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 […]

Smash: A Very Special Police Horse

Nearly a year and a half ago, the Houston Mounted Patrol gained a very special new member–a flashy paint gelding named Smash.   I knew as soon as I heard about Smash that I should feature him as my Naturally Healthy Horse of the Month! What makes Smash so special is not the fact that he’s beautiful (and a former […]

Ceramic Fabric Therapy for Horses

After having performance horses for quite a few years, I thought I’d heard of most of the different forms of equine therapy out there, but this one was new to me!  The following is a guest post written by Kat Chrysostom, the owner/designer of BENEFab™, a company which makes ceramic fabric therapy products for humans and […]

Fat Sources for Horses

The following post is written by equine nutritionist, Dr. Juliet Getty.  You can visit her site, Getty Equine Nutrition, to learn more about what she does and to access her other nutrition articles.   Fat is Fat, Right? Check Your Omegas! Fat is an excellent source of calories – more than twice the calories offered by carbohydrates […]

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 […]