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Cat Diet – Feeding Naturally

3 September, 2020

Cats are strict carnivores and have a high protein requirement. Their diet should be totally raw, and should not contain any canned or dry foods. They can not survive on a vegetarian or vegan diet. 90% DAILY RATION Chicken, rabbit, turkey, including bones and fat. Never feed cooked bones. Raw bones are safe as long as they still have some meat on them and are served at room temperature. Mutton, lamb and beef chopped into large pieces to encourage chewing. Mince is not recommended as it usually contains preservatives. Fresh or lightly steamed fish with bones removed. Small fish like…

Qld Itch Natural Alternatives

7 February, 2020

This condition is due to hypersensitivity to insect bites, causing extreme itching. It is usually worse during the humid summer months, but may affect some horses or dogs all year long. Itching is usually intense and can cause the animal to scratch constantly causing mild to severe hair loss and open sores. The skin eventually may become thickened and wrinkled. The following is a list of the many alternative treatments that will help to control the dreaded “itch”. Qld Itch Support Prescription Pack for Horses External Products for dogs and horses – Native Magic cream may be applied to affected…

Itchy Skin: What can you do?

7 February, 2020

Itchy Skin: What can you do? One of the most common questions we get asked is – My dog or cat has itchy skin and its not fleas: What can you do to help? OR My horse is scratching on everything until he or she is bleeding and causing injury. Is there anything that can help? Well, the answer is YES, natural therapies can greatly assist dogs, cats and horses with itchy skin conditions. Skin problems and allergies are becoming increasingly prevalent among domestic animals today and using drugs to relieve the itch is not the answer for long term relief from…

Herbal Medicine For Animals

20 December, 2019

Most animals are natural herbalists, often seeking out particular herbs when needed, if they have access to a wide variety of species. Dogs and cats will occasionally be seen chewing on lemon grass, comfrey, couch grass and other plants. Horses, cows, sheep and goats have been seen to eat some herbs only at particular times of the year, or if they have a specific need for them. Most pets today, do not have access to the range of herbs, grasses and trees they would have in the wild. So by growing a few common herbs around your garden or along…

A Happy Ending!

2 December, 2019

This is one of those cases where there was a simple answer to a seemingly complex problem. “Jenny from Calm Healthy Horses saved my beautiful horses life.I honestly can’t thank her enough for what she has done.10 months ago my horse got extremely sick, swollen sheath, his legs, stomach, chest were so swollen skin was hanging.He was lumpy, scabby and all his hair had fallen out, he was so itchy he would run around the paddock after me in hope I would scratch him. He was absolutely miserable my poor boy, it broke my heartI spent thousands of dollars on…

Diatomaceous Earth Uses

22 November, 2019

What is it? There are two different grades of Diatomaceous earth (DE); Food grade and Pool grade. Food grade diatomaceous earth is safe to use for the home, yards, and animals. Pool grade diatomaceous earth is altered by high heat and is only safe to use in pools. This should never be given to animals.   DE is a naturally occurring siliceous sedimentary mineral compound from remains of tiny  fossilized water plants called diatoms.  These plants have been part of the earth’s ecology since prehistoric times. 30 million years ago the diatoms built up into deep, chalky deposits of diatomite. The diatoms…

Equine Heat Stress – How to avoid

10 November, 2019

During Summer with scorching temperatures it is important to avoid equine heat stress. It is all about your horse being able to maintain his core body temperature close to 37.5C. This he can efficiently do on his own under most environmental conditions provided he has choices, for example access to shade and a clean trough that dispenses nice, cool water. Heat stress is the result of a build-up of heat in the horse’s body, usually due to some impediment to the normal sweating process.  In the horse, sweating is the most important means of reducing core body temperature. It works…

Turmeric for Health

21 October, 2019

Most people are familiar with the turmeric spice used in Indian and Asian cooking. Turmeric is a member of the ginger family, a native to middle eastern and southeast Asian countries. It has been used in cooking for thousands of years and has been widely used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries for its many health benefits. The active ingredient is curcumin which is an anti-inflammatory and is therefore a great food additive for pets as well as people. Curcumin may also help to stimulate bile production which can help the liver to process fats and remove waste from…

Vegan / Vegetarian Diet for Dogs

6 August, 2019

Dogs can survive on quite a varied diet as long as they get all the essential nutrients they require. Cats, however are strict carnivores and cannot survive on a vegan diet without risk of health issues long term. They have difficulty absorbing some essential nutrients from plant sources. It is not only harmful to their health, but I believe it is cruel to deprive them of their natural food source. To raise dogs on a vegan diet does take a bit more time and effort but it can be done as long as you ensure they are getting their nutritional…

Lameness, spooky and facial crests

1 August, 2019

Shardy is an 8yr old Purebred Egyptian Arab. His owner, Jen was having no end of trouble. His issues included: Frequent lameness and struggling to get up hills He became spooky He rubbed his nose a lot, especially when out riding, stopping on the track to rub his nose on his leg. Muzzle twitching Then he suddenly also developed the facial crests Jen had been feeding other ‘oxalate’ products for 2 years with zero results. A very basic feed was recommended (oaten chaff, soaked beet and/or copra, 2 tablespoons salt daily, grassy hay) with XtraCal.au + Supreme Vit & Min….

Rejuvenate your Dog with Hemp oil Elixir!

9 April, 2019

What is Hemp Oil Elixir? Canine Hemp Oil Elixir is a rejuvenation formula made of pure and unrefined hemp seed oil. This elixir is a thicker, more concentrated oil that contains a higher Omega-3 content, more fatty acids and a higher protein concentration than Canine Hemp Oil. Providing a natural nutrient boost, this product is perfect for giving your dog the extra edge they need to get through their day. What is Hemp Oil Elixir used for?Just about everything! This formula is designed for dogs that need a little extra loving in their daily life. JOINT PAINS Does your elderly…

Natural Stress Relief For Animals

5 March, 2019

While most of us know the impact of high stress levels on our own health, many people never stop and think about whether our animals are also suffering from similar stresses. With a busy lifestyle you may get stressed out over traffic, work pressures, finances, world events or family problems and although animal’s lives are much more simplified, they can also be filled with everyday stress. Many people still believe that animals do not have the same feelings and emotions as we do, because they don’t talk or cry, but this doesn’t mean they don’t suffer in silence. To try…

Anal Gland Problems in Dogs

19 February, 2019

Anal Gland Problems in Dogs can affect all ages and breeds leading to blocked or infected anal glands.  These two small glands are located on either side of the anus, and are scent glands used for marking territory and recognition. They would normally empty naturally when the dog has a bowel movement, but when stools are too thin or soft, then they may not express fully and can become impacted, which may lead to an infection if left untreated. Blocked or impacted anal glands may be caused by – Constipation from lack of fibre or roughage in the diet. Infrequent…

Equine Hoof Abscess

14 February, 2019

What causes an equine hoof abscess and what is the best method of dealing with one to help your horse recover faster? 1. What is a Hoof Abscess A hoof abscess is a localized bacterial infection in the sensitive structures of the hoof. Purulent fluid (pus) is produced as a reaction by the horse’s body to the infection. The pus accumulates between the keratinized and germinal layers of the hoof wall. Since the hoof cannot expand, the increased pressure of pus collecting within the hoof capsule causes significant pain. The pus will take the path of least resistance to relieve…

Natural Solutions for Worms in Dogs & Cats

24 July, 2018

Intestinal worms are relatively common in all animals and it is important to keep parasite numbers down as a heavy worm burden can cause a variety of health issues for your animals. Using drugs and chemicals is not the only solution and there are Natural Solutions for Worms in Dogs & Cats. One of the most important preventative measures is a strong, healthy immune system, and the best way to strengthen their immune system is to feed a balanced fresh raw food diet. Healthy animals have natural defenses against parasites and recent studies have shown that having a small number…

Improve Joint Mobility and Reduce Pain Naturally without side effects!

24 July, 2018

Does your older dog show signs of stiffness or reluctance to exercise as much as they used to? Is your aged cat struggling to jump up on high furniture like they have in the past? Or maybe your senior horse is not moving as freely or takes longer to warm up in the cold weather. These may all be signs that your older animal’s joints are becoming stiff, sore and inflamed. Most pain-relieving drugs have side effects, especially when used long term, however there are a number of natural alternatives (see below) that we have had excellent results with. We…

Natural Approach for Digestive Upsets in Cats

23 July, 2018

Do you find your cat often regurgitates her dinner shortly after feeding? Or perhaps she sometimes suffers from a sudden bout of diarrhoea, that you just can’t quite get to the bottom of (if you’ll excuse the pun!)? Or maybe she loses her appetite occasionally, no matter how much you tempt her with her favourite food? Below is a Natural Approach for Digestive Upsets in Cats… If you have experienced any of the above issues with your cat, you’re not alone. Just like us humans, dogs, cats, rabbits and even our avian friends can suffer from many different types of…

Travel Anxiety – How to avoid the stress.. and the mess!

6 June, 2018

Travel Anxiety – How to avoid the stress.. and the mess! It’s a warm, sunny day so you and your dog have hopped in the car and are heading to the park. Suddenly, Fido doesn’t look so good and before you have time to pull in, his breakfast has been decanted unceremoniously all over your back seat. Pet motion sickness and travel anxiety is an all too familiar story and in extreme cases it can severely limit the experiences that we can enjoy with our dogs. No more hiking weekends away with your four legged friend. No more trips to…

Why do dogs eat grass?

4 April, 2018

If you’ve ever wondered…. Why do dogs eat grass? Well, there are a few reasons and we have outlined some of the common reasons below: 1.. Dogs may eat grass to purge their system Dogs will occasionally eat large amounts of grass to make themselves throw up. If they seek out any type of grass or weeds frantically then this is most often due to – ·         Gastrointestinal upset ·         Nausea ·         Gas or bloating ·         They have eaten something they shouldn’t have ·         A virus or bacteria After they consume a large amount of grass, they will vomit. It’s…

Help with ‘puddle problems’ Urinary Incontinence

21 March, 2018

Does your dog or cat need help with ‘puddle problems’ Urinary incontinence ? A damp and smelly pet, or a pet who doesn’t quite make it to the litter box or garden can become a frustration, and the constant washing and deodorising can become a burden for the household dealing with the issue. What Is Urinary Incontinence? This “leaky” problem is basically the loss of bladder control in your pet. The severity can range from occasional light leakage and dampness, to the point where they can’t hold on to alleviate themselves in the right spot – outside for dogs or…

Tips on Giving Herbal Remedies to Your Dog or Cat

15 March, 2018

We have listed some of our tips on giving herbal remedies to your dog or cat. The easiest way to give herbs or supplements to your pets is by mixing them into your dog or cats food. However, some cats or fussy dogs can smell anything added to their food and will refuse to eat it. So if you need to administer remedies regularly, this can become very distressing for both the animal and yourself. Once they see you with the bottle, they run a mile and hide! If your animal is unwell or super fussy, then it’s best not…

Horse Diet – Feeding Naturally

28 February, 2017

Horse Diet – Feeding Naturally. A natural diet for horses can vary considerably depending on the individual horse and their regular workload. A racehorse’s nutritional requirement differs greatly from a weekend leisure pony for example. The following is provided as a basic guideline and will need to be varied according to your horse’s breed, workload and nutritional needs. Horses are grazing animals and in the wild, they would travel over great distances to obtain food and water. Wild horses graze for approximately 18-20 hours per day on native grasses which are low in nutrition. Horses have a fairly small stomach…

Anxiety and Stress – Natural Solutions

10 February, 2017

Solutions for Anxiety and Stress Your animal’s behaviour is the best indicator if they are suffering from anxiety or stress. They tell us a lot by their actions, their physiological responses, and sometimes by the “evidence” they’ve left while you’ve been at work. Some dogs howl all day long when left home alone. Dogs or cats that feel threatened may show aggressive behaviour towards other animals as a way of protecting themselves. Loud noises from fireworks, storms and thunder may cause some pets to become totally panic stricken. Some animals will destroy furniture, scratch up the place or relieve themselves…

Is Your Horse Foot-Sore?

20 October, 2016

If you answered YES, then read on to find out why… You may be using an experienced farrier who is trimming your horse regularly every 5 or 6 weeks yet your horse has sore feet a lot of the time. Even when ridden over rough surfaces regularly, why is it that sometimes your horse can trot easily over firm ground and other times they are struggling to walk on anything firmer than sand or soft grass? Each time the farrier comes, you hope they don’t go lame after a trim or you end up putting shoes on because you can’t seem…

Raw Feeding for Dogs & Cats – A Vet’s Perspective

28 July, 2016

Feeding Raw for Dogs & Cats – A Vet’s perspective by Dr Bruce Syme BVSc(Hons) Gastric Acidity, Digesting Bones, Gut Transit Time and Salmonella There has been much debate about the “potential” dangers of feeding bones to dogs, and also of the potential risks of food poisoning and salmonella infection that the feeding of raw meat to dogs and cats may carry. So it may be of interest to note that much of this information, or mis-information, relates back to the very nature of the gastric environment of the dog and cat, which in turn, is directly related to diet. The…

Grass Affected Horse? How do you know if it is the grass?

17 May, 2016

If its Autumn or Spring, the risk is highest but certain grasses, supplements and feeds can affect some horses all year long. A ‘Grass affected horse’ is one where one or multiple aspects of their diet are adversely affecting their health and behavior. This usually originates from the forage (grass) but can be further exacerbated by the addition of other potassium rich feeds to their diet. The fastest way to create a ‘Grass Affected’ horse is to graze them on dairy pasture or other pasture that has been fertilized with potash, super-phosphate, DAP, Urea, NPK etc. This is enough to create a ‘Grass Affected’ horse…

Autumn Grass Issues for Horses

10 May, 2016

Autumn grass growth can adversely affect some horses! Autumn and (Spring) grass can cause a lot of problems for horses when they eat these short green shoots. After testing some grass in a paddock with short green growing grass recently the results came back as: 1. High potassium (3.4%) low sodium (0.138%) Translates to a stress on the horse to excrete the excess potassium and conserve sodium (as this is not enough to run the metabolism of the horse). Hence the recommendation to add salt to feeds. 2. High Nitrates (nearly 1700 mgs/kg which translates for a LOT when the horse…

Pottenger Cat Study

15 April, 2016

The Pottenger cat study came about like many great discoveries, Dr Francis M Pottenger accidentally found that his laboratory cats were noticeably healthier when fed on a diet of raw meats rather than cooked meats. Dr Pottenger, a human doctor, was involved in using cats to assess the potency of adrenal extracts for use in human medicine. Pottenger’s cats were fed on table scraps from the local restaurant. When the restaurant closed during the off season, he was forced to source his meat scraps directly from the local abbatoir (which came raw). During the time he was feeding the raw…

Laminitis and Founder – What to watch out for

6 April, 2016

There is a difference between laminitis and founder – Laminitis is inflammation of the laminae (which is the tissue that attaches the coffin bone to the hoof wall). Founder, is where the laminae have let go allowing the coffin bone to ‘sink’ within the hoof capsule. Laminitis nearly always precedes founder. Laminitis is a CHEMISTRY problem, which is relatively easy to rectify if action is taken early enough. However, once the laminae have ‘let go’, it is now a PHYSICAL injury or a mechanical problem which is a whole different kettle of fish to recover from. To rehabilitate a foundered…

Easter Warning for Dogs

24 March, 2016

Easter is upon us again? It’s that time of year when it’s critically important to ensure chocolate stays off the menu for your dog… Why is chocolate poisonous to dogs? The culprit is a compound called theobromine, which is absorbed in the bloodstream and causes cardiac, kidney and neurological dysfunction in dogs. Chocolate consumption symptoms such as diarrhoea, vomiting and hyperactivity will reveal themselves between 4 and 24 hours. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning Increased heart rate (which can cause arrhythmia) Muscle twitching Increased urination and excessive panting (which may lead to hyperthermia) Muscle tremors/seizures Coma and potentially, death DID YOU…

Cool Energy Feeding for Horses

10 March, 2016

How do you know if a feed is going to be ‘heating’ for your horse? It is actually quite easy when you understand the following information on how the horse’s digestive system works. Food that is first chewed and thereby mixed with saliva passes into the stomach which has a very acidic environment because it is expecting to have to start the breakdown process of high fibre forage. This material then moves into the small intestine (which is actually quite long and narrow) where the ‘simple’ sugars (for example from growing grass or molasses) are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream….

Struvite Crystals Natural Options

10 March, 2016

Generally speaking, struvite stones / crystals will form when the animal’s urine pH becomes neutral or alkaline (pH 7 or greater) and urine is concentrated. Carnivores (dogs and cats) that eat a fresh red meat based diet  naturally produce acidic urine which prevents this crystal formation.  The food itself has a natural water content of 60-70%, which assists in preventing dehydration and excessive concentration of urine (especially in cats). Diets that are too high in cereal and vegetable levels will result in a more alkaline urine, which is typical of many dry foods and tinned foods.  Commercial pet foods commonly…

Loyalty Rewards

13 January, 2016

Greenpet’s loyalty rewards program allows Greenpet customers to receive discounts by simply ordering online and accumulating reward points. Accumulated points can be used as dollar value discounts on any future orders. You will need to sign up as a customer or login with your existing customer account details to earn points. (Points cannot be earned if you purchase items via guest checkout.) Earn 50 points when you sign up. Earn 1 point per $1 spent online (excluding freight). You can also earn points by leaving an online review – Earn up to 500 reward points (value of $5) for sharing…

Is Your Dog Gluten Intolerant?

20 October, 2015

These days, gluten intolerance is a well-recognized condition in humans and there are shelves full of products designed to help sufferers manage the condition and avoid unpleasant symptoms, but did you know some dogs suffer gluten intolerance as well? What causes gluten intolerance? In general the canine digestive system has no issues digesting grains such as wheat, rye, barley and oats but, as with humans, some dogs can’t tolerate gluten. If a dog is gluten intolerant/sensitive their small intestine becomes inflamed when they consume gluten as a result of abnormal protein reactions in the small intestine. This allergic reaction to…

The Link Between Behaviour and Nutrition

20 October, 2015

The links between nutrition and animal behaviour have been poorly researched, and still to this day, are quite unclear. It is quite apparent in the human population that what we feed ourselves and particularly our children, will have quite a dramatic impact on behaviour – modern food colourings, preservatives, and flavourings have all been demonstrated to have close links to certain behavioural syndromes like ADD (attention deficit disorder). I personally have seen many dogs respond in an extremely favourable way to the removal of processed dog food from their diet. Whether this is due to the removal of chemical colourings…

Big Head disease recovery

30 September, 2015

Nutritional Secondary Hyperparathyroidism Recovery In December 2010 my horse was diagnosed with signs of big head disease. The swellings on each side of her head were extremely large and appeared over a matter of weeks. She was reluctant to go forward and spent hours each day standing around with an extremely depressed look in her eye. Her coat was dull. When she was ridden it was almost impossible to get her to canter and when she did she had very short, choppy strides. Apart from the facial swellings the other signs I mentioned appeared twelve months before she was diagnosed,…

Blessed Herbs: 6 reasons to Colon Cleanse

24 September, 2015

The world is full of toxins. We’re not just talking fast food and car exhaust. As a member of the human race we spend our entire lives inhaling preservatives, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, artificial additives, excessive stress, and a constant attack of foreign chemicals. To get out ahead in a tough economy we’re working harder and faster—so are our bodies. What’s an organ gotta do to get a vacation? Here’s a look at just some of the benefits of colon cleansing. Eliminate Junk Food Cravings According to Scripps Research Institute, the brain responds to junk food the same way it does…

Lethargic and Dragging feet

24 September, 2015

One day I noticed my horse had suddenly become very stiff, and was dragging his front legs and appeared quite lethargic. I knew something was wrong as he was normally very forward moving and this particular day, he just seemed really tired. I had only had Chief for about 5 or 6 months but he was always energetic. I had noticed he was spooking at things a lot more frequently than he had when I first got him, but didn’t make any connection with this at the time. I took him to our vet who said he was most likely tying-up so we treated…

Suspected Fractured Pelvis Recovery

24 September, 2015

Our 15 year old stock horse developed what we thought was arthritis around 3 months after we purchased him (he had been fully vet checked prior to purchase and passed with flying colors). He was intermittently lame which would come and go randomly and he would often drag his hind feet when walking and struggled walking down steep hills. Flash was a successful show jumper with his previous owner and we eventually had to retire him from jumping a year later as we didn’t want to put any more strain on his joints and he was struggling to lift his legs high enough to clear…

Spooking and Shying Violently

24 September, 2015

I have been using the whole ProvideIt Plan for over a year now with amazing results and would like to share the experience. I had searched for the right horse for months and a friend found him in the Eastern States for me and I was assured that he was very quiet and would suit me well. He had come from fairly drought conditions, and he was fine for a short while until my green pasture hit his system. He then became unmanageable for me, both to handle and ride, shying violently and becoming highly reactive to stimuli in his…

Sore Back and Nipping

24 September, 2015

I bought Duke in early January, 2010. When I went to try him he was a calm, unflappable horse who seemed to take everything in his stride. My mother and I brought him home and put him in a large paddock with lots of feed because he was a little skinny. The first few times I rode him, he was just as good as when I looked at him but he soon deteriorated and every time I caught him, he would try to bite me. One time he even reared up and started lashing out at me with his front…

Leg Splints Disappeared

24 September, 2015

Barry was broken-in in March, 2009, at four years of age and quietly worked through the winter, attending some winter clinics. After shedding the winter woollies and going from the ugly duck to a beautiful swan, he was shown three times in August for a promising start with three Champions and one Supreme. Things looked good for his newcomer season. On the 1st of September things started to crash with Barry starting to get a bit scratchy, a subtle lameness that would seem worse on corners and not real evident which leg it was. We decided to put a set…

Suspected Fractured Pelvis or Sacroiliac Injury

24 September, 2015

Great news! The horse with the suspected fractured pelvis is back to normal! I know a lot of people will bethinking ‘How can this be?’ Actually it is not at all difficult to understand when you realise how much mineral balances have to do with nerve and muscle function. When Susan bought ‘Millie’, a Sir Tristram bred TB in March of 2007 for her daughter Carmel, she was everything she was wanting for her next horse. Calm and quiet, with a fantastic temperament, she had already proven herself as a Show Hunter finishing 6th nationally on the 2006 Circuit. She took to…

Sacro-illiac and Saddle-fit Problems

24 September, 2015

These are so common and more often than not are NOT the result of an injury. They can easily be just another manifestation of a serious mineral imbalance, that of excess potassium relative to sodium, chloride, calcium and magnesium! Often this goes along with the other symptoms of being touchy, not wanting to be groomed, saddled etc. If you put your horse on the lunge, at the walk they may appear normal, the trot may be normal or they may appear stiff or tight behind, not tracking up. Where it really shows up is at the canter especially the first few…

Guinea Pigs- Natural Diet

9 September, 2015

Natural Diet for Guinea Pigs (CAVIES) Guinea pigs are vegetarians and require a regular intake of fresh grass, fruit, vegetables and roughage to stay healthy. They are a grazing animal and require constant access to fresh grass and other flowers, herbs and roughage. A movable lawn cage or better still a securely fenced area in the garden is ideal for guinea pigs to allow access to green grass daily, which can supply vitamins essential to their diet. It is important though, to ensure that guinea pigs are not put out to graze in areas which may contain poisonous weeds as they may eat them if little else…

BioCompatibility Testing For Animals

9 September, 2015

BioCompatibility Testing For Animals is a great tool to help with many health issues. Does your animal suffer from any of the following – Diarrhoea Digestive problems Eye and ear conditions Skin rashes Itchy skin Lung conditions Sinus infections Eczema or hair loss Arthritis Hot spots Find out which foods are making him/her unwell Many animals suffer from allergies and this can be the result of eating bio-incompatible foods over a period of time. Allergic reactions are accumulative and a visible reaction may not take place for up to four days. Often animals will crave the very foods they are…

All Things Natural For Animals!

9 September, 2015

The Best Care For Your Pet! At Greenpet we are constantly adding to our range of products and search all over Australia and overseas for the finest natural products to help improve the health of your animals. We do not use anything that contains preservatives, artificial ingredients or other nasties and our products are tested on humans, not animals. Greenpet also provides a range of services such as naturopathic consultations, animal communication, allergy testing, hair mineral analysis and much more.            

High Sugar Diet Problems for Horses

8 September, 2015

Grasses planted primarily to fatten livestock and promote milk production are ‘high sugar’ grasses. Hay made from wheat, barley, rye-grass or oats is high in sugar especially if it has been made prior to seed formation. Sugar levels can be elevated in grasses when they are drought stressed or over-grazed. Sugar levels can sky-rocket in the spring when grass shoots away. Grains, whilst they contain some protein, are mainly carbohydrate, and therefore oats, corn, wheat and barley contribute to total sugar the horse is consuming. So does any feed containing molasses. When the input of feed far exceeds the output…

Calm Healthy Horses Plan

8 September, 2015

Tick off any symptoms that you find from the Horse Symptom Checklist. Make the recommended diet changes in the CalmHealthyHorses Plan for one month, then, revisit the Checklist. If necessary continue the process for another month or until your horse is completely back to normal. This may take several months for more serious problems such as Head-Flicking. The CalmHealthyHorses Plan will help eliminate digestive flora problems, mineral imbalances, myco-toxin overload and correct the natural buffering system. Your horse will be calm and healthy and riding will be enjoyable again. Introduce any new feeds or supplements slowly, over a period of one to…

Photo Sensitivity…(Sunburn / Mud Fever)

8 September, 2015

Many horses with white faces and/ or white socks, suffer from ‘sunburnt’ noses, and/or chronic mud fever. Some get ulcers in their mouths. The first line of thought with mud fever is that it is caused by ‘mud’. The first line of thought with scabs on the nose is ‘sunburn’. However, the truth is that it can be a very complex issue that doesn’t respond to external treatments. This is because the real cause of ‘mud-fever’ and ‘sunburn’ is Photosensitisation. This is caused by eating plants which contain certain photodynamic (or fluorescing) pigments. These pigments enter the bloodstream and eventually…