Have you heard of CurOST? Until a few years ago, I hadn’t either.
In 2010, I had the privilege of watching the World Equestrian Games with friends and family. As we walked the aisles of gift shops and exhibits, I picked up several samples. Over the last few years, Nouvelle Research has emailed articles about their product line, and if I can be honest, I often deleted them. After all, my horse was sound and going beautifully.
A former barn-mate, show-buddy, and friend, Beth Stelzleni, has become an expert equine nutritionist, eventer, and trainer. I vaguely remember her posting glowing reviews about this product, but I did not realize that Beth is actually an ambassador for and routine user of Cur-OST.
When my mare suffered severe injuries to two ligaments last August, she started a regime of joint and ligament supplements. She was healing nicely while on stall rest and for the first few months under saddle. When we began trot, she came up lame again: first on the left hind, then her back, the left fore, and most recently the right fore. Based on ultrasound and X-rays, it seems she may have some residual inflammation in the original injury (lateral collateral ligament) and mild arthritic changes in the left hock, right fore navicular bone, and both fore coffin joints.
Daily Previcox brought some relief, but the mare was not sound. After consulting with my vet, we turned her out, stopped the Previcox, and purchased Cur-OST EQ Plus GTF formula. Per Nouvelle’s research, a spice you may find more often in Indian food than in your barn may reduce the inflammatory processes that degenerate joints or slow the healing process in soft tissue. Curcumin, a principle ingredient in Cur-OST, comes from the turmeric plant.
Dosing out the Cur-OST has been on my “to-do” list for weeks now. My mare gets a daily SmartPak, which I have found is the most effective and convenient method to ensure my mare gets an accurate and consistent dose of her supplements. Cur-OST does not come in SmartPaks (yet).
First, I needed 30 small containers. With Christmas around the corner and the steady stream of vet bills I’ve received over the last year, I was not about to shell out full price. Take note: if you give daily supplements, keep an eye on grocery store mailers for a good deal. I joined “Just for U,” a savings club at Safeway, and downloaded the app to my iPhone. Lo and behold, the “XSmall” size Ziploc brand containers had a store discount and had a manufacturers coupon attached that Safeway doubled! I bought 30, and paid less than half price.
Next, the dosing: Cur-OST recommends a loading dose for a 1000-lb. horse of 1 ounce (1 scoop) twice daily for 10-14 days. The bag claims to have 28 ounces. Some of the powder spilled out as I scooped. As a result, I wound up with 27 doses.
The powder is a rich yellow and smells fruity-sweet. Like turmeric, it leaves a bright stain (on fingers and clothes too!) At this point, it isn’t clear what is causing my mare to be lame, but the Nouvelle studies suggest that Cur-OST may be effective at addressing both soft tissue injury and arthritis. With three run-ins with the product, there’s no time like the present to give it a try. Wish us luck!