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Testing Natural Release as Aid for Colic

Testing Natural Release as Aid for Colic

Colic – and Natural Release Muscle and Joint.

Okay, so we are NOT prepared to make any claims yet but we now have two successful tests. Here’s how it started. Recently a customer wrote a post on FB. (I have pasted it below) The cliff-notes are that her horse went into full distress with what she believes was gas colic. Out of panicked desperation, she grabbed her Natural Release and sprayed the gut heavily. (Read her whole story at the bottom of this page. )

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Obviously we were intrigued. Fast forward to this weekend here at Four Oaks Farm. We had a horse that had eaten normally, but hadn’t p**ped in about 18 hours. (Sorry, I can’t say the word without getting censored) There were no sounds in the gut and we feared the early stages of an impaction colic. (You can hear the story in the video, though the audio is not great. I have to learn to speak up!).

Anyway, the horse was not yet in distress, but it was a good opportunity to test LisaRae’s experiment.

We sprayed this horse heavily on both sides, as seen in the video.

45 minutes later – he p**ped.

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Again, this is far, far too little data to make any claims, but I do like these 2 results. At this point our hypothesis is that Natural Release is releasing the stressed muscles around the gut, allowing things to shift and move.

It’s also something to keep in mind if you already have Natural Release in the barn. If it can make a difference, that’s huge. Hopefully you never have to try it, but if you do, please reach out. More data will be appreciated. I do know that from now on, until we know more one way or the other, we will be using N.R. at the first sign of colic distress.
Cheers, Heath, VP

Here is LisaRae’s personal story

LisaRae Ventures, June 2022
“FYI… I got very desperate this evening when my filly dropped to the ground as I was leading her across the arena. She tried to roll, but I wouldn’t let her. She immediately put her head down, closed her eyes and sighed. I thought she was gone! Long story short… She had no upper gut sounds so I gave her a shot of banimine. 30 minutes went by and still no sounds. It was hard to keep her walking.
Being desperate, I decided to spray the area over her upper gut. I’m not even exaggerating when I say within five minutes she began yawning, blowing out her nose and walking like nothing was wrong!! I could hear a few upper gut sounds and lower was more active. I sprayed a few more times over the next hour, and both upper and lower gut were very active and noisy.
I’m guessing she just had gas colic, but I seriously believe that getting her muscles relaxed with this product helped speed up her recovery!!! I know I’ve never seen banamine get these kind of results this fast! Can’t 100% claim this product was the accelerator, but it would take a lot to convince me it wasn’t!!!! Just happy my little girl is okay ūüėć”

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Beware of  Summer Heel Cracks!

Beware of Summer Heel Cracks!

Just because it’s summer, does NOT mean thrush magically goes away…. It just Hides!
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In other words, heel cracks are not just a problem in the wet, winter months. In fact, it can become an even bigger deal because most folks aren’t really paying that much attention to the feet. The frog and sole look dry and fine. But stick your hoof pick down inside the crack and see what comes out.
Black goo.
[Also, stay tuned on this page. In a few days, we will show you another bacteria access point that gets ignored in the summer, (and frankly, in the winter, too.) ]
The foot in this video is a prime example. That crack “looks” almost non-existent, right? It is tight and narrow, and almost looks properly closed. But with a little work with the pick, you can see that is not the case. There is an infection inside this foot. Hiding from the SoCal dryness and heat, yet still doing its thing.
Use your NT and get it deep inside the heel like Kathleen does in the video. Also, brush it into the frog and clefts and sole. Make sure the powder touches every surface of the foot. Stay on top of it at least 3-4 times a week until you can absolutely see the bottom of the former crack.
Click this link to read the pro-tips and scroll down that page for the application tips and typical timeframes for treating deep sulcus thrush.
Then, finally, we suggest doing weekly maintenance dustings going forward. Thrushy horses tend to be prone to thrush and it will come back. Weekly dustings will keep you out of the thrush cycle.
If you have a situation where you are unsure, DM us and we will talk you through it.
Cheers, Heath VP


This is a fantastic story (and Video)!!
A month ago, Mary F. bought some Natural Release, and then emailed us to ask some questions. She asked if it would work on a horse with a bone spur (between C5 and C6 on the neck.) The horse was in misery. We said….”Maybe.” NR is not intended to handle bone issues. However, we said it may help the inflammation issues often associated with Bone Spurs. (I have one in my own back, and know that inflammation is a problem.)Preview (opens in a new tab)
Mary said she was going to methodically try multiple modalities, one at a time, and Natural Release was queued up, but it was last on the list.
Below is Mary’s email that she sent along with the videos a month later.
“The results are in on using NATURAL RELEASE on our horse with the bone spur between C5 and C6.
He has been on a regimen of dex for 20 days and now gets 10 cc every other day.. We felt another modality might be even more helpful. So we tried one at a time. First we tried acupuncture and saw no change. Then cold laser and also saw no change. Then we tried massaging NATURAL RELEASE Muscle and Joint on his neck and then put on a Back on Track neck wrap. We saw a significant change – he warmed up faster and was able to be supple in his neck. Attached are a few videos.
+ The first is Dex only.
+ The second is Dex
and NATURAL RELEASE, along with a neck wrap warmup.) ”
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Thanks for the story and the Videos, Mary! Really appreciate these.
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Yes, if you or your horses have any kind of muscle stress, tendinitis, arthritis, or other soft tissue issue, you have surely spent a LOT of money on liniments while searching for relief.¬† Of course you have tried all the menthol rubs (99% of all liniments in the store carry menthol as their “active” ingredient.) These work a bit….sort of….Maybe? Honestly, not really. Basically as soon as the sensation of heat goes away, so does the sensation of relief. Your senses of smell and touch can no longer be tricked.

Natural Release Muscle Spray/Gel has no menthol, no alcohol.  It creates no heat, and there is nearly zero smell. (It can be used under saddle, wraps, and clothing)



The all-natural water-based ingredients are:

  • Dead Sea Transdermal Magnesium
  • Arnica
  • Eucalyptus.

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Everybody knows that magnesium releases muscle and soft tissue. This is why we take magnesium supplements to help prevent and stop leg cramps and body stress.  The form of magnesium in Natural Release is truly transdermal. This means it penetrates the skin, getting down into the deep tissue, going to work in minutes.  This form of Mg is also a carrier. So it carries the arnica and eucalyptus inside with it. These ingredients helps reduce inflammation and pain associated with stressed muscle and tendons, arthritis, tendonitis, etc.

Natural Release is labeled for animals, but people are finding it incredibly helpful for their personal use. Sore backs, thrown-out neck, knees, plantar fasciitis, and pretty much any soft tissue stress.

Massage therapists use it in their practice to release soft tissue before they go to work, making the massage easier to perform – and more importantly, less painful for the client.

Speaking of “use before,”¬† Natural Release is not only intended to be used as a muscle release after a hard workout, but even more importantly to be used¬† “Before” you ride?

  • Does your horse have a tweaked hock or stifle?
  • Do you have to do a 30 minute warm up to loosen him up before you can start working with him in the ring?
  • Does he balk when you are tacking up because his topline or sacrum is locked.
  • Is his stride short and choppy.
  • Does he fight the bridle because his poll or TMJ is clenched and ridged?

Natural Release will make a difference in all of these situations.
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Heel Crack and Sulcus Thrush PRO TIPS

Heel Crack and Sulcus Thrush PRO TIPS

****This Heel Crack / sulcus-thrush Pro-Tip is ABSOLUTELY IMPORTANT***


Are you dealing with sulcus thrush and HEEL CRACKS, and using No Thrush Powder to fix it? If so, this is Heath, Company VP, and I’m here to give you some ESSENTIAL¬† Pro-tips that will give you the best and fastest results.


After reading this post, be sure to click this photo to read: the complete Sulcus Thrush story.

#1 –¬† I can’t express how important this first one is….
*** Don’t try to outsmart the product. ***
No Thrush does its job. You do not need to add something else, trying to rush the process. Simply put, the heel regrowth process cannot be forced. No thrush is “allowing” the tissue to grow, it is not “making” it grow.¬†
Of course, being an impatient man myself, even I have tried to second-guess the product. I’ve tried to rush things by getting “creative.” It Never works. Instead, it slows things down and I have to thump myself in the forehead. ¬†
For Example, I have received several calls in the last few¬†weeks¬†from people saying that No Thrush has gotten them through the first goal (ie: the heels are firm and the horse is properly landing on his heels.) Yay. They are happy. Their complaint is that the cracks aren’t re-growing like we say they should.¬†¬†
After a quick discussion, this is what we learned… Instead of allowing No¬†Thrush to do its job, they decide to do more. After all, since NT is good all by itself, then adding something else must be even better, right?¬† This is what they decided to do…. They used NT 4 times a week, and then on the other days, they’d use bleach, vinegar, and/or one of the caustic old-school products you get at the store. As you know from our other posts, yes, caustic products kill bacteria…. BUT they also damage LIVE, sensitive tissue in the heel.¬† So by dripping those products into the heel cracks we are damaging the exact tissue that we are so diligently trying to fix. The thrush is gone but the heel cracks simply can’t regrow due to the damage. This means that new bacteria will invade.¬†¬†
Be patient and let No Thrush do its job. It’s good at it.¬†¬†It’s not the “instant” fix we’d all love, but if used as directed it is absolutely a thrush-war ender.
2. Understand that heel cracks take time to grow. Don’t get frustrated after two weeks. The heel will grow at the same pace as his feet grow. That pace varies from horse-to-horse. Some horses need to be trimmed every 8 weeks, some every 10 weeks. That is the pace that the heel tissue will grow as well. NOTE: It will also grow slower in the winter.
3. There are 2 separate goals when using NT for Sulcus Thrush.   
Goal #1 – the immediate and urgent goal is to Draw, Absorb, and Remove the bacteria breeding ground from the heel and clefts. By following the application tips below, this will typically occur in 5-7 days. Perhaps a bit longer if it’s a severe case.¬† ¬†At this point, the heels start to firm up and the horse begins walking properly with a heel-first step.¬†
Goal #2 РRe-grow the heel crack. 
After the active thrush is gone in¬†a week or¬†so, we need to keep using No Thrush to keep new bacteria from re-invading the heel while it grows and mends. If you stop treating now, new bacteria jumps in and goes right back to work.¬† This is called the “Thrush Cycle” and we will not get out of it until the heels are sealed and closed for good.
4. A “thrushy” horse will typically always be prone to thrush. It’s like athlete’s foot. If you are prone, you are prone. Nothing you can do but stay vigilant.¬† For thrush, after you have gone through the heel crack healing process, we recommend weekly dusting with¬†No Thrush.¬† You don’t need to use that¬†much, just a light dusting and scrub with¬†your hoof brush.¬† This will keep you out of the cycle entirely.
5. Mmmmm. This one should have been closer to the top.
Some heel cracks are tight like the one in this post’s photo. They might try to close up very, very fast. A few days even. DON’T let this happen. We do not want to allow a pocket of thrush to get trapped inside. Use your hoof pick to wiggle the crack open every day while getting your powder in there. The crack will regrow from the inside out. It will get shallower each week. By keeping the top open we allow air and NT to get inside and protect against further infection.
6.. One last item before we move on.¬† Some horses are extremely susceptible to thrush. In fact, we personally have 2 horses that we need to dust 3 times a week, every week, every month, every year. Ugh. Yes, it’s¬†a major hassle.¬† If we miss a day or two, BAM. What looked perfectly healthy yesterday, has suddenly exploded today. I’m serious. A heel crack opens up over night and black goo is everywhere.¬† In two days!¬† My point is, just be aware that there are anomalies out there. There are horses that never get thrush. Others attract it like ants to a PBJ sandwich left on the picnic table.
Okay, here’s the last, but very important bits. These are the “application” pro-tips that will get you the best and fastest results with your NT powder versus sulcus thrush.¬†
As long as you follow the 3 to-do’s, No Thrush will work in all weather conditions, including damp/muddy conditions. Of course the drier-the-better, but the powder will do the job if you do this….
1. Get plenty of powder “inside” the heel crack. Put a bunch of powder on top of the heel, then use your hoof pick to push and wiggle it inside. We need enough in there to absorb, draw, and remove the breeding ground. See the photo below.

NO THRUSH application on Sulcus Thrush

2. Lay a good amount of powder inside the clefts.
3. (important step) Use your hoof brush to scrub the powder into/onto all surfaces and nooks and crannies of the foot. Then when the horse goes into the mud, the mud will lock the powder into place. Most importantly, the powder is in the heel where most of the work needs to occur.
Note: The time-frame to get rid of the “active” thrush is 5-10 days, depending on how infected the heels are, and the typical time-frame to get he heels closed and healed is 30-60 days.
The goal is to have a “dimple” instead of a “crack.”
Hope that helps.
Heath VP
PS: Here are some application videos to watch. Try videos 2-3-4. You can experiment and see which works best for you.https://fouroaksproducts.com/important-no-thrush-videos…/

Also, if you want the entire Sulcus thrush Story, Review Video #1

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