The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man.’ How true! Horses are one of the gentlest creatures that have befriended man from time immemorial. Be it in wars, in carrying loads or in sports, horses have always been next to the man. Even after providing the utmost care, there are times when horses can get affected by many health issues which can be lethal if not treated on time.
Let’s have a look at some of the diseases seen commonly in the equines.
- Desmitis– It is one of the common cause of lameness and the degree of severity is different in forelimbs and hind limbs. There are three types of desmitis:
- Proximal suspensory desmitis– Lesions that are confined to the proximal one- third of the metacarcus mostly seen in athletic horses. In this case, lameness can vary from mild to moderate.
- Desmitis of the body of the suspensory ligament– Mostly seen as an injury of race horses, it is associated with soreness on the forelimb suspensory ligament.
- Desmitis of the branches of the suspensory ligament– Seen in the hindlimbs and forelimbs of all kinds of horses. Symptoms include swelling and at times lameness.
- Laminitis– It is a complex issue wherein the soft tissue or the laminae of the hooves swells up, weakens and ultimately dies. It can affect one or all the four feet and is specially seen in the simultaneous front feet. One of the common symptoms of laminitis is shifting of weight from left to right and signs of lameness when the horse is made to turn in small circles. There can be many reasons for laminitis to occur like:
- Nutrition induced laminitis where the carbohydrate overloaded diet causes the damage in the soft tissues of the finger-like laminae
- Insulin resistance- Higher levels of insulin in horses can also cause laminitis.
- Obesity – Overweight horses are more prone to laminitis.
- Some other factors include colic infections, toxaemia, concussions, equine metabolic syndrome, cold weather etc.
- Mud fever- It has varying causes and symptoms which occurs mostly in warm and wet weather. Mud fever can start off with a mild skin irritation and if left untreated can lead to painful sores causing swelling and severe lameness. Caused by the bacterium Dermatophilus congolensis, it generally starts off in the lower limb and when the same condition is seen starts spreading to the upper parts of the body it are called rain scald. How does it begin in the first place? The bacterium is unable to attack the healthy skin but during the rainy season and winters, the mud softens the skin, causing the skin to chap due to constant wetting and drying. This gives the bacterium an easy entry way.
- Ringworm– A skin infection caused by the fungus Microsporium and Trichophyton species, it starts off as skin lesions or small raised red spots from which the hair is lost. It is transmitted from one horse to another by direct contact, grooming equipment, clothing and infested stables.
- Colic– It can range from a simple pain in the abdomen to a spasm in the colon, gas build up or torsion in the digestive tract. The main cause of this could be a carbohydrate-rich diet which includes processed grains and sweets instead of the natural grass and leaves. Severe cases may lead to colonic ulcers causing the entry of endotoxins in the blood stream, restricting the blood flow to the colon and small intestine. This condition ultimately results in the death of the horse.
Do any of the creatures let alone a horse deserve to suffer from all these conditions? The answer is No. So how does one prevent these health conditions in a horse before it even sets off? Try Mokamine- H from Bagdara Farms which is rich in the two most precious gifts from nature- curcumin and turmerone.
Please read the points below to believe the benefits of the ingredients of the golden spice:
- Due to the anti inflammatory properties of curcumin and turmerone, they can prove to be beneficial to reduce any kind of inflammation caused by arthritis or skin diseases.
- As surprising as it may sound, curcumin also has anti coagulant properties which increases the blood flow to the lower limb and also promotes the growth of the hoof. This is helpful in treating the injuries and infections of the lower limbs and hoofs.
- Curcumin is very potent in neutralizing the free radicals that can give rise to inflammation.
- Since curcumin can suppress the progression of precancerous cells to cancer cells and also carries out the detoxification of carcinogens, it is very beneficial in treating cancer in horses.
The consumption of Mokemine-H should start off in small quantities and gradually increased. For a horse of 500 kg, a heaped tablespoon of turmeric per day mixed with freshly ground peppercorns to increase the absorption of curcumin is recommended. The ingredients can be cooked in milk or water and mixed together. It can also be mixed with apple puree or juice to make it more palatable for the horse.