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Spring is on its way here in the east, with spring flowers and beautiful weather to ride. Finally! And along with that comes the curse of grass and all the issues that arise with our PPID (Cushing’s) horses. When I was growing up we looked forward to the spring grass, now I love the flowers, but dread the grass. The webinar looks deeply into the PPID issue and the proper terminology for this condition. All the webinars have been posted to the YouTube channel for listening at any time.
Now, get out and ride/play with your horse/move him or her and yourself! Exercise is the best medicine for most of what ails us these days. 
Be well, stay safe.
~Joyce Harman, DVM

Watch the entire webinar on YouTube


The 4th webinar in a serious presented by Doc's Hemp with CBD for Horses and CBD for Dogs with Joyce Harman, DVM touching on these and much more:
  • Proper Terminology of this Disease, PPID!
  • What Causes the Disease? You will be surprised...
  • Treatments for this Disease both Allopathic and Holistic.
This one-hour video contains a full slide presentation with up-to-date facts about this condition.
Watch it anytime on YouTube. Watch it now or save it for later

Feeding Horses that Have Winter Laminitis


Horses with winter laminitis often have more advanced disease, or are older, than the general group of Insulin Resistant horses or those diagnosed with PPID (commonly known as Cushing’s disease). From a western medical perspective these horses are the most difficult to treat and misunderstood. From a Chinese medical standpoint these are relatively easy cases to understand and treat. READ ON

Nutritional Options for Boosting Your Horse’s
Immune System


Minerals are often coenzymes for immune function.  Most horses are deficient in minerals. Selenium, deficient in many soils, is important due to its role in glutathione peroxidase, important for the development and expression of all white blood cells. Supplementation of 2-4 mg is commonly used.  Zinc has a long list of important immune system functions and also inhibits the growth of several viruses. Zinc is particularly active in the immune functions of the eye and supplementation at 100mg per day is routinely used.
 
Natural sources of vitamin E are found in fresh green grass but decreases in stored hay.  Its immune functions are well documented, and the doses recognized as beneficial to the equine are being raised. Currently 8000-12000 IU is used.  Natural sources (d-tocopherol) have much better absorption than synthetic dl-tocopherol. 
 
The essential fatty acids found in hemp, chia and flax support and regulate the immune system as well as help control weight. In humans, overweight people have presented with reduced immune function.  The same is true to some extent with the horse. Any horse exhibiting skin lesions from allergies will improve significantly with fatty acid supplementation. Flax and hemp oil can be supplemented at a rate of 2-4 oz per day, or whole hemp, chia or flax seeds fed.
 
Vitamin C as ascorbic acid is an inexpensive immune system modulator that is well tolerated by almost all horses. It is usually fed at 4-5 gm per day.
 
Beta glucans derived from many mushrooms are excellent supporters of the immune system.  They tend to be expensive, but some are willing to use mushroom extracts. The dosing is usually two to four times the human dose.
 
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