The Naturally Healthy Horse Blog

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Gastric Ulcers in Horses

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the stomach meridian is linked with the emotion of worry or anxiety.  So it’s no surprise that an overabundance of this type of emotion is connected with stomach (gastric) ulcers as well...

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Jiaogulan for Horses

I have begun using herbs more and more with my horses, and one that I have used (with success) is a Chinese herb called Jiaogulan (Gynostemma pentaphyllum).  Many people call it J-Herb, for short.  I wanted to share when...

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Heaves in Horses

Recurrent airway obstruction (RAO), aka heaves, is an allergic and inflammatory lung disease in horses.  It’s similar to human asthma. Many people may not think of heaves as being all that dangerous, but my...

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Stretches for Horses

I know the importance of stretching before a workout from personal experience–as many of you might too.  After a couple of workout-related injuries (yep, it happens), I’m now sure to include stretching as a precursor...

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Selenium for Horses

Selenium was something I’d never really spent a tremendous amount of time thinking about until taking a couple of equine nutrition courses a few years ago.  And I still can’t say I spend a...