What Is the Use of Equipoise for Horses?


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Equipoise is an anabolic steroid injected into horses. It is used most commonly on debilitated horses to make them healthier by increasing appetite to a healthy level, improving coat, strengthening the muscular system or improving health in general.

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The beneficial effects of equipoise last long and make this anabolic agent preferred over numerous oral doses of medication or injected substances with short-lived effects. Though equipoise works well in making horses healthier, its use is not intended to replace a well-balanced diet. The best results from equipoise can be achieved through careful administration and a proper diet.

The common dosage of equipoise is 0.5 milligram per pound of lean body mass. Equipoise can be given at intervals of two or three weeks at a time, with most horses requiring only one or two doses. Some horses experience negative reactions that are androgenic in nature, causing overly aggressive behavior. This reaction can last for six to eight weeks; a horse with an androgenic reaction should not receive equipoise again.

Equipoise is intended to be used for horses only and should not be administered to humans. Equipoise also should not be given to stallions or pregnant mares as there is not enough data on the effects this substance has on offspring.

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