Alternative Therapies for Horses

by Vanessa Britton

ISBN 0-7063-7179-8

Copyright Vanessa Britton, 1995; published by Ward Lock

If you want to learn about various complementary therapies for the horse and if you are looking for a book that is not too lengthy, not too involved, and not too difficult to understand, Alternative Therapies for Horses is the book for you.

More and more horse owners are looking into alternative and complementary medicines everyday. Vanessa Britton has compiled an assortment of the more widely used natural and complementary therapies with more than adequate information to get a clear, basic yet thorough understanding of each. Alternative Therapies for Horses teaches the reader about herbalism, homeopathy, acupuncture, massage, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, and more.

The book, with a truly holistic approach, begins with sections on keeping your horse healthy and fit. The author presents guidelines for knowing the difference between a healthy horse and an unhealthy horse, viewing the horse as a whole. With an emphasis on prevention, guidelines for care and maintenance are also presented with sound advice on routine care (with the exception of the recommendation for annual vaccinations, which, according to recent research, should always be dependent on each individual situation). You'll also find information about equine nutrition, physiology, and fitness training.

Within its 126 pages, this book presents the why, when and how of each therapeutic modality along with appropriate photographs and illustrations. It also includes numerous examples of herbs and homeopathic remedies and their uses, with information on how to prepare them and administer them. There are many case histories presented to illustrate the therapies and their effectiveness. As a follow-up to presenting the various treatments, the author presents tips on remedial work and how to get the whole horse back to work sensibly.

Alternative Therapies for Horses includes a helpful index, a very useful glossary of terms, a booklist for further reading, and a list of useful addresses for the UK, USA, and Canada.

This book offers a number of alternative choices, choices that you as a horse owner can investigate further and pursue. Though there is always a need to consult specialists, one can learn much that can be applied in everyday situations. Alternative Therapies for Horses serves to open new avenues in equine treatment for all horse owners; it brings hope that horse lovers everywhere will soon know enough about these therapies so that more horses can avoid ill health, or attain a speedy recovery without the use of drugs.

It is the author's intention to promote awareness of these alternative treatments, and with the generous (but not overwhelming) amount of specific and detailed information on each, she does just that