August 2017 – Mid Month Update

August 2017 – Mid Month Update

Holistic Horsekeeping
How to have a healthy happy horse


In This Issue:
1. Laminitis in a Metal Horse
2. Online Class For Horse Temperament Typing



1. Laminitis in a Metal Horse
CooperCooper is a Metal horse. I have known Cooper since he was born and he has had numerous health challenges in his life. When Cooper was a yearling he was turned out in a pasture and got numerous ticks on him. The ticks weakened his immune system enough that he came down with EPM. We caught the EPM early and he responded very well to Karbo Combo pellets.

Cooper has had to be treated several times for intestinal worms despite no other horses in his pasture having trouble. He had a bad intestinal infection after eating some moldy hay that did not bother other horses. In general, Cooper has shown some overall immune system weakness that suggests his Metal element is weak.

We have supported Cooper with a probiotic/enzyme/algae mix, homeopathy and the Metal Balance formula. He has done fantastic the last few years but last summer he started showing laminitis. Cooper has never been overweight or shown any signs of metabolic issues. His mild laminitis responded to arnica and a constitutional homeopathic remedy, calc carb. We also put a muzzle on Cooper to limit his grass intake and added magnesium to his diet.

This summer Cooper again showed mild laminitis despite limiting his grass and the added magnesium. On exam I found a stronger pulse on the inside of each front leg. The large intestine and lung meridian’s run down the inside of the front leg and these are the meridians associated with the Metal element. I treated LI16, LI4, LI 11, LU2. LU9 and Bau Hui to balance the meridians, support the immune system, and increase the circulation to the inside of the front legs. I also corrected an upslip on Cooper’s right scapula. We stopped feeding Cooper any alfalfa. Many Metal horses can get too much energy with alfalfa unless they are in hard work.

One week later the pulse on the inside of the front legs was decreased and Cooper was striding out well. Cooper continues to be a great example of how targeting treatment based on temperament type can be very successful.


2. Online Class For Horse Temperament Typing

The self-paced online course is open to anyone interested in learning more about the Horse Temperament Types. It was created to share information about the eleven Horse Temperament Types as explained by Madalyn Ward, DVM. Dr. Ward has been a pioneering voice in the field of holistic horse care for over two decades and she breaks new ground with the Horse Temperament Typing system. Her cutting edge casework now extends to helping horse lovers find their perfect equine match or better understand their current equine partner. If you want to learn more about determining the temperament type of your horses, this course is the one for you. You can sign up and find more information at

Dr. Ward also has a mentoring program to work one-on-one with you learning homeopathy and nutrition.

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