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More information on Double Cream as POTENTIAL LAMINITIS REMEDY and The Three FLAVORS horses pick most often!






I wanted to follow up on the article I posted about ‘double cream’ being a potential cure for laminitis.  If you missed that post, click here.

Well, the author of that article wrote to me with a follow up that I thought was interesting – so I’ve attached it below.

If Mama Tess were alive… or if anyone here shows signs of laminitis, aside from all the normal immediate actions to take (reduce sugars, no grain, no stress, ice, boots, antiflam…), I would also add the double cream.  Couldn’t hurt, could help.

MORE ABOUT DOUBLE CREAM

FROM:  Susan Rogerson

Hi Dawn,

Lovely to hear from you! Someone else in the US asked me about this recently too, so I’ve  already done a bit of research. I was really surprised when I found out that you don’t have fresh cream in the US. What do you put on your strawberries?! In England it only costs around £1.20 per pot, but that’s not much help to you!

I have found out that double cream can be bought on Amazon, imported from England, in glass jars. However, the reviews for the product are mixed – some people love it, but there have also been bad reviews citing spoilt (sometimes seemingly unrefrigerated) product. It’s also really expensive buying it that way.  One person did say that they could buy it “locally” at a cheaper price, but I don’t know where they were from!

Amazon also sell what they call “Heavy cream powder”. It looks like it might be roughly equivalent to our “double cream” (albeit a dried version), with a high butterfat content, so it might be worth trying – although it also contains some additives. There is a hormone-free one advertised (see below) – there may be others (be wary of non-organic US milk as I believe the cows are all fed growth hormone, and I don’t know what effect that would have on a horse – especially a sick one (growth hormone is banned in Britain so we don’t have that problem)). It’s still expensive but has a long shelf-life. I don’t know whether it will be as good as fresh, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t be, if it’s reconstituted properly – it’s the high fat content that’s important.

https://www.amazon.com/Hoosier-Hill-Farm/b/ref=bl_dp_s_web_5583893011?ie=UTF8&node=5583893011&field-lbr_brands_browse-bin=Hoosier+Hill+Farm

The only other thing I can think of as a substitute is ghee – if you have that in the US. Unless you can find a local farmer that would start producing fresh cream – there’s definitely a gap in the market!

I hope that is of some help. If you can find anything else that I can recommend to other people in the US, then I’d love to hear from you.

I’d be so happy if other people tried it and it worked. I tried to get a proper trial going in England, in conjunction with a vet, but the Home Office wouldn’t give us a licence. They said that there wasn’t enough proof that it worked. Which was a bit mad, as the whole point of doing the trial was to prove that it works!! But that’s governments for you! I can’t even get articles in British magazines, as they won’t take them without veterinary approval, which I can’t get! Any other success stories would really help the cause. Hopefully there would be a snowball effect, and the establishment would start to take me seriously. More importantly, horses and their owners might be spared the agonies and devastation that laminitis brings.

There is one other success story in the comments section of my paper: http://dx.doi.org/10.7392/openaccess.70081971

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The milk fat, double cream, as an effective anti-inflammatory in acute laminitis
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Abstract: This study indicates that the milk fat, double cream, is an effective anti-inflammatory in the treatment of acute laminitis…

If that pony can get better, then there is hope for all.

Please let me know how people get on, and if you have any other questions, or just want to chat about it, please don’t hesitate to get in touch again (although I only have intermittent email access, so it may take me a few days to reply!).

Thanks for your interest.

Kind regards,

HORSES TOP THREE FAVORITE FLAVORS

I was a little surprised by this list… I would have thought apples or carrots would be up there – maybe even melon.

But no… here they are:

  1.  Banana
  2.  Anise  (Licorice)
  3.  Maple Syrup flavor

I was also told that if a horse is refusing supplement or medicine, you could try banana pudding powder.

I had never thought of that!

My horses love watermelon! I wonder if melon was offered to these test horses?…

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DOUBLE CREAM (what is that?) AS LAMINITIS REMEDY?… Read on!






I was sent this article from Equestrian Life (Thank you).  It was written by a woman in the UK. When she states to feed ‘double cream’, she assumes we know what that means…

Well, not so, at least for me.

You see, at first, I was confused because I had no idea what Double Cream was and how I could acquire it.   Truthfully, I still doubt you can get the full fledged, 48% fat ‘double cream’ like they sell in the UK – here… but I have been told that you can find something labeled “double cream” at Trader Joes, Whole Foods and I also found it on this link from Amazon.  And, if you have a local dairy, ask them if they could provide for you 48% double cream.

Here is the definition of double cream:

Double cream is like whipping cream. The butterfat content of double cream is around 48%, which makes it less fatty than clotted cream, but more dense than American whipping or heavy cream.

Double cream is a dairy product often found in Britain and Europe. It is extremely dense, rich cream that whips easily and can be used in an assortment of desserts and foods. Working with the thick cream can be difficult, as it separates when beaten too much and has a tendency to be very stiff. Generally, this product is called for in British recipes, while other types of cream are used in the Americas and other parts of the world.

The butterfat content of double cream is around 48%, which makes it less fatty than clotted cream, but more dense than American whipping or heavy cream. Single cream has an even lower fat content and is similar to half and half. The high fat content of double cream makes it an excellent addition to hot foods, since the fat acts as a carrier, making it less likely to separate. For this reason, it is often used in things like creme caramel or in hot sauces.

When milk is initially collected at the dairy, it is centrifuged to extract various products. Originally, milk was allowed to stand and separate, but centrifuging is much faster and safer. Prolonged centrifuging will result in higher butterfat, creating double cream. Unfortunately, the high butterfat can also be a problem, as is the case when this cream is whipped too long and starts to turn into butter.

The issue is that in most states in the USA, it is illegal to sell non-pasturized anything.  Double cream is non-pasturized.

(I did contact the author of the below article, and I asked her what she has told readers from the US about how to acquire double cream… I will let you know if I hear back.)

OK, so, if you can get your hands on double cream when you need it, here is a very, very interesting finding out of the UK…

If I had known about this during Mama Tess’ life, I would have tried it for sure!  Couldn’t hurt, could help!

A VERY INTERESTING STUDY FOR LAMINITIS OUT OF THE UK!

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By Susan Rogerson
The main laminitis season is here – the time when many horse owners start monitoring grass growth and checking their horse’s feet for signs of the dreaded disease.
I used to be one of those people. Now I no longer worry because I have found a simple, natural and highly effective treatment which stops the disease in its tracks – full-fat dairy cream. This might seem like a bizarre quack remedy, but the science behind it is compelling. My theory is that it works as an anti-inflammatory by lowering levels of prostaglandin E2 and leukotriene B4. I also believe it lowers thromboxane – a powerful vasoconstrictor. This theory is backed up by other published evidence. I have found it far more effective than bute, which often doesn’t work and can make the condition worse.
It was after a previous laminitic horse failed to respond to conventional veterinary treatment that I began to look for an alternative. After much research, close observation of my own horses and making connections to things I’d read about cheese, I formulated the dairy cream theory. Sadly, this horse died before I quite figured it out, but less than two years later my remaining horse got laminitis. He became my first guinea pig.
He was Obel grade three and reluctant to walk. I stabled him and fed him double cream in a bran feed with ad lib hay. The following morning he had already improved slightly. By day three he was walking easily. He was allowed out to graze for a short period each day and when I opened the stable door on the fifth day he trotted into the field with just a slight limp. I then turned him out 24/7 and he was completely sound within a few weeks. I didn’t give him any drugs or cryotherapy and his grass intake was only restricted for a few days.
The treatment was not completely without problems though. Initially, I fed the bran dry as I thought the combination of wet bran, lush spring grass and cream might give him diarrhoea. I also fed his usual broad-spectrum vitamin and mineral supplement. His droppings were normal but he did suffer mild tympanitic colic (gas). He also had fluid retention, drank twice his normal volume of water and urinated copiously. These side-effects were later alleviated by feeding the bran as a damp (but not soggy) mash and omitting the supplement.
After a second bout of laminitis that same year which was again successfully treated with double cream, my horse became sound and remained so for the next eight years. Then, in spring 2012, he had a third attack – the worst ever. Again the double cream worked – five days later he had only a slight limp. A friend then tried the cream on her pony, also with favourable results.
The full results have now been published in the journal ‘Open Science Repository Veterinary Medicine’, which is available open access. This paper includes a full discussion of my findings, along with references which support my theory. And since publication, two more horses have been successfully treated with double cream.
Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, the veterinary establishment is not interested. They have dismissed the idea completely without even bothering to test it out. So I am left in the frustrating position of having found a potential cure for laminitis, but having no way of validating it. Of course, that needn’t stop other horse owners from trying it out for themselves if they so choose. If it works on other horses then eventually the vets will have to sit up and take notice.
But here I must add a caveat. Laminitis is a serious and complex disease. If anyone wants to try the double cream treatment, but is inexperienced in dealing with the disease, or has any doubts at all, then it would be best to try it under the supervision of a vet – one who is open-minded enough not to dismiss the treatment out of hand – if such a creature exists!
Please also remember it is your decision. I am not a vet; I cannot legally (nor would want to) offer specific treatment advice for individual animals. All I can tell you is what worked for my horse and three others. Owners must decide for themselves whether double cream is an appropriate treatment for their own horse.
But if anyone does try it, please send me the results. If it cures enough horses then perhaps it will be accepted as a valid alternative to the current, hopelessly inadequate treatment.
My own horse has been laminitis free for over a year now. There is no guarantee that he won’t have another attack, but if he does I won’t be unduly worried. I’ll just put him back on the double cream.
For me, the fear and dread associated with laminitis has gone. It is my biggest hope now that other horses might also benefit, and that laminitis will lose its deadly grip over all of us.

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