Have you ever seen a horse that pees frequently? Or struggle to pee? Like stretch out and nothing happens? Or how about never seeing your gelding drop? What is going on with these horses?!
In the past 50 years, we have seen our horses’ diets change dramatically. Remember what your parents or grandparents fed their horses? I bet it was something that looked like food to a horse, and they could find it while grazing. That’s another thing horses use to be able to do — graze. When they did, they were able to choose from a variety of plants that weren’t tainted with herbicides and insecticides. Beyond this, the emotional well-being that horses get from grazing is huge. So as today’s horses have fewer acres to graze on, are getting fed more concentrated feed, and live in smaller pens, more health problems are beginning to arise. One of these problems is urinary issues.
The most common urinary issues that we see are thick urine, frequent urination, dirty sheath, swollen sheath, tenderness over loins, and stocking up. We believe that this comes from the diets and environments that today’s horses are in.
These horses require more support for their kidneys and urinary system. This system is responsible for getting impurities out of the body through the urine. When this system is not getting the proper nutrition, impurities get backed up and the filtering systems stops working as well, causing these issues.
So if we are not giving our horses anything to be supported in this way, they aren’t getting it. That is why we suggest our #37 Kidney Support to SO MANY people for their horses. The herbs in this combination are designed to support and maintain the proper detoxification process and function of the kidneys and urinary system.So what else should we be doing? Ideally, it would be great to have thousands of virgin acers for our horses to graze on; however, that isn’t a reality for most, but that doesn’t mean that all is lost. Preferably we want to provide as much variety for our horses as we can. When feeding hay, provide lots of grasses in the hay and some alfalfa. When feeding grain, stay wholesome. Get away from the sweet feeds and processed feeds. We are big promoters of whole oats. Most horses do great on them, and they serve the horse in so many ways.
So next time you see your horse or someone else’s have thick urine or struggling to pee, know that they are asking for some help. Help in perhaps their diet, but also supplementing something into their diet that they are currently not getting.