Please note: Blood for this lab was pulled from a horse that had been on CBD 18 months.
This is Mach, a beloved member of the Karl family. We know we’re probably being too sentimental but to have a special horse and then have them diagnosed with a disease such as polyneuritis is devastating. This disease is very similar to multiple sclerosis in people.
We love to hear these stories. It makes us pretty warm and fuzzy:)
Photos credit Betsey Karl (aren’t they amazing?)
Where to begin….I purchased Spartan as a 3-month-old in the year of 2011 and he came to live with me a 5 months old. I have done all the training and care for Spartan. I have always instilled a low grain/high fiber diet, access to grass or hay 24/7 and tons of turn out. I also attempt to keep stress levels down in all my horse’s lives. One would think I was doing everything right to prevent ulcers. At the age of 5 I started to trailer him more frequently for lessons and a few shows and by that fall he was exhibiting behavior issues. Many said it was him just being five years old. However, my gut told me otherwise. I decided to scope him and found he had grade 2 ulcers. Did the Ulcergard 30-day treatment, rescoped and he was healed. Yipee right? Well, we still experienced some behavioral issues that told me not all was well so I continued to look into it further. We then treated for hind gut ulcers. With great success, he was finally feeling better. The behaviors went away and he was going great. It has now been 2.5 years of treating and re-treating for ulcer fair ups. It was clear to me that no matter how much I tried to keep “stress” out of his life, he was prone to getting ulcers. He has always been a super sensitive horse, reactive and over thinks everything. Over the last 2.5 years, I have spent $1000’s of dollars on every supplement that you could imagine. I decided that throwing all these ulcer treatments at him was just not going to do the trick. I had to get to the core of the issue So I decided to do two things; 1. I took him off all his supplements and put him on the very basics, hay, grass, a very small amount of grain and a vitamin supplement called Equipride and 2. put him on CBD oil. I decided on CBD oil for two reasons, to help with anxiety and inflammation. Hope Botanicals CBD oil has been absolutely amazing. The change in Spartan’s reactiveness is impressive, he finally seems at peace with himself and he is moving better than ever. He has more articulation in his joints and is so much more focused in his work. His coat is amazing and he is the fattest he has ever been in his life. Jenna has been so helpful and quick to answer all my questions and so supportive. I initially reached out to her months ago but my vets pooh-poohed the thought of CBD oil. I regret that I didn’t try it sooner. Thank you Jenna and Hope Botanicals for such a great product. – Jody
We love getting feedback on our products. Our Dog Chews and Natural Tincture are helping these two a lot. Aren’t they just darling?
“I have 4 dogs…all seniors. . I bought it for my pug Gus who is 13ish (black pug) He has lots of cognitive issues, the main one being that at night he wakes up and paces the house scratches to get on the bed then jumps off…and the cycle just repeats itself for hours. I had tried some other brands of CBD and did not really see any difference. We had also tried medications…Gabapentin, Trazadone Anipryl etc that also did not help at all. I saw something on social media about your product and decided to give it a try. It has worked wonders for him…he gets 1/2 a chew at night before bed and sleeps through the night.
Meet Magic Kinda Silver, retired AQHA/PBHA all around, three times PBHA Champion. Buster didn’t really want to retire at age 19, so his owner Theresa, and Buster, teach young children how to ride. Buster was getting a little grumpy giving all those lessons and started not wanting to do his job. Theresa knew he really liked staying active, but figured he was in some pain. She was giving him a popular non-steroidal anti-inflammatory but that didn’t really help him much. Theresa decided to try the CBD pellets and within days Buster was much happier, calmer and happy to do his job. Theresa now has all her horses on CBD because she’s seen the difference CBD can make.
We want to thank Theresa for sharing her story. We love happy beginnings:)
Chronic migraine is one of the most disabling of all medical conditions, and finding a treatment can be challenging. Migraine symptoms and headaches can be debilitating, exhausting, and get in the way of living your best life. Many prescription medications used to treat migraine have a wide array of side effects that lead to other frustrations.
If you have been suffering from migraine and headaches for a long time, it can feel hopeless… BUT there is hope for you to find relief.
CBD is a natural treatment for migraine and headaches. For thousands of years, CBD has been used with success to treat migraine and headaches – without the harsh side effects of prescription medications.
“I have had a winter of migraines, with several auras along with the debilitating headaches per week. I have been migraine free after taking the soft gels for one week, for 3 weeks now, so grateful!”
CBD is becoming more prevalent in the medical community as people continue to have successful results. CBD acts as a supplement when there is an endocannabinoid deficiency, interacting with cannabinoid receptors that influence pain sensation. A recent review of using cannabis to treat migraines found that it may play a therapeutic role particularly for chronic pain disorders like migraine and headaches, stating that “cannabinoids appear to modulate and interact at many pathways inherent to migraine” (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26015168). Another study in 2016 found a significant decrease in migraine headaches with cannabinoid use (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26749285).
You deserve to feel healthy, happy, and comfortable. CBD could alleviate the suffering cause by migraine and headaches – don’t hesitate to give it a try.
How to use CBD for Migraine and Headaches:
You may feel inclined to just take CBD when you feel migraine symptoms or a headache coming on. However, because CBD is actually rectifying a cannabinoid deficiency, you want to continue using CBD daily for best results. Keeping CBD in your system will ensure long term healing and beneficial results.
This is Waylon. He had ulcers and as of a few months ago his ulcers are gone. However, 1/3 of his stomach is permanently damaged with extensive scar tissue and he has “tenting” which has changed the way his stomach works. Judging by the findings he’s most likely had ulcers most of his life. He has a significant scar on his back hoof where the whole heel bulb and 1/4 of his foot was either removed or was barley hanging on. No clue when or how it happened, he came to me with it. He’s considered chronic by the vets at OSU and that he won’t ever be “cured”. It’s a pretty sad situation and I’m not sure what to do. He’s unhappy and in pain most days. The CBD helps take the edge off and has allowed him a respite from windsucking as he was chronic with this and even able to windsuck with a cribbing collar. I’m happy he is getting some relief with the CBD pellets.
Don Merisse: 2002 Hanoverian Prix St. George Dressage Gelding
So I got him in September of 2016. He was given to me because he was dangerous – he would spin and rear frequently, and he has shivers. I believe he was in pain then, and being forced to work through it, which was the major reason he had behavior issues. He was very shut down emotionally.
In December of that year, he tore his LF suspensory. I tried to do his rehab myself, but when it came time to start tack walking him, he was extremely dangerous. He was angry, pent up, and neurotic. I took him to a rehab facility to help me.
I finally got to the point where he was trotting laps under saddle (June 2017) but he had a terrible attitude…he had pretty much given up on life. He colicked that month, and had to go to Rood & Riddle for surgery, where they removed a six foot long impaction. He then flared up with a case of salmonella while at the hospital (apparently common when their immune systems are stressed) and he was put into quarantine, which further depressed him. His recovery was complicated by the shivers, so multiple times he went down and wasn’t able to get up, and had to be put in a sling.
When I finally brought him home to my farm, he still had to be in quarantine for 30 days. In the fall of 2017 I tried to bring him back to work, but he had severe behavioral problems, he was dangerous again, and he was lame. The suspensory had healed, but all the time on stall rest over the past year had caused his shivers and arthritis to become unmanageable. We tried bute, and previcox, and injections – none of it really made a difference.
By early 2018, I didn’t know what to do. Because of his shivers, he needed to stay in work, but I couldn’t seem to get him going. He wasn’t a good candidate for retirement, because he doesn’t do well staying outside for long, he can’t be barefoot, and he was getting progressively more depressed and angry. He was lunging at horses, pinning his ears at people, including me, and over all had a vibe of “I give up.” I began to think about euthanasia because I couldn’t seem to provide quality of life for him no matter what I tried.
Then Excel Eq Supplements approached me about a sponsorship, and putting Don on that product seemed to help make him a little healthier and more comfortable. He was able to start doing some light work, and that seemed to help the shivers. We were making slow progress, but he was still lame on his LF and RH. I would frequently have to give him quite a bit of bute to help with that, which I knew wasn’t good for him, but I had so many variables to juggle with this horse. Even then, the bute only helped a little. Some days were worse than others. He still had days where he would rear and spin, but at least his mood overall had improved some.
When I started him on the CBD, he became completely sound in 2-3 days. Since then, his ability and willingness to work has improved exponentially. He is hardly spooky at all now. A year ago, I was terrified of this horse. Now we can hack outside the arena, gallop in the fields, and have fun. I don’t think this horse has ever been able to do that in his entire life. The CBD has made him sound physically and mentally. He has even started to bond more deeply with me– I think because he’s actually happy. Words cannot express how much that means to me.
I can’t believe how much more effective the CBD is than anything else I’ve ever used with Don or any other horse. 100% recommend it to everyone!