It’s important for your horse to eliminate toxins at least as fast as they accumulate. Toxins are everywhere in our environment both internal and external.
1. Does your horse have fatty build up or hardness in the fat on the crest, over the shoulder, over the rump, or around the tail head?
2. Does your horse have fluid filling on the nose, above the eyes, in the throat, over the lumbar (just behind the saddle patch), in the sheath or udders, or in the lower legs?
3. Does your horse have a digital pulse?
4. Does your horse have a bloated belly (hay/grass belly)?
5. Does your horse have itchy skin, or any lumps or rashes on the skin?
For each 'YES' answer score 2 points.
If your score is 0:
YAY!!! Looks like there's no major problems to worry about.
If your score is 1-3:
Things are fairly good, there's no need to panic but there's room for a little improvement.
If your score is 4-6:
There's a few problems in this area. Something is out of balance and the whole system is beginning to show the strain. Doing a few of the other health checks may help you identify other areas that are feeling the pressure. If your score surprised you, it may be worth seeking further help and advice.
If your score is 7-10:
There are significant problems in this area. I strongly recommend you take action. Getting help from a professional with a proven track record may be necessary to get things back on track simply and quickly. It's likely that other systems are struggling under the strain as well so I'd recommend you do some of the other health checks too.