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Mar162010

TYING-UP : THE ANSWER...

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Although there may be a number of causes of tying-up, by far the most common denominator in the onset of the condition is the combination of feeding a high carbohydrate diet and a reduction in workload. On resumption of heavy work some horses will commonly show signs of tying-up, hence the old-fashioned name of Monday Morning Disease.

Energy from food is stored in the muscles as glycogen. Glycogen can be utilized most effectively as energy in the presence of oxygen. Myoglobin is the primary oxygen carrying pigment in muscle tissues. During hard work, there may be an inadequate flow of blood to the working muscles and insufficient oxygen may reach the muscles to utilize this stored energy effectively. Anaerobic conditions will then prevail within the muscles, causing a build-up of waste products which in turn causes inflammation and cell damage, with release of cell constituents including muscle enzymes and myoglobin into the blood stream. The kidneys will filter out the myoglobin from the bloodstream (hence the distinctive reddish-brown discolouration of the urine in cases of tying up), but myoglobin is toxic to the renal tubular epithelium and may cause kidney damage.

These conditions result in the symptoms of intense pain and reluctance to walk after exercise. Although carbohydrate overload coupled with sporadic work is often associated with tying up, other factors may also be involved including a vitamin E or selenium deficiency, electrolyte imbalances, hormone imbalances and excitability, inclement weather conditions as well as genetic predispositions.

Correct management of horses prone to tying up, includes regulated exercise and daily routine, reducing the amount of raw grains fed (extruded grains are preferable), increasing the oil content of the feed and ensuring intake of balanced vitamins and minerals, including anti-oxidants.

Strike R8 is the ideal supplement for grain fed horses. Not only do its active ingredients assist in lowering the gut acidity common in grain fed horses, but it also contains high levels of vitamin E, B vitamins, organic selenium and electrolytes (including potassium) to assist in reducing the incidence of nutrionally-induced tying-up.

In addition Vuma performance horse feeds contain effective levels of vitamin E and selenium as well as B vitamins to ensure optimal performance.

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