Using Natural Supplements for the Equine Immune System

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By now you have been following this blog series for a few weeks and understand what I am talking about when I refer to “Natural Supplements”.  You also have learned what herbs, essential oils and “other” things we can use on the equine digestive system and the equine nervous system.  If you have not read those installments, I encourage you to, just click the links to be redirected.

This week we will be discovering what Natural Supplements we can use for the Equine Immune System. Continue reading

Using Natural Supplements For The Equine Nervous System

In my previous blog post I offered an overview of what I mean when I refer to a Natural Supplement.  I also covered our first area of concern of the five in this series, the Equine Digestive Track.  I would encourage you to read that blog before moving on to this.  You can click here to access it.

In this blog post we will discuss the Natural Supplements horse owners can look to for help with equine nervous system issues like too much energy or not enough. Continue reading

Natural Supplements For Equine Health

With all the talk about “natural” “organic” “biodegradable” it’s hard to know what we are reading about.  What exactly is a “Natural Supplement”? The definition of NATURAL I like to use is “existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind.” Add that to the definition of a SUPPLEMENT being “Something provided to complete something, to make up a deficiency or to strengthen the whole.” And there you have it. Continue reading

Product Review: Boo Boo Butter

You go out to the field, catch your horse to ride, and notice a cut on his knee. Ugh! A horse owner’s nightmare….injury.

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After hosing it off and feeling for heat, you are relieved to see it is superficial. (Note: * Any swelling, bleeding or oozing should be seen by a vet).  But the knee is a difficult place for medicating. Boo Boo Butter to the rescue!

I receive many products to review and I’m sold on this one! BOO BOO BUTTER is a natural alternative balm for skin irritations, minor scrapes, cuts, scratches, bites, rashes, fungal skin issues and minor skin irritations. But before I tell you my favorite things about BOO BOO BUTTER let’s review the best protocol for treating minor wounds and why.

There is enough research to confirm that when treating a minor wound on a horse, the right product applied at the right time can protect a wound, support natural healing processes and minimize the risk of complications. And the wrong type of treatment at the wrong time could actually slow down or even halt healing.  Here’s why….

During the initial phase of wound healing, a horse’s body delivers white blood cells to the site to clean up damaged cells and foreign matter and defend against infection. These blood cells begin work within an hour of wounding, and for the next day or two the dead cells and bacteria are expelled from the wound.

 
White blood cells are what trigger the ‘cleanup’ process and healing, and they need a moist environment to move in. If they do not have moisture to move around in, they get stuck and cannot work. So, if you ‘dry up’ a fresh wound, you hamper their work.

Thick creams, with a paraffin or petroleum compound can slow cell growth as well because thicker compounds can cause a foreign-body reaction in the horse. Basically, the body sees these thick ointments as something to get rid of and mounts a defense against them instead of dedicating all resources to healing the wound.

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Wound powders aren’t the answer either because in addition to needing a moist environment to start healing, the very tiny particles of the powder can be seen by the body as foreign so the same defensive reaction will start.

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Therefore the answer to treating minor wounds in an effective way lies in using a light, moist product and BOO BOO BUTTER fits that bill.

BOO BOO BUTTER is made using all natural and organic good stuff. Its ingredients list fits a natural products lover’s dream!  Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Neem Oil, Argan Oil, Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Avocado Oil, Cocoa Seed Butter, Castor Oil, Infusions of St. John’s Wort, Comfrey, Calendula and Chamomile, plus essential oil blend of Cedarwood, Cypress, Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Tea Tree, Grapefruit, Geranium and Rosemary.

Many of these ingredients, like Shea Butter and Tea Tree, you have probably heard about but let’s expand on the other ingredients to see why BOO BOO BUTTER works so well…

NEEM OIL is an ancient Indian medicinal oil that is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and contains a high level of antioxidants & carotenoids, Vitamin E & fatty acids.

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ARGAN OIL is from the Moroccan Argan tree and is known to deeply hydrate damaged tissue.

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CALENDULA OIL is also anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, & anti-bacterial. Plus, it is gentle, cooling & soothing.

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COMFREY OIL is a general healing agent which contains binding tannins for quick healing and allentoin which is a connective tissue stimulant.

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ST. JOHN’S WORT OIL is also a general healing agent that is antiviral and antibacterial. St. John’s Wort also has a vulnerary action on the skin, which means it helps the skin to regenerate and heal.

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You would think the ingredients were enough to make me a believer but BOO BOO BUTTER has a bonus! It is the way you apply it that has me writing this review. It comes in a tube, and much like human deodorant, you roll the medicine up and just wipe it on! No mess, no fuss.

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It also comes in a tin that you can use your fingers to apply but I love the convenience of the tube.  Perfect for trail rides, shows or any place you might need to apply a healing agent.  The tube also works great on hard-to-reach areas.

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I get asked to review many products for this blog but as you knows, I don’t do many reviews.  I really try the product first hand, and only recommend (and pull into the shop) ones that work! My young Appendix gets himself into all sorts of trouble playing with his pasture buddies.  I used BOO BOO BUTTER on his well, “boo boos” and it works like a charm.  I even used it on his pastern “scratches” (he’s a gray) and it healed it and acted as a protective barrier.

After 10 days of BOO BOO BUTTER

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To order some for your tack box Click Here.

Peace and Good Rides,

Having a HORSE as your Spirit Animal

 

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I am drawn to horses and always have been. If you find that to be true for you too, then the horse might be your spirit animal.

A horse is a very helpful spirit animal that helps facilitate spiritual awakening and growth by teaching you how to create symmetry between your desire for independence and your current responsibilities. There is a time to rest and a time to run and a lot of living in between.  A horse can teach you how to enjoy the sweet apple that drops from the tree before taking on that next challenge.

Having a horse as your spirit animal can mean different things to different people, and even different things at different times in your life. Look at two pictures of a horse, one wild and one tame. Which are you drawn to?

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If it is wild it could represent vitality and freedom, not just physically but mentally and spiritually. There is no constraining the Horse when it runs with the wind.  Those who identify with a wild horse enjoy a freedom of expression that is nothing short of miraculous.

But a wild horse also enjoys the company of family and friends. It’s always more fun to gallop together in a setting where individuality never gets lost. That’s why the wild horse symbolism speaks to our social nature and ability to move in and out of various circles equally well.

If the horse you are drawn to is in a stable or tied up, it could be a mean that something is holding you back and limiting your autonomy. It may also speak of low energy levels and the need to pay attention to how you use your physical resources.  A horse can only carry so many bags before it gets weary. Figure out what you need to put down so you can lighten the load in your soul.  The tamed horse also symbolizes service and trusting relationships.

All horses symbolize personal power – things that we master in our lives, and our natural gifts.  A horse is a creature of success and self-actualization. When you know what drives you and put that awareness to work, you can get much further and faster than you ever thought.

The Horse Spirit loves to work with the winds. As an animal spirit guide, the Horse is an excellent teacher about personal energy and working with air elementals. No matter where she takes you, you will always have a sense of balance – of how to ride and not fall or fail in your duty.

Horses are animals of adventure, power, friendship and family. With a Horse as your spirit animal jumping life’s hurdles comes easy to those who walk in this powerful animal’s energy.

But being able to jump hurdles is only one small part of a Horse’s magic. Horses possess laser sharp focus that aids them in determining exactly how and when to jump those obstacles.

If you are seeking answers to life’s questions try carrying a Horse Totem and be open to what you find.

Peace and good rides,

Laura

 

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Beginners Guide To Chakras in You & Your Horse

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Have you ever wondered about chakras? It’s kind of a cool concept and can help you process things and deal with life a bit better when you understand and heal any chakras that might be out of balance.

Chakras are the centers in our bodies in which energy flows through.  Both you and your horse have chakras. We share 7 chakras but animals have an additional one that we don’t have. Each chakra is associated with an Earth element and a color.  Continue reading