RECOVERY & SUPPORT PROGRAM FOR EMS, Diagnosed Cushings & Metabolic laminitis
DAY 1 – Start by feeding L94 at 50ml twice per day in with the regular bucket feed also commence feeding one teaspoonful of TPGS-5 twice per day.
L94 serves as a depurative, stimulating bile production to increase Vitamin E absorption. Feed to gently clear accumulated waste-product congestion, stimulate pancreatic, spleenic and hepatic function and stimulate protein synthesis (turning plant protein into horse protein).
TPGS-5 helps reduce premature cell deterioration (leaky cells) by slowing cell deterioration and prolonging cell shelf life. TPGS-5 strengthens tissue cells increasing mitochondria oxygenation enabling the metabolism to be more efficient and in turn give resistance to more stress and disease.
DAY 10 – Upon completion of L94 introduce P45 at 50ml twice per day and continue feeding TPGS-5.
P45 is formulated to help in preventing chronic low grade laminitis with depurative herbs & Magnesium. Laminitis is brought about by abrupt changes in the diet, by sudden unaccustomed concussive exercise and climate conditions. It can also follow shock and inappropriate hormonal surges as in Cushing’s disease or be due to a poor ineffective metabolism. Magnesium aids to control Cortisol levels, maintain circulation, reduce stress levels & dilate pre-muscular arteries. The most common reasons caused by feeding is when the constitution of the diet changes – grazing affected by rain after a dry spell or by frost, a roughage change, sudden increases in availability or when the balance of the individual parts of the diet alter. Such incidences cannot always be foreseen, however if they can it is suggested that the P45 be doubled for four days proceeding such events and continued for another three to four days after and doubled whenever there is a setback.
DAY 10 – Along with P45 and TPGS-5 introduce VN10 at 15ml twice per day.
VN10 is formulated with two main ingredients Negundi – Vitex negundo and Vitex agnus castus. Both have a good reputation in helping positively decrease ACTH surges. Vitex negundo is classed as an Endocrine herb that affects ductless glands that secrete hormones direct into the blood stream to be borne to other parts of the body chiefly the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands. VN10 helps to lower stress responses and in turn reduce Cortisol levels.
ONGOING CARE – Provide a broad spectrum vitamin and mineral over-feed every day. EquiNourish is the perfect way to provide organic, natural minerals and nutrients in a trickle trickle basis to balance the diet each day & rebuild a poor constitution. In truth all horses should be fed some these days but again it is even more important to Cushing’s and EMS horses. Such minerals and vitamins should include adequate Vitamin C levels and of course if not being supplemented elsewhere in the total diet the all important levels of Vitamin E. Feed minerals and vitamins to at least NRC (National Research Council) recommendations.
Ensure conserved roughage is provided at all time when grazing is not available (many dieticians advocate grazing restriction). Good fibre is essential for the health of any horse however it is even more critical for horses and ponies suffering from Cushing’s or EMS because it may well be their only source of energy. OB Pellets consisting of only fibre or a suitable fibre pencil with no additions will suffice and can be made into a mash if needed. Avoid Alfalfa and Molasses based products.
REDUCTION OF SUPPORT – It may be possible to reduce levels of P45 & VN10 to those of maintenance levels however they will be dependant on changes, incidences & events and may need to be increased to a positive level when symptoms indicate a need to do so.