Category Archives: Specific Conditions

Acupressure for Equine Allergies

No allergy series on The Naturally Healthy Horse would be complete without the mention of my favorite holistic modality–acupressure.  So here it is! Just to recap, a few weeks ago, I wrote about Nutritional Support for Equine Allergies, and the following week, Essential Oils for Equine Allergies–if you didn’t catch those posts, I recommend reading them as well if […]

Essential Oils for Equine Allergies

Last week, I wrote about nutritional support for equine allergies for the first installment of my three-part equine allergy series.  This series was inspired by my own mare, Lee Lee, who has been experiencing some skin allergies this summer. If your horse suffers from either lung or skin allergies, I would start by taking a look at […]

Nutritional Support for Equine Allergies

Just this summer,  I’ve noticed Lee Lee rubbing her neck and chest on her stall door when she comes up to eat.  Itchy skin and rubbing to relieve it is a telltale sign of an allergy so I’ve been working to address the problem. Allergies are fairly common in horses–just as they are in people.   And since […]

Chaste Tree Berry for Horses

The herb, chaste tree berry (vitex agnus-castus), is one that many horse people may have heard about.  It’s often fed to horses with Cushing’s or other conditions affecting the pituitary gland. If you read online about chaste tree berry, you will likely encounter stories proclaiming the positive effects of the herb, but you may also […]

EPM: Cause, Symptoms, and Treatments

Seven years ago, my gelding, Hershey, suddenly came up lame.   The lameness was so unusual though that I couldn’t determine the source of it.  It didn’t appear to be in any one leg or hoof, but more of a problem in the spine or neck and it was only noticeable when he was under saddle.  Like […]

Choke in Horses

Up there on my top ten list of scary things that can happen with horses is choke.  If you’ve never witnessed this ordeal with a horse, you’re fortunate!  The first time I dealt with choke was years ago with my first barrel racing horse, Dee.  I remember seeing her in distress right after I fed the […]

Dr. Robert Bowker on Navicular Disease

I was very excited to have the opportunity to interview Dr. Robert Bowker last week.   He’s one of the few researchers who has dedicated his life to learning all he can about the function of the foot and has led the way in changing the way many of us view the horse’s foot.  His studies on blood […]