Equine care website Holistic Horse recently published a thoughtful article written by certified naturopath Dr. Cassie Schuster, addressing the value of integrating whole foods into our horse’s diet. Whole foods are considered those that are unaltered by humans, remaining in their simplest and purest form. The assimilation and digestion process of whole foods in the body is far more efficient than processed forms of food, making them an attractive alternative to synthetic or fractionalized equine supplements.
Despite any obvious diseases or ailments, many owners find that their horse is “not quite right.” Chronic or long-term health issues in horses can often be the root of nutritional deficiencies or imbalances that go frequently unnoticed in a typical veterinary analysis. Schuster advises readers that an appropriate combination of various whole foods can help correct these problems and improve your horse’s overall body function and soundness.
In a case involving a sore and girthy horse named Daisy, Schuster examined Daisy’s blood work and reasoned that the problems stemmed partially from an inefficiency in the body’s ability to process glucose. To counteract the inefficiency, easily digested sources of protein are needed to slow down the rate of glucose entering the bloodstream. Enter: chia seeds. Within one month of introducing chia and other whole foods into the Daisy’s diet, she appeared much more relaxed and far less sore.
Schuster brings the subject of natural ingredients to light at a time when much of the industry is turning to processed equine supplements. While whole foods seem overly simplistic and too easy to many horse owners, she sites that “live, whole foods are the only way to build long term health.”
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