Last night I had trouble sleeping. I had so many thoughts running through my brain. The focus of my thoughts was, unsurprisingly, horses and how to best keep them calm. Yes, I realize the irony.
A few of my equestrian friends around the world have been dealing with kissing spine, stall rest, and pent-up horses. Others have been dealing with trailering problems. Even the most bombproof horse has their moments. The bottom line is that equestrians are looking for safe and natural ways to reduce anxiety, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain in their animals. As an equine massage therapist, I suggest sports massage relieves tension, reduce toxins, and stimulate endorphin release. Of course, true holistic wellness must address all aspects of the body whether behavioral, physical, and mental and address the core cause of the problem. As such, I know that massage is only part of a larger wellness program.
There are many ways to naturally improve the health and wellness of your horse. I’m very excited to find there is now a product available that I think could be a huge game changer for horses. Phytocannabinoid-rich oil (PCR).
Let me tell you a little more about PCR oil and how it can help your horse achieve balance naturally and without side effects. I first spoke with the founder of Treatibles, Juliana Carella, at the 2017 BlogPaws conference in Myrtle Beach. I had never heard of using cannabis treats for my pets and wanted to learn more about it. Like most people, I thought “how is this not giving my pet marijuana?”
Since our conversation and through my own research, I tried Treatibles hemp wellness treats with my reactive dog, Beau. I was incredibly happy with the results and wrote about our experience with their product.
I am a huge fan of Treatibles’s products. While most popular with dogs, we are trying to spread the word about the benefits available for horses.
Hemp Is Not the Same as Marijuana
The first thing you should know is that hemp and marijuana are not the same. Hemp is legal and is a common source of rope, paper, clothing, jewelry, and more. It is one of the oldest domesticated crops farmed by mankind. Hemp is a renewable and sustainable resource that has found a resurgence of popularity in recent years in our organic health markets because it is highly nutritious.
The US marked all cannabis plants, regardless of species, a Class 1 drug several decades ago and as a result many of us associate hemp with marijuana. This is definitively incorrect. Hemp contains <0.3% THC (hallucinogenic) which the body processes faster than can be absorbed. This is not a recreational drug.
It is important to note that rather than industrial hemp, Treatibles uses higher grade, medicinal-quality hemp in their products sourced in the USA.
What are Cannabinoids?
Treatibles is a US-based company and knowing the regulations involving cannabis they have done their due diligence to be clear how their product differs from medical marijuana:
“Cannabinoids are a group of chemical compounds present in both animals and the cannabis genus, which includes both hemp and cannabis. The phytocannabinoids in both offer a wide range of therapeutic applications. THC is the psychoactive component in cannabis. Hemp contains less than .3% THC and is legal in all 50 states. Our products are all hemp-based.” Treatibles
How Cannabinoids Affect Animals
All animals, with the exception of insects, have cannabinoid receptors in their brains, immune systems, and organs. As a result, our bodies absorb the cannabinoids found in hemp-derived phytocannabinoid-rich oil. In fact, rather than having to assimilate chemical calming products our bodies naturally interact with the cannabinoids inherent in PCR oil. All without negative side effects.
Not all Hemp-Derived Products for Pets are Created Equal
“We go above and beyond to ensure the efficacy and safety of all of our products. We third-party lab test at every stage, from the raw materials to the finished product. As far as we know, we are the only company producing phytocannabinoid products for pets that can quantify the exact milligrams of cannabidiol in every chew, dropper bottle and gel cap. In addition, we test to ensure our products are free of bio-contaminants and heavy metals,” offers Julianna Carella, CEO and Founder of Treatibles.
Not all PCR products are the same. Choosing a high-quality hemp-derived product is extremely important. THC is toxic to pets so sourcing hemp and quality testing are imperative for your animal’s wellness.
Which Horses Can Benefit from Phytocannabinoid-rich Oil?
All horses! Seriously. We all have that one horse we know that is suffering from chronic laminitis, anxiety, muscle soreness, stall rest, trailering anxiety, herd bound issues or more. The beautiful thing about PCR oil is that it does not have to be used continuously or build up in their systems.
Say your horse has anxiety about being trailered. You’ve desensitized him, using positive training methods, and still, he keeps pawing at the floor or kicking out causing the trailer to rock because he doesn’t want to be separated from you. Treatibles PCR oil is an amazing addition to your routine. Administer the dose 30 minutes to an hour beforehand and see what a difference it makes.
Alternatively, you may have a horse on stall rest. You’ve made some pretty creative toys for your horse to play with but after 4 weeks they are just feeling cooped up and wanting out. Use phytocannabinoid-rich oil for horses to help keep them calm until you can hand walk or turnout again. Further, you can use PCR oil to calm your horse prior to hand walking so he doesn’t make it a challenge!
Phytocannabinoid-rich oil does not change your horse’s personality. But it does help to bring your animal back to balance within their own bodies. Naturally.
Benefits of Phytocannabinoid-rich Oil for Your Horse
- Reduce Pain
- Improve Digestion and Appetite
- Calm Anxiety
- Reduce Inflammation
- Separation Anxiety/ Generalized Anxiety
Global competition rules are very strict when it comes to medicating your horse prior to an event. The FEI and United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) have precise information to keep everyone on an even playing field.
“The FEI has published a warning regarding the use of supplements (including herbal supplements) and products of which the ingredients are unknown. Any substances which affects the performance of a horse in a calming (tranquillising) or an energising (stimulant) manner and which contain a prohibited substance are forbidden.”Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI).
It is important to note that PCR oil and hemp were not on this list at the time this post was originally published. In May 2019 USEF placed CBD on their prohibited substance list. Anything that calms your horse is forbidden. Until further research can be done on the length of time CBD remains present and active in your horses’ system, it is advised to avoid using phytocannabinoids during competition season.
Is Phytocannabinoid-rich Oil and Hemp Illegal?
Treatibles was the first company to create PCR hemp oil infused chews for pets. Their products are virtually free of THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. Treatibles are legal to sell and ship to all 50 United States.
Where You Can Buy PCR Oil for your Horse
Currently, on the market, horses would do best with the 25mg Phytocannabinoid Gel Caps available on the Treatibles website. The recommended dosage is one 25mg gel cap for a 1,000 lb. horse. The amount depends on the sensitivity of your horse and need, but always best to start with the minimum dosage before increasing. Do not increase to more than 50 mg per dose without consulting your veterinarian. Benefits may last anywhere from 4 to 8 hours.
New on the market is a 750mg dropper bottle! This is brand new in production, and I’ve been chosen to personally share this exciting information with my fellow equestrians.
Treatibles is an amazing US-based company that has your pet’s mental and physical health at the forefront of their mind. They would love to improve the lives of horses as they have with dogs, cats, rabbits, and more.
The benefits of PCR oil for horses complement the benefits of sports massage, acupuncture, and aromatherapy which is why I am so glad that I found this product. Anything we can do to amplify the positive benefits of these holistic therapies naturally, without negative side effects, is something that I can get behind fully.