Kobi’s Hair Mineral Analysis Part 2

I have treated Kobi’s allergies diligently since he came into my life 6, 7 or is it 8 years ago now (time flies when you own a horse)!  And I just found out that he may not even have allergies to gnats, or anything else for that matter.

According Jack Grogan (from Uckele) most, if not all, Kobi’s issues stem from metabolic dysfunction which manifests itself as inflammation.  I don’t understand all the technical ‘whys’, but it starts with his blood sugar crashing and then his internal response to bring it back up.  It’s my understanding that horses go through this 4 to 5 times a day, regulating their blood sugar levels, Kobi does it 18 to 20 times a day.  His body’s response to all of the internal stress is inflammation and since his body isn’t back to ‘normal’ before the cycle starts again, his metabolism is getting further and further behind actually escalating his inflammation.

Makes sense that nothing I’ve tried for skin/allergies has worked.  It also makes sense that Kobi’s been getting random swollen spots (his sheath, his back legs, and he’s getting fat as a tick on minimal food).

So, the new game plan:  No wheat or wheat by products (meaning no grain or grain based treats).  He can still enjoy beet pulp and we can introduce rice bran, flax bran and things of that nature.  He can still eat hay and grass.  He will also be starting on ANOTHER supplement program to help regulate his internal systems and if I don’t see a turn around in 4-6 weeks, I’ll add another.

In six months we’ll have another Hair Mineral Analysis and hopefully his levels will be closer to normal and I can modify the plan from there. 

It does make me think…every owner of a wild caught mustang that I’ve talked with mentions their horses have extreme allergies…maybe they aren’t allergies anymore, but us humans trying to conform their ‘wild’ bodies to a domesticated feeding pattern.  Hmmm.

I think I do need a support group!

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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1 Response to Kobi’s Hair Mineral Analysis Part 2

  1. Hamel, Tim A. says:

    *very* interesting. Good job finding out what really is going on, trying something, checking the result, and determining next steps. That’s what I now teach people to do at work, but the same logic works anywhere.

    We *are* related!


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