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Posts by Dr. Schell

Hoof Health and Soundness in the Horse: Personal Observations

“No Foot, No Horse”.  This is a common saying throughout the years that has stood the test of time and has remained truthful in many regards.  The fact is that the horse is highly dependent upon their feet and thus, the external hoof capsule, for overall soundness and quality of life.  The concept of hoof…

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Equine Arthritis and Bone Deterioration; Is It Reversible?

Equine arthritis and bone degenerative changes are all too common in the horse industry.  These changes can impact any joint, but commonly found in the fetlock, carpus or knee, hock or tarsus, stifle, hip and back region.  The navicular bone and coffin bone are also commonly impacted and associated with navicular disease and pedal osteitis. …

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How Important is Gut Health in My Horse?

Wow!  That is a very important question!  How important is your horse’s gut health?  What do you believe as a horse owner?  For some owners and horses, the connection is real, such as in the case of ulcers, recurrent colic, or irritable bowel type of conditions, but for others, it may not be so obvious. …

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Managing Inflammation in the Horse; When to Cut Back

You want your horse sound and healthy, right?  Not an easy request in many cases due to ongoing inflammation in the horse, which is very complex and multi-faceted.  This process can impact their joints, back, neck, feet, behavior, and digestive tract.  It can reach even further over time, when unregulated, and impact the proper function…

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Vitamin C; The Answer to Cancer in Dogs?

Vitamin C is a well known nutrient, being found in many fruits, vegetables and from synthetic sources. This nutrient is a potent antioxidant and vital for many cellular functions, including tissue repair and immune health.  Many dog owners likely don’t give vitamin C a second thought, regarding their dog’s health, cancer, or even recovery from…

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Pedal Osteitis in the Horse

Pedal osteitis is a common condition in the horse, resulting in ongoing foot pain and lameness, which can be extremely limiting to athletic performance.  The end result for many horse owners is rest, specific shoeing strategies, medications, and in some cases surgery is warranted.  Despite these treatment options, many horses do improve in their soundness,…

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Managing Insulin and Leptin Resistance in the Horse

Insulin and leptin resistance are very common in the horse suffering from equine metabolic syndrome.  Although the increase in levels of these two hormones is due to inflammatory changes on a cellular level, the rise in levels can contribute to various health problems in the horse.  Many horse owners that own horses with insulin or…

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Insulin and Leptin Resistance in the Horse

Insulin and in more recent years, leptin, have gained much attention among horse owners for a variety of reasons.  In most cases, the two hormones are often associated with metabolic syndrome in the horse and the increased risk of laminitis.  Despite the increased attention to both insulin and leptin, many horse owners are often at…

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The Equine Gastrointestinal Microbiome; Promoting Balance

The equine digestive or gastrointestinal microbiome is a vast organ system within an organ system, that can greatly impact horse health and soundness.  It is a complex system of hundreds of different microorganisms that not only impact digestion, but overall health and inflammation within the horse. When this system is out of balance, a dysbiosis…

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Equine Digestion, Gut Health, and Impact on Disease

Digestion.  It is a simple, yet, very complex process in the horse that is often overlooked by owners and veterinarians.  We often see it as just being a matter of putting food into the mouth, then the stomach, and all will be well in the end.  Although that concept is rather simple, the process is…

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