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Soft Tissue And The Dressage Horse

Dressage places unique demands on the tendons, ligaments, fascia and muscle The exquisite control and at times suspension required of a dressage horse seems effortless during a good performance but in reality requires tremendous muscular strength, nervous system coordination and … Continue reading

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The Science Behind Uckele Muscle EQ

When I formulated the new Uckele Muscle EQ supplement I wanted to go beyond the usual topline support to also target suboptimal muscle function that often underlies loss of muscle,  failure to build muscle and exercise-related cramping. From lean Arabians to … Continue reading

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Neuromuscular Support Nutrients

Your horse’s health, happiness and performance depend on normal functioning of the nervous system and muscles.  All nutrients have a role to play but some are particularly important. Vitamin E is an antioxidant which becomes incorporated directly into the membranes … Continue reading

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Topicals for Temporary Exercise-Related Muscle Soreness

When anything is bothering their horse, the tendency of many people is to look for a drug to take care of it but in the case of muscle soreness hands-on therapy is not only an option – it’s often more … Continue reading

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Feeding Muscle

You can’t improve on Mother Nature when a horse is performing well but many horses struggle to live up to the goals we have for them.  The tendency is to focus on lameness and look for sources of pain, which … Continue reading

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When Winter Brings Stiffness

Many of us experience noticeable body stiffness in cold weather. It should be no surprise that horses do too. Your horse doesn’t have to be a  senior or have pre-existing problems to develop seasonal winter stiffness – although those things … Continue reading

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Reconditioning the Older Horse

Horses have tremendous athletic potential but they did not evolve to do most things we ask of them and conditioning is necessary.  On the flip side, periods without work lead to deconditioning and care should be taken to get the … Continue reading

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Acetyl-L-Carnitine – The Powerful, Versatile Nutrient You Never Heard Of

Acetyl-L-carnitine is a metabolite of L-carnitine, derived from the amino acid L-lysine in a series of reactions which require cofactors of methionine, zinc, iron, vitamin C, niacin and vitamin B6. It is synthesized in the horse’s liver, kidney and brain. … Continue reading

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Magnesium and Your Horse

The importance of magnesium was ignored for many years but appreciation has grown with our understanding of the vital functions it fulfills. Magnesium normally has a stabilizing effect in the nervous system Like calcium and phosphorus in the skeleton, magnesium … Continue reading

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Seasonal Winter Stiff Joints in Older Horses

Retired seniors that are holding weight and getting around comfortably in the warmer months can experience greatly reduced strength and mobility in the cold, to the point they may have difficulty getting up. The explanation for this is multifactorial. Reduced … Continue reading

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