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Background: Environmental pollution, especially pesticides, exposure to heavy metals and radiation contribute to a weakened immune system. Chronic immune suppression can be genetically predisposed, as many people breed horses that are already immune suppressed. Chronic administration of drugs also can weaken a susceptible immune system. Some horses may require greater than "normal" amounts of some nutrients, especially antioxidants.
Symptoms: Occurrence of frequent infections, abscesses, bladder infections, colds, pneumonia, small wounds that will not heal, yeast infections. Other body systems may be involved such as the digestive tract, nervous system, skin, respiratory system, reproductive tract, and the joints of the body.
Diagnostics: Depend on the system(s) involved and the availability of immune function tests; in some cases, the primary diagnostics are a complete history and physical.
Special Notes: Nutritional imbalances and deficiencies are common in commercial diets. Detoxification often helps.
Principles for Supplementation: Supply nutrients that aid the immune system without overloading it.


Formulas: Dosage: Mechanism/Purpose:


2 scoops bid

Source of naturally occurring bioactive proteins–IGG and peptides, modulates gut barrier function and inflammatory cytokine production, and improves immunity.

Pure Ascorbic Acid One Gram12

6-12 grams sid

Enhances immune function, often deficient in horses under stress.

Citrus CQ18

½ oz sid

Supplies Vitamin C, quercetin and antioxidants.

Equine Qi Tonic14

4 tsp bid

Regulates the immune system, protects from bacterial and viral diseases, especially upper respiratory infections.

Chia Booster (chia seeds)19

1 scoop bid

Stabilizes membranes, source Omega 3 fatty acids

Flax/Hemp Oil

3 tbsp sid

Anti-inflammatory; stabilizes membranes.


6-12 capsules sid

Is a cofactor for dozens of enzymes involved in detoxification, provides hepatic support, immune support.

Noni fruit6,15

powder: 3-4 tsp, bid
fruit leather: 2-4 two-inch sq pieces

Source antioxidants, fatty acids, amino acids.


8-12 capsules sid
(give between meals)

Plant sterols and sterolins enhance immune function.


5 mL bid

Supports beneficial gut bacteria.

Xian Fang Huo Ming Yin (Angelica and Mastic Combination)14

4 tsp bid

Helps clear abscesses, heat and inflammation in joints, septic areas can respond.


6-10 mL sid

Adaptogenic herbs, support the immune system, adrenals, reduces stress, helps horses adapt to stress.

Xiao Chai Hu Tang (Minor Bluplerum Combination)14

4 tsp bid

Immune stimulation at a deep level, improves circulation, expels Wind Pathogens from deep, tonifies Souce Qi.

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