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

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

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?

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

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

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

Chamomile – the calming herb

Chamomile, Anthemis noblis or Matricaria chamomilla, depending on the species you select, is an herb that can assist you with your horse. Lets explore the use of the herb, the homoeopathic remedy which only contains the vibrational qualities of the original plant, and the essential oil made from the distilled flower. Chamomile the Herb Chamomile is a hardy perennial herb that was often used in Europe as a pathway plant or strewn along walkways due to its aromatic properties in the Middle Ages. It was an herb that was employed in a garden to help ailing plants in its midst, … Continue reading Chamomile – the calming herb

Summer relief

As the weather warms and we thaw out from the winter cold, your horse’s body can be sensitive to their environment. With our weather becoming more extreme it can be hostile to horses. Herbs can support and strengthen your horse’s body from invasion, making it more difficult for the body’s protective barrier to be compromised. By addressing the internal health of the horse you will have more success in dealing with this Summer’s allergies and common discomforts such as itch, photosensitivity, headshaking, and annoying bugs. Relief With many of these conditions, the herbs a herbalist may suggestion for each condition … Continue reading Summer relief

How much is enough

Working out the right amount of a herb or combination of herbs to give can depend on your intention. Why are you giving the herbs? Is it simply to address a physical issue? Is it to assist with a behaviour block? Are you addressing the spirit of the horse? Some people like to complicate the procedure by giving many herbs together. This is often out of anxiety in the hope they cover everything, or from their ego thinking how clever they are to have combined so many herbs. Sometimes we just love our horses “too much” and in our hope … Continue reading How much is enough