Horse Nutrition and Herbs

For thousands of years people have been using herbs to heal themselves and animals essential to their livelihood. There are a number of advantages to be gained from utilizing these natural substances:

• Plants are highly effective in not only healing but also serve as nutritional supplements.

• Added to the diet they improve the immune system and increase the strength of other bodily systems.

• When used correctly, the side effects sometimes experienced with modern pharmaceuticals which very often weaken the body in one area while counteracting the symptoms in another, are not experienced.

The purpose of this article is to share some of the beneficial effects I have experienced first hand. My hope is that this will encourage readers to do their own research on this very valuable source for health and nutrition. The herbs discussed here have been used on my horses on a regular basis.

During times when the herbs have not been fed to them for weeks at a time, I have seen a noticeable change in the condition of the horses even though they continued to be on high quality feed. It is believed by some that depletion of the soil over decades of constant use has lessened the quality of the food grown in it.

I have found it beneficial to add a concentration of nutrition from a source other than good quality feed to keep my animals at a noticeably higher level of health. The benefits are tangible, not only in their performance but in their longer useful life and the fact that they don’t become ill as easily or as often.

These herbs promote healthful qualities without taxing the bodily elimination organs as some of the synthetic vitamins can do. In addition to being more readily absorbed into the body, horses find many of these plants more palatable.

The following are widely used for horse nutrition that promotes health and healing. Some herbs are not safe for pregnant mares, but none of those are included here. There are many exceptional books that go into extensive detail on herbal remedies and nutritional advantages. These herbs can be added to the feed or made into a tea to be added to bran or beet pulp. The later produces more benefit.

Celery (ground seeds)
• Helps as a treatment in degenerative joint disease (arthritis).
• Promotes with joint suppleness.
• Reduces acidity in the body.
• Increases circulation.
• Tends to make horses want to drink more water which helps in the removal of toxins through the urinary track.

• One of the most potent healing agents.
• Can be fed internally but also used externally to heal wounds by using in a poltice or a wash. Healing can be so fast caution must be used to be sure there is no internal infection since cuts can heal shut before beneficial draining occurs in deeper wounds.

• A good liver tonic and cleanser.
• Promotes good digestion.
• Contains a wealth of nutrition and a large handful is a helpful addition to feed, particularly when horses are on poor pasture.

Kelp T
• A very economical way to provide a large number of minerals. More is not always better. I feed about a tablespoon per day to average size horses.

• An excellent blood purifier.
• Has antiseptic properties. There is much to be gained in the way of healing properties with yarrow.
• Congestion can occur in any internal organ and yarrow is very effective in ‘packaging up’ toxins for more efficient elimination.

• Has a calming effect on horses as well as humans.
• Very high calcium content.
• Acts as an anti-inflammatory so can be used for aches and pains.

• The seeds are extremely nutritious, containing A,B and C vitamins as well as vitamin E.
• Has high protein content. • Tastes pleasant to horses, encouraging them to eat.

• Tends to dapple the horses coats.
• Is high in Iron and Vitamin C.
• Is good for blood cleansing and circulation that assist healing when horses have laminitis, toxin in the blood causing inner hoof wall to separate from outer hoof.

• High in vitamin C, it helps every cell of the body retain elasticity.
• Contributes to lung health.
• It is also high in vitamin and minerals that promote hoof growth and reduce stress.
• Helps the body fight infection.

• An excellent aid to strengthening the immune system.
• Also is a vermicide (parasite control).
• A powerful antibiotic full of minerals which help heal internally
• An excellent source of sulfur which aids in healthy skin, hair and hooves.

• Promotes strong digestion
• Increases appetite.
• Highly effective for killing parasites. I still use a paste wormer but much less often when my animals are getting wormwood, garlic and fenugreek on a regular basis.

Minerals are essential in assisting the body to utilize vitamins.

Calcium plays a major role in bone growth and remodeling and digestion as well as other vital functions. It is important to balance the calcium/phosphorous ratio of approximately 2 parts calcium to 1 part phosphorus. For example if you are feeding a lot of alfalfa hay, your horse will benefit from a diet with phosphorous. Some good sources are oats, bran, wheat germ, garlic and seaweed.

Salt-Free choice is important and for one of my horses that sweats a lot I still add a teaspoon of sea salt to her feed about 3 times per week. She tends to need that to stay properly hydrated in the hot summer months. All these herbs can be purchased by mail order by the pound and they have proven to be highly effective and lower in cost than many of the supplements on the market for horses. If you search online for ‘bulk herbs’, you will find many vendors that sell botanical herbs by the pound.

Leafy herbs can be fed by the handful or a strong tea can be made from them and poured over beet pulp. Beet pulp is easily digestible and contains the proper ratio of calcium to phosphorous that is so vital in high performance horses. It is a good feed for helping animals to maintain their weight without the dangers of overfeeding that are associated with grains. The tea method will make your herb supply go 4 or 5 times farther though it takes a little more time. You can make enough for a few days and store it in the refrigerator if you are feeding just a few horses. I often include dandelion, nettle, and wormwood in the mix. Then add a tablespoon of powdered rosehips and garlic to the beet pulp after it has absorbed the tea. A little bran can be added to absorb the extra liquid. I like to add crimped oats at this point and put in the separate feed tubs. If you have a horse with bad teeth you can add rolled oats instead.

For horses, it is always important to make any dietary changes very gradually. The horse’s system can be shocked by a sudden change. Their digestive tract has healthy bacteria that help to digest the foods the horse is regularly consuming. Gradual changes will allow the types of bacteria to change also.

I have barely scratched the surface of the information about the benefits of these herbs. I have been tremendously impressed with the results of these simple plants for maintaining exceptional health, and hope that in sharing my experience, others will explore the many herbs available and find similar results.

Animals as Interdimensional Bridges

At the request of Antara, horse trainer, Almine gave her a blessing that she would be able to photograph devas and other interdimensional phenomena around her animals. There were immediate results.

“This is truly a miracle to be documented… Almine has given me the ability to take interdimensional photos”

The Language of Pain

The following list of body parts and symptoms will assist in recognizing areas that are out of balance:

Breath indicates the ability to express ourselves in life. If we don’t express ourselves, it is as though someone placed a boulder on our chest and we cannot fully breathe. Frequently people place the boulder on themselves.

The breath is expressing our lifeforce, so asthma patients have lifeforce problems.

Fluids have to do with emotions. Blood, in particular, is the equivalent of love. Hardened arteries mean hardened emotions. The heart has to do with giving love. The energy we give is drawn from the limitless supply of the universe and is supposed to enter our body through the crown chakra. If we close our heart because of fear, or not being fully present in our body, we begin to give energy from our lifeforce center, depleting us.

To insulate from this drain of energy, a layer of fat could build up around the solar plexus. Lightworkers frequently have this layer of fat as an attempt to protect their energy source.

Soft tissues and ligaments reflect attitudes. The joints have to do with how flexible we are. The soft tissues control the joints, so they are affected too.

Skin reflects how we interface with the world. When skin is irritated, it is because we perceive the world as abrasive or hostile. A boil means that a specific area of our life is like a sore.

Bones indicate what was inherited from parents and ancestors or from genetic memory and early social conditioning.

An ailment on the front of the body indicates we are aware of, but have not yet dealt with. On the back of the body, there is an issue we are trying to put behind us. On the left side of the body, it has to do with the animal’s feminine aspects or female relationships. On the right side of the body, it reflects masculine aspect or masculine relationships.

A virus is the result of invasion. Boundaries have broken down. We honor our animal friends by establishing healthy boundaries and maintaining them. Viruses invade when our sub-personalities aren’t healthy, happy, whole and functioning.

Fungus can develop when the animal is or feels abandoned, bacteria invade when deliberate hostile influences breach established boundaries.

The head signals thoughts and ideals, the way we think life ought to be. The face has to do with what is presented to the world. If the presentation is different from the real identity, acne may develop. Negative thoughts, resentments, feelings of inadequacy can produce mucus in the sinuses. Phlegm, the fluid in the throat, is also indicative of negative emotions. Headaches often result from suppression of memories, or a conflict between the left and right brains.

Ear problems can mean there are things in the environment they don’t wish to hear.

The thyroid is where we suppress anger at not being heard. If there are pieces of our reality that don’t fit, and we try to ignore them, it affects the thyroid.

Teeth and their roots are connected to bones and problems indicate conflicts with authority figures or societal attitudes. They also pertain to the need for aggression. Problems with gums indicate there is something in life that is difficult to swallow; it becomes stuck and bothersome, resulting in an abcess in the mouth.

The neck is where thoughts and ideals meet, reflecting the way life is for us. Atlas problems mean the head isn’t on straight and arises from conflict between the ideal and reality.

Shoulders, arms and hands reflect that which is done to us or what is being done to others. Hands represent the present moment; arms, that the problem is less obvious or under the surface; shoulders, that we are trying to push it into the past. Hurt feelings manifest in the fingers.

Below the shoulders and to the hips is the area to do with desires, passion and our self-expression of things we love to do.

Liver problems indicate anger; kidney problems indicate fear.

Sacrum problems mean feeling unsupported.

The hip is the balance between the way we want to live and how we are actually living.

The pubis bone locks when sexuality is drained.

Sexual organs relate to the ability to be active in reproduction.

Legs reflect how we are moving through life.

Knees reflect flexibility around what is happening to us.

Glossary of Anatomical Signals

Why Symptoms in Animals Are Seldom Their Own

Scientists have found that what could be termed ‘a shocked response’ is registered in plants when a fly is killed in their vicinity. Further studies have shown that they recoil when in the presence of someone who viciously rips a plant to pieces, even months after the occurrence. This and more is documented in The Secret Life of Plants, by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird.

Animals are likewise empathically bonded to those who are regularly in their vicinity. In treating an animal’s symptoms, they cannot be divorced from the consideration of unresolved issues or pathology in the lives of their caregivers.

The conclusion is simple. If you want your animals to thrive, they need to be in the presence of life- enhancing attitudes and emotions. Shallow, unexamined lives of those who refuse to have fruitful experiences that yield insights produce walled up tumors. If this does not happen in themselves, it could occur in the empaths that love them – their animals.

If the owner feels victimized, animals become prone to injury or attacks by other animals. The rage or boredom of an owner can be heard in the bark of his dog. His resistance to life and his environment will produce an acidic body pH, not only in the owner but in his pet. This is a fertile environment for arthritic and other disease symptoms.

Let us therefore examine the language of pain in ourselves before it manifests in the innocent creatures around us. In clearing our lives of that which no longer serves, let us assist them to maintain the purity of their bodily systems that is their natural state. At all times, just as we would with our children, let us give responsible consideration to the choice of those entrusted with the care of the animals we love.