Transitioning from Conventional to Holistic Horse Care

I OFTEN DEVOTE WEEKEND BLOGS TO HEALTH CARE. THIS INTERESTING ARTICLE  WAS WRITTEN BY MY GOOD FRIEND AND HORSE VET OF 25 YEARS, DR. MADALYN WARD. (YOU CAN FIND THE PRODUCTS SHE MENTIONS IN THE ‘STORE’ ON HER WEBSITE.)

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A holistic approach can help keep the vibrant health your horse was born with long into his old age.

Moving from conventional horse care to holistic horse care is a process. It requires, first, a shift in belief systems from medicine healing the horse to the horse healing himself. If a horse has been given drugs all of his life then his body is less able to mount a healing response on its own.

I have had the opportunity to work with many owners who have moved horses to holistic care. Many of these horses have come off the racetrack and others have been mustangs. The mustangs were given multiple vaccinations and dewormers when captured and this weakened many of them. A horse that is used to holistic care will often have more problems with side effects from drugs because their detoxification systems are not as active.

It can take a year to 18 months for a horse to respond well to holistic care. Low force body work and energetic treatments such as homeopathy and acupressure may not work well if a horse’s system is still expecting more physical support. As a horse gets healthier and healthier he will start to respond better to energetic treatments.

A horse with colic is a perfect example. If the horse is used to getting banamine for every minor digestive upset, he will not respond as well to homeopathic horse colic remedies like Nux vomica or Chamomile. If a horse is on a holistic program where drugs are used only as a last resort, he will often recover from a mild colic with homeopathic remedies and oral probiotics such as Digestive Product Fastrack.

Horse injuries are another example. A horse on a holistic program may not need antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs for mild injuries. A dose of homeopathic Arnica and washing the wound with Wound Wash for Animals. may be all that is needed. The immune system of a horse on a holistic program is usually stronger and better able to heal injuries without infections occurring.

This is not to say that a horse on a holistic program will never get sick. A holistic program may not always prevent infections but the response from the horse’s immune system is usually very fast and effective. If drugs are needed they tend to work much faster if the horse is not used to getting them for every little minor ailment.

So if you are transitioning a horse to a holistic program don’t expect him to go drug free cold turkey. First make sure his diet is good and he has some foundational whole food supplement such as Simplexity Essentials or APA Blend so you know his digestion and immune system are supported. Try using homeopathic or herbal remedies before resorting to drugs, and over time you will find your horse is healthier on a holistic management plan that includes drugs only under the most serious circumstances.

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