YS Nutrition Equine-D to the Rescue - An Effective Way to Treat Equine Canker

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Posted by Diana Caparulo




This week's Wellness Wednesday is brought to you by YS Nutrition! Eleven thirty in the morning and it’s promising to be a hot, still day at Galway Downs where Breezeway Farms calls home, in Temecula, California. I arrive at the barn looking for Breanna Lombardo, who goes by the shortened version of her name, Bree. It appears that her business stretches from one end to the other of Barn #5. She is a young blonde with large pretty eyes and an almost timid demeanor. She’s all business. The stalls, tack room, wheelbarrows and brooms; meticulously neat and tidy. Horses and ponies; all shapes and sizes; munching contentedly in their stalls.{C}Bree has a mare that has struggled, for two years, with Equine Canker. Unfortunately, this disease settled into all four hooves and despite the numerous prescriptions for antibiotic ointments, over a two year period, there was no improvement. The severity caused the Farrier to suggest the mare be put down. This was the general consensus; an option that Bree was not willing to entertain. “She’s a special horse to me and I just couldn’t put her down” laments Bree. It was around this time, of sheer desperation, that Bree met Segrid Lunde, of Whispering Meadows Ranch. Segrid Lunde had experienced equally frustrating illnesses and ailments with her rescue horses; expensive vet fees and prescriptions; all to no avail. It was suggested Bree try the YS Nutrition Equine-D. She had nothing to lose. “A double dose of Equine-D was administered immediately and within two weeks we started to see an improvement in this mare’s hooves. Within 2 months this mare was 90% better!” shares Bree. 

“With Equine Canker, the frog disintegrates…and the disease eats the foot,” describes Bree. Unfortunately this disease settles into the hooves of horses; affecting the frog, bars and soles giving them an appearance of a cauliflower and a foul odor. The horn of the hooves becomes soft and spongy. The horses become lame and any pressure or friction can cause the hooves to bleed. This disease is sometimes misdiagnosed as Thrush, which causes a loss of tissue as opposed to canker which causes a growth of abnormal tissue.
As this disease is so difficult to diagnose, it is not unusual for the vet to take a biopsy to determine the course of treatment. Topical antibiotic ointments are most often prescribed but with a poor rate of success.  Aggressive surgery is also performed, to remove the affected areas, but this too does not always alleviate the problem. No one really knows what causes equine canker. Initially it was thought it was due to damp environments, however horses in dry environments have also been known to succumb to this disease. 

I spent a few hours with Bree recently as she changed the dressings on her mare’s hooves. It was a laborious and uncomfortable process for she and her mare. “I’m the pro at canker now…as I’ve been doing this for two years. I change the dressings every two days; scrub down each of the hooves with anti-bacterial soap; remove as much of the cauliflower growth as possible. I dry the hoof with a towel; paint a concoction of crushed Metramiadol tablets and Iodine onto the affected sole; place cotton padding on the sole of the hoof and secure it with a new roll of vet wrap. This has cost me over $5000 so far. She is more expensive than my Show Horse. I don’t know what else to do. I just hope to get her well and use her for lessons,” sighs Bree as she straightens up from this backbreaking procedure. 

"I only saw an improvement in my mare’s feet once I did the combined therapy of YS Nutrition Equine-D (which I administered orally) and continued to change the dressings every two days.”

Experiencing such a remarkable recovery with her beloved mare, Bree decided to turn her attention to two other horses that were not doing well. “They were thin, scrawny and horrible; their coats were weird and dull and they had bad feet,” said Bree. “The results from YS Nutrition Equine-D were equally successful and their blood work passed with flying colors.”
Bree acquired her first three year old horse when she was just four - they grew up together! She learned from her Dad who is a USEF Judge and Course Designer, Joe Lombardo and has been in the horse business all his life. He continues to encourage and influence her riding career; to be the best rider and instructor. Bree rides and shows successfully on the West Coast Circuit, and encourages her students to do the same by participating in shows from the county show level to the A circuit. Bree teaches by example and recently had the wonderful opportunity of riding and showing for two different trainers and spent a month in Holland and three months in Ireland. 

She spends her days tending to her business, Breezeway Farm, “Where Children Fall in Love with Horses”. About 100 students pass through summer training and riding camp. The sessions are from nine in the morning until two in the afternoon, each day. Her love is of teaching young children how to care for their horses; how to groom, bridle, saddle and ride their ponies to competition level and she encourages them to continue on to participate in all the local horse shows. By all accounts, they love her!

It is with much pride that YS Nutrition Equine-D can, once again, come to the rescue of horses in such distress and to witness such a remarkable recovery from this debilitating equine disease, and within such a short period of time.  We believe that this proprietary blend of organic mushroom and mycelia matrices helps reduce inflammation due to the high levels of Vitamin D2 (Ergocalciferol) and Ergo – thus boosting and balancing the horse’s immune system. This proprietary formula is designed to deliver powerful anti-oxidants to ensure optimal absorption and effect.   The Equine-D is a whole food holistic approach to equine nutrition - produced from Nature's Ultimate Super Food - the Mushroom.