Comparison of Cost and Effectiveness of Holistic Care vs. Conventional Care for Horses

Written by Dr. Madalyn Ward, DVM

After years of practicing both conventional and holistic medicine for horses, I decided to comparerepparttar cost, effectiveness, and net results of managing and treating horses holistically versus conventionally.

In this article I compare results forrepparttar 150362 average trail horse that is ridden about 2-3 times a week. I have used average feed and veterinary costs for my area (Austin, Texas), and drug and supplement costs from a major horse supply catalog.

I then discussrepparttar 150363 issues related to each area of care, including feed, supplements, vaccines, dewormers, and first aid. Stay tuned for different profiles in coming months, when I will compare horses in difference disciplines, young horses, older horses, and broodmares.

>>> Holistic Horse <<< Oats (2 lbs/day): $131 Hay (3 bales/week): $780 Super Blue Green Algae (1-2 tsp/day): $156 VEWT, West Nile Vaccinations: $48 Spectrabiotic Natural Wormer: $115 2 Fecal Exams: $32 Acidophilus (for occasional immune support): $7 TOTAL ANNUAL COST: $1269

>>> Conventional Horse <<< Oats (4 lbs/day): $262 Hay (2 bales/week): $520 Hoof Supplements and Dressings ($30/month): $360 VEWT, West Nile, Flue, Rhino, Rabies Vaccinations: $80 Dewormer (6 times/year): $92 2 Bottles Penicillin: $20 A Course of Sulfa Antibiotics: $32 Fecal Exams: $32 12 Grams Bute: $10 TOTAL ANNUAL COST: $1408

COST DIFFERENCE: Holistic care costs $139 less per year DAYS OFF FOR ILLNESS: 3 days for holistic care versus 21 days for conventional care

<><> Feed Costs <><> Grain is slightly cheaper to feed and easier to store than hay, which makesrepparttar 150364 conventional horse slightly cheaper to feed onrepparttar 150365 one hand. Onrepparttar 150366 other hand,repparttar 150367 holistic horse, which has access to more hay, stays happy and entertained and is less likely to develop expensive habits and vices such as chewing on wood, cribbing, or weaving.

<><> Supplements <><> Inrepparttar 150368 past, hay and oats provided allrepparttar 150369 nutrition a horse needed, but these days common farming practices do not produce feeds that are high in vitamins and minerals. Hoof quality isrepparttar 150370 first area to be affected by such poor nutrition, and few horses can maintain healthy feet on a diet of hay and oats alone. If you doubt this, just check any horse supply catalog. The one I checked offered 22 topical hoof conditioners and 28 separate supplements. Cell Techís Super Blue Green Algae offers a wide range of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants in a whole food form. It is inexpensive to feed, promotes healthy feet, and supportsrepparttar 150371 horse in all aspects of health.

<><> Vaccines <><> Some people will choose not to vaccinate at all while others will choose to use more vaccines thanrepparttar 150372 ones Iíve listed inrepparttar 150373 trail horse comparison. I believe that over-vaccination is one ofrepparttar 150374 most common triggers for chronic diseases such as laminitis and uveitis, and contributes to allergic conditions. Stressingrepparttar 150375 horseís system with over-vaccination can also affectrepparttar 150376 digestive system, leading to mineral deficiencies. Stress also decreasesrepparttar 150377 amount of healthy bacterial flora inrepparttar 150378 gut, increasingrepparttar 150379 likelihood of colic.

Dog Agility Training

Written by Joel Walsh

Without agility,repparttar most muscular person inrepparttar 150315 world couldn't win a fight against a fifth-grader. But did you know that for a dog agility is possibly even more important?

With so many of a dog's happiest moments spent running, jumping, catching, and stretching, dog agility training can really help dogs age gracefully and happily.

What is dog agility training?

Youíve probably seen dog agility training on television. The dogs run a course of tire hoops, tunnels, seesaw, dog walk plank, jumps, hurdles, weaving poles, and a 3-meter A-frame. Heeling, sitting, down stays, send-aways as well as walking off leash are also included.

Who can participate?

Anyone with a dog can do agility training. There is not age limit for people or dogs. In fact, children and puppies are encouraged to take part. All breeds and sizes of dogs without a physical disability can benefit from agility training. Be sure to check with your vet before you begin agility training if you have any doubts about your canineís fitness.

What equipment is needed?

You asrepparttar 150316 handler will need comfortable shoes and clothes that you can run in, because this is not exercise forrepparttar 150317 dog alone.

Your dog needs a leather or webbed buckle collar and a leather, nylon or rope lead of fairly long length. Do not use a chain lead; it could get caught inrepparttar 150318 jumps.

Agility Training Courses for Dogs

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