Howdy! A goal of this initial article is to introduce you to our organization, That Others May Live (TOML). We began our efforts in pain management and recovery in the equestrian world by working with performance trainers, a multi-location equestrian hospital, a horse sanctuary and several breeders. Our activities quickly expanded to the rodeo arena and barrel racing activities as we became acquainted with youth national riders, collegiate programs and professional riders. Our group is focused on cannabidiol, one of the chemical constituents of cannabis, and the use of products such as these in the equine industry.
Our exposure in the cutting disciplines began with a breeder in Central Texas. Initially using our pellets, this breeder had phenomenal success at the Futurity in November of 2020. We now have multiple champions and Hall of Fame riders in this segment supporting our products.
Stories of healing, pain management and performance improvements realized by using our products have spread our equestrian presence from Arizona to North York and beyond. Though we are continuously creating and evaluating products, our equestrian line is the fastest growing segment in our range of products.
Our focus on wellness before winning has been so successful that the National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) and National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) have both selected TOML as their Preferred National CBD partner. This is a great honor and very significant to the entire equestrian community.
Though we are a cannabidiol company, our true purpose is to increase the quality of life for all our customers, both animals and humans, along with supporting our beneficiary, the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Foundation of America and Camp Hope. The PTSD Foundation of America provides a completely free, 9 month program supporting our veterans, helping them rediscover their lives and purpose. Each day 22 veterans succumb to the mental and physical trauma of war and take their own lives. Every TOML product displays the PTSD Foundation of America logo and provides a donation to this critically important organization.
Utilizing information in this and future articles, we will present several different equine wellness subjects including dosing, usage procedures, pain management, anxiety and stress relief, wound care plus overall total health and well-being. We will connect with researchers about formal research, plus case studies and strive to provide you with complete and reliable information.
You’re invited to review the three Case Studies we’ve included below in this article. They document the application and effectiveness of our products on three unique equine issues.
In the cannabidiol (CBD) world, two types of raw material are utilized to create products once the plant is harvested and processed; Distillates (and there are two of these) and Isolates. Isolates contain only a single cannabinoid.
Hold up, “You’ve been talking about cannabinoids. Just what is a Cannabinoid?” Great question. Cannabinoids may be likened to vitamins; there are many, and the more they collaborate with each other, the greater effect they have. CBD is one of over 200 known cannabinoids.
So can I give these products to my horse? Another great question! First, consider this important fact. “All horses that show in any United States Equestrian Foundation (USEF) or Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) sanctioned shows should not be actively using a cannabinoid product. If your horse is tested for CBD, any of these (Distillate and Isolate) will show on a CBD specific drug test.”
TOML products are essential to support rest, recuperation and rehabilitation. See our website or contact us for dosing information so that you can help restore your horse’s performance and get the most out of the TOML cannabinoids while still remaining competitive.
So with that said, let’s discuss the types of raw material used to create CBD products.
Distillates are comprised of multiple cannabinoids, appearing as a runny, translucent oil devoid of the waxes or undesirable compounds from the original plant. Distillate is desirable due to its potency and versatility. As mentioned above, there are two types of Distillates, Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum.
So, what are pros and cons of each?
Full Spectrum Distillate
- Pros: Best yield of cannabinoids providing greater total health and wellness results.
- Cons: Contains Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), (Federally legal products contain less than .3% of THC.)
Broad Spectrum Distillate
- Pros: Has more than one cannabinoid in the extracted oil and limited to no THC.
- Cons: Not as complete a product as Full Spectrum Distillate.
- Pros: Guaranteed THC Free.
- Cons: Only one cannabinoid (CBD). All terpenes and essential oils are destroyed.
TOML Case Studies
Case Study 1:.
- Subject: Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis (DSLD).
- Location: Central Texas.
- Begin Date: April 2021.
- Product: TOML PELLETS, TOML FULL SPECTRUM ADDITIVE.
- Participant: 12 year old Mare.
History and Treatment:
Horse showed extreme pain in the back left pastern. Owner and trimmer were unable to touch affected area without causing a significant adverse reaction. In October 2020 a veterinarian diagnosed the horse with DSLD on back left pastern. There is no known cure for the disease and normally the result is euthanasia. As the horse had been barefoot, the veterinarian recommended placing reverse shoes on both hind hooves. The pain was so severe sedation was required to shoe the horse. Shoes naturally wore off in March 2021.
TOML Pellets were started and stopped in November of 2020 to allow time for reverse shoes to come off and not distort the Case Study findings. TOML Pellets and Full Spectrum Additive were added back into the daily feed beginning April 23, 2021. 1 gram of Bute was given during trim on May 2, 2021. Since May 2, 2021, no other prescriptions or medicines have been necessary and used during this study.
The goal of this study was to determine if TOML Products would reduce inflammation and relieve pain naturally, to enable the horse to maintain some quality of life. The owner was kept informed, and accepted the possibility that the horse may never be able to be ridden again, but did not want the horse to remain in pain.
- May 10, 2021: Slight decreases in inflammation of both rear pasterns. Horse moving with more ease about the pasture. Horse not laying down as much as in previous 4 months.
- May 18, 2021: Horse is able to withstand touch and light pressure on her pastern. This area was not able to be touched since October of 2020. Reduction of inflammation also noted.
- May 30, 2021: Horse trimmed both feet with no Bute, showing no noticeable discomfort.
- June 21, 2021: We have gone from a diagnosis of “Manage her pain until euthanasia” to “Almost normal”.
- July 13, 2021: Horse begins taking walks to increase movement in her rear pasterns.
- July 23, 2021: Hoof capsules are nice and tight, hooves are taking nice shape. Horse did not pull or put hooves down in pain. Stood the entire time of trim on opposing legs without a problem.
- August 6, 2021: Horse able to perform groundwork maneuvers and tasks.
- September 16, 2021: Horse is now offering to lift back legs during trimming. Great change in hoof walls being stronger, more connected and less ridges. Change counted back to show from when the TOML Products were introduced 6 months prior.
- October 14, 2021: New growth on hooves still looking very strong. Continuing to make improvements, slighter than initial large leaps forward.
- November 20. 2021: Best trim since diagnosed a year ago. Relaxed and calm. 75% improvement from the beginning of the year. Horse is showing signs of wanting to play and have greater interaction. Waiting at the gate and excited to engage. First time the idea of being able to saddle and do light riding in the spring.
- January 19, 2022: Best trim ever. Horse still showing degrees of improvement.
- February 19, 2021: Horse continuing to show improvement. Horse is lightest and softest she has been the entire time. Also showing signs of continued improvement in hooves and hoof structure.
- March 21, 2021: Continued improvement. Little to no inflammation. Horse offered foot to trimmer implying she is no longer anticipating any discomfort when being trimmed.
Conclusion and Next Steps:
TOML Pellets and TOML Full Spec Feed Additive combined have provided pain relief, hoof nourishment and anti-inflammation to the pastern and lower leg resulting in a healthier, happier horse with greater physical strength and overall wellness. The horse will maintain its daily use of TOML Pellets and TOML Full Spec Feed Additive.
Case Study 2
- Subject: Pre and Post Surgical Pain Management.
- Location: East Texas.
- Date: December 27, 2021 to February 7, 2022.
- Product: TOML 3000mg Tincture, TOML Pellets.
- Participant: 26 year old Gelding.
History and Treatment:
International Grand Prix Dressage Competitor and USDF Double Gold Earner. Horse has been blind in both eyes since July 2017. The left eye lens rotated and fell forward causing pain. Banamine and equinox prescribed to manage pain until surgery to remove eye.
Owner is looking for greater pain relief from a natural, non-prescription product. Starting on December 27 2021, 2ML of TOML 3000mg was administered twice a day, plus when horse was in pain and shaking head. TOML Pellets were added to the normal feeding schedule.
- TOML pellets and tincture were administered during pre-surgery, to assist in the management of pain and discomfort. Pellets were given daily as part of the regular feeding schedule and tincture was applied as needed during times of severe pain. Following the 2ML dosing of tincture, the horse would stop shaking his head and provide noticeable signs of relief within 20 minutes. This effect would last for 3-4 hours.
- During Post-Surgical recovery and stitch removal, the TOML 3000mg tincture was administered to manage the pain during the recovery process. TOML 3000mg tincture proved to be the only product that would calm the horse and provide relief from discomfort.
Conclusion and Next Steps:
TOML Tincture provided a quick, natural and lasting relief beyond other products, with no apparent side effects. Upon full recovery the horse started a maintenance protocol of 100mg twice a week. Currently, horse is healthy and well.
Case Study 3
- Subject: Equine Respiratory Study.
- Location: Northern Kentucky.
- Date: November 2, 2021 to January 31, 2022.
- PRODUCT: TOML Full Spectrum Feed Additive.
- Participants: Two horses diagnosed with “equine asthma” in Northern Kentucky. Horse “A” a 5 year old Gelding, Horse “B” a 10 year old Mare.
History and Treatment:
Both horses have significant allergies and receive weekly allergy injections consisting of steroids, albuterol and nebulizers for flare ups. They are both fed Johnson, non allergic, grass hay. Both horses live in the same barn and have equal turn out time. They have always, without fail, had flare ups within 24hrs of each other. These episodes involve audible wheezing, nasal and eye drainage as well as activity limiting coughing.
Horse “A” was started on a full spectrum product. His grain was top dressed with one scoop morning and evening.
Horse “B” remained on her historical treatment plan.
- During the duration of the study and post study Horse “A” did NOT require any intervention or display any sign of respiratory flare ups. He did not experience any coughing, discharge or other respiratory distress. Even throughout the crazy KY weather swings.
- Horse “B” had 3 flare ups requiring steroids for 3+ days, albuterol before riding and nebulizer treatments twice a day.
The full spectrum product is the only change. Their diet, activity and environment have remained constant.
Conclusion and Next Steps:
The full spectrum feed additive provided additional overall wellness and respiratory support to aid in the health and well being of Horse “A”. Maintenance dosing started on Horse “A” of 1 scoop per day. Horse “B” has begun receiving the full spectrum product daily while being monitored for progress.
If you have any questions about how or when to use cannabinoid products within USEF or FEI guidelines, contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, we welcome all questions and will respond to them in future editions.
The more interactive this column is the better we are at informing you of the specific information you seek for the betterment of your horse. Please visit our website, www.tomlusa.com for more information and to learn more about The PTSD Foundation of America.