Volume 2 Issue 5 - 2000
Homeopathy - Handy To Have Around
by Carol Kroupa
I have used homeopathy on my children, horses and cats for over 13 years. In this time I have discovered a few things by experience.
First of all, it works! Having witnessed the effects of homeopathic remedies such as Arnica preventing bruising from injuries from my boys' rough and tumble play and Arsenicum alleviating colic in my horses, I am convinced that homeopathy is not just a placebo. After all, rarely does a horse view any bottle or syringe as beneficial, or 'helping him' in any way!
Herbs for the Arthritic Horse
By Patti Duffy-Salmon
Today we are living a lot longer than we did 50 years ago and this holds true for our beloved equine as well. As our horses get older they can develop arthritis type problems.
There are many products on the market to help with arthritis. This article will be about HERBS that can help with the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. There are other supplements on the market such as glucosamine, MSM, methionine, chondroitin sulfates, and vitamins to name just a few. All these supplements certainly have their place in our battle with old age and stiff joints, and are especially beneficial to horses with joint problems.
Getting the Feel
By Catherine Bird
One of the things that students find foreign when learning to massage a horse is getting the feel of what is under their hands. It is not something everyone can feel automatically but it is possible with practice to be able to feel effectively. When you are feeling your horse you need to be able to distinguish what is normal from what isn't to determine what could be causing your horse discomfort. Once you begin to develop a touch and feel with your horse, this will become another way to communicate with him. It will also enhance your relationship. It is important to compare both sides of your horse before panicking and thinking your horse has an abnormal muscle development. When your feel develops you will find you can begin to get an idea of what has happened to your horse in the past.
The Balancing Touch - Acupressure, Reiki, Massage, and Animal Communication
Article and photos by Susan Rifkin Ajamian
Ron and Linda Briel are a husband-and-wife team from Pennsylvania who combine acupressure, Reiki (pronounced "ray-key"), and massage therapies along with animal communication skills to help restore the balance of energy in horses' bodies. The Briels have helped horses in a variety of sports including Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses, dressage horses, combined training horses, and many pleasure horses. These range in age from premature foals in a hospital's neo-natal unit to horses in their 20's and 30's. Many of Ron and Linda's clients are referred to them by veterinarians.