We put a little love into each of our formulas, especially for Mares!
Whole Horse Herbs understands that mares have hormonal challenges that require some support for them to remain in top condition. Some old ladies need help with mobility, digestion and seasonal temperature changes. Gloria Garland understands these needs and creates formulas ideally suited for our mares.
Chaste Berry or Vitex for mares
One of the most common causes for mares being moody is changes to their hormone balance. As with all animals including us, different stages of the breeding cycle will have an affect on hormone levels. In some cases where these levels can be out of balance to the point of quite dramatic mood swings.
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Gloria Garland, L.AcDipl. Ac. & CH has 30 years of expertise using herbs for horses and also her human patients. specializes in traditional herbal formulations with an eye toward contemporary horses and riders living a in a modern world. The modern herbalist working with traditional methods and formulas faces some serious challenges unimagined by the master herbalists of ancient times. Issues of ethical wild crafting, farming, sustainability, endangered species - both animals and plants, the use of fumigants, heavy metals and pesticides all effect the quality of herbs, herbal products and the overall health of the planet.
All Whole Horse Herb formulas are based in traditional methods, modern research, backed by solid herbal knowledge and ethically formulated for safety and effectiveness.
Whole Horse Herbs advocates using the right tool for the right job. Pharmaceuticals are effective tools in the case of colic, acute traumas, and life threatening situations. Herbs work well for chronic, stubborn or non-life threatening conditions.
Whole Horse's Herbal Pharmacy has the highest of standards. Each of your orders are processed one-by-one. All herbs are stored in sealed containers to prevent degradation from oxygen making sure that your herbal formula is fresh and potent to provide the best results for your horse. Gloria has visited her herbal sources in China and purchases directly from organic suppliers. She uses them herself and wants the best for her horses.
Sometimes girls need a little extra support! One of the most common causes for mares being moody is changes to their hormone balance. As with all animals including us, different stages of the breeding cycle will have an affect on hormone levels. In some cases where these levels can be out of balance to the point of quite dramatic mood swings.
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My young, rambunctious and very energetic German Shepherd struggled with focus and was often amped up on adrenalin making communication and training difficult. When he injured his leg, requiring rest, I was desperate to find a solution to help. Rest is not in this dog's vocabulary! The situation seemed impossible.
While speaking to Gloria regarding my horse, it occurred to me that perhaps she could help me with my shepherd. She prescribed Whole Horse Calm Shen for my dog. Hopeful, I mixed the herbs in with some peanut butter and followed Gloria's directions. After a couple of doses, he was able to focus and relax quietly. I have a different dog and I'm hopeful that his injury will now heal more quickly.
Is it possible that he could become a couch potato? HA! Improbable... but one can hope. Thank you, Gloria, for this great solution. Ruth F. Mariposa, CA
I had a friend who used to joke that her mare could get injured in a rubber room. Happily we have the excellent advise and support of Gloria Garland to help with injuries, sprains and ailments. Using an herbal approach can provide pain relief and healing support for our 4-footed friends. I use it on my dogs too.
The following acupressure treatment is based on the Balance method. The Balance method of acupuncture treatment utilizes a unilateral approach, treating only one side of the horse at a time and alternating sides every treatment.
Day one: gently massage in small, quarter-sized circles the following points on the right side of your horse: LV3, LV14, GB39 and UB18
Day two: gently massage in small, quarter-sized circles the following points on the left side of your horse: LV8, LV5, GB34 and UB19
It happens every year - your horse is rubbing out her lovely tail or is covered with hives when the trees in your yard bloom. What can you do? Herbs can help our horses cope with the challenges of seasonal skin allergies.
Seasonal skin allergies can be among the most frustrating and difficult problems encountered by horses and owners alike. One of the most difficult aspects of treating skin allergies is determining what is actually is stimulating the reaction. It can be almost anything - insect bites, foods, supplements, plants, pollution or chemicals are all possible culprits. Ideally, if we can identify the offending substance and remove it, or move the horse, this is a good first step in a management plan followed by building immunity and reducing the allergic inflammatory response.,
The following herbs are a few options to support your horse through a difficult allergy season:
Spirulina is a variety of blue-green algae grown in fresh water. Spirulina is high in vitamins, minerals, protein, amino acids and omega 3 and 6 oils. Nutrient rich Spirulina was utilized as a food by the Aztecs in pre-colonial Mexico. Considered by many as a “whole food,” Spirulina is a powerful immuno-stimulant and anti-inflammatory with strong anti-allergy effects. It is ideal nutritional support for horses prone to allergic skin reactions. It enables the body to be less reactive to allergens and external irritants. One-half to one tablespoon daily is the recommended amount.
Huo ma ren (Fructus cannabis) is Chinese hemp seed. Chinese hemp seed is rich in oil, promoting hair growth while nourishing the skin. Huo ma ren is high in omega 3 and 6 oils, is anti-inflammatory and helps reduce itching. I recommend using a mix of fresh ground flax seed and/or wheat germ in addition to Huo ma ren. One-fourth to one-half cup of this mixture per day is ideal for supporting hair, hoof and skin.
Da qing ye (Folium isatidis) means "big green leaf" in Chinese. We know the big green leaves of Da qing ye as indigo. Over the centuries, indigo was highly prized a dye in Asia and Europe. From the TCM perspective, Da qing ye is a bitter and cold herb. As such, it clears heat (inflammation) and eliminates toxins (allergens). It is antimicrobial and anti -inflammatory. Da ging ye, like the supplement MSM, contains natural sulfur. Sulfur has a long history of use in skin remedies dating back to biblical times. Sulfur is often prescribed homeopathically for skin conditions as well.
Applied topically, a solution of strong Da ging ye tea mixed with a few drops of tea tree oil is very effective in the treatment of fungal skin infections, fly bite allergies, weepy hives and scratches.
Note of caution: Da ging ye should be used internally with caution. Horses with sulfur allergies or sulfonamide antibiotic sensitivities or deficient individuals prone to diarrhea or with weak digestive systems should avoid internal use completely.
I also recommend eliminating sweet and heat producing foods from the buckets of horses suffering from skin allergies. From the traditional Chinese medicine perspective, feeds containing molasses, sugar or corn create a condition of internal dampness and heat which aggravate itchy, inflamed skin.
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