Revealing Hidden Signs of Compromised Liver Health for Horses
When you think about liver imbalance with your horse, what signs come to mind?
Most commonly you might think of concerns like your horse being lethargic, loss of appetite, neurologic abnormalities, jaundice, or other extreme symptoms or conditions.
Although you’re not wrong… these are signs of failure and disease, not signs of imbalance. Oftentimes as horse owners, we are not taught to heed the subtle signs of imbalance. Which is a phase of concern that the body alerts to BEFORE a state of illness sets in. Most professionals and experts also brush off these tell-tale signs that your horse’s health needs attention.
For the sake of this post and blog series, our focus will be on liver health for horses… Or more appropriately the overlooked signs of liver imbalance. Because once you’re empowered with how to spot these subtle signs of concern, you can take immediate action. Therefore reducing the risk of your horse experiencing more severe symptoms of illness.
The truth is, effective liver health for horses is more than a liver cleanse… Although a gentle liver cleanse for horses is typically beneficial. There is more to optimal liver health and function than that!
Liver Imbalance and Horse Hoof Care?
When you think of horse hoof care… Farriers, trimming, and hoof picking might be the first things to come to mind. But if you shift your focus to what internally contributes to the health of your horse’s hoof, two major factors come into play. Nutrition and circulation.
Yes, nutrition and circulation are two major contributors to hoof health and should be considered when reviewing your horse hoof care and overall health.
If your horse can’t assimilate nutrients effectively supplements won’t help…
And if the blood being circulated isn’t pure or sufficient your horse’s hooves will not improve regardless of topical and external methods utilized.
Your horse’s liver is vital in both nutrient metabolism and the filtration and storage of blood. This explains why hoof conditions ranging from dry cracked hooves, white line disease, thrush, or hoof chipping can all be an expression of a liver imbalance.
Did this first overlooked sign of possible liver imbalance surprise you? Is liver health something you’ve explored to resolve unhealthy horse hooves?
Before you rush out to buy all the latest horse hoof care products or exhaust all the perceived causes of common horse hoof problems. Boosting the health of your horse’s liver could be the secret solution.
Liver Health and the Connection to Equine Ligaments and Tendons
The second most overlooked sign of liver imbalance in horses is connective tissue compromise. Injury, lack of flexibility, or concerns around your horse’s ligaments, tendons, and cartilage is directly related to liver health for your horse.
Your horse’s liver is vital in many synthesis processes within the body… That includes the production of critical proteins such as type II collagen. Firstly, collagen makes up as much as 30% of the protein in your horse’s body. Combine that with the fact that collagen is critical for the health of equine ligaments and tendons; as well as their cartilage and other connective tissue… It becomes abundantly clear that liver function plays a pivotal role in the soundness, mobility, and flexibility of your horse!
I’m curious, did these overlooked signs of liver imbalance cause you to do a doubletake or offer a heightened awareness of the importance of the vitality of your horse’s liver?
If so you’ll want to grab your copy of our free PDF guide – 6 Most Overlooked Signs Your Horse May Be Suffering From Liver Imbalance. Click here or scroll to the bottom of the page and request your free guide now!
One of my mustang’s experienced sign #6 and was at increased risk for #5… which tends to be the biggest shocker for most horse owners I work with. Get a copy of this guide sent straight to your inbox now and see if your horse is expressing any of the signs.
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Until our next post… get out there and enjoy your horse!