Ok people, you know I am a big supporter of whole foods for our animals but until now, there was no easy option for your horses. Anna Frensemeyer, has changed all that and now offers a whole food non-GMO alternative to processed horse feeds. Crypto-Aero (named after her OTTB) was developed by Anna when she had tried everything to help her horse with ulcerative colitis aka hind gut ulcers. He was a hard keeper, nervous, she could not build his topline and had chronic diarrhea and skin allergies. This a such a common problem for our animals and I deal with it on many different levels in my practice daily. This is a Stomach Yin Deficiency.
The Yin is your air conditioner. When your AC is damaged, you can't get rid of Heat so your Yang (body's heater) takes over and causes damage. I look for the heat signs in the body to show me where the root of the problem is and how to treat it. Many diseases can be classified as inflammatory in origin, ulcers (Stomach Yin Def), cancer (Stagnation and Phlegm caused by whole body heat), arthritis (Kidney Yin Def), Skin Allergies ( Lung Yin Def), Tendonitis, Eye problems, irritability (Liver Yin Def), spooky in the show ring or afraid to be alone (Heart Yin Def) This is why in addition to my Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Herbal therapies, I always include Food Therapy recommendations.
Foods have different energies based on the taste and amount of processing. Raw food is the coolest while processed foods are the hottest. Dr. Subhuti Dharmananda, PhD, Director of the Institute for Traditional Medicine in Portland, Oregon has written a great article about the 5 tastes in Chinese Medicine if you want to read more about it. If you are adding hot foods to the body everyday, you are damaging the Yin. We used to eat seasonally by necessity as did our animals. We associate summer vegetables as cooling foods while winter roots tend to be warming. In modern times, global agriculture and shipping has allowed us to eat whatever we want at any time. The same is true for our animals. We can feed them the same commercial feed everyday so if we are going to do that, let's make sure it is balanced in nutrients and temperature, free from chemicals and toxins, and as fresh as possible.
Most horses don't need much grain in their diet unless they are actively competing, growing or breeding. The average couch potato horse could do fine on hay, fresh treats (apples, carrots, cucumbers, mint leaves, ect.) and a hand full of grains for their supplements. People always ask what I feed my own horses. I feed average grass hay, chia seeds to add omega 3 fatty acids and Platinum Performance CJ as a supplement. My guys are old now and the CJ has boswellia and glucosamine to help their aches and pains. Now that I have found, Crypto Aero, I have made the switch so instead of alfalfa pellets or grass balancer, they get a hand full of whole grains. They love the rose hips and papaya ! It is balanced, non GMO, and made from whole fresh foods so fits in well with our philosophy of healthy living. For breeding and showing horses it is a great choice to help them stay balanced under stressful conditions and limits the amount of chemicals that lead to Liver Qi Stagnation, (aka pain, irritability, poor performance). Duke and Dante wish this was available when we were showing, then they could eat more !
For more about Whole Foods for horses, listen to our interview with Anna on the Driving Radio Show episode 218.