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Treatments for Horses - McDowell's Herbal Treatments

Herbal Support for Equine (Horses) Health

Spring is with us, and so is the dreaded laminitis! Over the last 4 weeks McDowells Herbal have been inundated with requests for information and treatment of the laminitic horse or pony. Step 1:&nb...

Two species of lice can infest horses, causing skin irritation, severe scratching and loss of condition. Incidence peaks in late winter and spring, recurring annually once lice become established in a...

Most horse owners and trainers nowadays give manufactured and packaged vitamins and minerals to horses as part of their daily diet.  Since the discovery of Vitamin C and its link with the di...

Lameness issues of the equine occur for several reasons. Over, or incorrect, training and work, conformation, fatigue or training a horse too young can contribute. The healing process in the legs can ...

Often this condition is brought about by too rapid gain of weight of the young horse. Sometimes there is a genetic predisposition. It is usually recommended that protein rich food be eliminated for ...

Ulcers are very much like the lumps and bumps and represent your horse's system packaging up blood toxins into little cysts. Over the body there is little chance to release this material through the s...

Some horses, especially in Spring and Summer, can suffer from a runny nose, snorting, sneezing and snuffling which does not involve infection.  This is more like hay fever in humans than anythin...

Horses have three patella ligaments that do the same job, and these three ligaments make the horse's stifle stronger. This also allows the horse to lock its leg while standing by shifting its weight a...

This herbal formulation (now known as Alleviate) has evolved from a consideration of the dangers of administering phenylbutazone (Bute), routinely, to horses sensitive to its side effects. These ...

Lyme disease is a highly prevalent tick-borne disease of humans and animals across many countries. Lyme disease is caused by a tick-borne bacterial spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi which infects severa...

A low grade anaemia is generally an efficiency problem with managing blood iron and blood oxygen problems. This will show with a lack of vitality and general energy levels (because of poor oxygen bein...

Dealing with dull coats The condition of a horse's hair and coat is a telling sign of his general level of health; a dull coat is indicative that a horse is not in it's best physical or mental condit...

Anhydrosis or "The Puffs" is a lymphatic efficiency problem characterised by reduced sweating and is tied into thyroid, kidneys and adrenal glands. The underlying imbalances can come about as a result...

Maritime Pine Bark Extract is the primary immune system tonic for all our equine cancer patients.  It is due to failings within the fundamental levels of the immune system that can...

Herbal approaches to parasites all revolve around discouraging rather than killing the parasites. Also herbs provide support for your horses own systems defences.  I prescribe individual formu...

Mastitis can be treated within a single day using Castor Oil alone and I recommend that a stop is put to all Veterinary treatments that result in damage to the mare and the foal and extreme difficulty...

This is a combination of Calendula and Yarrow and acts as an antiseptic and astringent to stop blood flow from an open wound. It can be squirted or sprayed directly into a wound as first aid to reduce...

Mud fever has many names including cracked heels, scratches, rain rot, greasy heel, mud rash, and dew poisoning. It is a common condition, usually affecting horses lower limbs; especially the back leg...

Arthritis and Rheumatism are conditions which affect the joints and connective tissue surrounding the joints. These can be caused from environmental factors such as wear and tear or injury, or from au...

Handling and breeding stallions, serving mares, weaning and gelding can all be done with a much more natural approach. In wild horses, behaviours of herd centre around the social life which occur...

'Tying-up' is a pretty good description of what happens to horses suffering this condition. They move with difficulty and look for all the world as if their hind quarters especially, are tied up with ...

Before we kept horses in artificial environments, they roamed free across large tracts of land, and kept themselves healthy by grazing on a large variety of grasses, grains, herbs, and other seasonal ...

The only thing that builds muscle is lots of feed, and the correct work. If he is not getting the correct type of work, than he can not develop the correct muscles.  The only way to develop the ...

Following a life trauma or serious accident during work, the nerve cells and plexuses of the central nervous sytem and peripheral nervous system and their surrounding sheaths may be damaged, this may ...

I am now finding an increasing tendency toward Bladder, Kidney and Liver problems which I ascribe to both more sensitive nervous constitutions steming from lifestyle and the commercially prepared mixe...

This regimen is given during 48 hours prior to an event by mixing the dose with other treatments or water and syringing over the tongue. This tonic is used, as the name suggests, and is administered...

Many horses show signs of bleeding either by fading under maximum effort or by snorting blood. Many others show dried blood around the nostrils hours or a day after maximum effort. It is the rupture o...

Unusual nervousness, can be triggered by small incidents, accidents and operations. In all instances I recommend the Nervous Rehabilitation Mix. This works to strengthen the nervous system itself. Yo...

Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH) or 'Bleeders' as they are commonly known, is a disorder mostly affecting racehorses. It's been recongnised for over 300 years - a horse was called a &ldquo...

This cider vinegar extract is formulated to nourish and calm the nervous disposition. It contains 'Nervines' or nervous system tonics to allow change to a nervy horse's nature and habit patterns of re...

Robust immune and elimination systems should actively and positively discharge waste products of infection and inflammation.  Less robust systems will try to function with a toxic load in the bl...

Osteochondrosis is a joint disease of growing cartilage. It can occur in all growing animals, including horses. And this disorder is now affecting increasing numbers of young horses. As a complex mult...

As part of all ligament and bone related problems in the lower limb of your horse, we formulated an oil to be applied to the hoof during treatment. This hoof oil contains herbs that dramatically impro...

For any type of poisoning we recommend the Conditioning Mix. This mix support's the Liver, the main organ affected when poisoning occurs. In the meantime, give some Dandelion tea. You will need to s...

  McDowells Products  Many owners and trainers of harness racing horses find they benefit from the improved respiratory efficiency supported by the Breathe-Well tonic. This herbal tonic us...

The practice of applying poultices to the body goes back a long way and was a major way in which medical results were achieved. It was also something which remains in our cultural consciousness as alt...

This blend of herbs is designed to improve or restore fertility and normalize the mare's heat cycle, to protect and develop the foetus, and to tone up the uterus for ease of foaling. It will help...

Proud Flesh essentially occurs following a wound, injury or surgery when normal granulated wound tissue that is pinkish and succulant , overgrows around the wound. Later there may be evidence of irrit...

Maritime Pine Bark Extract is my primary immune system tonic for all my equine cancer patients for it is due to failings within the fundamental levels of the immune system that cause all cancerous pro...

Some horses are more inclined to be 'hard doers' while others have physical, environmental or emotional reasons for having difficulty in keeping weight on. You should never be in a rush for a horse to...

I have a wonderful herbal Eye Wash formulation that addresses inflammation dramatically and slows cataract progression; it will also cure any infection and support the health of the eye itself. You ...

The problem with Queensland Itch is that it is initiated by a variety of causes and then perpetuated by another variety of causes. Most often the initial reason for the itch in a horse starting off wi...

Chamomile is one of the most widely used flowers for herbal tea. Chamomile tea is so popular, it is found in most grocery stores in the tea aisle. It is used as a mild sedative, and is good for insomn...

Queensland Itch is known by many names depending on where you live: Sweet Itch, Summer Eczema or Midges. What is Queensland Itch? Sweet-itch is an allergic reaction to the saliva of the midge. The...

  This mixture of lung and respiratory system tonics is extracted into organic cider vinegar. The herbal ingredients are:- Garlic, Kelp, Coltsfoot, Elecampane, Fenugreek, Marshmallow, Mullein,...

All young horses beginning work need to have their structure protected as a first priority (ligaments and bones) as well as their kidneys and adrenals, the physical and metabolic/nervous system stress...

  You may need to consider the following factors for a horse with chronic bladder problems: 1. The volume of water he drinks and the additives we can use to improve the healing qualities of t...

Simply speaking, cancer occurs when one of the most fundamental tasks of the human body , the immune system is not functioning. Whenever a cell is replaced, and there are millions every week replaced...

The horse's brain is a remarkably small structure and it is the sinuses that fill much of the head. The sinuses are air-filled chambers that are connected to the respiratory system. They are situated ...

One of the major considerations in treating for trauma - naturally after dealing with any life-threatening circumstance - is to deal with shock. Orthodox medicine has no specific treatment for shock w...

A horse's coat has three distinct layers – medulla, cortex, cuticle. The coat of a horse is like our skin and hair - internal health shines through!Show horse owners are always looking for ...

The placenta in mares are normally expelled within 3 hours after birth. Some mares with retained afterbirth can become toxic and may even die without intervention. The cause of placental ret...

Colic in horses is one of the most feared of conditions because of the dramatic way colic can spiral downward into a life threatening condition so quickly. Obstructive colic is the worst and scar...

Ringbone is just one of the conditions in horses which really results from poor confirmation, stress to the whole structure and imbalances of minerals - usually an over supply of calcium. Ongoing dege...

Colloidal Silver was used and proven to be effective against hundreds of disease-causing bacterium and viruses by the 1940s. Its action as a broad spectrum antibiotic has never been matched by the mod...

Rosehips are the seed pod of the rose (also called rose haw or rose hep) and are in the same family as apples and crab apples! Rosehips are one of the very best sources of natural iron and vitamin ...

The herbs in this formulation have been traditionally used and prescribed for rehabilitation in horses which have suffered a major health breakdown, suffered poisoning, snake bite or have, for other r...

A sarcoid can be seen as an attempt by the immune system to package up and get rid of impurities within the blood or the waste products following a clash with an infection of some sort. Herbally, I w...

COPD in horses can be likened to asthma or hayfever or allergies in humans. COPD is most often seen in mature horses (usually seven and older) that are stabled during the winter months. It is rarely ...

Sometimes the journey of healing can seem long and not very clear cut. It can appear to be going two steps forward and one step back. When a client contacted Cath to treat a confirmed sarcoid on ...

Degenerative Joint Disease, or osteoarthritis as it can also be known, is a leading cause of pain and lameness in horses. Without a cure, preventing its onset and progression is the best way to approa...

We all see the process of scarring every time our horse cuts or injures itself or is bitten or kicked by one of its companions. We also know that scarring tends to fade over time and even the most hor...

Equine Cushing's disease or Cushings Syndrome, also referred to as Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (or PPID), is caused by a tumour in the pituitary gland, which is responsible for the productio...

Sciatica is simply an inflammation of the nerves out of the spine which are travelling down through the pelvis and into the legs.The sciatic nerve runs down the horse's spine and through the sacroilia...

A horses whole digestive system can become so traumatised that it can go into spasm at the drop of a hat or following any minor change and this is now becomes the problem, not the original impaction o...

Loose manure (sometimes referred to as having the 'squirts'!) or passing water after manure can be distressing for horse owners. Continue to monitor your horse - it could be a one-off case or what is ...

The keys to endurance are fitness and physical soundness, heart, adrenals, lung and circulation efficiency and kidney health. The herbs in the endurance mix when given to athletes, equine and other...

Septicaemia is now more likely to be called Sepsis and is an overload of bacteria in the blood stream resulting from infection in another part of the body such as the abdomen, urinary tract or the ski...

A bone spur can form on or near the edge of any joint surface. It can range in size from just tiny sharp corner tall the way up to a large boney growth (see diagrams). Most often this type of gro...

Many horses suffer from sinus infections and repeated antibiotics treatments are not resolving the infection. An effective treatment must include ingredients which genuinely rehabilitate and repair th...

Alternative medicine is very much do-it-yourself medicine much as was practiced by all those in charge of stock for the past several thousand years. It is only recently that we have been encouraged to...

Skin problems are mainly a reflection of internal conditions and therefore internal support treatments are necessary to completely resolve the problems. Often the initial reason for a chronic itc...

This mix has been formulated to dramatically boost our horses natural recovery from coughs, nasal and respiratory infections so that they can speedily recover from a case of, or exposure to, Equine In...

Through our work with "Queensland Itch" I have developed treatment approaches to provide relief and healing to all types of chronic skin irritations which often involve fungal infestation. Most "Itch"...

The herbal ingredients are extracted into Organic Cider Vinegar and the concentrates are 1:1 strength and it is recommended that the concentrate is mixed into the vinegar based mix and used to dampen ...

This natural extract derived from wheat grass sprouts offers a phenomenal rate of healing when used as first aid and follow up treatment on open wounds. Serious bleeding and dirty wounds can be first ...

" Thank you for sending me the E.I. treatment. We live near Warwick in Qld. Unfortunately my horses were infected with E.I. a few days before I placed my order with you. I thought I would let you know...

Slippery Elm Bark Powder is used to treat irritation and ulceration of all mucosal membranes within the body. It will completely repair the mucus lining of any affected area and can be used in conjunc...

McDowell's 'Equine Keep Well' has been developed as a regular health boost for your horse. The herbs used are chosen for their ability to boost immunity, aid digestion and support kidney and adrenal g...

The spraying is really all about excitement where the adrenals glands are pumping so hard they are affecting the kidneys and ultimately the bladder sphincter. Much as a person may wet themselves if th...

Over the last twenty five years, the understanding of equine ulcers has changed several times. We first have to look at these changes before we can go ahead and effectively treat ulcers in our horses....

This formulation recognises that there are many factors involved in low semen counts. The physical and immune system vitality and the nervous system vitality are equally as important as the hormonal v...

We have had many clients and their horses using our sarcoid program with very good results. The internal sarcoid mix contains the following herbs: Echinacea, Thuja, Equisetum, Elecampane, Mistletoe, ...

We treat a lot of horses with stomach ulcers very successfully using Slippery Elm and Chamomile mix which is very soothing for the gut. and the slippery elm powder provides a coating to the lining of ...

Eye infections, irritations and injuries are best treated by providing antiseptic and nourishing herbs directly to the eye itself, to support speedy healing.  Eye infections, irritations and inj...

A stomach ulcer is an area where the membrane comprised of mucus producing cells has been eroded away and the acid has been able to attack the muscular wall beneath. This causes pain and inflammation ...

Kelp is a great supplement that can be used by all horses and is one of the highest sources of minerals and vitamins. It is especially high in natural iodine plus all the cell salts. It is also k...

Stringhalt is the same in all countries, but it’s the extreme weather in Australia that tends to promote the condition. Australian Stringhalt is a debilitating condition of pasture based horses ...

INSECT BITES AND SKIN CARE THROUGH SUMMER There are many things you can do to treat insect bites, but the first thing is to try and deter them if possible! If your horse is prone to fly bites or othe...

The symptoms of swollen legs point to the horse fighting some sort of infection in the body. The swelling legs indicate that the lymphatic system is not working as well as it should. 1: As this type ...

Laminitis is a painful condition of the feet. The actual word laminitis means 'inflammation (itis) of the sensitive laminae (lamin)'. These laminae are the membranes that hold the bone of the foot (pe...

Tendon and bone injuries are curable. There are a large number of simple and inexpensive ways in which herbs can be used to both aid in the maturity of bones in young competition horses, and to r...

Robert wrote the following article in relation to his Top Performance Mix to assist the owners and trainers of "Event" horses. As an Equine Herbalist I am constantly in touch with owners and trainers...

Ligament Damage, Tendonitis and Shin Soreness are best treated by using this specially prepared external cream in conjunction with the Tendon and Bone Treatment, which is given internally . The Tend...

As far as gastrointestinal ulcers are concerned a twelve week course of Slippery Elm Powder and Chamomile Tea is the ideal treatment. 1/3 cup of Slippery Elm powder mixed into a paste once a day and t...

A common enquiry at McDowells Herbal is if using Phenylbutazone or ‘Bute’ as it’s commonly known, is dangerous to health. ‘Bute’ is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory...

I recommend this program to protect your animal against contracting one of these 'super bugs' while undergoing surgery, intravenous treatment or otherwise staying over at a Veterinary Hospital. It can...

Horses can become quite nervous before competing. They can anticipate 'bad things' and lo and behold 'bad things' happen. After being on the mix for a week or so you can slowly begin to re-introduce y...

Greasy Heel has to be seen as a situation where the horses body is trying to clear up a general toxicity, and since the circulation is often compromised in the lower limb due to general inflammation i...

Inflammation and pain are both part of the natural healing process. Inflammation and swelling bring fluids to cushion a damaged area and aid in the healing process, while pain will stop us causing fur...

At the base of patches of hair loss, there is lack of effective circulation right where the losses are. I have several treatments which concentrate on improving blood supply and blood quality general...

This blend is specifically designed to supplement the demands placed on competition horses being maintained at peak performance level. It has major anti-oxidant properties, tones up kidneys and adr...

Some head-shaking behaviour in horses is normal. Trigeminal-mediated head-shaking is a little-understood neuropathic facial condition of the horse. The condition may affect around 1% of the equine pop...

There are major advantages in reducing the shock caused by panic, accident or injury or by any acute illness condition. Homeopathic treatments plus herbal anti-inflammatories and tonics all help the ...

Lameness, stiffness and soreness problems in horses are most often the result of structural problems which involve injury, calcification, decalcification, scar tissue and ligament damage of one sort o...

The Herbal Travel Mixes are often formulated for individual animals once I know them and am able to take into account their own personality and experience. These consist of herbal extracts or decoct...

BENEFITS OF HEMP SEEDS: Excellent digestible fibre (around 27% fibre) which is comparable to copra meal Horses find it highly palatable and it is highly digestible in the hind-gut A good source o...

We all know people who get car sick, airsick or sea sick and there must be a few horses out there which get motion sickness in the same sort of way. I don't know of anybody who has died or had their c...

An excerpt from Robert's Online Book: Herbal Horsekeeping Herbs and Trauma Because of their reactive natures as flight animals and the confined conditions in which we often keep them, horses are in...

A bone sequestrum is a piece of bone that has detached from the healthy bone. It can occur at any age through injury or trauma. It occurs on areas not protected by muscle or fat; the cannonbone, splin...

The very best way to use herbs for health and well being, as we've seen, is for your horse to self-medicate as its instincts dictate. Most of us donít have access to huge tracts of untouched land for...

When I first studied Herbal Medicine, (having come from an Engineering and Science background) I had great difficulty coming to terms with, and understanding how on earth all this knowledge was arrive...

Herbal Horsekeeping Herbal Horsekeeping is a genuine do-it-yourself manual for the beginner and for the expert alike. It is a good read, a general interest book, and a detailed reference guide for al...

Vitiligo refers to a skin depigmentation from an unknown cause while the terms leukoderma and leukotrichia are used to decribe pigmentation loss in skin and hair, respectively. The good news is tha...

These days, a large number of performance horses are highly strung to the point where it impedes their performance, and, in some cases, makes the animal dangerous. Many riders and trainers have resort...

Warts in a young horse often fall off by themselves but they can be encouraged by the use of two of our standard treatments. These are the internal blood cleansing mix which clears the blood of toxin...

Of all the topics I write about nothing can be more important than looking at the environment that you keep your horse. Having grown up in rural NSW I am lucky enough to have been able to have had a ...

The three most common type of skin tumours in horses are sarcoids, squamous-cell carcinoma and melanomas. Robust immune systems routinely eliminate infective and metabolic waste as part of a...

This preparation was originally formulated to treat inflammatory processes of the hoof area including Founder, Pedal Osteitis, Navicular Disease and Sesamoiditis in the fetlock area.  This oil-b...

Loose manure (sometimes referred to as having the 'squirts'!) or passing water after manure can be distressing for horse owners. Continue to monitor your horse - it could be a one-off case or what is ...

Every horse owner or rider has owned or heard stories about 'moody mares'. Mares can be seen as unpredictable, aggressive and more challenging than geldings, which can be caused by cycling hormon...

Insulin resistance is the reduction in the horse’s ability to respond appropriately to the hormone insulin. Insulin is a hormone which plays a key role in the regulation of blood glucose levels....

As a matter of fact, horses will eat meat, and a number of things that we think they shouldn't be eating. This is mostly due to a lack of needed minerals in their diet, or in some cases it can be a ha...

Wind sucking is the aspiration of air; the horse arches its neck and gulps in air. Some horses do this while holding onto a stable object with their teeth; others do it unaided. It results in a grunti...

I treat an enormous number of kidney failure patients in the human and canine world. Not so many in the horse world primarily because we don't abuse their kidneys with too many unnatural feeds and alw...

We prescribe a super concentrated extract based on Arnica, Witch Hazel and the Bach Flower Rescue Remedy which you mix with Linseed Oil to be massaged locally over the area of the swelling. This pro...

Steps to follow for the first aid of open wounds. Syringe the open wound with Colloidal Silver twice daily especially if it's very open and messy. If the wound is still a little messy then the Whe...

Worming without poisons means your animals and their digestive systems are in better shape and they will therefore be healthier and able to perform better. My herbal worming treatment utilizes bitte...

Joint ill usually occurs in foals, although it may occur in horses of any age. It is more commonly referred to as infective arthritis and is an infection of the joint that occurs most commonly in foal...

Horses seem to regularly injure themselves and each other! Owners often joke about how a horse will find the only exposed nail or tin in the whole paddock... The Skin Healing Cream is designed...

Increasingly I am finding horses suffering from kidney problems brought about by nervous and adrenal exhaustion, dehydration, and the affects of the abuse of electrolytes, diuretics and other chemical...

A highly developed mix of Herbs and Kelp which provides a totally balanced quota of all the natural Vitamins, Minerals and Protein to help young stock grow and mature quickly to their full potential. ...

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McDowell's staff Herbalists can not diagnose your disease or illness. What they can do is offer a herbal program to assist with healing, after you have had advice from your doctor or specialist. If you have unexplained pain or symptoms, seek medical advice.

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