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[17 Aug 2011 | 2 Comments | ]

Carrot-Practics
Courtesy of Natural Horse Magazine
With a little practice and a handful of carrots, you can get your horse to do his own chiropractic work ¿ on himself. Well, it’s almost as good as chiropracticŠ
Many veterinarians, equine chiropractors, massage therapists, and bodyworkers encourage carrot stretches for horses. Carrots are nutritious and horses love them, and the benefits of stretching are many.
When a horse is encouraged to stretch for a carrot, he stretches his muscles and joints. He increases the circulation through the muscle tissue and frees up sticky fascia. He opens …

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Herbs For Horses – From Feed Bucket to Bath
By: Shelly Moore, Courtesy of Natural Horse Magazine
The use of herbs for horses has a long and colorful history throughout the world. From the days of old to modern day, the use of herbs for many conditions has been available to nearly everyone. Ancient civilizations used herbs long before the advent of homeopathy or allopathic medicine because plants were readily available and were all that they had. Throughout history herbal use has been documented for humans as well as animals.
Wild horses of …

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Is Equine Massage Good for My Old Horse?
By: Mike Scott, Courtesy of Natural Horse Magazine
For the aged horse, massage can be both good AND bad. Well, to start with, you’re probably wondering why a massage therapist would say that massage might be bad, especially when it is how he makes his living. I will try to explain this technically yet simply enough for the layperson to understand. It is a topic that I have had to explain to many of my clients over the past 14 years. Some can grasp …

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Calming Aromatherapy for Fear and Anxiety
By: Catherine Bird, Courtesy of Natural Horse Magazine

One of the most unsettling experiences to deal with when you are handling your horse is an attack of fear or anxiety. Once the incident takes shape of its own then your own emotions come into play and continue the spiral of energy that leads you and your horse down an unpleasant path.
It is useful if you can find out the WHY when your horse shows such symptoms. Does he have a history of abuse? Was there an …

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The Bridle Lame Horse
By: Sharon May-Davis, Courtesy of Natural Horse Magazine

Even though a bridle lame horse does not exhibit the true characteristics associated with lameness such as heat, pain and swelling, he does however exhibit one or more symptoms that elicit concern. For example; the horse can be scratchy in front, short striding, skipping, hopping, stiff in the shoulders or unable to extend to its full potential. Furthermore, your horse may have a change in attitude, be sore around the poll, become reluctant to work, and, more notably, display a …

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Massage and Saddle Fit
By: Mike Scott, Courtesy of Natural Horse Magazine

This article involves two subjects that receive a lot of attention and controversy but are very important in many aspects of equine health care.
The relationship between massage and saddle fit.
Both of these are usually administered to the horse after he has become sore or has developed a problem. Being a massage therapist, I know first-hand how important alleviating pain can be and more recently I have developed the same passion in preventing it.
What do we need to look for in …

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Balanced Horsemanship with T’ai Chi
By: Adam Burns, Courtesy of Natural Horse Magazine

For over 3000 years the Chinese have been studying the laws and way of Mother Nature (Daoism). One of the main principles they discovered was the dual forces of yin and yang. These two opposing, controlling and reflecting forces are shown in the T’ai Chi symbol.
Chuang Tzu, one of the most well known Chinese philosophers (500 BC), once wrote, “There is no greater adversary than Yin and Yang as there is no-where they are not.”
Seven hundred years ago T’ai …

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Scented Horses
By: Catherine Bird, Courtesy of Natural Horse Magazine

Aromatherapy came to Australian beauty salons a few decades ago. Fortunately, we donêt have to take our horses and sit them on a treatment table to get the benefits of essential oils. There is also no need to apply the essential oils to the entire horse; they work extremely well with spot applications where needed.
You can make up a blend of essential oils to help with a sore muscle, bruising or swelling, fungal skin infections or tendon problems, and apply them, diluted …

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Skin Conditions and Homeopathy
By: Cheyanne West, C-Hom.,
Courtesy of Natural Horse Magazine
One of the most puzzling aspects of owning a horse is when something “mysterious” appears on the skin. We call a veterinarian to diagnose the condition, and do biopsies (in some cases) or culture tests to determine what it actually is. These tests can be costly, and in some cases unproductive. Some skin conditions may be simple, acute, or minor allergic reactions that can be relieved with over the counter medicines or “natural remedies”. Others can be more complicated but …

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Blending Homeopathy and Veterinary Care
By: Cheyanne West
Editors Note: If you would like more information on how you can incorporate homeopathic remedies with veterinary care, contact Cheyanne West by e-mailing her at: AskCheyanne@TodaysHorse.com
Whether you are a first time horse owner, or have had horses for many years matters little. You will be surprised how many horse owners and caretakers do not recognize life threatening injuries or illnesses. For the most part, minor injuries or illnesses can be cared for by the owner or barn manager. These types of injuries include …