Horses & Ponies

Alternative Medicine for Horses and Ponies of all types

(All Equines, including Donkeys & Mules)

Homeopathy – Acupuncture – Herbs – Chiropractic etc.

 

* Winter Care *

Like it or not, Winter is with us

Check list for outdoor animals

Shelter

Food stocks

Bedding stocks

Rugs if needed

Pipe lagging and Tap lagging – water availability

Beware ponies on frosted grass (laminitis risk)

Icy ground presents a risk of skidding/slipping injury

Be on the lookout for dangerous flooding

Health Warning

Pony Laminitis

Watch for early signs of discomfort/stiffness

Spring and summer are major risk-times for pony laminitis. Watch out for warmth in the feet (esp. front) and hesitancy on turning tightly, esp. on a hard surface.

Especially vulnerable at this time of changing seasons are those with Cushings or similar signs.

Avoid herbicides and artificial fertilisers. Frosted grass from late frosts can also raise the risks.

Keep an eye on your pony’s weight.

See Laminitis

These beautiful and sensitive creatures have served mankind for millennia. They have been dragged into war for us, about 8 million having been killed in the First World War (against 8.5 million military personnel).

They have carried us hither and thither, ploughed our fields, helped build empires, helped destroy empires, carried our goods, mined our coal, worked our livestock, provided motive power, entertained us and been loyal companions, ever since their first association with man. It has to be said that man’s use of the horse has not always protected the welfare of these noble animals. Here we try to pay back some of that loyalty and service, with a special care that recognises their special needs.

Horse Acupuncture – Horse Homeopathy – Horse Herbs – Horse Chiropractic etc.

We treat horses with homeopathy, acupuncture, herbs (herbal medicine), chiropractic manipulation and nutritional therapy as the main therapies offered. Other therapies may be used, according to need. The most common equine conditions that we are asked to help are: laminitis, chronic laminitis, mud fever, sweet itch, sarcoids, head shaking (headshaking, head-shaking), eye problems, skin problems, back problems, COPD (C.O.P.D.), urticaria (hives), moonblindness and lameness but we take on any problem presented, with a positive approach.

We have a particular interest in equine backs (horses’ backs and ponies’ backs) and much of the equine workload involves back work and back treatment.

We usually see horses at their homes or places of livery. We have also seen patients at veterinary premises and veterinary university clinics. Owing to planning complications and road safety, we are unable to see horses at the AVMC premises but facilities are available at a nearby organic and holistic livery yard, where horses can visit or even stay, as necessary. This is particularly helpful for very distant patients that may require more than one treatment.

With a full holistic programme, horses are released from constraining factors, allowing them to demonstrate their stunning healing ability. Many diseases, traditionally thought to signal the end of working life, appear to be reversible under this system. At the AVMC, we concentrate on grazing, diet, saddling and tack, shoeing, teeth, backs, riding, stabling, pasture management, supplementation, parasitology and behavioural aspects, prior to making medical input.

We also take into account the results of any veterinary investigations that have taken place, including blood sample results, X-Ray pictures, Ultrasound scans, MRI scans, Scintigraphy scans, specialist reports etc. It is very helpful if these can be available at the time of the visit.

We then select appropriate therapy, whether homeopathic, herbal, acupuncture, chiropractic or other therapy. It may even be an integrated combination of these. We also advise on future management for health, to boost our chances of a successful outcome.

The reason for this strategy is to optimise and maximise healing ability, so that the best use is made of the extraordinary capacity of natural medicine to stimulate the regenerative and healing mechanisms innate in the horse’s body. Having studied and developed a strategy to remove the obstacles, we then use one or other of the natural medicine strategies, or a properly-integrated combination of them, to apply the healing stimulus.

Horses generally accept Acupuncture very well. If an occasional patient objects, we do not sedate. Not only is that a potentially toxic drug input but it also corrupts or annihilates the body’s proper responses to treatment. Instead, we offer painless LASER Acupuncture, which they tend to find very relaxing. Homeopathy and Herbs are also well-suited to horses. Chiropractic manipulation can also be necessary for optimum performance, working capability, welfare and health.

Holistic

While offering an approach alternative to the conventional one, the use of homeopathy, acupuncture (equine acupuncture), herbs and other alternative therapies does not rule out the need for a proper examination and assessment of each patient, necessary diagnostic tests, appropriate measures to repair injury and a study of natural lifestyle and diet, in order to be able to speed recovery. We have enjoyed a good measure of success through this methodology, seeing, as in other species, recoveries from diseases usually associated with a poor prognosis in conventional terms and wisdom.

  • Have you ever been told that your horse or pony is now untreatable?
  • Have you ever been told that your horse or pony works like that, because he is ‘ungenuine’?
  • Does your horse or pony nap?
  • Does your horse or pony hold his head up too high, when working?
  • Does he have a short stride at the front?
  • Does he have difficulty bringing his hind legs beneath him?
  • Is he harder work on either rein?
  • Are his back and neck, shoulders and hind-quarters correctly and symmetrically muscled?
  • Does your horse or pony dislike his saddle or other tack?
  • Have you been given the old ‘box-rest and bute’ line?
  • Have you ever been told to work him on ‘bute’, until he can cope no longer?
  • Do you know what is really in the feeds or supplements you are using?
  • Are you confused by manufacturers’ claims for products?

There may be another way …….

Have faith in your horse and look into ways to help him to release himself from his problems. Holistic methodology may provide some of the answers you are seeking.

The AVMC is conducting objective analysis of clinical outcomes from cases seen. These results are being updated on an ongoing basis. To view them, click here.