Holistic Equine Care and Prevention
There was a time when nutrient rich grasses were a staple throughout
the earth and horses thrived because of it. Today, nothing could be farther
from the truth. Depleted soil conditions are the norm, and commercially
produced hays are deficient in basic important nutrients. Nutrient deficiencies
have become your horse’ s worst enemy.
is nothing more unnatural for a horse than to spend close to 24 hours a
day in a dark, often damp, 12'x12' square of a stall, isolated psychologically
as well as physically. Often times these are enclosed barns with very poor
air quality and circulation. No wonder the average race horse on
the average race track seems hard put to achieve long lasting health.
Lack of fresh air, lack of sunshine, lack of access to a variety of plants
and soils, lack of a herd structure, lack of movement–all combine to place
the modern horse in precarious health straits. Combine this with modern
confinement systems that intensify the stabled horse's proximity to toxins
and pathogens of all types while at the same time depressing his immune
system; and we have a major problem. It's a wonder that race
horses perform as well as they do.
Are You Meeting Your Horse's Nutritional Needs?
Our soil, plants, and especially commercial foods are woefully deficient in key nutrients.
Scientists theorize that mineral deficiency subjects us, and our animals,
to more diseases, aging, sickness and destruction of our physical well-being
than any other factor in personal health.
The consumption of clays, ash, and charcoal are other means used by animals to detoxify.
Many of you that have been in the horse business long, know that old timers
often advise putting a spade-cut square of sod into a horse's stall. Horses
seem to like to eat dirt. Graze one out in the open and it won't be long
until your horse is pawing up the grass and taking mouthful bites of dirt.
In her book "Wild Health", Cindy Engels talks of nutritional wisdom
which is defined as an animals innate instinctual need to eat nutrients
required by its body to maintain health. There seems to be an innate directional
finder in many mammals that point that animal toward foods that satisfy
its body's needs. In the evolutionary scheme of things, this is good engineering.
Related: Nutramin for Horses
is an excellent mineral supplement
A clinical study revealed that this extraordinary all-natural
stem cell enhancer for
horses supplement increased the number of circulating adult stem cells by approximately
3-4 million. Adult stem cells play a key role in the natural renewal process. Their
primary role is to maintain and repair tissue. Scientific studies have shown that
increasing the number of circulating adult stem cells in the body is an important aspect maintaining optimal health.
Natural health boils down to three factors in animals: proper nutrition,
the ability to detoxify and their ability
to keep a strong functioning immune system. A groundswell
of nutrition conscious veterinarians are beginning to recommend to their
clients that they supplement their animals diet with seaweed,
flaxseed oil and other equine nutrients for optimum health and vitality.
Immune Response Support in Equine Care
Responsible horse owners know that there are two things they
must do to give a horse every chance and maximal health: prevent illness
or injury through proper care and nutrition and address illness or injury
promptly when it does occur. Some of the finest horse trainers have recognized
that a product that provides overall immune system building can help horses
in breeding, racing, eventing and recovering from injury or stress. They
use a product known for its immune boosting properties.
This immune support also acts as a preventive measure. Healing is facilitated as well, and some trainers comment on
how quickly their horses recover from races when they're on a regime including this supplement.
Dr. Charles E Loops DVM: "After 10 years of traditional
veterinary practice I became tired of having no treatment for chronic disease, incurable conditions,
and a plethora of allergic maladies
which seem to plague all veterinary practices. I was frustrated with giving animals cortisone
because I had no other solutions, or using antibiotics for infections which I knew were of viral origin.
"Holistic veterinarians have used these immune enhancing products
as stand-alone and in conjunction with allopathic therapies in the following
cases with excellent results: CANCER: Canine lipomas, Canine/feline hepatic tumors,
Equine squamous cell carcinoma, Equine melanomas; Feline leukemia, oral
tumors. VIRAL/BACTERIAL: Upper and lower respiratory infections, Canine/feline
dermatoses, Equine/bovine scours, Equine septic arthritis, Feline abscesses.
PARASITIC/FUNGAL/AUTOIMMUNE: E.P.M., Feline and equine fungal dermatitis,
and Feline autoimmune gingivitis. Here are a few examples:
- A foal with joint ill, had been lame for 3 days with an extremely swollen hock and a 104.5 temperature.
I recommended that this foal be hospitalized due to the severity of infection,
but the client could not afford such care. I then recommended penicillin
injections daily and this immune modulating supplement, 3 caps 3 times daily. The foal received
only 2 injections of penicillin, but a full course of transfer
factors. 48 hours later, my client reported a remarkably quick recovery
with normal temperature and appetite with no apparent lameness.
- Victor, a 10-year-old gelding, with EPM was treated with conventional drug therapy for 5 weeks and yet continued to deteriorate. At week 6, I started him on this supplement. Within one week, he showed noticeable improvement,
and within 30 days, he was able to show. Since his full recovery 4 months
ago, Victor has continued to show at his original performance level.
NOTE: A number of veterinarians use this health support product in their practices. Diana Mc Cormick
owns a magnificent black purebred Andalusian stallion, Amistad. The horse fully recovered from his cancer and other health problems. A year later, Diane wrote
me: "The Tumor did not reappear or Amistad did not have any set backs since
I nursed him through that winter after the surgery and the following Spring.
Amistad looks magnificent and he is winning everywhere, producing foals
and making many more. At this time Amistad is actually in the process
of being sold for $80.000 to a wonderful lady in MI. So miracles
do happen, had we gone with the radiation, chances are he would have broken
a leg with the weak bones and he would be sterile."
Michelle Lauber, owner of Legacy
Hill Farms in Colorado, routinely imports champion horses from Germany.
She writes: "Recently, in February 2007, when my last group of horses were imported from Europe
through NY, they all became very sick at the U.S.D.A. quarantine facility
in Newburg. I was faced with a very scary situation and one which I'll
never forget. One by one, all my horses became sick and a normal
two day quarantine stay turned into what could have been a month or more.
Each day the vets could not tell me when my horses could be released to
come home to Colorado because they were becoming sicker by the day. At
a cost of $500 a day, I knew I had to do something to help them.
at least two full days scouring over the internet for research material
on immune function and a possible product that could help them. I realized
their stress levels had been high and that this directly contributed to
their illness by lowering their immune systems. When I learned about this immune foundation product,
I ordered it and had it shipped overnight to the U.S.D.A. quarantine
facility. After my horses were given two doses (in two days) all
four of my horses were completely well and released from quarantine. I
thought it was unbelievable. The USDA vets thought so too. Not one, not
two, but all four were well. And they stayed well through the 38 hour van
ride to Colorado."
Kenneth L. Marcella, D.V.M., - "Horses suffering from such chronic diseases as Cushing's
syndrome, laminitis, colitis, and cancers ranging from sarcoids to melanomas also may benefit.
Chronic reproductive infections may benefit from this type of immune boost. Because the immune
system seeks to heal the body from within and to make it more resistant from attack from without,
any immune improvement means better health in general. This is the long-awaited promise from the field of immunotherapy.
CharlesW. Brown, DVM - "My colleagues and I have found this product
to be very effective in modulating the immune system. Transfer
factor is a "soup" of immune-modulating factors, which contains a leukocyte-type
molecule that can passively transfer immunity from one mammal to another
by stimulating cell-mediated immunity and is antigen specific." Richard
Bennett, Ph.D., an Infectious Disease Microbiologist and Immunologist from
the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, believes
this could be the most significant development in animal health care in
decades. We have a great number of veterinarians and clients who are experiencing
very positive results in a broad area of disorders, including periodontal."
From: Jennifer Sivolella
"I have had my horse for 21 years. He is 24 and had recently been inflicted with EPM (equine protozoa
myalitis) for the second time in his life. It is bacterial and affects the nervous system. He had stopped eating and was 150 to 200 lb. underweight.
I hired a cranial sacral therapist in hopes to make him feel better and she highly recommended your product.
Two days after the first dose of this supplement he started eating and has been eating ever since. It is a slow
recovery but I do believe without TF he would be dead now. The owner of the stable had asked me where I
wanted him buried if that is any indication of his condition."
Equine Suffer from Adverse Reaction to Vaccines
of the Beast: Hidden in Plain Sight - This book is essential
reading for pet owners, animal lovers and everyone seeking to know the
truth about vaccine issues. The book title, Mark of the Beast, sums up the
author's views on the medical practise of vaccination. Dr Patricia Jordan
is a highly qualified veterinary surgeon with more than 24 years experience.
Her observations and conclusions are based upon scientific
evidence as opposed to the propaganda and junk science disseminated by
pharmaceutical companies in their ever increasing need to maximize profits.
Dr Jordan cites research studies showing that annual vaccinations are totally
unnecessary and especially in respect of rabies where over vaccination
is causing genetic changes and violent behaviour in animals including horses.
This annual regime financially benefits veterinary business practices and
pharmaceutical companies at the expense of pet owners and their suffering,
short lived companions. Two other excellent books highlighting the
dangers of the vaccination program.
Death of a horse from vaccines: a testimonial
"I haven't vaccinated any of my animals in about 8 years. It all started
9 years ago when my horse had her yearly boosters and 3 days later "contracted
" pigeon fever. 45 days later she died. We were very sad, as our animals
are like our children. I was convinced it was vaccinosis
related. The animals were all vaccinated prior to this event , so I felt
they had plenty of immunity.Since then I have used nosodes."
Recovery from severe reaction to routine vaccination
"I have used an immune support for equine
in several emergency cases including a horse that had a severe reaction to routine immunizations. This horse could
not walk, his hind end was doubled under him and his entire body was a
big spasm. He was unable to urinate and did not have a bowel movement
in two days. His central nervous system was in shock. I began energy therapy and
an immune support supplement was given every 4 hours.
In two days the horse was able to walk. One month later the horse shows very little permanent damage. He could have been crippled.
The immune support supplement worked miracles. I would highly recommend the immune support product
for both human and animals." Pamela Au Wingedwolf is the author of
"Zen and the Horse
Richard J. Holliday, DVM - "My work animals were most carefully selected and everything
was done to provide them with suitable housing and with fresh green fodder,
silage, and grain, all produced from fertile land. I was naturally intensely
interested in watching the reaction of these well-chosen and well-fed oxen
to diseases like rinderpest, septicaemia, and foot-and-mouth disease which
frequently devastated the countryside. None of my animals were segregated; none
were inoculated; they frequently came in contact with diseased stock.
As my small farm-yard as Pusa was only separated by a low hedge from one
of the large cattle-sheds on the Pusa estate, in which outbreaks of foot-and-mouth
disease often occurred, I have several time seen my oxen rubbing noses
with foot-and-mouth cases. Nothing happened. The healthy well-fed animals
reacted to this disease exactly as suitable varieties of crops, when properly
grown, did to insect and fungus pest -- no infection took place." Good
nutrition can prevent disease. Good nutrition can cure disease.
Race Horses Killed by Fluoride in Water
Albert Schatz, Ph.D - "Fluoridation
... it is the greatest fraud that has ever been perpetrated and it has
been perpetrated on more people than any other fraud has."Professor
Albert Schatz, Ph.D. (Microbiology), Discoverer of streptomycin and Nobel Prize Winner
Dr. Charles Gordon Heyd MD -"I am
appalled at the prospect of using water as a vehicle for drugs.
Fluoride is a corrosive poisonthat will produce serious effects on a
long range basis. Any attempt to use water this way is deplorable." Dr.
Charles Gordon Heyd MD is the Past President of the American Medical Association
Fluoride in water: Broken bone racehorse deaths
CA ranchers that moved quarter horses to Pagosa Springs, Colorado did
not realize that such drugged city water, that was there, was unsuitable
for horses which were killed
by fluoride in 9 years. X-rays on autopsy revealed that the earliest
effects of fluoride were incorporation into bone, causing them to be thickened
and weakened. Later on, hooves and teeth became crumbly, skin reactions
spread and their eventual deaths were due to associated cancers. Fluoride
incorporates into bones at thousands of times that in water after drinking
1 ppm fluoride for only fractions of a lifespan (2 years in humans). The
natural bone converts to a fluoroapatite derivative, altering the structure
that interferes with whole body calcium metabolism, where the effect is
fastest in soft waters. The indestructible, nonfilterable fluoride ion
(smaller than the water molecule and oxidized by no chemical substance
on earth) is now leeching into various ground water sources throughout
the country as well.
Treatment of Disease
Homeopathic nosodes are typically used in a therapeutic
manner, to treat patients with the same illness (isopathic), or a similar
disease (homeopathic). For example, Psorinum, the mange remedy, is made
from human scabies, and is useful in treating other skin conditions as well.
Michael Dym, D.V.M. "Over the past 40 years and 17 generations
of dogs and, cats we are seeing tremendous increases in chronic ill health
in our pets that was rare back in the early 1960's. Most of these illnesses
revolve around breakdown in our pets' immune systems, and include chronic
skin/ear allergies, digestive upset, thyroid/adrenal/pancreatic disorders,
seizures, gum/ teeth problems, degenerative arthritis, kidney/liver failure,
and cancer across all ages and breeds.
We are also seeing a record number
of behavioral and emotional disorders including alarming and unexplained
fears/aggression., as well as difficulty focusing/training and paying attention.
The analogy of these compared with escalating
immune/behavioral diseases in children is quite disturbing.
The two biggest
factors in our pets' population health decline over these generations has
been the severe overuse of multiple vaccines
and nutrient poor and toxin filled commercial pet foods.
We have also failed to address the underlying cause of disease by only
sup pressing symptoms with antibiotics, cortisone
and related drugs, so the disease progresses and goes deeper. Homeopathy
offers a viable alternative in truly curing pets and making their bodies healthier."
Just like his Labrador friends, Rory wags his tail, Fetches sticks, and rolls
on his back to have his tummy tickled. But the hooves and mane give way
his real identity - he's a SHETLAND PONY!
West Nile Virus - Dr. Falconer DVM
This has a lot of people running scared and vaccinating
their horses repeatedly. Yet, the percentage of those exposed to the virus
who actually get sick is very small, on the order of 10%. Why? The likely
reason is that the majority of the horses, (or dogs or people) exposed
to the virus had adequate NK cell function at the time of exposure. To
make sure your horse is in the protected group with this immune foundation
supplement on a daily basis. in it, along with a host of immune synergists
and excellent quality nutrients for healthy coats and hooves. If your area
has any reported cases of West Nile (or colds, flu, Strangles, EPM, etc.),
just boost the immune system additionally with at the label dose for one to two weeks.
Homeopathy Relief for Horse's Colic
SpasmodicSpasmodic Colic caused by eating green foods (rich alfalfa)
with severe abdominal pain, distention, loud intestinal noises.
Pains come in waves. Horse turns head toward flank, hunches back upward, strikes at belly. Tends to stand
but better when moving. Intermittent shivering then hot. Cramping, slimy
stools, sometimes with blood. The homeopathic remedy Colocynthis is the
first choice for episodes of colic pain, particularly when the cause is
unknown. The horse is restless with the pain and wants to lie down. Pain
can be sudden, violent, and cramping making the horse want to bend over
double (seen by a hunched over appearance). The pain of Colocynthis is
twisting, contracting and distorting with neuralgic paroxysmal pains that
can be likened to what the horse will be feeling from acute digestive affections.
The pain may improve after passing stools or flatus. This remedy can also
be helpful in pains of the small joints and hips, 'as if dislocated', e.g.
slipping stifles. The symptoms may be worse in damp or cold weather. The
Colocynthis horse may be irritable and indignant.
Always a possible life-threatening condition, colic can come on suddenly,
Dr. Shulze - "90% of horses that die, do so because of what
is called colic, which is just intestinal blockage or intestinal spasms."
paralyzing a horse in both panic and pain, and his human with undeniable
fear. In every colic event, time is of the essence. Homeopathic remedies
offer you a viable, non-toxic, fast-acting, holistic approach to treating colic.
No barn or tack box should be without it!
Dr. Christina Chambreau, DVM - "A veterinarian in Texas stopped vaccinating
her horses and the incidence of colic decreased by 95%, a chronic foundering horse
became asymptomatic and all 17 horses were healthier in many ways. When she
vaccinated the herd 5 years later because of a panic over one disease, the colics,
flus, and even founder symptoms recurred. A veterinarian in Saskatchewan stopped vaccinating his large
beef herd 14 years ago and within 2 years there was a 75% decrease in his herd mortality.
SIGNS OF EQUINE UNDERLYING ENERGY IMBALANCE
Christina Chambreau, DVM
- MIND: cribbing and/or weaving; pen/stall walking; flank sucking; over-reactive; fearful, excessively territorial
or aggressive; Fear of loud noises, slightest noises, narrow spaces.
- SKIN, RESPIRATORY: puffy around eyes; chronic conjunctivitis; dull eyes; "foal snots"; asthma sweat on
upper body but not lower, sticky sweat, unpleasant odor, dry and/or dull
hair coat, dry skin, poor-healing wounds, greasy skin on face.
- STOMACH: foul breath, fissures at corners of mouth, salivation from clover, hollow seeming teeth, hard
to float, loose teeth at under 20 years old, coprophagia/pica, craves salt,
fussy eating, intolerant to fat, repeated colics, sensitivity to weather
changes with GIT signs, excessively susceptible to parasites, potbellied foals,
distended abdomen (hay belly) in adults, rectum tears easily when
palpated, hard dry fecal balls.
- EXTREMITIES: warm up very slowly; stiff muscles; tie up if not warmed up; swollen legs: hot or cold may or
may not go down with exercise; unable to lift back feet; unable to balance
on three legs, bad odor without pathology, excessive moisture in feet,
sensitive to hammering in nails
- GENERALITIES: poor exercise tolerance; fat deposits- cresty necks, around tail head, top of croup,
etc; disturbed by temperature changes; offensive odors; not wanting touching,
Equine Homeopathic Remedies
Bruising, swelling and inflammation can be treated successfully, and
most people now know the value of arnica in treating bruising and also
before and after operations. Rhus Tox and Symphitum work well with tissue,
connective tissue and old scar tissue and joints, and bone (symphitum being
the homeopathic form of comfrey which is well known to help heal bones.)
Calendula is a wonderful antiseptic, and can take its place in one's first aid box.
One of my clients horses exhibited a very strange lameness behind. I
suggested she call the vet, and the horse was diagnosed with a blood clot.
There is not much that can be done for a blood clot, but we put the horse
on a homeopathic remedy, and allthough the vet did not hold out much hope
for the horse, she recovered and is back in work, the blood clot is gone
but we keep a very close eye on her.
With scar tissue from old injuries which so many horses have, and which
is often not discovered until the horse is put under pressure in its work,
I find homeopathic remedies work really well. With chronic conditions like
arthritis, remedies can make the horse more comfortable for quite a long
time, and I believe that even navicular disease has responded to homeopathy.
In the case of minor injuries you can always administer Rescue
Remedy first about ten drops just on to the horses tongue or if you can
under the tongue. At this stage have some yourself, to keep you calm
and thinking straight.
Equine Optimum Nutrition
Cindy Engel, Ph.D., brings up some very intriguing points
on animal health in her book 'Wild
Health: How Animals Keep Themselves Well and What We Can Learn From Them',
which have significant implications to a racing stable. She writes,
"...wild animals are often infected with disease-causing organisms (pathogens)
without showing any symptoms.
Repeatedly, animals appear to be in good
condition when blood and fecal tests show infection with pathogens or parasites."
She mentions Cynthia Moss's study on wild savannah elephants in an African
preserve. A deadly outbreak of anthrax went through that herd with
only a few animals succumbing. These were ones already stressed in poor
health. Try having this occur to domesticated cattle and see what would happen.
Cindy Engels talks of nutritional wisdom which is defined as an animals
innate instinctual need to eat nutrients required by its body to maintain
health. If animals are say, low in sodium, copper, calcium,
potassium, phosphorus, etc., they tend to seek out foods containing that
nutrient. This is a very interesting observation.
She is not only saying that animals lead healthier lives in natural settings,
but that their immune system is so much more powerful in the wild that
many pathogens are quickly overcome and subdued never to cause serious
trouble. I mean, how often can we catch or find an individual horse turned
out in a herd that appears to be sick? Horses that are turned out in even
the unnatural confines of large pastures, seem to lead far healthier lives
than their brethren inside barns.
Horses just like any other animal or human benefit from more natural
care. The best place to start is the diet, as this is the main foundation
of any natural health care system. Firstly, it is essential to avoid any
artificial additives in the feed. The main ones to look out for are ethoxyquin,
BHA and BHT, as well as artificial colorings and flavorings. Try and put
the horse on a pasture which is organically grown and not treated with
any chemicals such as artificial fertilizers and pesticides.
chemicals act as toxins to the body and contribute to the formation of
chronic disease and poor health. The best hay to feed is organic alfalfa
as this provides more energy and nutrients than grass and timothy hay.
Obviously make sure it is made naturally and is not dusty and full of weeds
and molds. It should smell sweet and not musty or damp. A lot more farmers
are turning to Organic farming and it is a lot safer and more productive.
far as grains go it is far better to feed organic wholegrain feed, rather
than synthetic pelleted diets, which are unnatural and highly processed.
Synthetic vitamins added to commercial feeds are not well utilized by the
body and natural enzymes are destroyed in the manufacturing process. Whole grains
are healthier, natural and more easily digested than pelleted food. The
main grains to consider feeding are barley, oats and corn. The exact ratio's
depend on the type of horse, the work that they are expected to do and
individual preferences. Some horses just do better on one particular type of grain.
Alicia McWatters, Ph.D., C.N.C. - "Horses should be fed whole oats (crimped/rolled for young
or old), corn, grass, hay, alfalfa, bran mash, cracked barley. No molasses
food, no milo, no pelleted. Vegetables are fine. Best water available.
Separate salt and mineral blocks should be used. "When it comes to
manufactured diets, not only are these products primarily made-up of fragmented
substances and isolated, synthetic vitamins and inorganic minerals, most
do not contain important elements like enzymes, chlorophyll, and other
natural beneficial substances which are found in natural foods."
As with all dietary changes for horses it is best to do it gradually.
Horses are so susceptible to colic if the food is suddenly changed so just
startadding a little of the new food daily, and slowly increase the amounts, and decrease
the old food over several days. Corn is a highly energizing food and
therefore concentrated nutrition, as well as being good for the digestion.
Oats are digested rapidly in the stomach, are less energy forming and are
warming in nature. Barley is more cooling and is in between corn and oats as far as the energy value."
Dr. William Albrecht DVM - "...This is the situation,
in general, when we are the chemists concocting the feeds which we compel
the animal to take while we attempt to feed them most efficiently. For
that efficiency our criterion is the maximum increase in body weight for
the minimum of feed consumed. The use of that criterion of only weight
increase has crowded the life stream of our growing, young animals so badly
that the stream is about to be dried up through an increasing crop of "dwarfs".
These births of the young, too deficient in the capacity to grow and to
keep the life stream flowing, have become
more common in both beef and dairy cattle, not to emphasize horses. There is a higher percentage
of them where the stream of life has been more carefully guided by us according
to particular pedigrees. Apparently, as chemists given to feeding these
animals with so much economics in our criterion, we are not very able to
keep the life streams flowing. We are not as efficient in multiplying theanimals
in numbers of healthy ones as we are in fattening the males after surgically
eliminating each one's chances to contribute more than itself to a larger life flood."
Do you have a question about Animal Wellness or need assistance?
Call 323-522-4521 or 323-989-3372
Equines Health Recovery with Healing Clay
According to an article published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,
"Detoxification and Mineral Supplementation As Functions of Geophagy" (Johns
and Duguette 1991), the most prevalent explanation of clay eating is that
it is a response to nutritional deficiency.
In several clinical studies, eating clay has been implicated as a response
to particular deficiencies. In a handful of experiments run by scientists,
mineral deficiencies, such as those for iron or potassium, were introduced
to animals. As a result of those experiments, those animals changed in
their dietary behavior. For instance, iron deficiency has been established
as a reason for the ingestion of certain clays, although there is still debate
on this issue. In the Runjut Valley, in the Sikkim Himalayas, the
natives chew a red clay as a cure for goiter because of its particular
mineral content. It is not uncommon for mineral supplements in health food
stores to contain portions of various types of clay. Certain clays, though
not all clays, contribute major amounts of important minerals, such as
calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, and zinc.
Elephants are known to walk up to 200 miles to get salt and mineral
rich clay. "Many animals also eat clay, which is not
only an effective way of binding and excreting various toxins but, by lining
the gut, it can treat gastrointestinal problems."
"Wild horses might go 20 miles to eat a certain rock dust or clay deposit." Heather
Smith Thomas is the author of thirteen books including
Guide to Raising Horses, and her latest, Storey's Guide to Training
Horses. She has written more than 6,000 articles for hundreds of publications
"In the wild, the okapi has been known to feed on buds, leaves and shoots,
many are known to be poisonous to humans. Also, it has been observed to
eat clay, which is common among poison-eating animals to counteract the
poison they eat. Additionally, the okapi will also feed on grasses, fruits,
ferns and fungi."
In her marvelous book,
WildHealth: How Animals Keep Themselves Well and What We Can Learn From Them,
CindyEngles, Ph.D. devotes an entire chapter to geophagy (clay or earth-eating).
She documents the benefit of clay to human and animal health all over the
world. Mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates have been observed to
eat dirt on every continent except Antarctica. There is evidence that
humans have been eating earth for at least forty thousand years.
"The consumption of clays, ash, and charcoal are other
means used by animals to detoxify. Many of you that have been in
the horse business long, know that old timers often advise putting a spade-cut
square of sod into a horse's stall. Horses seem to like to eat dirt. Graze
one out in the open and it won't be long until your horse is pawing up
the grass and taking mouthful bites of dirt. Most of us won't let them
continue which may or may not be a big mistake. Top soil is seldom
the preferred soil of wild animals. Top soil tend to be high in parasites,
bacteria, and a host of other not too healthful substances.
and many native peoples will seek out the subsoils high in clay and much
too deep to be contaminated by parasites and harmful organisms for their
consumption needs. To be more precise, many of the volcanic ash clays are
preferred, like montmorillonite clays. These are considered the desirable
medicinal soils. Such earths absorb many toxins, sooth gastro-intestinal
irritations, relieve gas, and have anti-parasitic properties. Some are
high in needed minerals which may be an added benefit. I have for
years packed my race horses' hooves with bentonite. I should have
been feeding it in their daily feed ration as well–live and learn.
The feeding of clays could prevent horses from suffering bouts of colic,
increase feed absorption efficiency, protect the lining of the intestines,
prevent gas formation.
While Calcium Montmorillonite Clay is a powerful nutrient and detoxifier
it is important to recognize that it is a part of a total health care system.
Healing benefits may result from internal and/or external clay applications.
The clay may be ingested, applied as a poultice, and/or used in a bath.
An appropriate lifestyle and the proper guidance of a health care practitioner
are essential to one’s well being. Determining the most beneficial
and appropriate application of Calcium Montmorillonite
Clay is best discussed with someone familiar with its properties.
Thursday, 26 Jan 2006
Surrey, British Colombia
I Thank-you for all of the great information you provide on your site, especially the
information on clay. I had always wondered why my mare was digging holes
and eating mouthfuls of dirt. I new there was a mineral deficiency in
her diet, but what she was also telling me was she was trying to detox.
The clay has supplied the answer to both. My mare gets the best quality
hay, whole foods as well as flax, kelp etc. But her diet, as with mine
falls short because of our top soil.(To bad the price doesn't fall short
as well).I have also noticed a sense of well being, that is starting to
return. The day I received my clay one of the mares in the barn had her
leg blow up for no apparent reason the Vet. could offer nothing. This mares
back leg was four times the normal size, I have never seen this before,
and I had a bad feeling in my stomach. I got some clay in a bucket, mixed
with water and poulticed her leg from top to bottom, the instant the clay
touched her leg she dropped her head and started licking her lips, by morning
the inflamation had been reduced to half. I started the clay in her food,
and she started to "pick up". I know in my heart that the clay saved her life. I am so gratefull that the day I was faced with this I
had something to offer!!! Warmest regards
Calcium Montmorillonite Clay for Horses
Dr. Christine King - "Dirt eating can be normal behavior in horses. In
most cases it is probably a form of self-supplementation or self-medication.
(Based on observation of wild animals, most biologists and naturalists
agree that animals do appear to self-medicate at various times and in various
ways. Wild Health: lessons in natural health from the animal kingdom is
a wonderful book on this subject by biologist Cindy Engel, PhD, if you?re
interested in reading more.) Horses may eat dirt for any one of several
- Needing salt (specifically, the sodium in salt)
- Needing other minerals
- Needing beneficial micro-organisms from the soil to aid digestion
- Needing the absorbent activity of clay to settle a digestive upset
- Boredom, habit
- Presence of a disease which alters mental function
Dirt as Medicine
"Many species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and
even insects, in all parts of the world, eat dirt. Known as geophagy (earth-eating)
this habit has long been assumed to be an attempt to rectify mineral deficiencies
in their diet. However new evidence suggests that this cannot always be
the case. It has become apparent that the clay content is often
the most important ingredient of selected soils. Clay is an effective binding
agent as its chemical structure allows other chemicals to bond with it
and so lose their reactivity. Clay is therefore an effective deactivator
of toxins from diet or pathogens. Clay is the primary ingredient of kaolin
and kaopectate that we use when suffering from gastrointestinal malaise.
- Biologists in Canada and Alaska
have seen brown bears lick clay from banks alongside footpaths. At the
same time, their scats are full of clay.
- In Venezuela free-ranging cattle
dig and lick at clay subsoils. In Africa, the African buffalo licks clay
from any newly exposed subsoil.
- Chimpanzees, giraffes, and rhinoceroses
eat regular mouthfuls of clay-rich termite mound soil and gorillas mine
clay-rich volcanic rock from under the exposed roots of ancient trees.
- Deep in the rain forests of
New Guinea, Jared Diamond was surprised to see parrots, pigeons and crows
fly down to a new landslide of earth and eat the bare dirt. The birds flocked
to this rare opportunity to access bare earth in an area densely covered
with vegetation. Not all of the observed 140 bird species came down to
eat earth. Only the eight herbivorous species that regularly ate fruit,
seeds and flowers. Plants naturally contain numerous toxins that protect
them from predators and pathogens. When the landslide soils were analysed
they were found to contain less minerals than the surrounding top soil
but again the clay content was high and, what is more, found to be more
effective at binding alkaloids and tannins than pure pharmaceutical kaolinite.
These birds were taking advantage of newly disturbed earth and selecting
soil of just the right properties to bind and deactivate plant toxins [Diamond,J
1998 Eat Dirt: in the competition between parrots and fruit trees, it's
the winners who bite the dust. Discover. 19(2) pp70-76.].
- Rats eat soil when sick - so
reliably that geophagy is used as an indicator of gastrointestinal malaise in rats."
Why do Horses Eat Manure?
Dr. Christine King- "Manure eating (coprophagia) can be normal behavior
in horses. In young foals, eating the mother's manure is a normal developmental
stage. Through this behavior the foal learns to explore his environment
and use his senses to make choices about what is palatable and what is
not. He is also getting some dietary fiber and the beneficial intestinal
microbes needed to support his own digestive processes once he begins eating
solid food. In addition, the healthy intestinal microbes are an effective
barrier to pathogenic bacteria which could adversely affect the foal's health.
In older foals and adult horses, manure eating may be a way of
supplementing intestinal microbes, dietary fiber, and perhaps other nutrients
that are lacking in the horse's own diet. Coprophagia is normal and nutritionally
necessary behavior in rabbits, a species whose intestinal tract is very
similar to that of the horse. Many nutrients released or produced by microbial
breakdown of dietary fiber, as well as the microbes themselves (which are
a rich source of proteins, lipids, vitamins, and numerous co-factors),
are lost in the manure. Rabbits make effective use of these valuable nutrients
by ingesting manure for a second pass.
Perhaps some horses who eat manure
are doing a similar thing, particularly if they are on a very restricted
diet (e.g. dry lotted with just poor quality grass hay because they need
to lose weight). Manure eating in horses can also be caused by boredom
or social disorder (e.g. isolation, incompatible company, frequent changes
in the horse's turnout routine or companions). As with dirt and wood eating,
taking a closer look at the horse's diet and management should identify
where improvements may be needed."
Cindy Engles, Ph.D - "Eating feces (coprophagy)
is one way animals such as gorillas, elephants, rabbits, and hares add
to their supply of essential bacteria through adult life. It is therefore
an important aspect of their health care." Cindy
Engles, Ph.D., is the author of Wild Health: How Animals
Keep Themselves Well and What We Can Learn From Them
The Right Kind of Salt is Vital for Your Animals
Herds of elephants risk injury and death in a perilous journey to hidden
salt caves where they supplement their sodium deficient diets. Our pets
also suffer from sodium deficiency. Farmers place salt-blocks on their
pasture so that their livestock and all other animals can lick the salt
to their heart's content.
An abundance of the ingredients in unrefined real salt are as synonymous
with life today as they were a billion years ago before single cells appeared
here. Lack of them is synonymous with birth defects, organ failure, decay,
diseases, premature aging and death at a young age. Long before the earth
knew pollutants of any kind, a huge, ancient sea covered what is now North
America. Pure, natural salt was the main ingredient of this sea, and over
millions of years, the water in the sea evaporated, leaving the salt in
don't supplement your animal's diet with sodium chloride (common table
salt); all of the other beneficial elements have been removed. Animals
need unrefined, unprocessed real salt. Major producing
companies dry their salt in huge kilns with temperatures reaching 1200
degrees F, changing he salt's chemical structure, which in turn adversely
affects the human body. Avoid the common refined table salt. Domesticated
animals need the right kind of salt
Himalayan Crystal SaltLick with 84 ionic trace minerals. Organic Solar Dried, 100% Natural salt
way to provide salt to your horse is to provide two separate
water bowls. One bowl with real-unrefined-unheated-natural-sea-salt
and one bowl without salt, so that the animals can consume as much salt
as they require. They will drink from the bowl that contains salted water,
however once they have had enough salt, they will drink from the bowl that
has plain water
Dr. Christine King - "Horses and other herbivores are meant to get
the minerals they need for health, growth, and reproduction from their
food? Plant material. The more varied the selection of plant materials and
grazing areas, the more able horses are to meet their needs. Sometimes,
though, the available forage does not meet all of their mineral needs,
so they must go in search of other sources of sodium and whatever other
minerals they may be lacking at the time. This salt- or mineral-seeking
behavior leads them to lick rocks, earth, and even each other. Gross and
long-standing dietary deficiencies in phosphorus or protein may even lead
herbivores to chew on the carcasses of other animals.
Offering the horse salt and feeding a well-formulated mineral supplement
that is appropriate for the individual horse?s needs should stop the dirt
eating if this behavior is being driven by nutritional deficiency.
My preference for feeding salt to horses is to offer it free-choice, as
loose or block salt in a pan separate from the horse?s food. Not a mineral
block; just plain salt. It can be no-frills coarse rock salt or a white
salt block, Redmond salt (a good-tasting natural-source salt whose impurities
give it a pink tinge), or a fancy Celtic sea salt. It doesn?t matter all
that much, as long as the product is close to 100% salt (sodium chloride).
I prefer not to add salt to the horse?s food or put a salt block in
the bottom of the horse?s feeder, unless I?m trying to increase the horse?s
sodium or water intake for a specific medical reason. The body regulates
its sodium content very closely, as the sodium concentration in the blood
and other body fluids is one of the prime determinants of the body?s total
water content. An adequate but not excessive amount of water is essential
for virtually every function in the body, so the body regulates its water
content very closely. In addition to the mechanisms of thirst/drinking
and urination for controlling its water content, the body has a specific
and very refined appetite for sodium. This mechanism is so well regulated
that I prefer to let the horse?s body take in as little or as much salt
as it needs at the time, rather than thinking I know better."
Salt Deficiency: the cause of many Serious Diseases
Both sea salt and rock salt were well known to the ancient Greeks who
noted that eating salty food affected basic body functions such as digestion
and excretion (urine and stools). This led to salt being used medically.
The healing methods of Hippocrates (460 BC) especially made frequent use
of salt. Salt-based remedies were thought to have expectorant powers. A
mixture of water, salt, and vinegar was employed as an emetic. Drinking
a mixture of two-thirds cow's milk and one-third salt-water, in the mornings,
on an empty stomach was recommended as a cure for diseases of the spleen.
A mixture of salt and honey was applied topically to clean bad ulcers and
salt-water was used externally against skin diseases and freckles. Hippocrates
also mentions inhalation of steam from salt-water. We know today that the
anti-inflammatory effects of inhaled salt provide relief from respiratory
symptoms (c). Thus, 2000 years ago, Greek medicine had already discovered
topical use of salt for skin lesions, drinking salty or mineralized waters
for digestive troubles and inhaling salt for respiratory diseases!
F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. - "Every function inside the body is regulated
by and depends on water. Water must be available to carry vital elements,
oxygen, hormones, and chemical messengers to all parts of the body. Without
sufficient water to wet all parts equally, some more remote parts of the
body will not receive the vital elements that water supplies. Water is
also needed to carry toxic waste away from the cells. In fact, there are
at least 50 reasons why the body needs sufficient water on a regular, everyday
basis. Without sufficient water to constantly wet all parts, your body's
drought-management system kicks into action. The histamine-directed chemical
messenger systems are activated to arrange a new, lower quota of water
for the drought-stricken areas. When histamine and its subordinate "drought
managers" come across pain-sensing nerves, they cause pain. This is what
I discovered in my research that I mentioned earlier."
Seaweed for Equine Nutritional Support
Kelp is a type of Seaweed that is a source of iodine, vitamins and minerals.
Kelp powder improves skin, coat, and hoof conditions. It is an excellent
source of vitamins and minerals and
it is also high in B-complex and trace minerals.
A Table Spoon of Seaweed a Day Keeps the Vet away! In the US, many horses
spend the winter on grass or alfalfa hay, which becomes less nutritious
through the season. In pastures with degraded soils, micro-nutrient deficiencies
(especially that of selenium) are not uncommon. Horse managers have increasingly
started using dry, powdered seaweed as a source of micro-nutrients for
the animals. Horses fed with powdered seaweed acquire a bloom (glossy
coat and aura of health), resistance to diseases and strength. People with
excitable horses find that this treatment also calms down the animals.
Method of preparation: take seaweed (any type), dry it and grind to a fine
powder. Dosage: Add one tablespoon seaweed per day to the animal’s feed.
It may be sprinkled either on cut grass or over grain ration
In the Orkney Islands, through simple observation, it was discovered
that animals grazing on seaweed are generally in better overall condition,
grow faster and have more resistance to illness, especially coughs and
respiratory ailments. As a result of eating seaweed, the now famous North
Ronaldsay sheep are sought after all over the world by top chefs and restaurants.
When you discover the constituents of seaweed it is easy to see why it
is valued so much.
Richard J. Holliday, D.V.M. - "Always feed a source of kelp ...
free choice if possible. Trace mineral deficient animals will eat a lot
until their needs are met. After that, they consume very little. If they
continue to eat kelp at high levels, it may indicate a more severe deficiency
of one or more individual trace minerals such as Zinc, Copper, Manganese,
Cobalt or others."
Horses with hoof problems, active and inactive horses may all benefit
from eating AFA. Maintaining your horse on a daily amount of AFA may provide
the following benefits:
- Better general health, strengthened immune system, quicker recovery from
stress and high performance demands.
- Stronger, more elastic hooves, clears up laminitis, white line, abcess,
and dry-cracked hoof walls. Makes good hooves even better!
- Better coat, much clearer eyes.
- Improved disposition and attitude towards breeding and training
Stressed Arabian gelding with arthritis and swollen legs
"Old Arabian gelding "Sam, a 27 year old Arabian gelding. I have had him for 22 years and about 8 years ago at
the age of 19 he had started showing signs of old age. He was showing signs of low energy and stiffness,
it was getting more difficult for him to get up with ease. His back legs would get really swollen. There came a point
where we had to move facilities and to keep him as healthy as possible
I searched for something to prevent and help with the stress of the move,
and that is when I ran across this supplement on Shirley's Wellness Cafe.
I started him on this
immune modulating product(1 box) and continued with the protocol. Much to my surprise he took the move
with great ease and I contribute that to this supplement A little time
had passed and I felt like he needed additional nutrition, so I started him on
I gave him 2 bottle at the following doses: I started with 4 ounces the first day and second day. I found that I was going
through it so fast and that it wouldnâ€™t last me very long so I decreased it to 2 ounces for the next 3 days and then 1
ounce until it was gone, which was the last 18 days. Totaling 23 days.
I noticed that his energy level improved
greatly and his eyes were bright and he defiantly felt even better. His eyes and his mood tell me a lot about him.
While giving the FrequenSea he was much more playful with the other horsesâ€¦he was so much more engaged with them.
Normally he would stand alone and not do anything, you could tell he just wasnâ€™t in to doing anything.
For example when I let him out in the arena he would go at a much faster pace and throw his head like playful horses do.
Prior to giving him the immune modulating product and marine phytoplankton he was on the normal
feed store grain that you get and everyone follows.
I quickly realized that none of it was benefiting him at all, especially the senior feeds and grain mixes that most
western vets recommend and horse owners use today. He has had shoes on his feet for most of his life, which have caused a
great deal of damage. He has been bare foot now for about 9 months. It will take some time to repair the damage the steel
shoes caused to his feet but the immune support has certainly played a huge role in getting him through the tough beginning
stages of his feet starting to heal and continue to help long term. His feet are still very tender but improve greatly with time."
Bach's Rescue Remedy - A Natural Remedy to Alleviate Stress, Fear and Shock
by Nanna Holt Kjær
Note: This is a testimonial about a dog, but the Rescue remedy works the same way on horses
I have used Bach's Rescue Remedy for about a year. I have also corresponded
with other users in Scandinavia and in the U.S. I find the remedy a big
help and would therefore like to share my experiences with others. My initial
interest was sparked by one of my dog's fear of fireworks. The problem
was, and is, that the use of fireworks is now no longer limited to New
Year's Eve. Nowadays shooting off fireworks seems a natural event at parties
and get-togethers all the year round, and practically every night throughout
December. Most sedatives and other calming agents need a couple of hours
to take effect, which makes them practically useless when the noise can
occur unpredictably at any time. I mean who wants to keep their dog sedated
all through December. It is a bad enough decision to have to make for just
one night a year.
Then I heard about Bach's Rescue Remedy, a mixture of flower essences.
This remedy is administered just after a shock or fright and takes effect
very quickly. Where I used to have a shivering dog hiding under my bed,
I now have a dog that lies quietly listening to the thunder, gunshots,
fireworks or whatever. She still isn't completely indifferent like the
rest of my gang who just lie on their backs on my sofa and couldn't care
less. But it is a vast improvement. She no longer goes to pieces, and this
is achieved without filling her body up with drugs.
Following are examples of of emotional symptoms for which various Bach Flowers remedies
are used if an animals is: Very fearful, and are very sensitive to anxiety
and apprehension. Separation anxiety. Fear of riding in the car. They may
even tremble. - Possessive and selfish. Animals who guard their food bowl
or toys and are over possessive. Sometimes it can help those animals who
will not stop licking their owners or using the wrong scratching post -
Animals who are sad after a change in their life – weaning, going to a
new home or handler, owner going back to work, being kenneled or taken
to a different house for a while, loss of a love one. - Dominant animals
want to be the boss of animals and the people in their life. They can even
be bullies to smaller animals and use their power to resist discipline.They can be cruel.
The Premarin Industry: Holocaust for Horses
Premarin - a prescription drug currently being used by over 8 million
women with menopausal symptoms--is responsible for agonizing conditions
and ultimate death of thousands of horses annually.
"Of the women in menopause today, about half start synthetic hormone
replacement, but only half of those stick with it because of the
side effects or fear of cancer risk. The threat of breast and uterine cancer
is dramatically increased with HRT. Premarin, an estrogen replacement drug
for menopausal women made from pregnant mare's urine, is the top selling
drug of any kind in the U.S. But justifiable controversy about synthetic
hormone replacementmay mean that the threat of breast and uterine cancer
is dramatically increased with HRT. In 51 studies covering 21 countries
involving more than 52,000 women with breast cancer and 108,000 women without
breast cancer, women who used Premarin for 5 years or longer had a 35%
higher risk of developing cancer than women who had never been on HRT.
The higher risk for breast cancer diminished and largely disappeared
after about 5 years off HRT treatment.) Most women don't know that Premarin,
is made from pregnant mare's urine, and that the mares are kept in horrendous
conditions - their foals are sold for slaughter. Premarin is the most
prescribed of all drugs in America today. The mares are artificially inseminated
and forced to spend their 11-month pregnancies in stalls so small they
cannot turn. If they try to lie down, their heads are jolted upright by
their halter chains. Long lines of pregnant horses stand, chained and strapped
into cramped concrete and steel pens like rows of four-legged galley slaves.
They shuffle uncomfortably from hoof to hoof. A forlorn look fills their
eyes as they stare. Their coats are dull, their ears droopy - tell-tale
signs of a horse's misery. Many get sore, swollen legs or become crippled
from standing, months on end, in their tiny concrete stalls. The mares
are kept constantly thirsty. They are denied water so that their urine
becomes thick." Linda Page, N.D. Ph.D