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Zen: Customize Your Horse’s Calm

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There are many calming supplements and pastes that address stress in horses. Quite a few use ingredients like Vitamin B-1 (thiamin), magnesium, L-tryptophan, and inositol. These calming ingredients can be effective, which is why...

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Coming Soon from the BioStar Lab: Stress Relief for the Whole Horse

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I have been fascinated by the biology and chemistry of stress since 1983, when the human supplement company I worked for introduced a revolutionary (at the time) stress supplement: the B-complex vitamins together with...

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Medicinal Mushrooms

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Medicinal mushrooms have thousands of years of use as therapeutic foods in Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as in ancient Greece and Egypt. Now they’ve become increasingly popular in the U.S., for therapeutic use...

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Oxidative Stress Reduction for Longer, Healthier Living

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Oxidative stress has been recognized as a contributing factor in fatigue, memory loss, muscle or joint pain, susceptibility to infections, and aging. Oxidative stress is caused by the reactive oxygen species (ROS), otherwise known...

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Feeding your horse’s immune system

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There are specific foods that can aid and support a healthy equine immune system. Stress, nutritional deficiencies, and aging can affect the appropriate functionality of the immune system. This can result in pathogens being able to breach the defense systems of the body.

Stress: can come from environmental factors, chronic conditions such as ulcers, as well as competitions, shipping, injuries, lay up, metabolic imbalances, and daily training.

Nutritional deficiencies: can result from not enough forage and hay, as well as low-quality hay. Deficiencies can also occur when feeding processed feeds if the recommended amount per day is not fed. Some nutritional deficiencies are a result of metabolic issues such as PSSM, EPSM, and HYPP.

Age: older horses can have weaker immune systems due to the aging process.

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