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Dance of the bits

In the good ol’ days we took our snaffle bit and put it in our horse’s mouth and went for a ride. If our horse complained but did not run off we often never noticed that anything was wrong. And if this horse was controllable without resorting to anything like a pelham, we would say . . . → Read More: Dance of the bits

Ask Dr. Harman: Holistic treatment for ulcers

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Q. What complementary medicine/modality do you recommend for gastric ulcers?

A. There are many possible treatments for ulcers, however, it is important to try to prevent a recurrence, not just treat what is there. If the horse came from a stressful environment, and is now in a good place, treatment with some natural compounds may . . . → Read More: Ask Dr. Harman: Holistic treatment for ulcers

To Blanket, or Not to Blanket…That is the Question

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Question: How do I know if my horse is cold? I put him out in cold weather with a shed, but he will not go in it. I am not sure how many blankets he needs to keep warm.

Answer: Horses are much better adapted to the cold weather than we give them credit . . . → Read More: To Blanket, or Not to Blanket…That is the Question

Top ten herbs for starting out

Did you know that herbs can be powerful aids to assist during healing for humans and animals alike? If you’ve been eager to learn more about holistic medicine, but not sure where to start, here’s a quick look at the top ten herbs to cut your teeth on.

These herbs offer good historical data and . . . → Read More: Top ten herbs for starting out

Vitamin E

Vitamin E levels in horses tend to be low when they do not have good access to green grass. When there is a drought, pastures that are normally green are poor quality and the hay is poorer quality than usual. Vitamin E deficiency has been liked to several serious equine diseases and may be linked . . . → Read More: Vitamin E