Holistic Horse Health: The Buzz From the Barn

Madalyn with horse

Madalyn Ward, DVM shares her answers to specific holistic horse care questions from clients. To see more questions and answers on real holistic horse care situations check out our Holistic Horsekeeping and Horse Harmony Facebook pages.

Q – What do you recommend for a feed for horses? Have you heard of crypto aero? I am concerned and confused as to what a horse really needs. Free choice minerals like what type? My horses are all over weight and I am trying to manage this without starving them or having them get so bored. All this grain and supplements cost me so much and I’m really not sure it makes much difference

A – Timothy grass pellets are a good choice for horses that are overweight and not in work. Putting hay in a slow feed hay net also helps with boredom.

Q – I’ve decided it’s about time to put my 28 year old Molly mule on a supplement for arthritis. We do Western Dressage and this week end at the show she showed signs of being uncomfortable. May I ask your advice? There are sooooo many supplements and I’m totally over whelmed.

A – Hard to say without more info or exam, but AniMotion from Equilite may be helpful and a place to start.

Q – My 10 YO grade QH mare was just diagnosed with navicular. She was given a shot of osphos and I did 10 days of equioxx. However, I’d like to get her off the equioxx and onto a natural supplement. What do you suggest? She’s walking and trotting fine and looks sound.

A – I have a product on the website called Injury Pro. It could sure help with healing.