Questions and Answers
I asked how to make her shine earlier and have received several answers like BOSS, Flax seed…. There ar dangers to giving these.
BOSS- omega-6 fatty acids are slightly more inflammatory than omega-3's which have anti-inflammatory properties. So if your horse has arthritis…?
What I am trying to get at is which do you consider safe? And your knowledge on it and its dangers.
Rice bran is the only thing I might feel comfortable feeding. The only one that said anything about that was Rosi.
Is there anyone on here that has knowledge on what they feed and the side affects? Or do you go by what you are told?
Feed your horse good balanced nutrition and she will be as healthy as she can be. With balanced nutrition, there is no need for supplements. Most of the time, supplementation is unwarranted and can actually cause problems, produce an imbalance. In general, the only benefits from supplements is to the manufacturer/seller of the products.
If you want to be certain about nutrition, you have to know what you are looking at and how to interpret the information on a feed bag, have your hay and pasture tested to determine nutritional information. In general, knowing what is really in the feed and free choice grass or mixed grass hay and lots of turn out on pasture and good exercise if good basic care.
You are absolutely correct about the omega 6 content of many fats. It is inflammation producing and should be avoided if the horse has an inflammatory condition (remember, lots of exercise stresses muscle tissue and therefore, produces inflammation – dependent upon schedule – so how many horses would be in this category? Make sense?) While omega 3's are beneficial, you have to be very careful. Omega 3's will go rancid in about 24-48 hours and as I understand it, they cannot really be stablized. So, even if you are buying the best quality feed and it has omega 3's in it, is that a good thing? I have done a lot of investigation and I cannot find anything that says it is acceptable. Again as I understand it, flax seed can be a good source of omega 3's, however, you cannot obtain the good omega 3's unless you boil the seeds to extract the good oil (grinding or giving whole seeds is useless as the oils cannot be absorbed in that state).
My opinion (and from research), bran is not good for your horse – wheat or rice. Too much imbalance in the calcium to phosphorus ratios and rice bran oil is the worst – pure omega 6's. Giving your horse brans can cause such a mineral imbalance that it can cause all kinds of problems. Young horses should never be given a bran product because they are still growing and developing and forming bone matrix – brans are extraordinarily bad/dangerous to young horses.
Again, to improve skin, coat, shine – good balanced nutrition and brush, brush, brush to help your horse's skin release its natural oils.
I never do what I am told. Nutrition for horses is not an easy task and unfortunately, there is little to no regulation for animal feeds. The feed ompanies are trying to sell you a product. Much of what they promote is just false. It takes a great effort to just "do the best you can", but I never take anyone's word for anything. Horses do not metabolize things like humans or other animals so their systems are highly specialized and sensitive. I understand your frustration, but just the fact you are aware and seeking good information indicates you are a responsble horse ower. Take a breath. Rest a while. And never give up. Hope this helps.
My granmother experiences constant and horrible pain from what the doctors claime to be "RA", Rheumatiod Arthritis.
I've hear "humira", but what are the side effects? Aren't some of them bleeding, pretty bad? This seem like a high price 2 pay!
Anyone have any (preferrably natural) remedies that could help??
Also, what's the cause ?? We would like to know why she got it..
It's not Herreditary .. Is it?
Lifestyle changes can help you control the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Here are my basic recommendations:
Follow a low-protein, high-carbohydrate diet; minimize consumption of foods of animal origin.
Eliminate milk and milk products including commercial foods made with milk.
Avoid all polyunsaturated vegetable oils, margarine, vegetable shortening, and products made with partially hydrogenated oils of any kind.
Increase intake of omega-3 fatty acids by eating more cold water fish, walnuts or freshly ground flaxseeds. You may also want to consider taking a fish oil supplement to help keep your protein intake low.
Get regular aerobic exercise (swimming is best for those with rheumatoid arthritis).
Practice relaxation techniques. In addition, visualization can help moderate autoimmune responses, and psychotherapy can help you change emotional states that keep the immune system off balance.
Try hypnotherapy or guided imagery. Look for a therapist willing to take on an autoimmune disease. Meditation and yoga can help, too.
Avoid health care practitioners who make you feel pessimistic about your condition.
Eliminate or reduce intake of coffee and tobacco as both have been liked to an increased risk for rheumatoid arthritis.
Here are specific recommendations for rheumatoid arthritis management:
One at a time, eliminate the following categories of food for two months: (1) all sugar except natural fruits; (2) all citrus fruits; (3) wheat, corn and soy. At the end of each trial period, restore the eliminated items to your diet. You may find that one or more has an influence on your arthritis symptoms.
For symptomatic treatment use aspirin and other over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs.
Take feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) for its anti-inflammatory effect; one to two capsules twice a day.
Use anti-inflammatory herbs. Ginger and turmeric are particularly effective. I recommend Zyflamend, made by New Chapter Inc., which includes both, this can be purchased through drugstore.com. You can continue to take these herbs indefinitely.
Experiment with traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, homeopathy, Native American medicine, and healers.
Try long-term fasting in a facility staffed by experienced health professionals. For additional information on fasting, check out www.dmoz.org.
There are several enzyme based natural anti inflammatory supplements. The bromelain enzyme is derived from pineapple stems. Research by a number of doctors has uncovered proof that it helps break down fibrin, which in turn reduces swelling. Bromelain’s anti-coagulant properties also aids in the reduction of swelling.
Another type that has proven to be an effective anti-inflammatory is serrapeptase enzyme. It is found in the intestines of silk worms. Not only it has been proven to be an excellent alternative for both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, but it has also been used to treat post operative inflammation. Research done in Germany found patients staking serrepeptase experienced less pain and swelling.