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Formulator’s Corner

This is where we go down the rabbit hole and talk about research and experiments with food, plants, and ingredients. The place where new ideas are sprouted, and new formulas and products are created.  Tigger Montague, our founder and formulator, shares her insights and scientific research on health, nutrition, ingredients, and formulas.  These articles are the basis of our products and our philosophies.

Turning Down the Heat: Cooling Foods and Cool Star EQ

It’s summertime, and keeping horses cool requires stall fans, electrolytes, mineral salt blocks, and lots of water.  Did you know ...
Cool Star EQ BioStar US photo

The Healing Art of the Poultice

The poultice has been used for healing over thousands of years; in fact, we can consider the poultice to be ...
Poultices by BioStar US

Muscle Building, Muscle Breakdown: Understanding the Cycle

Horse people appreciate the equine athlete who is well-muscled, fit, and strong for his activity, whether it be canter pirouettes, ...
Muscle Building and Breakdown Locomotion EQ

Managing Gastric Ulcer-Sensitive Horses

It can be challenging to manage a horse that tends to act ulcery  for days, weeks or months after gastric ...
Gastric Sensitive Horses | BioStar US

Contaminated Feed and Supplements

Recently, the dressage community was shocked to learn that two well-known rider/trainers were suspended by the FEI based on drug ...
Contaminated Feed and Supplements

The Industry and Ethics of Bovine Colostrum

Bovine colostrum is an important therapeutic food for horses and dogs.  It provides over 70 different growth factors for tissue ...
Bovine Colostrum Ethics and industry by BioStar US

Trees, Mice and Lyme Disease

Two researchers in the Hudson River Valley* have identified an early warning system for Lyme disease; they can predict how ...

Aloe Vera: The Healing Plant for Horses & Humans Alike

Aloe vera has a long history of use as an important and highly beneficial medicinal plant.  The Egyptians used aloe ...
BioStar US Aloe Vera and TumEase

Tweaking Formulas: Thera Calm EQ Adds Haritaki for GI Support

Admittedly, I have a compulsion to tweak, adjust, and mess with everything — kitchen recipes, my GPS’s opinion on directions, ...
Tigger Montague in BioStar Labs

New from BioStar: Optimum Healthy Weight

One of the most common equine health challenges is maintaining a healthy weight: not too fat, not too thin.  Horses ...
Optimum Healthy Weight from BioStar US

Introducing BioStar’s Circuvate EQ: Whole Food Circulation Supplement

BioStar introduces Circuvate EQ, a brand-new circulation supplement in February, 2017, specifically designed for the equine circulatory system — the system ...
Circuvate EQ: advanced circulatory support for horses from BioStar US

Does My Horse Need a Multivitamin / Mineral Supplement?

"Does my horse need a multivitamin / mineral supplement?" This question comes across my desk via emails and texts several ...
Does My Horse Need a Multivitamin / Mineral Supplement

BioStar’s Thermal EQ: The Warming Foods Supplement for Winter

Several years ago on a cold December day, I was setting up feed in the barn and adding ingredients from ...
Thermal EQ Warming Foods Supplement for Horses by BioStar EQ

Connective Tissue Support: Foods and Treatments

The connective tissue includes tendons and ligaments.  Tendons attach skeletal muscles to bone; their basic function is to transmit the ...
Equine Connective Tissue

Ulcer Sensitivities in Horses and How to Address Them

Horses evolved from small forest dwellers into grazers on the open plains and savannas.  Biologically, they are adapted to eating ...
Ulcer Sensitivities in Horses

The Verdict: What Science Says About Supplements

Recently, a report on calcium supplements was made public.  This is not the first time researchers have taken a deeper ...
science of supplements

Ayurveda: The Oldest Medicine on Earth

­My first exposure to Ayurveda was in 1984 at The Natural Products Expo in Atlanta.  I was working for a ...
Ayurveda

Astaxanthin: Super-Antioxidant, Player of Many Roles

Astaxanthin (pronounced Asta-ZAN-thin) is a powerful antioxidant you’ve probably never heard of.  It is a carotenoid, related to beta-carotene and ...
Astaxanthin

Looking Back: Feeding Horses in the 1800s

I came across an interesting book called The History, Treatment, and Diseases of the Horse written by William Youatt for ...
Feeding Horses in the 1800s - BioStar US

Salts of the Earth: Understanding Electrolytes

Horses cool themselves by sweating as we do, but they can sweat three times more than humans from the same ...
Understanding Electrolytes

Bovine Colostrum: Nature’s Superfood

Bovine colostrum is one of those superfoods that I always have on hand for the horses, the dogs, and myself ...

Whole Food Supplements