Bud – my food sensitivity horse, jan 22, 2010

Bud is doing well but there is a new wrinkle to his symptom picture. I believe his food sensitivities are under control and, thanks to the daily packets of bluegreen algae, probiotics, and enzymes, Eleviv for stress, KLPP and KAM UF , his digestive tract is healing nicely. When I palpate is abdomen it is soft and his manure is a bit dry but other wise normal. For a horse that had such severe food sensitivities it is exciting to watch him eat even small amounts of hay and grass.

Bud’s appetite seemed to go down a few days ago and this was confusing considering how well he seemed to be digesting. He even showed mild colic symptoms, such as cramping and stomach rumbling. I gave him some pulsatilla, which is a natural homeopathic colic remedy and this helped a lot with the rumbling but his appetite did not improve.

I noticed Bud would go to his food bucket and mouth the food but not eat much. I have worked often on Bud’s face because he seems to get headaches and when I started to do this again I noticed his jaw joint was once again displaced. His TMJ would click when he moved it and realized this was what was slowing his eating.

Once I released his jaw with a Bowen move he immediately went to his bucket and started eating. It hardly seemed fair that just as his stomach was getting better Bud now had to deal with a painful TMJ, which can be really miserable. I realized that not being able to chew his food was contributing to the colic symptoms and by making his food harder to digest.

I repeated the homeopathic remedy, rhus tox, which had helped him with his jaw before and he was much better in the afternoon. I am continuing to massage his jaw daily, give him more antioxidant herbs and treated him with a cold laser on his poll and jaw area. Bud has come so far and he does not need any more setbacks. I have learned so much from him but I am ready for him to be well. Madalyn

Bud with light cap

2 thoughts on “Bud – my food sensitivity horse, jan 22, 2010

  1. Bethanne Elion

    I had similar case with a dogs – the TMJ was an offshoot of the stomach in that the teeth that coorespond to the stomach and intestines were bothering the dog – he chewed and held his jaw differently to compromise for the discomfort of those teeth which led to a chain reaction ending in TMJ. It was a direct relation tot he actual stomach issue because of the entire meridian being affected.

  2. Madalyn Ward, DVM Post author

    Thanks for your comment. All Bud’s problems started with injury to his incisors that I am sure affected his chewing and caused him severe pain. His teeth have been addressed now so I sure hope to get his TMJ OK soon. Madalyn

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