Chastetree dosage for my EMS horse is a heaping Tablespoon thru the winter and a heaping 1/4 household measuring cup once shedding season gets here.
That's something that ultimately will depend on Hunter's personal needs.
I am keeping Hunter's coat clipped over the winter (with a guard so that he will still have some coat) and will be body clipped once it gets warm here, because it warms up fast in the spring. What exactly does the chastetree help with?
Dexamethasone (along with being a potent anti-inflammatory) is a glucose-type corticosteroid.
This link says it a lot better than I can. http://www.bendequine.com/documents/...ngsDisease.pdf
Where it says in part:
My 24 yr old has a really bad case of hock/ankle arthritis and his right hip is now getting stiff from trying to relieve the left hock/ankle since the EMS exacerbated the pain five years ago.
I buy pharmaceutical grade NSAIDS. Even though they are very expensive, less is more because they are guaranteed 99% pure.
I have him on:
Chondroitin/MSM (glucosamine is a huge no-no for these horses).
Hyalarin/Boswelia <--helps a LOT.
Cipex is an all herbal products to promote blood circulation. I have recently started both my mid-20's Fellas on Cipex and it has made a huge improvement in both of them.
Herbal Remedies for Horses including Natural Equine Supplements for Laminitis and Founder in Horses- Herbs For Horses This is the company I buy the Chastetree from.
All my horses come in at night or Duke would climb the walls, like Hunter, because Duke is the strong alpha-dominant in my herd of four.
Hunter isn't the dominant horse, he's kind of in the middle of the 11 total horses in his field. He has never been stalled except for the first month I had him before I realized it'd make him crazy.. Even with other horses in near him.
We re-did the stalls last year and raised them by at least 4", then put grid mats down. Those mats were mainly to make stall cleaning easier but they have done a lot to aid Duke's arthritis.
I only bed him with 2" 3" of shavings because it's too hard for him to get up if they're any deeper. I keep an intercom on the nightstand, that's how I know all that
Duke will lose weight easily since becoming EMS, I feed him equine pelleted rice bran. Even though it's high in NSC, it is healthy fat calories and provides a cool energy.
I'm going to attach some pictures I took of the Keep Pace feed back. Let me know what you think.
He eats the Vit/min supplement EquiPride, Omega-3 Horseshine, rice bran and mushed up timothy/alfalfa cubes as his base feed. Then all the supplements get added in.
If Duke were Hunter's age he would not be getting any alfalfa - he was always full of go-go-go but now that he's 24 he needs the extra protein and amino acids to help sustain muscle. The EMS caused quite a bit of muscle waste with him.