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Benefits of Harmonize Your Horse

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Horse Gastric Ulcers

Gastroscopic Proof:
Harmonize Reverses Ulcers & Colic in Horses

Harmonize for light horses and picky eaters

In animals that are light and are trying to gain weight, harmonize (when supplemented with good forages and an appropriate feed) will gain weight significantly better. Often times these animals have a propensity for ulcers and tend to be fussy eaters. Harmonize stabilizes gut pH by using a combination of pre-biotics and pro-biotics that allows these horses to eat more freely without feeling the pain of an acidic gut. Harmonize also contains vitamins directly linked to improved metabolism and enzymes that promote greater feed digestibility. Harmonize has shown a remarkable ability to improve weight gain when fed to horses for as little as a month.

Harmonize for Over-Weight horses

How can Harmonize work for both a skinny horse and an over weight horse? Harmonize can replace a grain based feed and still provide your horse with all of the vitamins and minerals necessary. The ingredients contained in Harmonize improve metabolism, and increase insulin sensitivity, which naturally help your horse normalize his ideal weight.

Harmonize's Calming Effects

Much of Harmonize’s calming effects have to do with B vitamin and mineral nutrition. Specifically Thiamine and Magnesium. The levels of Thiamine and magnesium provided in Harmonize meet these requirements and will help calm your horse. Other reasons for a horse’s hyperactivity and lack of calm are addressed in Harmonize as well. Specifically, very active horses are fed at a higher plain of nutrition and tend to have a sensitive digestive system which adds to the problem. Harmonize calms the gut, metabolism and demeanor of the whole horse.

Nutritional Protection

More of what you feed is digested and absorbed by the horse. Lower quality feedstuffs, such as grass hay, are better utilized by the horse with the addition of Harmonize in the diet. High quality grains are used more effectively and more safely when supplemented by Harmonize. There is a great deal of concern within the equine community of what is being termed “Equine Metabolic Syndrome” and its effect on reproduction, hoof health and performance. Harmonize is designed to allow owners to feed less grain and get more out of forages, which is a primary strategy to confront Equine Metabolic Syndrome.

Improves Feed Digestibility

Direct fed microbials, yeast culture concentrates and natural enzymes improve the availability of nutrients in the feedstuffs, thus improving efficiency and digestibility of the diet. A combination of these ingredients are often referred to as prebiotics. More of what you feed is digested and absorbed by the horse. Lower quality feed stuffs, such as grass hay, are better utilized by the horse with the addition of Harmonize in the diet. High quality grains are used more effectively and more safely when supplemented by Harmonize. Thiamine is a key coenzyme for the metabolism of carbohydrates. It tends to be depleted in very active horses and their ability to compete at a top level is marginalized.

This is especially true for horses on high grain, high energy diets. There is a great deal of concern within the equine community of what is being termed “Equine Metabolic Syndrome” and its effect on reproduction, hoof health and performance. Harmonize is designed to allow owners to feed less grain and get more out of forages, which is a primary strategy to confront Equine Metabolic Syndrome.

Protection from Feed Born Toxins

Protect your Horse from Mycotoxins

Natural additives in Harmonize protect the horse from common feed-borne pathogens that cause mycotoxicosis and some forms of clostridial toxicity. Not all feed grains are screened as intensely as we would like for working companion animals. Where there is mold, there can be mycotoxins. Molds accumulate in a wide variety of places in both stored forages and pasture. Mycotoxins derived from moldy feed often cause a wide range of problems. not limited to: loss of appetite, depressed performance, reproductive disorders, organ failure, poor appearance, poor growth, and neurological disorders. Many estimate that over half of all feedstuffs have some accumulation of mold and thus mycotoxins. Performance horses are more susceptible to mycotoxicosis because they are worked harder, stressed more, and grained harder than their recreationally ridden stable mates. Harmonize provides a vital level of protection against many toxins.

Better Nutrition with Antioxidants

Harmonize uses a full complement of organic and highly available trace minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants. The combination and levels of zinc, copper, cobalt, selenium, biotin and Vitamins A, D and E have the following results:

  • Shinier, straighter, and stronger manes and tails
  • Stronger hooves
  • Correct cartilage and joint formation
  • Improved immune functions
  • Improved muscle growth and repair
  • Better oxygen utilization and performance
  • Better conception rates in mares
  • Quicker recuperation

We have to feed our performance horses at a higher-level of nutrition so that they can work at their maximum .potential. Yet we must minimize any harm in how we feed them. What if we could actually make them feel better andwork better with a supplement in addition to their current feed program?

Horse Treatment Preventing Colic

Horse Colic normally causes placid horses to pace and paw at the ground. The pain it brings drives horses to continually lie down and rise, swing their heads from side to side, or grow restless. It is also the number one killer of horses across the country and around the world. What is this common, extremely painful, and potentially fatal abdominal condition? It is known as colic and chances are your horse is more susceptible to it than you may realize. However, there are simple ways to help promote good digestive health and help prevent colic in your horse.

COLIC TYPES:

Contrary to popular belief, colic is not a disease. Instead, it is a combination of symptoms that result from abdominal pain, intestinal displacement, or gastrointestinal obstruction.

Basically, there are three types of colic:

Gas Colic the most common form of colic, occurs when gas collects in your horse’s bowels and causes pain, and sometimes a distended bowel, as it passes. Horses with gas colic will often swing their heads from side to side, stomp their feet, pin back their ears, roll their eyes, and exhibit gassy stomach rumblings.

Obstructive Colic this form of colic is often divided into two categories: impaction colic occurs when food masses, parasites, or other foreign bodies accumulate in the bowels and prohibit passage through the intestines; sand colic occurs when pasture sand or soil is ingested and accumulates in your horse’s gut. Both cause lethargy, restlessness, pawing, excessive sweating, and an absence of normal abdominal sounds.

Twisted Gut this form of colic is caused by a physical twisting of your horse’s intestine. It causes extreme pain, excessive sweating, discomfort, progressive restlessness, and is non-responsive to simple pain relief medication. Each type of colic is serious and potentially life-threatening, oftentimes within a matter of minutes. If your horse exhibits any signs of abdominal pain, contact your veterinarian immediately so he or she can assess the situation. Colic causes Horses have sensitive digestive systems.

Therefore, any number of factors can cause colic in your horse, pony, or other equine. Although all horses are susceptible to colic, regardless of age, sex, or breed, some horses seem to be predisposed to colic due to digestive system anatomy or function.

Regardless, the most common causes of colic include:

Bloodworms (strongyles) that damage blood vessels near the bowel

Roundworms (ascarids) that accumulate and block intestines Sudden diet change that upsets stomach and digestive function

Lack of drinking water that causes food to bind together, causing an impaction

Horses that gulp food without chewing, which often results in impaction

Ingestion of sand or dirt, which accumulates in the intestines

Effective colic prevention relies on good digestive health. Use the following ten steps to maintain proper function of your horse’s digestive system and help prevent colic. However, any immediate change to your horse’s diet, exercise, or daily routine can also cause colic and, therefore, needs to be gradual. Feed a high quality, roughage-rich diet.

Grass is best, followed by hay. Grass or hay should always be available. Feed smaller amounts of grain unless work demands or your veterinarian suggests more. Mimic natural grazing schedules by feeding two or three smaller portions of grain throughout the day, as opposed to one single feeding that overloads the digestive tract. Offer fresh, clean water at all times. Use Stock Tank Cleaners to keep troughs clean and free from insects. Hang a water bucket in your horse stall and fill it daily to encourage your horse to drink. Regularly deworm your horse with a suitable Ivermectin-based wormer.

In addition, pyrantel-based continuous wormers may also help control internal parasites. Offer frequent, if not continual, pasture turnout. Daily exercise is very important. If necessary, build an electric horse fence to help contain your horse while he exercises and plays in the pasture. Use feed pans to lift feed away from sand and other contaminants but still mimic natural, heads-down grazing postures. Elevated wall feeders lift equine food even farther off the ground. Use manure forks and suitable buckets to muck stalls frequently. Also harrow pastures to break up manure and help break the parasite life cycle.

Remove noxious weeds and other indigestible substances from hay, bedding, and pasture grass. Suitable perimeter sprays and traps can kill insects before they invade your horse’s hay or stall bedding. Arrange for regular dental checkups. Properly aligned teeth are better at chewing food, which leads to improved digestion and less chance of impaction. Use digestive supplements to promote beneficial bacteria growth, bulk up fiber intake, and improve digestive health. Some, such as Sand Clear, are even formulated to help flush sand out of your horse’s digestive tract. Calming supplements can also help reduce anxiety that can lead to digestive stress during travel.

Horse Supplements

ANTIOXIDANT OVERVIEW Antioxidants are important for your horse on many levels. Nature supplies antioxidants to protect us from the destructive effects of environmental free radicals. Free radicals are caused by ultra-violet rays from the sun, x-rays, exposure to pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and more. What’s more, free radical damage accumulates with age. Using antioxidants helps slow down and prevent free radical damage that speeds up aging and cell damage. In this process the antioxidant gives one of its electrons to the free radical thereby neutralizing its damaging effect. Since the antioxidant is no longer functional once it gives up the electron, antioxidants need to be given on a regular basis. Antioxidants may be in the form of vitamins, minerals, plant extracts, and other substances. The antioxidants work together to neutralize free radicals. Each one works in a slightly different pathway, so it is best to administer several antioxidants rather than all one kind. Some common antioxidants used in horses, and their major functions, are listed below

Antioxidant Function
Vitamin C Vitamin C particularly binds to nitrates, which play a role in the development of some cancers. It is also called ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbate.
Vitamin E Vitamin E is fat soluble and protects the lipid (fat) parts of the cells such as cell walls and cell membranes. Also called alpha-tocopherol. The Vitamin E requirements for performance and endurance horses are higher than those horses getting less exercise.
Beta-carotene Beta-carotene is a form of Vitamin A. It is one of the most effective and efficient scavengers of a free radical called ‘singlet oxygen.’
Zinc Zinc is a mineral that helps to maintain the health of cell membranes, protecting them from injury from free radicals.
Selenium Selenium is a mineral needed by the body to synthesize sufficient amounts of glutathione peroxidase, which is an important antioxidant enzyme that protects against free radical damage. Works synergistically with Vitamin E. In many areas, selenium is deficient in the soil and in plants. Selenium can be toxic at high levels, however, so be aware of all sources of selenium in your horse’s diet. Consult your veterinarian if there is concern about selenium deficiency or toxicity.

Benefits of Antioxidants Antioxidants protect the body from free radicals, which can increase the risk of cancer, and accelerate the aging process. Antioxidants may slow the progression of some of the behavioral changes we see in older animals. Antioxidants reduce damage to the liver from certain drugs or toxins. Which horses may benefit from supplemental antioxidants? Virtually any horse can benefit from antioxidants. Those horses for which antioxidant supplements are often recommended include:

  • Horses under stress
  • Horses in training or competition (racing, performance horses, and endurance horses)
  • Breeding horses
  • Growing horses
  • Older horses
  • Horses with inflammatory diseases such as arthritis
  • Horses with diabetes mellitus
  • Horses with autoimmune diseases

Immunology

IMMUNOLOGICAL RESPONSE IN HORSES

At its core, Harmonize was developed to elicit a strong immunological response in horses. Quite simply, if your horse’s immune system isn’t working at peak efficiency, he won’t perform at his best, and that is just a fact. When all the building blocks are present to allow an animal to respond to an immunological insult, it is targeted and quickly tamped down. If the immune system is suppressed, the response to the pathogen can linger on and on, making the horse a “chronic” sufferer of whatever the pathogen is. It is important to have the immune system “up regulated” in other words, ready to work when a pathogen is present. This is different than a “stimulated immune system” where the immune system is on high alert for the presence of a pathogen. If this happens over time immune receptors get “burned out” and “down regulate” and are less sensitive to detecting pathogens.

Harmonize supports an innate immune system to be ready to engage pathogens when the pathogens are present and the time is right. Some supplements and drug treatments are only effective for a short period of time as they hyper stimulate the immune system. Some drugs turn off or down regulate proton pumps (GastroGard) – link– that short circuit the horse’s natural physiology all together. If used for too long, the immune system down regulates and is no longer as effective. So why is immunology important for performance? All animals use “triage” of sorts to stay alive.

Triage means dedicating resources to the most important things that keep us alive and then allocating resources like-wise to biological activities that are less important to the survival of the animal. At the top of the triage list is simply staying alive and all else follows, growth, reproduction and then general activity or work. The best way to describe the importance of immune function on performance is how you feel while being sick, like with the flu. Some folks notice that the flu helped them lose weight, which for us is generally a good thing! But for horses it is not. Much of the weight loss for both horse and human when sick is muscle weight. For various reasons that I won’t go into here, metabolism of muscle is favorable to fat during times of stress (find a link for catabolism of muscle during illness). As you have seen with your horse or with yourself, when your horse isn’t feeling right he backs off feed. He backs of feed, he loses weight and certainly doesn’t perform at the level that you know that he can. When they are chronic, it only gets worse. Many horse owners get into a situation of having a horse that is a “hard gainer” or “tough keeper” when in fact they have a “chronic” horse with a compromised immune system. And they are a “hard keeper”.

There is a reason for this! The first line of attack and recognition of pathogens is in the GI tract. As a matter of fact, 70% of all of the horse’s immunological cells are in the GI tract! It makes sense really, most pathogens horses are exposed to come via the feed or something they nibbled on. There are gobs of things that horses get into when we are looking or not. This is why Harmonize treats the horse firstly and most importantly through the GI tract. There are 1,000’s of studies on immunological responses and performance responses across species when the GI tract and nutrition are addressed. Harmonize improve the health of your horse’s GI tract first by restoring the natural micro flora, eliminating and pushing out harmful bacterial and pathogens and then restoring the correct pH or acidity of the GI, especially the hind gut which is so important to the horse (link). We do this naturally or as some would say “homeopathically” and it has worked time and again (link to before and after pics). Then we supplement the correct building blocks for a sound immune system and make them available to the horse, which is much more important than many people think (link to organic trace mineral efficacy in livestock or horses ie Zinpro) Harmonize was meticulously developed to contain the correct ratios and amounts of all of the following nutrients that support a highly functional innate immune system.

Nutritional Impact on the Immune System

Nutrients and Effect

Vitamin A = Antioxidant

Carotenoids = Lymphocyte proliferation

Vitamin E = Antioxidant

Selenium = Antioxidant, neutrophil killing activity

Copper = Antioxidant, association with many proteins

Iron = NK cell neutrophil,& lymphocyte function, antioxidant

Zinc = Antioxidant, associated with over 300 proteins, rapid proliferation of cells

Arginine = NO precursor

Omega 3 fatty acid = proliferation of proinflammatory cytokines

Other compounds/additives Antibiotics, pro-/prebiotic, acids, beta-glucans & MOS

More about Mycotoxins

What Is a Mycotoxin?

A mycotoxin is a toxic secondary metabolite, or organic compound, produced from fungi. Some common mycotoxins include aflatoxins, fumonisins, and vomitoxins. The toxin forms in areas of high heat and humidity, and threatens the health of crops.
Mycotoxin levels can also compromise animal and human health if they are exposed. Scientists or other experts may rely on special tests to detect and prevent the spread of the fungi-based compound. The mycotoxin derives from the fungi family that also grows yeasts, molds, and mushrooms. Fungi can easily develop in most crops because they feature spores, which often thrive in warm, moist climates. According to the National Corn Growers Association, a mycotoxin stands a greater chance of developing if humidity levels in an area range from 62% to 99%, and temperatures reach a minimum of 86° F (30° C). Several types of toxic chemical products exist to contaminate food and feed, but some common ones include aflatoxins, fumonisins, and vomitoxins.
Aflatoxins, which originate from molds in the Aspergillus family, may appear in cotton, corn, and tree nuts. This particular toxin may invade crops after a drastic climate change from dry to wet. Fumonisin molds, which are highly toxic to horses, wine, and poultry, come from the Fusarium family and commonly appear on white and yellow corn. Vomitoxins may form on rye, barley, and wheat, especially during weather transitions from cool to warm temperatures. Also known as a toxic secondary metabolite, a mycotoxin most often appears in open spaces and damp storage areas. The chemical makes its way into farm fields to consume otherwise healthy crops, such as corn, peanuts, and wheat. Damage to the crops may occur during periods of drought, followed by periods of wet weather. Shriveled grains and kernel discoloration are some symptoms that indicate the presence of a mycotoxin. Grain storage areas are also susceptible to mycotoxin contamination, specifically during harvest backlogs, or when an overabundance of grains require longer drying times during the production process. Exposure to mycotoxin levels can interfere with animal and human health. This likely occurs if the animal or human ingests high levels of the toxin through food such as grains. Depending on the type of toxic secondary metabolite, the moldy chemical may cause a disease known as mycotoxicoses. Mycotoxicoses may cause muscle weakness, or kidney and liver diseases. Experts may conduct lab tests to check for toxic chemical products. Testing is often conducted through chemical analysis, which involves the collection of samples. Screening tests also help to identify the toxin.

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