Vitamin E and Equine Motor Neuron Disease

Thomas J. Divers, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVECC, reported at the Cornell at Saratoga Symposium on Equine Health Care that many of the questions about equine motor neuron disease (EMND) have been answered. EMND was first reported in 1990 by the late John Cummings, DVM, PhD. It is an acquired neurodegenerative disease of adult horses that […]

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Understanding and Growing Herbs for Horses

When I first studied Herbal Medicine, (having come from an Engineering and Science background) I had great difficulty coming to terms with, and understanding how on earth all this knowledge was arrived at in the first place. ìHow many dead Herbalists did it take to decide which herbs were poisonous?  And then -How many more […]

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Travel Trauma in Horses

We all know people who get car sick, airsick or sea sick and there must be a few horses out there which get motion sickness in the same sort of way.  I don’t know of anybody who has died or had their career ruined as a result of travel related illness but I hear of […]

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The Bute Debate and Herbal Alternatives to Phenylbutazone

Rheumatism, Arthritis and Pain resulting from accident, injury or over exertion have been around as long as man and animals have walked upon the earth. Primitive man and animals instinctively sought out those plant substances which provided relief from pain and assisted healing of these conditions.  Instincts also led them to lick or to bind […]

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Queensland Itch

The problem with Queensland Itch is that it is initiated by a variety of causes and then perpetuated by another variety of causes.  Most often the initial reason for the itch in a horse starting off with sensitive skin is some sort of metabolic stress whether that be climatic or illness or difficulty in breaking […]

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Poultices

The practice of applying poultices to the body goes back a long way and was a major way in which medical results were achieved.  It was also something which remains in our cultural consciousness as although we all  know what a poultice is, very very few of us actually use them at all or maybe, […]

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Herbs for the Nervous Horse

These days, a large number of performance horses are highly strung to the point where it impedes their performance, and, in some cases, make the animal dangerous. Many riders and trainers have resorted to the use of chemical sedatives and tranquilizers to calm their horses, but not only are these products often illegal to use […]

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Herbal Hedgerows

The very best way to use herbs for health and well being, as we’ve seen, is for your horse to self-medicate as its instincts dictate. Most of us donít have access to huge tracts of untouched land for our horses to roam, so hedgerows are the next best things. Creating herbal hedgerows (called ëditchesí in […]

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Herbal First Aid For Horses

Herbs and Trauma Because of their reactive natures as flight animals and the confined conditions in which we often keep them, horses are inclined to injure themselves. This applies to the times when they are at liberty in the pasture, when being ridden, and, particularly, when they are being transported (See Chapter 8: Herbs and […]

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Equine Stomach Ulcers – Understanding and Treatment

The modern understanding of ulcers has changed over the past 25 years two or three times. We first have to look at these changes before we can go ahead and effectively treat ulcers in our horses. Many of us had not even believed that horses suffered from this condition until recently. Maybe they didn’t? Lets […]

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