Serious Cut From Fence
Our young horses play in the paddocks and get cuts and abrasions that seem to take forever to heal. We also have to deal with proud flesh. Two of our horses had some serious cuts—one when jumping over a fence and the other getting entangled with an electro-braid fence.
After two weeks of twice daily M4A mangosteen (3-4 ounces per feeding) our horses showed surprising improvements (see pictures of before and after).
Mangosteen supplemented our normal wrapping, topicals, cold hosing and anti-biotic regimen. Mangosteen provides additional: anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant and immunity boosting properties that are critical to wound healing.
Waino Pihl - Claybrook Farms, MI
Despite nice pastures and careful feeding plans, some of our horses looked very “ribby”. We were worried. We had our vet do a thorough assessment—teeth, parasites, etc. No significant clues.
One of our close friends is running field trials on mangosteen on dairy cows and suggest that we try it for our horse. We achieved remarkable results!! After two weeks of twice daily M4A mangosteen (3-4 ounces per feeding) our horses showed significant gains. After two weeks, we continued for about a month at 2 ounces per feeding rate. The horses gained at least 100-200 pounds.
Waino Pihl - Claybrook Farms, MI
We have a 21-year-old Morgan, Roy-Els After Hours (Royal), who has had a long show, carriage and trail riding history. In the last couple of years, the effects of an old carriage accident and arthritis have really slowed him down. In spite of being on maximum doses of Yucca, Cortaflex and Equinyl CM; he was so stiff and sore and driving his hind toes so much that we had given up on riding him this summer. When shoeing him, his legs were so stiff that we would shoe the front and walk him for 10-15 minutes before moving to the rear legs. After being shoed, he would be stiff and sore for a long time.
We heard Mangosteen could help with arthritis, so we started him on the Mangosteen bout 4 months ago. We started him on Mangosteen twice a day and tapered off of his meds as we quadrupled the volume of his twice a day dosage in his grain. After a month he was doing so well, that we started giving it to our other horses.
Royal is now chipper, bright eyed and behaving like he is a lot younger than he is. He is no longer so stiff in the mornings and now drives his toes very little. Six weeks ago, when being shoed, we did all four feet at once and he walked off with NO stiffness.
Last weekend, Royal was doing the turnout at a dead run instead of his old amble; so, we took him on a short trail ride. He did beautifully and was limber and flexible throughout the ride. We have our horse back! All the horses love the taste of Mangosteen and now run up nickering for their morning and evening grain.
We have two other older Morgans, Shan (my horse) and Bobby; both of whom are 20. Shan thinks he’s about 5, has a lot more energy, and I fight to hold him back rather than fighting to keep him trotting. Bobby has also tripled her energy, she wants to trot instead of walking.
Best of all the Mangosteen is cheaper than the cost of the Yucca, Equinyl CM and Cortaflex.
Larry Weber *1
We have a 27-year old Palomino gelding and he suffers from arthritis and joint swelling. I put him on a glucosamine supplement for equine. Didn’t notice much of a change after a month and it cost $60 per month to have him on it. Decided to pull out the Mangosteen and see what it would do for him. Within two weeks after starting him on twice daily mangosteen, we noticed a major improvement. Before this he would stand out in the pasture and never put full weight on his right front foot, only partial weight bearing after using the joint supplement but now he puts full weight on it. The Farrier noticed a big difference on his return visit to shoe Sundance and was impressed with his renewed flexibility. We continue to use Mangosteen daily but halved the dosage unless we are using him on a long, strenuous trail ride. It has worked great for him and was able to start him back with lessons and trail rides.
I have a 5-year old filly, a Pooh Alibi, a/k/a Allie, whom we show in both English and Western Pleasure classes.
I was getting her ready for a show in May, when she started favoring her left front shoulder and had some
lameness appearing. Had the vet check and suggested that we have an equine chiropractor look at her.
Did so and a couple days later after treatment while working her, the limp reappeared. Decided not to take
the filly to the show and immediately started her on Mangosteen, while discontinuing her workouts.
She had two weeks of no workouts and Mangosteen twice daily. When we started her back on her
workouts, there was no limp and she was full of vigor. She had some of the most beautiful movements
that I had seen in several months. Allie continues to take Mangosteen daily. She loves the taste and can’t
wait to get it. I just top her food with it and that is the first bite that she takes.
Dixie Langenwalter *1
September 19, 2007
Fever. Pneumonia, Diarrhea
Here is my Mangosteen – horse story:
It started with one approx. 2-month-old baby (horse).
We built a kindergarten for the youngsters where every morning and evening at feeding time the kids are fed in the Kindergarten while their moms are fed in a trap next to it. One morning one colt stood there – sad- not eating. Temperature was 105 degrees F. I called the vet and he gave me instructions on what to administer in order to reduce fever. We treated him for a day or two when I noticed a filly with heavy diarrhea. When she was standing there, she left her tail up and diarrhea burst out like from a high-pressure water hose! Treating it with medication did not help and after 2 days, she was so weak – not nursing or eating or drinking anymore. The next day another foal was sick. Then one more became ill. I was scared. We had 13 babies this year and I did not want all of them to go through this! I gave her Mangosteen 3 times that day and by the next morning, diarrhea was gone! I continued to give Mangosteen 3 times that day and then twice a day until all the babies were well again.
Meanwhile, we treated many of them with antibiotics, but I started all of them – the sick ones and the healthy ones from the baby-bouncy on the original Mangosteen. Out of the 9 babies only the first 5 got sick with fever, not nursing and not eating. But when I started everyone on Mangosteen twice a day, the four remaining babies did not get sick. All the babies got well – even the worst ones that had high fever in the beginning. Some of them were treated with antibiotics for 3 weeks and I was scared that they might founder as one of our yearlings did a few years ago after a heavy-duty medication treatment for pneumonia. But none of that happened this time!
Whenever I have a sick horse in the barn or a dog or a cat now, it will give mangosteen – yes, it’s mildly expensive – but compared with vet bills in the ‘thousands’ -this was cheap!
My horse got a wound on his hock – try as I may, the cut just got worse, proud flesh developed. So finally, I took him to the vet. I was given medicine, furacine/dex and instructed to use gloves when applying because it could affect my liver if I got it on me. (What about my horse’s liver???)
I followed the vet’s instructions for over a week but still no real improvement. I had read in a Mangosteen book “Getting started with Mangosteen” about using Mangosteen as a wound dressing. Well you can guess the rest of the story – I applied heated Mangosteen juice to the wound for three days – on the third day when I removed the bandage the proud flesh came off with the bandage – by day five the wound was pink and smooth.
31 Jul 2004
Shortly after receiving a 2-year old filly back from being green broke; she rolled in the pasture on a rock and got a small wound down the middle of her back. I began treating this area with Icthamol and Scarlet Oil. After several days, I saw no improvement and decided to give Mangosteen a try. I would soak a gauze pad in Mangosteen juice, and also pour a capful on the hole and apply pressure to the wound in order to try to get the hide to reattach itself.
The next day, I saw noticeable improvement and continued in this manner for several days, while also wrapping polo wraps around her body in order to hold the gauze in place and hoping for reattachment of the hide. After about 3 or 4 days of treatment in this manner and continual improvement, we knew that we needed to continue riding her, so we cut away a blanket a little larger than the wound in order to keep the area from being irritated. Took her on a long trail ride and evidently the pad had slipped because after removing the saddle, we were back to square one with a very pink and irritated wound. It looked worse than when we started.
Started back with the regular treatment and the wound itself looked better the next morning. The real pink color had disappeared but now her hide/hair was flaking off of her back where the pad had been. It resembled rain rot but knew that couldn’t be the case. I had brushed away as much as I could of the loose hair and continued with the treatment of Mangosteen for several more days. The vet just happened to be coming by to check on a couple other horses and had her take a look at it. She said this looked much like a burn and that heat had probably built up around the pad and had scalded/burned her. Told her about Mangosteen juice and that it was good for sunburns as well. She said to try it. She said that it would probably take a couple of months for the hair to return and not to let her out in the sun as it would only burn worse.
In a couple of weeks, the wound was completely healed and most of the hair was returning. Now I was able to ride her. There is no scar tissue from this injury, which is great as this is where the saddle sits and there will be no later irritation to her back.
Pocos Smartiegirl, another 2-year old filly, was out I the pasture and was in season. She evidently was flirting with a 3-year old gelding next to her pasture and while doing so, unbeknownst to me, got her left front leg through the fence. My son, Kristopher, saw that she had cut the back of her pastern almost all the way around. I got her inside, cleaned up and used scarlet oil on it. We soaked several gauze pads in Mangosteen juice and vet wrap her leg up to enable the wound to absorb the juice.
The next morning, I couldn’t believe my own eyes … the wound was completely closed except about ¼” and she was cut all the way from one side to the other. I didn’t want her to get any type of infection, so I gave her Mangosteen orally through a syringe. She loved the taste. She was really sore and didn’t want to walk on this foot. Continued to treat with the mangosteen soaked gauze pads. The next day the wound was completely closed. She had some swelling because I had wrapped the area too tight. I gave additional Mangosteen juice orally and the next day there was no swelling and she was able to walk quite well with very little soreness still remaining in the foot.
Even though the wound had completely closed, I continued to use the Mangosteen juice gauze pad and wrapping just to speed up any remaining healing process. Kept her inside and allowed her to play in the indoor arena every day for about one week. After I saw that she wasn’t favoring it any at all, I started turning her out with a wrapping on it for about 4 hours a day for about another seven days. Now she is out all day and has started back on her normal workout schedule. If I would have used a vet, it would have cost several hundred dollars and a month later, the wound still would not be healed.
Dixie Langenwalter *1
September 19, 2007
Testimonials Reference *1
"The Mangosteen Pet Experience"
by Paula Gervais
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