Here comes the heat …

Here comes the heat …  Summer time in Australia is when we all want to head for the outdoors, with the increase in temperature comes added stresses from the environment for our horses. To keep them comfortable we can add fly veils and sheets, or use fly sprays; and we can also build up their own immune system from within with herbs which may help your horse cope with any changes in Summer weather. Photosensitisation and sunburn, insect bites, itch, cracked hooves are just some of the issues your horse may be affected by as a result of too much … Continue reading Here comes the heat …

Herbs to motivate your horse

Herbs to motivate your horse This could be a delicate subject. When we are frustrated with training or riding, there may be a reason a horse appears unwilling to co-operate or to share the same ambition for a transition that you desire. Labelling the horse a plodder, stubborn, resistant, or lazy may be premature. If your horse has become lethargic recently, have your veterinarian identify if there is medical reason.  A blood test may indicate he has had a virus or that an organ is not operating optimally. If your horse has become resistant to changing strides or less willing, maybe a body worker will … Continue reading Herbs to motivate your horse

Herbs to feed hooves

Herbs can play a supportive role with any hoof issues. Working with your farrier or trimmer and your veterinarian, no matter your philosophy, herbs can help with most hoof issues. The herbs suggested in this article are also categorised as gentle in action easily added to feed dried or powdered.   These herbs can be used across a few hoof issues, so as you select which ones you think are best for your horse, keep your selection between three to five. If you are not sure, you can use the Spring Blend from Country Park, which supports hoof issues that come on … Continue reading Herbs to feed hooves

Before you shoo that fly …

Why are our horses plagued by flies? Well that could be a silly question being in Australia with our national salute being a quick swish at flies. However, as with all things in nature, these flies may be giving us a hint as to what herbal support our horses are in need of.  While no horse will be free of flies this summer, a healthy horse tends to be less appealing to them. If a horse is not at optimum health, it can give off detectable odours that attract flies. The flies may sit along a meridian or rest over … Continue reading Before you shoo that fly …

It is time for romance

It is time for romance … Breeding and producing offspring is one of the natural cycles of life, and as with all areas of life often has its own challenges. For complicated pregnancies your veterinarian is your main source of advice. With general health support the use of gentle herbs can be of assistance in preparing for ‘romance’ and with the arrival of a new life in your paddock.   Preparing your mare When it comes to the female reproductive system, raspberry leaf is one of the primary herbs to consider. As a preparatory herb it is an ideal herb … Continue reading It is time for romance

Flood, Fire or Famine.

Dorothea Mackellar in her poem My Country is often used to describe our exposure to the elements here in Australia, this stanza sums up what has and is being faced by many horse owners at the moment: Core of my heart, my country! Land of the rainbow gold, For flood and fire and famine With each area faced with its own challenges, a herbal approach for your horse can be built around one or two key herbs that support the horse facing the current environmental trials and still leave room to tailor for individual need.  Too much water – Clivers … Continue reading Flood, Fire or Famine.

Helping your horse cope with a cold winter

Winter is a time when your hose will expend more energy to keep warm. How you assist him with this will vary with your local conditions, but there are a few simple things you can do wherever you have a definite “winter” season. Water is a primary consideration – all life needs water to survive and while horses can survive on ice and snow, if they have their water intake is greatly reduced this can lead to dehydration, weight loss or colic. Impaction colic is a common problem in winter when horses do not drink enough water because dehydration leads … Continue reading Helping your horse cope with a cold winter

How do I know if my horse likes an essential oil?

Responding to Essential Oils Working with such an individual technique that aromatherapy provides, you will find each horse has its own way of responding to the essential oils. How they show interest or disinterest will be unique to each horse, though there are some commonalities you can look for to help you decide if your horse wants or does not want the essential oil you have selected. One important foundation to aromatherapy is that you must ask your recipient if they like the essential oils you are going to use. This is common both to the human and horse scented … Continue reading How do I know if my horse likes an essential oil?

Energizing Oils – essential oils for the unambitious horse

Well, this could be a delicate topic, as no horse really likes to be referred to as a plodder, or worse still – stubborn, resistant, possibly even lazy! Now, it is important that you make sure there is no physical reason for your horse being called one of these names. Perhaps his muscles are not able to do what you want, or, as in the case of George, you may find a medical problem – my mate here had a bladder stone, and no matter how many essential oils we would have used before the discovery we would have had … Continue reading Energizing Oils – essential oils for the unambitious horse

Repelling Insects, Naturally

Bugs, flies, midges, mosquitoes; why are our horses plagued by them? Whether we like it or not, insects are just another part of nature. But each horse that is pestered by these little beasties can, thanks to nature, also enjoy some relief. Essential oils (natural aromatic essences from flowers and plants) provide a unique approach and are chosen to complement the individual. Also helpful are herbs and supplemental nutrients. While no horse will be – or should be – totally free from biting insects, a healthy horse tends to be less tasty and appealing to them. A healthy horse is … Continue reading Repelling Insects, Naturally

Is your horse coping with you at home in isolation?

Our horses have been adjusting to us being home and spending more time with them. It is an excellent time to work on some of our riding glitches and help our horses with nervous patterns and behaviours. Essential oils can give you some space to come together If you are ready to ride again, especially if your horse is used to a weekend trail ride and you are feeling like a Grand Prix dressage star after all these weeks at home, you might notice your horse starts to get a worried look or creases above the eyes – juniper is … Continue reading Is your horse coping with you at home in isolation?

Herbs for Laminitis with IR/EMS/focus

The Spring Hoof I have been getting ‘many’ enquiries for laminitis support this last week – it must be that time of the year again. This article has been sitting in the draft folder and worth sharing now. Originally published Horse Deals September 2017 Laminitis is one issue many horse and pony owners have to be alert for with Spring. Nutritional support for a horse who suffers laminitis is vital. For the horse that is prone to laminitis, clivers is a useful daily supplement to improve the integrity of the hoof as it is one of the most nutritional herbs … Continue reading Herbs for Laminitis with IR/EMS/focus

Inflammatory Herbs for Physical Hurts

Inflammation: normal pathological process provoked by actual, or threat of imminent physical, chemical or biological injury; mediated by a series of cellular and biochemical reactions in affected blood vessels and adjacent tissues; characterized by five classic signs – calor (heat), rubor (redness), tumor (swelling), dolor (pain) and functio laesa (loss of function), all/some of which are noted in inflamed tissue. Continue reading Inflammatory Herbs for Physical Hurts

Were our horses drug addicts?

Reading Veterinary texts from the late 1880’s and early 1900’s there began to be a theme. Veterinarians of that time relied heavily on the use of narcotics. Opium in several forms and Cannabis were prescribed for common ailments. Many texts refer to both opium and cannabis when dealing with illness with the domestic animal. After reading up on the prescription of these drugs, I began to wonder how a pet or working animal would have reacted in this time. Drugs can affect the pet or working animal on many levels, and possibly the reliance on drugs such as opium and … Continue reading Were our horses drug addicts?

Grapefruit – ‘Brain Sunshine’ Essential Oil

Grapefruit Essential Oil This light, refreshing scent is one of my favourites. The first part of this particular was published in Holistic Horse Magazine in their regular Essential Oil Blurb (April/May 2018 edition) and the second part of the article is an exert from Horse Scents. Common Name:    Grapefruit              Latin Name:  Citrus paradisi Common Uses: UK aromatherapist Lyn Palmer once described grapefruit as “brain sunshine” and this my favorite way to describe one of the most uplifting essential oils. The scent is especially good for lifting the mood of confined horses, or during winter … Continue reading Grapefruit – ‘Brain Sunshine’ Essential Oil

Aromatherapy and Heaves

Aromatherapy can provide some relief with the respiratory complaint heaves. It will not cure your horse of this disease, however it will provide a tool that improves the quality of his life. Heaves, referred to as broken wind, is a chronic emphysema of the horse that causes difficult expiration and heaving of the flanks. Heaves, also known as equine chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is a chronic airway disease that is the result of repeated bouts of airway inflammation that occur in response to antigens and dusts commonly found in stables, especially those in poorly-cured hay. Heaves can be confused … Continue reading Aromatherapy and Heaves

Equine Aromatherapy Course – 21st Birthday

To celebrate 21 years, the Equine Aromatherapy Course has a new logo with refreshed course notes.  To celebrate the longevity of the course, until 31 December 2020, course fees have been discounted. Email Catherine and an PayPal transaction can be organised. Aromatherapy is a very personal experience for both the horse and practitioner/owner and as each participant builds their foundation during the course, they are encouraged to develop their own creative expression of how they will grow with the knowledge shared in this course. The participant can expect to competently use aromatherapy with horses in a professional manner and achieve … Continue reading Equine Aromatherapy Course – 21st Birthday

Aromatherapy for Equine Body Workers

Aromatherapy is a valuable tool to add to the equine body worker’s range of skills.

Essential oils work two ways with your horse. He may have a physical problem that needs to be addressed or an emotional issue. For a physical problem, you can apply the essential oils, diluted in carrier oil or cream, onto the area so some of the molecules of the essential oil can find their way via the hair follicles into the bloodstream. For an emotional problem, your horse can inhale the molecules of a scent and have it trigger the release of neuro-chemicals in every body cell to help relax or relieve fears. Continue reading Aromatherapy for Equine Body Workers

Garlic and Horses

This herb has amazing healing qualities and a wonderful additive to most diets. However, as with everything, a little goes a long way and there are times you must be cautious with the ingestion of garlic. Garlic is universal in all streams of herbalism Traditional indications for garlic in Western herbalism as an expectorant and for worm infestation. In addition to these garlic has been used in Chinese medicine for indigestion and in Ayurvedic for fevers and debilitated conditions. It is commonly used to repel flies and insects as it promotes sweating and in doing so is excreted through skin … Continue reading Garlic and Horses

Horse Scents eBook PDF now available

Horse Scents eBook is now available on my Etsy store as a digital download. Horse Scents – making sense with your horse using aromatherapy is now ready for digital download at http://www.catherinebird.com.au the Aromawearables store on Etsy. This book offers you simple ways to be able to use aromatherapy with your own horse. Aromatherapy can be used on simple physical problems once you have consulted your Veterinarian as well as helping you find a better way to relate to your horse. Reviews of 1999 edition: Reviews: Horse Scents, appropriately titled, is not just about aromatherapy – it is also about … Continue reading Horse Scents eBook PDF now available

Your Winter Herbal Tack Room

Your Winter Herbal Tack Room I have done a series of articles for Country Park Animal Herbs and they have been published over the years in Hoofbeats and Horse Deals Magazines. Over the next few months, now that a few years have passed, I will share these with my readers. For those of you in Australia, Country Park Animal Herbs sell most dried herbs in 1 kilo bags, an economical way to purchase quality herbs for your horse.  This article was published in March 2017. Your Winter Herbal Tack Room Winter brings with it a range of issues that can … Continue reading Your Winter Herbal Tack Room

Essential oils to assist with hoof problems

Essential oils offer natural help for horses with hoof problems. As a component of rehabilitation, the use of these essential oils can be helpful in two ways: There is the direct physical action – such as with external application – to assist with the healing of tissue, and there is the olfactory response – aromatherapy – that assists with identifying and addressing some of the underlying issues that could be contributing to the hoof problems. Initially I narrow down through knowledge my choice of essential oils to offer the horse. When I am deciding on which application of the oils … Continue reading Essential oils to assist with hoof problems

Herbs for the Seasons

A few years ago now Country Park Animal Herbs asked me to design some blends of herbs for them to assist their clients. Initially we looked at common issues and worked on that idea. But using herbs for good health can be quite limited if one becomes fixated on ‘disease’ so the concept was expanded upon and the idea to help you as horse owners get more in touch with the seasonal needs of your horse and in harmony with nature fitted more with the philosophy of going with the flow and taking the path of least resistance so you … Continue reading Herbs for the Seasons