Well here it is. What we have all been waiting for; Summer,
the season for endless time with our horses. It is also time to
be prepared for what hot weather brings to us and our horses.
Summer is the most active season for humans and their horses
and uninvited accidents and injuries go along with high levels
of activity. I have found three fabulous remedies for you to keep
on hand at all times for you and your animals to help you through
the traumatic and healing phases of injuries. You can find these
products at any organic or health food store, Whole Foods or nutraceutical
Bach Flower's Rescue Remedy
I keep a bottle of Bach Flower's Rescue Remedy in my home,
my purse and the barn at all times. Patricia Davis, author of
Aromatherapy, An A-Z, states "The Bach remedies are made by floating
the flowers on clear spring water and exposing them to sunshine
until the flower's healing energies have been transferred into
the water. This is then put into clean bottles, with an equal
amount of brandy to act as a preservative and this forms the "Stock
Bottle." Rescue Remedy is a mixture of several plants and it can
be used in every kind of emergency, both physical and emotional.
It is one of the best antidotes to shock ever known, and can also
be used before a traumatic event, such as surgery, or a particularly
important exam or interview."
Just simply put a few drops on the tongue and if someone is unconscious
or unable to swallow, it is equally effective to moisten the lips
with the remedy.
For horses, I put ½ to a dropper full of Rescue Remedy on the
horse's tongue before traveling, meeting with the vet or a horse
show or competitive event. If I take my horse to a new place I
give him Rescue Remedy to help him handle the emotional aspect
of a new environment. The remedy will last about 2 hours in the
Arnica Gel and Arnica Tablets
Arnica Gel and Arnica Tablets (Montana 30c) are a must for
every horse owner to have on hand. I keep it in my grooming kit
and in my bathroom vanity drawer because it comes in so handy
for sprains, and quickly alleviates bruising and swelling.
Arnica is not to be used on broken skin but works best as a
homeopathic massage oil for sore muscles and relief from heavy
exertion, for sprains and blows to the body. The tablets are taken
internally to help the healing process. For humans take 3-4 tablets
under the tongue at the onset of an injury and repeat a few times
daily until trauma subsides. For horses place 10 tablets on the
tongue or in their water bucket twice to three times daily for
a few days.
Traumeel Ointment and Tablets
Traumeel is useful for the temporary relief of symptoms associated
with inflammatory processes due to acute trauma, repetitive or
injury conditions. These can include sprains, bursitis, dislocations,
fractures, bruises, post-operative or post-injury swelling, etc.,
as well as various arthritic conditions. I have used this product
recently and loved the results! You can use the ointment on yourself
and your horse but the tablets are designed just for human consumption.
Here are a few more important emergency steps to take for Summer
- List of Phone Numbers inside First Aid Kits and Posted at
barn Fire Department, Police Department, Poison Control, Veterinarians
and clinics, Trailer contacts, Manager and horse owners, Emergency
- Post address of barn and driving directions next to a phone
or where it is publicly visible at all times.
- Keep a general first aid kit in an easily accessible location
- Keep a cooler of bottled water at the barn and in your car
at all times
- First Aid Kit for Horses:
- Sheets of sterilized cotton
- Rubbing alcohol
- Arnica Gel
- Arnica Montana 30c (tablets)
- Bach Flower's Rescue Remedy
- Bute paste
- Banamine paste
- Clear Eyes drops
- Ocular ointment
- Pressure bandages
- Standing bandages
- Sterile gauze pads
- Stall Card should be posted in front of every horse's stall
or paddock gate listing vital information and emergency contacts.
It would even help to have a photo of the horse for further
identification if a stranger has to manage your horse in an
- You may want to invite your local fire department out to
your barn to familiarize them with your set up in case of fire.
Show them water sources and set up an evacuation plan.
I hope you have a very happy and healthy start to this Summer
season. Remember that you and your horse need conditioning to
meet the demands of the hot months ahead.
Please don't hesitate to email me with your questions.
I have room for a couple of students and their horses this Summer.
If you are interested send
me an email.
Happy Riding! Mary
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