As soon as the first green shoots appear in the fields, horses can't wait to get at them. Even with all that joy, however, we should not forget that spring turnout can also have its drawbacks: transitioning to pasture grass too quickly can bring the risk of diarrhoea, colic, or worst case, laminitis. Learn here why this transition should be carried out slowly and how you can start the grazing season right.
Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM, EPSSM) is a progressive disease of the skeletal muscles with very painful symptoms in acute cases. There are differences between Type 1 PSSM and Type 2 PSSM.
Sage (Salvia officinalis) was viewed as a universal medicinal herb in earlier times. For horses, and dogs, the active ingredients of this native Mediterranean plant bring relief from ailments of the throat and pharynx.
Willow bark (Salix sp.) is one of the oldest medicines on earth. For horses, it is a natural alternative to painkillers and anti-rheumatic drugs. Horses tolerate willow bark quite well and it can be used to support the musculoskeletal system in horses with painful diseases.
In addition to giving a fine flavour to Christmas biscuits, aniseed is known to provide quick relief from digestive and respiratory ailments in horses and dogs. Aniseed's healing properties are mainly found in the seeds' essential oils.
Horseradish has a long history of use in veterinary medicine. The tangy horseradish root's benefits on equine well-being have experienced a revival in recent years.
"A drop of wormword", the saying goes, will turn anything bitter. But wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) has much more to offer than a bitter taste: this medicinal plant helps to relieve digestive ailments and boosts the immune system.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is a "general-purpose cleaner" for the organism: it boosts metabolism, aids digestion, promotes the production of urine and transports contaminants from the body.
A dreaded, irreversible and incurable disease: a diagnosis of osteoarthritis often signals the end of a sport or leisure horse's career. Are there ways to slow the progress of osteoarthritis? Read here how you can relieve your horse's pain and stiffness from chronic joint disease and help your horse to enjoy exercise again.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a commonly found plant that is generally viewed as a weed. However, in folk medicine it has long been an important medicinal plant. Yarrow's essential oils, bitter substances and tannins aid in treating digestive problems, stimulate the appetite, stabilise gut bacteria and have a positive effect on blood circulation.
Since pre-Columbian times, the damiana (Turnera diffusa) has been used in Mexico to make preparations for treating muscle and nerve weakness, exhaustion and dizziness. The Mayans used damiana extracts as mood enhancers, energy boosters, and aphrodisiacs.
Marsh mallow (Althea officinalis L.) - Proven relief for irritated mucous membranes in horses and dogs: marsh mallow and marsh mallow root promise fast relief from coughing and gastric mucosa irritations.
The fragrant thyme plant (Thymus vulgaris) has a long history as a healing herb for treating humans and animals and is still considered a valuable medicinal plant for respiratory complaints. Its beneficial effects also extend to aiding digestive ailments.
Persistent wet, muddy conditions in autumn will often have horse owners dealing with pastern dermatitis, aka mud fever, cracked heel or greasy heel. Read further to learn what factors play a role and what you can do to treat mud fever.
During the Middle Ages, this thorny shrub from the genus Rosaceae with its white blossoms was a symbol of hope. Many ailments were treated with extracts of the blossoms, leaves and fruits of the hawthorn plant. Today hawthorn is called "medicine for the heart" and is used as a medication for heart failure.
Echinacea plants are native to central regions of the USA and have long been used by native Americans to treat infections and sepsis. In western phytotherapy today, echinacea is considered an extremely valuable aid in boosting the immune system. Echinacea is also used to treat allergies.
These brown, gold or pale yellow seeds from the flax plant have a firm place in the equestrian diet. Read on to find out why linseed and the products made from it are so valuable for your four-legged best friend.
More and more dogs suffer from contact allergies and environmental allergies, often in the form of skin irritations. These are called canine atopy or allergic contact dermatitis. Learn more here about how to treat your dog's allergy.
When veterinary medicine emerged as its own branch of science, valerian was one of the first plants to be described as a healing plant. Valerian today is a traditional home remedy to combat stress, irritability and anxiety in both humans and animals.
Comfrey was recommended for bone fractures and wounds by Hildegard von Bingen. It is often used in veterinary medicine as an external application to treat bruises, sprains, tendinitis, windgalls, nerve contusions and bone fractures.
Probably every dog owner is familiar with diarrhoea. Most dogs suffer from acute or chronic diarrhoea at some time in their lives, and for some it's a regular occurrence. You can find a fast remedy in herbs that combat diarrhoea.
The teasel root is an integral part of traditional herbal medicine. In alternative medicine the teasel root is mainly used for complaints related to Lyme disease.
Stress and anxiety can have a strong impact on a horse’s training and its general well-being. But there’s good news: a natural remedy for stress, tension, nervousness and anxiety. Unsuitable feeds can also cause weak nerves in horses, but you can help your horse by giving it special herbs.
What amount of selenium your horse needs, how to detect selenium deficiency or selenium poisoning and how soil fertilization influences the selenium content in roughage is described by Ewalia in this article "Selenium for Horses".
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