There are many factors to consider when evaluating a horse's health, whether we examine its joints, blood, muscles, leg structures, lungs, intestinal tracts or any other parts of the body. Any malfunction in your horse's condition affects its racing performance. Therefore, preparing your horse for events is important to convert any health issues into a state of high performance. The best tool to handle this conversion requires a specific combination of supplementation, training and therapy. Event horses may have to overcome the following Steps:
1) AEROBIC PROCESS
The Aerobic Process for your horse consists of three phases; Oxygen intake, Oxygen transport, Oxygen consumption. We cannot live for more than 3 minutes without oxygen; it is the key to life. This is why the aerobic process is the primary and ultimate step considering how to fully vitalize your body. VO2 is the volume of oxygen your horse's body is able to handle. VO2 become the “holy grail” of top cyclists since it measures O2 and CO2 levels after going through these phases.
Phase1 - Oxygen intake (lungs) – Healthy lungs is a primary goal for extracting the maximum amount of the oxygen from each breath of air. Excessive bleeding and mucus build-up interferes with quality of oxygen inhaled by your horse. When used on an event day, breathing supplement enhances your horse's use of oxygen. Another benefit of using breathing supplement daily is it may repair and enhance lung tissue. The following equipment may help to heal lungs: breathalyser, nebulizer, ozonator, etc.
Phase2 - Oxygen transport (bloods) – Normal blood counts use 20% of available oxygen per breath. Increasing the amount of red blood cells exponentially raises the amount of oxygen captured for muscle energy. A higher red blood cell count also removes excessive by-products (CO2) from your horse's lungs. Blood count supplements target the quantity of red blood cells, which transports more oxygen or by-products. The following equipment helps blood to adapt to an optimum oxygen intake: high altitude system, bar chamber, etc.
Phase3 - Oxygen consumption (muscles) – When ATP energy is needed for muscle contraction, the cell's powerhouse (mitochondria) mixes glucose with oxygen. The more mitochondria’s present within the cells, a greater amount of energy produced. It is possible to increase the quantity of mitochondria by Burst Interval Training (ex. 30-60 second sprints, 5-minute walks, repeat 3 times or more.). Interval training should be done every two days for the best benefits. It is important to maintain high levels of fuel (glucose) through a good nutrition program, or Carbs upload system. If mitochondria receives the necessary oxygen (O2) and glucose (CH2O), the only results are H2O (water that is sweated out) and CO2 (carbon dioxide that is exhaled out).
As long as Step (#1) is under control, the body should run in homeostasis. However, if demands on the body are supply with lower oxygen ratio to fuel than acid will be created and further oxidizes cells and so on with the following deterioration steps.
2) CELLS ACIDIFICATION
The first deterioration step is an oxygen level lower than what an exercise demands; when the cell’s conversion creates an incomplete breakdown of fuel, it results in the creation of acids. By-products consist of lactic acids or other types of acid, depending on whether the body's fuel is glucose or (fat and protein).
Option1 - Low Oxygen – The cleanest fuel is a carbohydrate. A horse's body fuel undergoes a cascade of conversion from food-meal to nutrients to glycogens (energy storage) to glucose (transportable energy) and ATP (cellular form of energy). When there is a lack of oxygen, the by-products of glucose is lactic-acid. Our bodies offer some natural buffers (carbonic-acid cycle) are in our bloodstream to convert lactic-acids into CO2 and H2O. Another way, the liver buffers (citric-acid cycle) can handle part of the lactic-acid, and converts it to glucose. But there is a limit known as the "lactate threshold.” If too many acids or not enough buffers are implemented, then the acid accumulation triggers the entire body’s metabolism to slow down, and creates a feeling of fatigue. The best way to alleviate this issue is increasing oxygen (as per step #1), or supplementing with an extra buffer upload.
Option2 - Low Oxygen and Glucose – Horse preparation is not always perfect, so oxygen and glucose may not be optimal and energy will be supplied by other means. A horse’s body also contains fats and protein, which may be used for energy resulting in the diversion of proper metabolism. Using fats releases more energy than glucose, but they also need more cascade conversions; this surcharges the metabolism during an event. Also, burning fat requires more oxygen, which is not always available. Another inconvenience is this produces more and different type of acid by-products (something the body cannot recycle). Burning fat can be if done so at slow pace, but burning at high speeds is an inefficient use of energy. Another option is burning protein, an important part of the cells. But this breaks the cells internally in order to produce is own energy. Also, a big disadvantage of burning protein is the production of very toxic acid by-products. We should avoid burning fat and protein since this acidifies cells in the wrong way. One solution is the Carbohydrates upload supplements, which provides the following: clean sustainable energy, stabilized blood sugar levels, promotion of the storage of glycogen in muscles, assistance in the gradual release of glucose, and increased endurance.
3) CELLS OXIDATION
Running at high speeds can eventually result in running out of oxygen and buffers, which results ending with Free-Radicals. A free-radical is an acid (CH+) or oxidant (O--) molecule in search of electrons to rebalance. The oxidant binds to a cell’s membranes, thus reducing the exchange nutrients coming in and out. Acids are trapped in extra-cellular plasma, and then they interact with incoming oxygen and create more oxidants. This chain reaction eventually blocks the cell’s respiration completely; as a result, muscles may contract but not release. This is what we normally call “hitting the wall”, “tie up”, “muscle cramps”, or “strenuous effort”.
Diuretics prior event are useful to flush out the kidney, which will filter the body fluid and retain further acids. Using antioxidant upload supplements on a daily basis is a new approach to racing and life in general. Antioxidants work at the cellular level to rebalance any free-radical, in order to bring the cell to respiration. Universities have found 10-30% increases in the racing performance success rate with this new daily upload system. They discovered horses also have more buffers storage than it needs during an event, and does not have to rely on actual blood content.
We may notice the food-meal engaging in excessive acidity or wrong acid; if it is not buffered down, this promotes oxidation. The preferable choice is alkalizing foods and feeds that do not overwhelm stomach acid. We conclude that excess of oxidants occurring later within the cells may change the role of the mitochondria which cause a “dying cell” effect.
4) TISSUE INFLAMMATION
At this point, cells are under stress, and switch to protective mode. The basic concept of inflammation is our body increases blood flow to damaged areas to introduce the immune system. The goal being to clean up: acids, oxidants, damaged cells; as well as toxic chemicals or pathogens. The familiar signs of inflammation; heat, irritation, pain, redness, and swelling, is the effect from your white blood cells being affected, in order to make repairs. The use of therapy is beneficial to keep the area under control; various methods utilize cold water, clay application, sweat and light liniments.
Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection. If a body part that malfunctions is not healed then inflammation becomes widespread to slow other parts. This provides more resources in order to repair the damage areas. Inflammation is a complex mechanism that progresses within the body for its own protection, but has a tendency to reduce the entire life force towards the external environment. If inflammation is widespread, this Step becomes the hidden killer that deteriorates a body into serious health problems. This is one reason why so many horses induce bleeding lungs; the result of blood pressure breaking a horse’s lungs blood vessels is due to increased inflammation. - In order to help any situation, general anti-inflammatory supplements usage and proper rest is necessary.
5) ORGAN DISEASE
Organs are group of tissues build in a distinct structure to accomplish certain functions. (Lung, Heart, Blood System, Kidney, Skin, Intestine, Glands, etc.) Disease is a change in the structure and the function of an organ that results in a specific symptom. Diseases are caused by the inability of immune systems to cope beyond an environment’s state of toxicity. When a disease takes over an organ, this affects the body’s energy and electric flow.
Situation1 – Acute Disease – Running at high speeds stretches tissue such as muscle, joint cartilage, tendons, etc. In a controlled environment, breaking tissue is normal; body builders do this in order to generate new cells. Other athletes break tissue to increase their tissue’s connectivity and increase their speed. Stretch exercises increase their flexibility to prevent future tissues from breaking apart.
But if the previous Steps fail, acid accumulates, cells oxidize, and the plasma surrounding the cells goes into inflammation, offering less fluidity and elasticity. In these conditions, running causes tissue to break apart, and create many ailments horse trainers are used to facing. Strenuous pain results from those situations, and usually stops the horse from racing any further. For any of these reasons, supportive tissue supplements helps maintain and repair tissue and to increase the tissue's connectivity and flexibility. It may be helpful to use an acute anti-inflammatory and to some extend painkillers. It may also be required to use some forms of therapy, including; brace bandages, surgery, lasers, infrared, and strong liniments. If acute inflammation is not controlled it can become widespread and turn out into chronic disease.
Situation2 – Chronic Disease – Chronic diseases occur after immune systems fail to clean and repair damaged areas. These results in disease such as: Arthritis, Asthma, Bronchitis, Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Failure, Infection, Leukemia, Osteoporosis, Rheumatism, Tendinitis, Ulcerative, etc. For examples yeas, fungi, or viruses do not grow well in alkaline environments and the presence of oxygen. Therefore an infected body part begins and develops after failing through the previous deterioration steps. The same goes for every disease.
The truth is the body always work optimally in a healthy environment and with the proper nutrition (genes adapt contrary to popular belief). However deviations from healthy environment or proper nutrition cause the body to deteriorate (if a gene is predisposed to such a disease, then the growth accelerates).
Furthermore a disease impairs the function of organs that normally supports the body’s activities. When a problem increases throughout the body, it also reflects deeply into the cell’s genes. It causes a cell to be less able to produce the “worker” like; immune systems, enzymes, and hormones. These engage the entire body into a state of illness and aging.
Herbals supplements help re-establish normal bodily functions in order for horses to heal themselves properly. The body work in symbiosis and heals better when every body part works properly. Medicinal drugs are designed to work on a single symptom, while neglecting the entire body that works toward survival and health. Treating single diseases while supporting the whole body with dense, assimilated nutrients, and well-functioning body parts, is the key to reaching a high performance state again.
6) BODY DEGENERATION
The fact is, as we live we have less and less proper nutrition, and we are far more affected by toxicity (wrong acids, oxidants, stress, inflammation, bacteria, virus, drugs, inorganic chemical, glycation, etc.). Our cells have less fuel (carbohydrates) to work with, therefore using its own structure (fat and protein) for energy. When cells multiply, they are reborn with a poorer structure. Your body is reproducing cells which are missing something, and this continues over a lifetime. That's why we age. The aging process can be summed up in the deterioration of cells over a long period of time influencing a mutation of genes that degenerate body structures and functionalities.
Our bodies have so many cells, and every day we lose more and more. Our bodies' completely regenerate cells every year and a half. The only time the body regenerate is at rest, because our body fights back all the aggression of the toxicity while we are awake. Rest is when the “little workers” stop fighting, and are use to fix the body. In order for the body to regain health, it needs the proper nutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals), tools (oxygen, vitamins, electrolytes, water) and worker (enzymes, hormones, immune systems). If you are lacking any of these three components, or using the wrong nutrients and tools, the job will not be complete. As a result we end up with degenerative body. If workers take from another body part, it creates deficiency. Our entire bodies become imbalanced, which result in illnesses.
This is the step where we notice the differences between “reducing” to “no” performances. It’s the stage of irreversible disease, since cells are not regenerating properly or regenerating into something else. When a horse’s body degeneration begins; we will see horse leaving the world of competition.
Health is more then not having a disease. It is about optimum performance and not running on deterioration steps. It is clear that a horse going through all deterioration steps must return to optimal condition, as explained in Step #1. However, the modern horse industry does not allow enough time to repair each steps in timely fashion. At any time, you should consult a veterinarian for specialized advice, therapies and medical support. We hope you understand each of the above steps and practice them before it is too late.
|DETERIORATION STEPS TABLE|
|Homeostasis Health||Health & Energy||Support; Lungs, Blood Count, Mitochondria, Carbohydrates, etc.||VO2max
Blood Count Powerhouse
|Lack of Oxygen||Slowing Metabolism||Fatigue||Diuretic, Buffer, Electrolyte, PH balance||Xtreme-Drench Energy-Upload|
|Lack of Buffer||Interference on nutrients & cells||Stress||Antioxidant Detoxification||Xtra-Upload|
|Lack Antioxidants||Reduce organs functions||Heat, Swelling, Redness||Anti-inflammatory Therapy, Liniment, Immune support||FreeFlex, Pro-GI Natural Leg
|Disruptive Energy & Electric flow||Injuries, Pain||Exercise, Medicine, Surgery, Drug, Supplement||Xtreme-Reload|
|Lack of Nutrient
Lack of Tool
Lack of Worker
|Cells degeneration||Illness & Aging||Diet & Life Change, Intense Rest, Hormone boost||Body Builder|