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post #1 of 6 Old 09-03-2009, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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Holistic Horse Health

What are you doing for equine colic and ulcers? I really don't like to use medication and have heard of some holistic products, any that you can recommend?
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-03-2009, 01:23 PM
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If you have a colic, forget everything but calling the vet. Things can go from bad to worse in a very short period of time.

For ulcers, I would talk to your vet and see if they have any suggestions.

Both of these conditions can be very serious. While I do use holistic products for minor problems I wouldn't for issues like these.
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Alfalfa has been shown to help reduce the incidence and severity of ulcers. Another thing to try is to try and reduce the amount of grain you are feeding and feed smaller amounts more often. It will also help to make sure they have forage in front of them at all time or at least don't go very long without food. Chewing produces saliva which buffers the stomach acids... so have hay or pasture in front of your horse as often as possible.

Check out this article about alfalfa/ulcers:

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post #4 of 6 Old 09-03-2009, 09:45 PM
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Aloe vera juice and slippery elm bark daily for ulcers. Twice a day is best.

Edited to add: I agree about the colic. Call a vet. No time to fool around. I don't call a vet for much, but for colic I do.
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-04-2009, 08:58 AM
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To prevent colic on a colic-prone horse, I like to add oil to the diet and feed NO grains or horse feeds, only quality hay and hay pellets with vitamins (and the oil).

To prevent ulcers, Alfalfa hay works well, as it is high in Calcium, which works as a buffer to stomach acids. NO grains or horse feeds (which increase stomach acids), only quality hay and hay pellets with vitamins. A diet of 50% alfalfa hay works well. If you cannot get Alfalfa hay, then feeding grass or timothy hay along with alfalfa cubes and/or pellets (to mix in the vitamins) works well. You want horse horse eating 8-10 lbs of Alfalfa a day. An ulcer prone horse should have food/hay in front of him/her ALL DAY, with at mch turn out as possible, preferably 22-23 hours a day (only in to eat the hay pellets w/vitamins).

To treat ulcers, I would personally stick with a vet-recommended treatment. However, ulcers can be prevented with proper diet and living conditions.
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-10-2009, 11:27 PM
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I do energy work with animals, specializing in dogs and horses. As of now, I am a Level 3 Healing Touch for Animals practitioner. Now, this is considered Holistic Healthcare. One of the first and foremost things we are taught in these classes, is always ALWAYS defer to vets for anything like this.
Colic can go from bad to worse VERY quickly, and while holistic medicines are great, I 100% recommend having your vet know exactly what is going on and getting his/her opinion first and foremost.

Now, back to holistic medication. We learn a lot about using Essential Oils to help with things like this. Let me restate, we do NOT use these alone, nor do we claim to be an alternative method to a vet. Holistic medicines are meant to be used in conjunction with traditional medicine. If you can find a Holistic animal doctor in your area, I'd suggest asking them about using these oils as a supplement.

There are also energy-work techniques that can help with colic. Feel free to PM me if you have any further questions.

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