BUGGIE BUGS

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   August 21, 2012 10:11

 

Thyme Growing

Robin Davis is a lifelong horse lover who founded of the Holistic Horse Care Cooperative (www.Holistic-Herd.com) and, alongside of her husband, is owner/operator of a holistic horsekeeping ranch in Northern Colorado called Mustang Hollow.  Robin loves to spend time with her horses any way she can.  Her current herd of six consists of 1 Mustang, 1 Warmblood, 1 OTTB, 1 Quarter horse, 1 Arabian and 1 Welsh cross.  Robin loves to trailride, has competed in Dressage and has started and tuned up many horses using natural horsemanship methods.


Flies, mosquitoes, gnats, oh my!  It is most certainly fly season in overdrive right now.  Here are a few tips from my barnyard on handling those pesky pests for humans and the horses.
I add garlic and diatomaceous earth to the horses soaked pellets.  The garlic helps repel the bugs and the diatomaceous earth helps deal with internal parasites as well as those who are compelled to lay their eggs in manure.  In Hilary Page Self’s book “A Modern Horse Herbal”, she recommends 6-8 fresh, crushed cloves daily or 15-30 grams of pure garlic powder daily.  It’s recommended to not feed garlic to nursing mares.
On the outside of my horses I use an essential oil blend – Young Living’s Purification helps repel the flies and helps stop the itching.
I’ve also found that adding fresh thyme to my horses feed will help with those itchy areas.  I grow a patch and use it fresh.  When the thyme doesn’t have anything to offer I add a few tablets of the homeopathic remedy Apis to their water.
These same remedies are good for humans too.  What I like best as a topical deterrent on my body is Lavender essential oil.  Straight out of the bottle and onto my body relaxes me and helps keep those bugs away.
Here in Colorado we have at least 2 more months before first frost and those flies are at their worst in the fall.  Hope some of these tips help you and your horsey friends. 

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Wildfire Season = Smoke…. Things you can do to support your horse….

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   June 16, 2012 06:51


Robin Davis is a lifelong horse lover who founded of the Holistic Horse Care Cooperative (www.Holistic-Herd.com) and, alongside of her husband, is owner/operator of a holistic horsekeeping ranch in Northern Colorado called Mustang Hollow.  Robin loves to spend time with her horses any way she can.  Her current herd of six consists of 1 Mustang, 1 Warmblood, 1 OTTB, 1 Quarter horse, 1 Arabian and 1 Welsh cross.  Robin loves to trailride, has competed in Dressage and has started and tuned up many horses using natural horsemanship methods.
When we live with horses we get used to shifting our agenda based upon the energies that present themselves at the time they do.  My agenda was to continue the conversation about the feet in this next blog, Mother Nature’s agenda was to present a HUGE wildfire to the west of us and, therefore, get me exploring and taking action with ways to support my horses through smoke inhalation.  Yup, pretty big shift. 

 


It ‘s wildfire season all across the western United States, as I type this, record level fires burn in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.  Even if you are not directly affected by the fire itself, you may be dealing with smoke from the fires.  We sure are.  It settles on our ranch just like a fog. 
If you can move your horses away from the smoke, by all means, do so.   No matter if your horses stay in place or move, a little support can go a long way to maintain their wellness.  The first thing I did for my horses was to offer them a dose of Bach’s Rescue Remedy to ease their stress.  You can drop a couple of drops from the eyedropper directly into their mouth, or put it on top of a treat or in their grain. 
The next thing I do is to place a few tablets of Ignatia Amara homeopathic remedy in their water tank, so they can free choice whatever they may need.  When offering water with a remedy in it, I always make sure they also have access to water without a remedy in it too.  Once your horses become accustomed to you offering them support they learn how to choose what they need, when they need it.  If they don’t need the remedy I sure don’t want to discourage them from drinking.  Homeopathy has no taste or smell, but the horses can feel the vibration and whether or not they are attracted to it.
Last, but certainly not least, I stimulate a few acupressure points.  I’m running out of space here, but for an article about some specific acupoints , you might see this article:  http://holistic-herd.com/article/breathing-easy-equine-respiratory-support/
I hope all of this is helpful, and I hope our wildfire season is as bad as it will get now, I sure cannot imagine it being worse.  We’ll continue our discussion about hooves later.  Until next time, enjoy your ponies. 

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