls out? When it comes to our horses, I’m sure they feel the same. I mean, don’t we bundle them up in multiple heavy blankets complete with hoods, and lock them in...

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Losing Races due toEIPH (Bleeders) ?

Losing Races due toEIPH (Bleeders) ?

A Pilot Investigation into the Efficacy of a Polyherbal Composite in Preventing Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH) in Racing Thoroughbreds Dr. Wendy Pearson President – Nutraceutical Alliance Inc. Introduction Exercise-induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH) is a debilitating condition that is ubiquitous among racehorses. Studies have suggested that the condition may be seen in as much as 55.2% of racing thoroughbreds1, and up to 87% in racing standardbreds2. The primary manifestation of EIPH is haemolytic effusion into the alveolar spaces of the lungs. It is commonly believed to be associated with poor racing performance and secondary respiratory infection and/or dysfunction. The mechanistic explanation...

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LIVER Health Redux!

LIVER Health Redux!

Liver Function in the Horse The horse is one of Nature’s most beautiful and mystifying creations. There’s something about that magnificent organization of power and grace that inspires us to a level of wonder unlike any other animal on the planet. It is quite unlikely, however, that we attribute much of the horse’s enchantment to his liver. After all, there’s something decidedly unmagical about offal. And indeed for the casual un-invested observer, a horse’s liver may not warrant any particular attention. But to those of us enslaved by the incalculable power of the horse, a little knowledge about his liver...

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A Helpful & Healthful Treat!

A Helpful & Healthful Treat!

Want to reward your companion but don’t like the idea of molases, saturated fat, unbalanced omega 3’s and toxic sugars for your horse ? Check out our HERBits treats with only 2 ingredients (soluble fibre nature’s original equine comfort food and a real , natural, benificial flavour: Licorice, Spearmint, Cinnamon, Apple or Carrot). Free Shipping, Affiliate and Rewards Program Ask about our free shipping, Affiliate program and HERBucks points for frequent shoppers!

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Pre and Probiotics: Gut Health

Pre and Probiotics: Gut Health

Probiotics and Prebiotics: understanding their unique roles in gut health We’ve all heard about PRObiotics, but increasingly we are starting to see products claiming to be PREbiotics. How are prebiotics different from probiotics, and do they actually contribute to improved gut health? Probiotics have a well-established role in promoting robust gut health, and work primarily by introducing live cultures of ‘beneficial’ bacteria into the horse’s gastrointestinal tract. These bacteria include bifidobacteria, lactobaccilus, and eubacteria, and are considered beneficial because they do not participate, to a significant degree, in the pathogenesis of disease. These beneficial bacteria play a vital role in...

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Mum…”don’t forget the PRE biotics”!

Probiotics have a well-established role in promoting robust gut health, and work primarily by introducing live cultures of ‘beneficial’ bacteria into the horse’s gastrointestinal tract. These bacteria include bifidobacteria, lactobaccilus, and eubacteria, and are considered beneficial because they do not participate, to a significant degree, in the pathogenesis of disease. These beneficial bacteria play a vital role in breaking down non-digestible fibres for the production of volatile fatty acids, which are subsequently absorbed by the horse for energy. Prebiotics, on the other hand, are not live cultures. Rather, they are compounds that are indigestible by the horse, so arrive relatively...

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