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?

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

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

GETTING THE FEEL

By Catherine Bird Massaging your horse/dog/cat can be a way to develop a bond between the two of you, and open up another level of understanding how your animal/dog/cat moves.   One thing a student finds foreign when learning to massage a animal is getting the feel of what is under their hands. It is not something everyone can feel automatically but it is possible with practice to be able to feel effectively. When your feel develops you will find you can begin to get an idea of what has happened to your animal in the past. When you are … Continue reading GETTING THE FEEL