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EQUINE LYMPHEDEMA

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Swollen limbs could be a sign of a chronic, progressive condition known as equine lymphedema. This may lead to unproductive horses or early euthanization if not managed properly. Equine lymphedema (EL) is the accumulation of excess lymph fluid, resulting in the acute or chronic swelling of the extremities. In horses it is most commonly seen in the limbs.

Through online and hands-on training, HEAL provides the education for horse owners to manage equine lymphedema and continuing education credits for equine professionals.

IT CAN BE MANAGED

Symptoms of lymphedema include swelling, folds in the skin, or nodules, noticeably in the front or hind quarters. The swelling generally starts at the coronary band and moves up to the elbow in the front leg and up to the hock in the hind leg, often times up into the groin area. It can also appear in other parts of the body such as under the jaw and abdomen. The limb may display leaking of fluid, pus, or blood; hair loss, open sores, scabs or redness. Inflammation (swelling) is also known as "stocking up." Lymphedema often compromises the immune system, and severe, chronic cases can be life threatening.

The solution to managing your horse's lymphedema includes a combination of protocols, including a special grooming technique, wrapping (the most important), massage, exercise, and the use of compression stockings.

To learn more about EL—what it is, where it comes from, and how to manage it—click the appropriate link below to register for our online training course.

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BE PART OF THE RESEARCH

Equine chronic progressive lymphedema, or CPL, is not well understood, and the research has been slow. The Holistic Equine Academy of Lymphedema (HEAL) would like your assistance in completing this short assessment to help us understand the magnitude of the problem not only in the United States, but globally. We have had inquiries and interest from as far away as Brazil, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Greece, Puerto Rico, Canada and New Zealand. As these inquiries come in...

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TOM'S STORY

Tom

This is a poignant story about Tom, a draft horse who had lymphedema, and the people who worked to save him. It’s about the legacy and the hoof prints he left behind to raise awareness concerning the plight of equine lymphedema. It is our dream that Tom will inspire hope in owners and promote a higher standard of living and functionality to the horse that has been inflicted with this chronic, progressive disease.

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HEAL WITH FOOD

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"What’s all the hype about friendly bacteria? What does that even mean, and how can it help my horse?" We explain it here, along with an overview of your horse’s digestive system, how to choose a probiotic and what to look for on the label. This information can benefit any horse, not just those with lymphedema.