Homeopathy in Organic Livestock ProductionGlen Dupree, DVM
Written for both organic farmers and homeopaths, this book is a comprehensive and indispensiable guide for the application of homeopathy on sustainable livestock farms.
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As a horse owner, what are your main concerns when it comes to veterinary care? Will it work? How much does it cost? Will it test?
If you have ever asked one of these questions or one like it, have you been satisfied with the answer conventional Western medicine has given? Or have you been left wondering if there was a better option?
In the wild, horses spend their days walking, eating, and socializing. They move in a herd, spending most of their time with their heads in the grass eating what nature has supplied. This allows a feeling of safety in numbers while allowing for proper nutrition and digestion.
In inclement weather, shelter is taken where there is protection from the wind, rain and snow but where the horses are not being trapped in an area they cannot easily escape.
Strong social bonds are formed between individuals and with the herd.
How different is that from the horse confined in isolation to a 10 x 10 box stall being fed pelleted feed once or twice daily?
The normal pattern for a horse is to eat multiple small meals during the day – almost a constant browsing/grazing of food. This allows for the absorption of stomach acids that are continually released and helps prevent acidosis and ulcers.
Vaccination and Parasite Control
If it is possible, there is more abuse of vaccines and parasite controls in horses than there are in companion animals.
Very commonly horses under conventional management are dewormed every 6-8 weeks and are vaccinated every 3-4 months. Combine these practices with a high grain diet being fed to a horse kept stalled all day, and you can begin to see why the horse population is developing a reputation for having fragile health.
Unless your horses are healthy from the ankles down, you will not get much use out of them. Hoof care is one of the most important aspects of horse health as well as being one of the most controversial.
Riding and Tack
When we think about horse health and fitness, we cannot separate horse soundness from rider and tack. The skills and balance of the rider and the appropriateness and fit of the tack are probably the most important factors in the soundness of the horse – or at least the part of the horse above the hoof.