5 Horses with all kinds of issues:
Rain Rot, Severe Heaves, Cushings, Ulcers,
Weight Gain, Shiny Coat, Allergies
John Dowdy: Hello and welcome to another Equinety podcast. I am super excited for this one. Now, we're going to swing down into eastern Florida at Ormond Beach. Susanna Raymond, who runs a rescue a facility, S&P Stables Inc. and Horse Rescue. Susanna, welcome to the call.
Susanna Raymond: Thank you so much for having me. I'm very excited about being on this podcast to tell my stories about Equinety and how it's helping our horses here at the rescue.
John Dowdy: Oh, that's great. So with you running a rescue facility, tell us how long you've been doing that and what that's been like for the last two and a half years.
Susanna Raymond: Well, we've been running it for approximately two and a half years here in Ormond Beach. We have approximately 25 horses here in our center now; we have two out in training. We work really hard to get these horses into a good situation, whereas their weight is where it should be, the horses look good, the horses have energy. We're just trying to keep everything going for the benefit of the horses. We have different horses coming in in different states of nutritional value states, some emaciated, some owner surrenders, some agriculture facilities bringing them into us. So we have them coming in and all different states of nourishment.
John Dowdy: Right, and as I understand, then today we're going to talk about five different horses that you've got on the Equinety. Let's start with Mr. T, as you refer to him as.
Susanna Raymond: Tyrone.
John Dowdy: Tell us about him.
Susanna Raymond: Tyrone came in as an owner surrender. There was two horses. The other horse was in very good shape. Tyrone was very underweight. He also suffers with a very large thyroid goiter, it's about the size of [inaudible 00:02:03] on his neck; emaciated; rain rot; and very minimal teeth. Truthfully, we were really afraid of how his outcome was going to be because he is a senior horse. He's 23 years old and you know, having minimal teeth, it makes it very difficult as far as feeding wise. You have to soak the meals and everything like that.
But we started him on the Equinety because we were doing him some reading up on it and I said, "Well, maybe this would be worth trying for him since he has such little teeth and maybe we can see something." We were starting him off on the two scoops a day, and little by little, we were seeing the change. I mean, he blossomed totally. Totally different coat. I mean his coat was so rain rotted that we were afraid that we weren't going to get that shine back. He's blossomed; nine weeks and he is blossomed to this beautiful Arabian ...
John Dowdy: On our website, which is at teamequinety.com ... and we're going to have this podcast listed on there, and it's also listed on iTunes and Spotify and some other places as well ... But on our website below this podcast, we'll have everything transcribed. I'm also gonna put some pictures of Tyrone on there because I'm looking at them right now and holy smokes, he does not look good. What the first pictures that you sent me and the after pictures, it doesn't even look like the same horse.
Susanna Raymond: Correct, and that was just it. That first picture, the one that he's so emaciated looking, that was on his first day here. We were cleaning him up, giving him a bath, turning out his mane because it's all mangled, and cleaning up his tail as well. The second picture is him on the Equinety now with us for nine weeks.
John Dowdy: Wow.
Susanna Raymond: So it's an amazing transformation, how much he's blossomed using this product and we are still so amazed how well he's doing. I mean he's eating, he's doing everything. He's actually running around with all the other horses now. It's amazing.
John Dowdy: Yeah. Now let me ask you this question because you know, anybody that's been in the horse business for any length of time, you can take a horse that is in really bad shape and you know, you just give them some good quality care and feed and in 30, 60, 90 days they can look like a different horse.
Susanna Raymond: Correct.
John Dowdy: Now based on your experience with doing this for two and a half years ... now, you've only been using the Equinety for a couple months now, what would you say has been the biggest change from not using Equinety for almost two and a half years to now using it? What have you seen the big difference there, just by adding the Equinety?
Susanna Raymond: Well, I see the difference that it's not taking as long to get the results as before, and that is the biggest thing, is it's now adding a difference to these horses in a faster time span. I'm seeing a lot faster. The horses have more energy once we've started them, and that is the first biggest change that I've seen is how much their personalities are starting to blossom once they started taking this. They're changing their personalities, their mood, just their activities beyond with the other horses. It has been a big change.
John Dowdy: Sure. So they're healthier, they're happier, they're blossoming faster, right?
Susanna Raymond: Yeah.
John Dowdy: So let's go into the secondary horse. We've got five now, with five horses. Let's talk a little bit about palatability. How, how of all five of these horses taken to the product?
Susanna Raymond: Very well. I'm surprised because I've done some other supplements for these horses before, and different aspects of, you know, doing a powder, a pellet, and things like that. Most of these horses have poo-pooed everything away. Basically, they would turn their nose up and walk away, won't even touch their food. So this is a, especially with the one with the heaves, I've tried other heaves products for her, and nothing. She would not even go near the feed because it somehow would either smell funny or tasted funny, but this one, she's actually eating and she's enjoying it. She goes and looks for her buddy that she can steal his from, but it's amazing.
John Dowdy: Right.
Susanna Raymond: It's amazing. I'm very pleased with that because usually it's always a fight. You know, that you try to mix it, and now it's just throw it right on top of the feed and they're eating it all without any issues.
John Dowdy: Yup. Right. So you mentioned the horse with heaves. Tell us about that.
Susanna Raymond: Oh yes. We've had, we had Stassi now for about a year and a half. She came to us with severe heaves. We didn't realize how bad it was, but when she came to us and she was with us and we were given a bottle of dexamethasone to administer as soon as the first sign of heaves came. Well, her heaves was so, so severe, even the dex wasn't working. And you know, you don't want to keep a horse on a daily routine of dex because it's just not good for them.
So we went on to try another product for her, which was an allergy and respiratory product for equines. No change. We've gotten as far as respiratory mask and breathing treatments, nothing was helping her.
This is the first time since we've gotten her that she has not lost weight. She is breathing, she has shown no signs of heaves whatsoever. We are so pleased, it almost brought tears to my eyes when I'm watching her now out there, but not one sign in this extreme heat of over a hundred degrees with the humidity as high as it's been every single day. She's maintaining her weight, she's eating, and we have not had coughing or breathing problems whatsoever.
John Dowdy: And you've been battling this for a year and a half?
Susanna Raymond: Yes.
John Dowdy: Wow and just in nine weeks with this-
Susanna Raymond: Yup.
John Dowdy: Wow. Yeah.
Susanna Raymond: And we are so surprised and so pleased because she's out there. She's eating, she's happy. She was actually out yesterday chasing one of the other horses around, which I've never seen her do in so long because it was always a battle with the heat. Always a constant battle of ... you know, even trying to put her in a stall with a fan blowing, it wasn't helping, misting her down wasn't helping, but now she is blossoming and it is amazing. I have to say, for the first time I've found a product that actually works for her heaves.
John Dowdy: Wow, that's ... Well, I know there's going to be a lot of other people that are going to be excited to hear that because I know it's a battle, trying to find something-
Susanna Raymond: It is. It is, and dealing with that has been a very big issue and I'm very pleased with the outcome on that.
John Dowdy: Sure. Wow. Okay. Let's go to the next problem child, which is-
Susanna Raymond: Cushing's.
John Dowdy: Cushing's, yes. Okay. Tell us about that.
Susanna Raymond: Yes, we have horse that has had a battle with Cushing's and she really has had an issue as far as keeping her coat from thickening up and curling up on us and just, you know, she'll choke every so often because of the Cushing's as well.
We were doing the routine of putting one dark beer a day into her feed at nighttime, which was helping, but it didn't help it enough. So I put her on as well on the Equinety, and I am very pleased to say that we have not been fighting this issue as far as her coat growing out. We are not finding the issue as far as her choking, as she was with the Cushing's. Her coat is maintaining. It is not growing out, it is not long, it is not thick, it is just where it should be. We're happy to say that she is out there running around with all the other horses doing the same thing as the other ones.
John Dowdy: Wow. So you wouldn't even ... somebody that would walk up and see this horse, would they even know that there's any Cushing's involved here?
Susanna Raymond: None whatsoever.
John Dowdy: Okay. You know what, this is ... We may have to stop right now, Susanna, because this is sounding too good to be true. But we're not going to, we've got a couple other horses to go here, so, well let's go. Let's talk about the fourth one.
Susanna Raymond: Okay. We have one that suffers with occasional ulcers, which also has an issue as far as maintaining its coat, so we tried it on him. He was a thoroughbred on OTC B. Every so often he would not want to eat, his stomach would bother him. We started doing the Equinety once a day, one scoop a day for him. We noticed that the issue that he was getting with these ulcers wasn't bothering him anymore. I mean, yesterday ... Whenever there was a change in the weather, this horse would be down in his stall at feeding time. He wouldn't want to get up to eat because his tummy bothered him. I decided one day when he did that, I put a scoop into his feed, put him out of the stall and let him just to eat his breakfast at the fence line. Well lo and behold, he ate it. He never went back down again complaining about his tummy problem. We started doing it once a day with him, one scoop a day with him, and we have not had a problem with him since then, even when the temperature changes.
John Dowdy: Wow.
Susanna Raymond: He's maintaining a beautiful coat as well.
John Dowdy: Then the mane and tail as well is growing out and looking good?
Susanna Raymond: Correct, yes.
John Dowdy: Yeah.
Susanna Raymond: Yeah.
John Dowdy: Holy smokes. All right. Let's get right into the fifth horse here. What was going on with this one?
Susanna Raymond: The fifth one's just had a problem that .... with the rain rot constantly and some kind of allergies, skin allergies or whatever was going on, always rubbing, rubbing, rubbing. We've decided to start to a scoop of it a day as well, and lo and behold, she is not scratching anymore. Her coat is growing in nicely. Her mane and tail, because she was rubbing so much, it has grown in nicely, and we're happy to say that it has been working with the one scoop a day for her.
John Dowdy: Nice. Nice. Now for those of you who are tuning in for the first time and listening to this one, which you might be asking yourself, how can this product do so many things for so many different horses? Well, the thing that's unique about Equinety and why it helps with so many different scenarios, and one of the best examples that I've come up with is, you know, if you're dealing with ... we'll say in your case, heaves for example. You're gonna try whatever particular thing is on the market to try to help with heaves. Then you've got a Cushing's horse and you're going to try to help with whatever that particular issue is. We're as horse owners and we're trying to target the specific issue. Well, with Equinety and the amino acids Equinety are specifically put together and formulated to stimulate the pituitary gland.
The pituitary gland is the master gland on the body, which releases the hormones, which then help the body heal at a cellular level. So when those hormones are released, the body is deciding where the best place is to send those hormones for the healing. So it's customizing to each horse and the body knows better than we do, where the healing needs to happen.
In short, and we've got videos on our website, they go into a lot more detail, but that's really why, in a short way of saying, why this product works. Although it may sound too good to be true, when you kind of understand what's going on from a scientific level, why this product is helping and in so many ways. It's just, it's really, really exciting, Susanna, to have you on and share these stories. I know there's a lot of people that are going to benefit in a lot of ways.
Susanna Raymond: Right, right, and like I said, especially with the one with the heaves, oh my goodness, it is a miracle for her. A miracle. I mean, I'm so pleased at her not showing any signs this very, very first time, and it almost brings tears to my eyes every time I look at her.
John Dowdy: Yeah. Out there, running around and happy and being the horse that she needs to be.
Susanna Raymond: Yes, exactly. Exactly.
John Dowdy: Well, Susanna, thank you so much for taking the time to share these Equinety. stories. Again, I know there's going to be a lot of people that will benefit from hearing it because I know there's a lot of people that battle these same types of things, so thank you so much.
Susanna Raymond: Thank you very much for having me on, and allowing me to share my stories on Equinety with my horses.
John Dowdy: You bet. That's a Susanna Raymond with S&P Stables Inc. and Horse Rescue in Ormond Beach, Florida. Thank you, Susan.
Susanna Raymond: Thank you.
John Dowdy: All right.
Susanna Raymond: Bye-bye.
John Dowdy: Bye-bye.
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