Hurdlers are steeplechasers and point-to-point horses. They jump obstacles at speed and this puts them at particular risk of tendon and ligament injury as well as fractures of the splint bones. They may also suffer muscle strains and tears.
Management problems may include colic and tying up. They may also suffer coughs and colds due to viruses as the result of a stressed immune system, with travelling and exposure to other horses being contributory factors. Exercise induced pulmonary haemorrhage (EIPH) is another problem that this performance class may suffer.
In addition to a balanced mineral and vitamin supplement, possible helpful inclusions would be glucosamine, and MSM, to aid tissue repair.Available in CHF (Condition Hoof & Flex)
The suggested herbs and spices can be supplied for use while resting or allowing a withdrawal period.
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- Cayenne: Benefits circulation and is effective in the treatment of muscular pain. It also stimulates the action of other herbs.
- Chromium yeast: Reduces insulin production and lowers blood glucose resulting in a calmer more disciplined horse and thereby an improved performance.
- Ginger and Liquorice: Used in the treatment of indigestion and for strengthening the respiratory system.
- Dandelion root: A digestive aid, which promotes circulation, detoxifies and is a natural diuretic.
- Garlic: An effective anti-microbial plant acting on bacteria, viruses and alimentary parasites. It lowers blood pressure and improves cardio-vascular health and stimulates cell growth.
- Echinacea: Boosts the immune system.
- Comfrey and cayenne: Help to stop bleeding and are suggested in cases of internal haemorrhage.