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Treatments for Horses - McDowell's Herbal Treatments

Herbal Support for Equine (Horses) Health

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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: ...

I would recommend nothing externally beyond a simple Pawpaw ointment to sooth and seal the lip ulcers while we wait for the blood cleansing herbs to do their job. The ulcers are very much like the lu...

Most horse owners and trainers nowadays give manifactured 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...

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...

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 f...

We can manage the loose stools with slippery elm and chamomile tea, both of which will also assist to repair the nervous system (parasympathetic), sooth the inflammation and firm the stools. Mixed in...

Some horses, especially in 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 anything else. This con...

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...

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.  Thes...

All symptoms 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. ...

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 formulations...

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...

I bought some Eye Wash in November 06, to use for a horse with recurrent Uveitis. I am VERY happy to advise that Monte's eye is the best it has looked for 3 years. I will relate what we did, as this c...

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...

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...

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 ro...

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...

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 th...

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 ...

Big Head Disease is also known as Bran Disease or NSH which stands for Nutritional Secondary Hyperparathyrodism, this disease still occurs today despite the fact that it has been known about since 186...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

OCD is quite a common occurrence in larger young horses, hence it is very wise to keep them a little leaner through this area of growth and age, and to also reduce the amount of protein in the diet. A...

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 blood...

Horses do not graze on Paterson’s Curse unless there is no other feed available. Some horses can develop a taste for it if they have no other feed, but generally they won’t eat it.If your ...

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...

A wonderful story to share; "My miniature horse was diagnosed with Cushings disease and following that, founder in all four legs. He was prescribed pergolide and bute for the pain. I did everything ...

This extract of herbs clears and strengthens the lungs, opens the airways and boosts the adrenal glands of a thick-winded horse which doesn't perform to its capacity because of inefficiency in the lun...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ne...

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...

Chamomile has many properties and helps various conditions ranging from skin and nervous system problems to acting as an antispasmodic and a digestive aid.   Chamomile is often used to treat col...

  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...

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, Nettle, P...

What is Queensland Itch? Queensland Itch is known by many names depending on where you live: Sweet Itch, Summer Eczema or Midges. This is the most over diagnosed cause of an itchy horse.  Sweet...

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 this water. 2...

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...

When your horse has colic, it indicates that your horse's whole digestive system is now so traumatised that it can go into spasm at the drop of a hat. This is now the major problem. needs repeated,...

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...

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. Most horse owners have experienced at one ...

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...

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...

There are no herbs to expel retained afterbirth in mares.I do however have a brood mare mix which tones the uterus prepares for foaling, The Brood Mare Mix. ...

Recently we were asked for recommendations to treat a young colt with concussion. As a first aid treatment you should get Rescue Remedy from your health food shop and give your colt a few drops two or...

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 Granules are one of the very best sources of natural Iron and V...

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 ...

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...

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...

Yes we can help you with this condition & the treatment I recommend should assist in pain relief & repair of the ligament & structures effected by this disease. The best bet is not to be ...

Sciatica is simply an inflammation of the nerves out of the spine which are travelling down through the pelvis and into the legs. In a young animal it will be a reflection of a blow to the spine or so...

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...

The best way to deal with a scouring problem is to gain an understanding of the particular factors which predisposed your particular horse to the problem in the first place. This varies in each case ...

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 otherwis...

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...

Dear Robert, I have a 17.3 hand warm blood that has shivers in his hind leg (right now in both legs due to scratches on his fetlocks). Anyway, this horse is quite low in energy and laid back, however...

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...

Show horse owners are always looking for the perfect coat conditioner when presenting their animals.This blend works by tuning up the whole metabolism, while at the same time helping to boost the hors...

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...

I am finding this situation surprisingly easy to treat using a combination of the following herbs in combination. Maritime Pine Bark given separately with a mix containing Equisetum, Elecampane, Wormw...

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 ...

When allergic rhinitis has become a chronic infective or sinus problem the situation is that the mucous membranes which line the sinus cavities are actually breaking down and constantly inflamed and/o...

" 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...

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 itch i...

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 Skin Healing Cream is designed to follow first aid treatment of a wound, scrape or other damage to the skin. When a wound is fresh, it is best to apply the Antiseptic Styptic to stop bleeding an...

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....

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"...

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, ...

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 ...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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...

Background Stringhalt is the same in all countries, but it’s the extreme weather in Australia that tends to promote the condition. Australian Stringhalt (AS) is a debilitating condition of pa...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Alleviate is a powerful formulation that has many different uses, not just as an alternative to 'Bute'.  Inflammation and pain are both part of the natural healing process. Inflammation and swel...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

Kellosheil Park, near Bathurst NSW, provides an opportunity to agist your horse, while accessing our Herbal tinctures (if needed) for illness or injury Recovery. The Equine rehabilitation team is head...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

What is Equine Metabolic Syndrome? 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...

Kelp is a great suppliment that can be used by all horses, it has many benefits including promoting healthy coat, mane and tails. Kelp is high in zinc and atioxidants which makes it a great imunn...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Bowed Tendons: Both the deep and superficial flexor tendons are subject to strain in peformance horses. It produces heat and pain, thickening may also occur due to scar tissue in chronic cases. Bone...

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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