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The Adventures of Blitz [userpic]
Slippery Elm
by The Adventures of Blitz (blitzen_)
at February 17th, 2008 (12:43 am)

my horse has an oral fixation. so we're standing around gossipping and he starts chewing the post and rail fence.
my friend is adamant that he needs some Slippery Elm supplement because wood chewing indicates deficiencies in their diet and he could also have ulcers.

i tried to explain that he is not restricted to just wood! he'll chew whatever's available - he's a smoker. when he's bored - getting glammed up, massages or during his owner's gossip sessions, he likes to smoke. aka, chew something.

what do you reckon?

i am not about to go and put him on it, at any rate... just wondering what you think?

dying in slow motion [userpic]
Sinus, FTW!
by dying in slow motion (skyringer)
at February 1st, 2008 (08:35 am)

Well, with the lovely weather we've had, Harper got a cold that progressed to a sinus infection in her right sinus. She's nonreactive to basically chinese water torture on her left sinus, but her right she jerks away. She's got nasal discharge andsome post nasal drip, as when she coughs it's good and loose. Occasionally she'll sling gobs of stuff from her nose. At the moment, she's on 12 SMZs 2x day with her feed, but it's not clearing up as fast as I'd like.

Any ideas on good herbal supplements to help clear sinuses? Usually for me I'll use Echinacea or something with that in it in a tea, but that's obviously not going to be the easiest thing to give :) Eucalyptus will sometimes help me in a steam bath, to help clear it out and make it drain to GET it out, but I can't see Harper standing there with a towel over her head, nose buried in a bucket ;) (Don't tempt me, as I might attempt something like that if it gets bad enough. :D)

She's got no fever, no noticeable temperament change, no nothing, just semi-heavy drainage from her right nostril. Doesn't smell, it's yellow with occasional super thin moments where it runs like water from her nose. Doc wants to use SMZs for now, which I'm cool with, and if it doesn't clear up more by Tuesday, either up the SMZs or stronger antibiotics, and if THAT doesn't work, then radiographs of her head. Clearly I'd like to avoid THAT cost. So, thoughts and opinions!


half_a_cider [userpic]
Aloe Vera Juice
by half_a_cider (half_a_cider)
at January 24th, 2008 (10:59 am)

current location: work...sshhh don't tell.
current mood: okay
current song: The click clacking of my co-workers keyboards.

What do you all know or have heard about the use of Aloe Vera Juice (drinking type juice) being used to treat (more as maintenance or preventative medicine) ulcers?  A vet recommended it and I found a little information, but I was wondering what you all thought.  What about dose?  I have only heard from one person that she gives 4 ounces am & pm on feed.

It sounds like a great idea and hopefully it works because I was able to find it for less then $6 (US) a gallon.  Better then gastroguard prices, huh?

Penella22 [userpic]
A Website That Will Be Useful someday...
by Penella22 (penella22)
at January 24th, 2008 (11:30 am)

OK, my apologies for posting a link that is still under construction, but given how relevant the site is to herbal equine treatment I thought I would post it anyway.

Horsetail Herbs

Its going to have equine articles up fairly soon...should be worth reading...

Does anyone else have handy web links on herbal remedies / holistic nutrition for horses?

draftwitch [userpic]
Hello folks!
by draftwitch (draftwitch)
at January 22nd, 2008 (08:45 am)

current mood: happy

Hi folks! I'm excited about this community as well!

I do actually have a remedy for swelling in the joints (not necessarily "herbal" - but it is more natural then something in a tube). My boss/mentor uses some mud mixed with plain, clear aloe vera, and cool water. Get a rag nice and saturated with the mixture and wrap it around the joint (or area on the leg). Secure it well with vet tape.

Mind you - this remedy works best in the warmer weather, but it's inexpensive and it's worked for us.


it's a long way to the top [userpic]
by it's a long way to the top (xihateyourx)
at January 22nd, 2008 (08:32 am)

Hello everyone! I am really excited about this community! I can't say I'll be able to contribute much, but I can't WAIT to hear other peoples ideas and stories of things that have worked for them. I do feed herbs in my horses every day grain to assist with their every day aches and pains (heaves and arthritis), but that's about the extent of it!
Great idea for a community! Thanks gals!

dying in slow motion [userpic]
by dying in slow motion (skyringer)
at January 21st, 2008 (10:51 pm)

Welcome to Herbal Equine!

This is meant to bring equestrians and their horses a one stop community to discuss natural remedies to use before that expensive call to the vet.

If there are any questions or concerns, please contact myself (burnlikestars) or morgieporgie.

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