Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Remedies for Resolving Abscesses

Romeo and Summer
By Mary Gallagher

Last month, a mare belonging to one of our boarders developed an abscess. The owner, Blaire Elizabeth, and I agreed to wait patiently for it to ‘ripen’ and open on its own, which I have found to be the wisest approach. However, after two weeks, Summer (the mare) was still lame and our patience was running thin. I decided to look up a homeopathic remedy for her, and found that Silica was recommended to help resolve abscesses. So Blaire gave Summer one dose of Silica 30c, and sure enough, the next day the abscess had burst and Summer seemed greatly relieved.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Transformation of Niko, Part 4 (Vitamin E edition…)

By Michelle Grimmer & Barbara Noble

First of all, Niko is doing GREAT! Two years after adopting him and starting down the road to
unraveling the puzzle of his various mental and
physical issues, I can finally say that he is doing well and moving soundly. Time, patience, persistence, a team of caring professionals, therapeutic exercise, hoof trimming, tack fitting, dentistry, structural integration, chiropractic adjustments, the list could go on. While we attacked things on the outside of the horse, and the inside of his brain, we have also addressed what we put into him in terms of the feed and nutrients required for healthy body building and tissue repair. A hay balancing supplement has been introduced to his feeding regimen along with magnesium, a joint supplement (makes me feel good at least, even if the jury is out on its actual benefits), and vitamin E.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Signs of Spring: Thoughts on Supplementation, Hay Analysis, and Laminitis

by Barbara Noble

When Barbara Noble sent us this article, I appreciated the reminder that springtime brings new growth of all kinds, including the prospect of new hay, rich new grass, and definitely, a few seasonal concerns. A timely post! - Mary Gallagher

Not long ago I took a course in Equine Touch. One of my fellow participants was a veterinarian from the area where the clinic was held.  Other participants were eager for the opportunity to access her expertise during free time and kept asking her questions, mostly, ‘should I give my horse a supplement?  What supplement should I use?  Does my horse need a different type of supplement?  I heard many supplement questions and only one answer: It depends upon what is in your hay.  You have to get a hay analysis.