The Itchies Are Coming!... Whoa - it's not even Winter yet!

The Itchies Are Coming!... Whoa - it's not even Winter yet!
 Now's the time to start planning your strategy to help your horse avoid the misery of the summer itches!  Read more...

The Itchies Are Coming!... Whoa - it's not Winter yet!

posted Dec 18, 2015, 8:36 AM by Patricia Woodbury-Kuvik   [ updated Dec 18, 2015, 8:44 AM]

It's not too soon to be thinking ahead about how to put a stop to the Summer Itchies!
 Now's the time to start planning your strategy to help your horse avoid the misery of the summer itches!  Read more...

Salt is for Winter, Too!

posted Dec 18, 2015, 8:27 AM by Patricia Woodbury-Kuvik


 Even though we don't see signs of salt loss during the colder weather, salt remains an important part of the diet year round. Read more...

NO Laminitis! 2015 a Resounding Success

posted Dec 18, 2015, 8:16 AM by Patricia Woodbury-Kuvik

 If you missed the 2015 NO Laminitis! conference, watch ECIR Horse for recordings and proceedings from the conference.  

NO Laminitis! 2013 Conference - It's a Wrap!

posted Oct 1, 2013, 2:32 PM by Patricia Woodbury-Kuvik   [ updated Oct 1, 2013, 2:36 PM]

Awesome conference, lots of new information.  Some of the best part for me was watching the wonderful expressions as people  saw and heard the latest thinking and research.

Sarah Braithwaite of Forageplus 
"Intelligent Nutrition".  That's Sarah and
her amazing horse Fari on the banner. 
Sarah Braithwaite of Forageplus in the UK joined us this year.  Sarah is one of those people who lights up the room when she enters and she has been a driving force in advancing balanced nutrition and laminitis prevention in the UK.

From Forageplus News:
The Primary focus of the No Laminitis Conference is to prevent laminitis through disseminating information that can help metabolic and endocrinopathic horses.  ECIR is committed to providing high-quality information, with scientific backing and real-life experience.
For a great summary of facts, signs and symptoms and diagnosing Insulin Resistance (IR) and Cushing's disease (PPID) see Sarah's latest news update.

Did I hear hints of a NO Laminitis! UK conference happening next year?

Many thanks to all the organizers, volunteers and helpers at the conference, and especially to those who kept the home fires burning at the ECIR online group to make sure no new members needing help were left behind over the weekend.

The conference attendees were wonderful - it's these folks who will be carrying on the grass roots and "boots on the ground" traditions begun on ECIR by founder Robin Siskel and Elenor Kellon, VMD, supported by science-verified information.

More photos on the ECIR Facebook page plus watch for information on when and where the conference proceedings will be available.  And keep an eye on NO Laminitis! for information on the next conference.

Warm regards,

Patti in Vail, AZ
where I'm almost caught up on lost sleep : )

Read on my blog  NO Laminitis! 2013 Conference - It's a Wrap!
Forageplus - Intelligent Nutrition
ECIR Group on Facebook
NO Laminitis! conference site
Equine Cushings and Insulin Resistance online group - ECIR

Iodine - Too Much or Not Enough?

posted Aug 6, 2013, 6:00 PM by Patricia Woodbury-Kuvik

Let's look at some of the facts about iodine. 

 In the latest issue of a well known equine publication, an article on thyroid dysfunction suggests that "...most equine diets of hay and pasture grass (other than in the Pacific Northwest) contain far more than the daily required level of iodine...", and, in a sidebar, cautions that
supplementation of iodine could worsen a suspected thyroid issue. Also overlooked here is the small but important role selenium plays in thyroid function.
Go to my latest blog entry - Iodine - Too Much or Not Enough? - to see the full picture.

NO Laminitis! 2013 Conference

posted Jul 15, 2013, 4:21 PM by Patricia Woodbury-Kuvik   [ updated Jul 15, 2013, 4:36 PM]

The NO Laminitis! 2013 Conference will be held in Jacksonville Oregon on September 27-29, 2013.  Featured speakers include Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD and Robert M. Bowker, VMD, PhD.  The conference has been approved for veterinary CE Credits in OR, WA and CO.

Tracking Clinical Signs

posted Mar 23, 2013, 12:29 PM by Patricia Woodbury-Kuvik

Not every horse owner has the resources for serial testing - repeated blood work or imaging - to judge the effectiveness of a medication or treatment, but learning how to keep
 an ongoing objective assessment record can be a valuable tool for working with your veterinarian and keep both of you from guessing if a treatment is effective.  

Thyroid Misconceptions in Horses

posted Mar 23, 2013, 12:21 PM by Patricia Woodbury-Kuvik

How do you know if your horse is getting enough iodine and selenium - minerals essential to thyroid function and the health of your horse? First, read Dr. Kellon's article on Thyroid Misconceptions in Horses, then look at your feed and supplement program to determine if your horses get enough (or too much!) of these important nutrients.

Get Ahead of the Allergy Season!

posted Mar 23, 2013, 11:26 AM by Patricia Woodbury-Kuvik

Check out Allergic Skin Reactions - a nutritional approach  There may be some help in the feed bucket with some common sense basics that have tried and true track records - thanks to the teachings of Equine Nutritionist Eleanor Kellon, VMD.  MORE...

Yummy Yummy - but good for your horse's tummy?

posted Jul 20, 2012, 6:18 PM by Patricia Woodbury-Kuvik   [ updated Jul 20, 2012, 6:20 PM]

Yummy Yummy - but good for your horse's tummy?  

I often see articles and posts on various horse groups encouraging the feeding of fresh fruits and veggies to your horse. Many think this provides an oft times missing link to "live" foods that many hay fed horses miss out on. But is this really a good practice?

I scoured the internet - well, I went through the first 3 or 4 pages of related search arguments about safety of fruits, veggies and greens for our horses - and came up with a lot of comments, lists and opinions but not one which was documented and referenced. 

Shotgun Equine Nutrition to the rescue! My compadre Claire recently took the time to review and find source material to come up with a list: Fruits and Veggies for your Horse: What's safe and what's not... 
This downloadable pdf can be printed and stored in your feed room or kitchen - or wherever you might prepare fresh snacks for your horses.

While a few of the veggies listed in the "Avoid" group are considered "safe" in small amounts by some fresh veggie advocates, knowing that experts in toxicology consider them potentially poisonous for horses would have me leery of even considering them.  But the list of yummy things your horse can enjoy is long enough that the "avoids" certainly won't be missed.

Best regards,

Patti in Vail AZ
where Dreamer thinks she heard someone say "Strawberries for dessert? Yum!"

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