Originally Posted by happygoose123
Thanks red_gate_farm. That's really interesting about the potato peels.
that's the biggest thing I hate about these forums. People take everything the wrong way. You can express tone or facial expressions so you have to be really careful about what you say and spend 5 hours wording a sentence so people don't think your 'abusing' them or miss treating your horse and stuff like that....... lol
Hear you loud & clear!! We all need to be 'charitable' in how we read & reply to eachother's posts, I reckon! Easy enough to take someone the wrong way when speaking face to face.
Never heard the potato peelings, but horsemasters of old also used to use copper sulphate to worm. According to an equine vet/nutritionist I used to know, since a 'Natural Horse Care' book came out some time back, dosing with copper bacame popular again(& it is one trace min. That's often deficient). Trouble is, while there were no obvious symptoms, he told me the couple of horses that were treated this way that he(or someone he worked with perhaps - was told this about 15 years ago) did autopsies on had luminous blue livers!!
I've used copper to soak horse's feet when they're badly seedy & suggested a friend did this, saying you can tell it gets in, because the softer areas are still blue-ish a few weeks later when trimming. She said she'd seen that before..... she'd 'wormed' her horse according to that book a few times & the mare's feet went blue!!
So... both examples only anecdotal, but enough for me... natural or not!!