Tag Archives: holistic horse health

January 2023 – Mid Month

Holistic HorsekeepingHow to have a healthy happy horse! Is your Horse in Sympathetic Burnout Because of You? No human or horse can live in the fight or flight state indefinitely, yet that is exactly what is happening to so many right now. People are stressed and that stress is transferring to our horses when we … Continue Reading »

Buzz from the Barn: Natural Horse Health in Winter

By Dr. Madalyn Ward, How to have a Healthy Happy Horse! When winter weather hits our natural human tendency is to do what we can to protect our horses from the cold, damp, and wind. This is a wonderful nurturing and protective instinct, and at the same time I frequently see people overdoing that protection, … Continue Reading »

December 2022 – Mid Month

Holistic HorsekeepingHow to have a healthy happy horse FAQ’s for a Fire Horse TemperamentQ. My Fire Horse is very physically sensitive to pain and irritation. Fly bites swell, injuries blow up into huge hematomas, and small scratches are very painful. Can you suggest ways to help Fire horses recover more quickly from physical irritations and … Continue Reading »

Horseman’s Health: Winter Skin Protection

By guest contributor Barb Swanson(author of Beyond Foods: The Handbook of Functional Nutrition) 6 Tips for Healthy Skin This Winter No doubt about it, winter is here! Depending on your location, it might be snowing, sleeting, raining, or maybe, just maybe… it’s sunny and 70 degrees. No matter the conditions, the undeniable fact is that it is … Continue Reading »

Acidophilus and Bifidus

Holistic Horsekeeping Newsletter, December 2022, Volume 27, Number 12 Dr. Madalyn Ward – How to have a healthy happy horse Acidophilus and Bifidus – I have trusted these probiotics for over 30 years. They are both prepared in a way that helps them survive in the gut. An acidophilus capsule contains 5 billion CFUs and … Continue Reading »

Holistic Horse Health: The Buzz From the Barn

Madalyn Ward, DVM shares her answers to specific holistic horse care questions and case studies from clients. To see more questions and answers on real holistic horse care situations check out our Holistic Horsekeeping and Horse Harmony Facebook pages. Here we present a case study from farrier Cecilia Adamson on a horse with chronic, persistent thrush deep in the … Continue Reading »

The Miserable Merry-Go-Round of Horse Ulcers

Holistic Horsekeeping Newsletter, Sept 2022, Volume 27, Number 9 Dr. Madalyn Ward – How to have a healthy happy horse First you have stress, then you have ulcers, then pain causing more stress. Or you have pain, then ulcers and then more pain and stress or you have ulcers, then stress… See how horse ulcers … Continue Reading »

Buzz From The Barn: Are you soft around your horse?

By: Madalyn Ward, DVM – August 2022 Don’t you love those little zingers you get from God. Here I am, not even through my first cup of coffee, having my morning meditation time with God and he zips in one of those zingers. With my horses I am always wanting them to be light and soft … Continue Reading »

Leaky Gut Syndrome Part 2

Holistic Horsekeeping Newsletter, August 2022, Volume 27, Number 8 Dr. Madalyn Ward – How to have a healthy happy horse Pathology Associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome To prevent noxious substances from entering the bloodstream, the healthy gut responds in a complex, highly integrated fashion. Enterocytes, or gut-lining cells, actually bind the noxious substance and release chemicals to destroy it. These cells … Continue Reading »

Buzz From The Barn

Cushings, Human vs Horse Doses & Arnica – June 2022 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 – I have a question about using the powdered algae/probiotic/enzyme blend. The bottle states … Continue Reading »

The Fire Dog

June 2022 – Mid-Month By: Dr. Madalyn Ward – www.HolisticHorsekeeping.com When you think of a Fire dog you can think about a Poodle. The Fire dog loves attention and praise. The balanced Fire dog is full of joy and exuberance. The organs associated with Fire include the Heart and Small Intestine. When the Fire dog is out … Continue Reading »

Cushing’s or Adrenal Stress?

Holistic Horsekeeping Newsletter, June 2022, Volume 27, Number 6 Dr. Madalyn Ward – How to have a healthy happy horse I don’t believe every horse that tests with a high ACTH has classical Cushing’s. My mare that I lost in 2018 helped teach me this. Cerise was losing strength but showing no other signs of … Continue Reading »

Holistic Horse Health: The Buzz From the Barn

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 – Every summer my Icelandic mare rubs the lower half of her mane off. Can you offer anything to put on her mane … Continue Reading »

RELAX – Repercussions from Chronic Stress

May 2022 – Mid-Month By: Dr. Madalyn Ward – www.HolisticHorsekeeping.com I remember taking riding lessons as a kid and my trainer yelling at me to relax. Well, I don’t think relaxing is something you can do on demand. At least, I couldn’t do it. Relaxation is something that my body has to find in a … Continue Reading »

Spring Feeding

Holistic Horsekeeping Newsletter, May 2022, Volume 27, Number 5 Dr. Madalyn Ward – How to have a healthy happy horse Spring is here and for those lucky horses who live in native grass pastures this means a wide selection of herbs and nutritious weeds, plus fresh grass high in omega 3 fatty acids and other … Continue Reading »

3 Important Considerations When Breeding Your Mare

So you want to breed your mare after weighing all the pros and cons of this big decision. The next step is to make sure your mare and her offspring are as healthy as can be. 

Holistic Horse Health: Buzz From The Barn

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 – I’m looking for a holistic supplement for flies; not sure if garlic is safe to use or you recommend something else. Flies … Continue Reading »

Holistic Horsekeeping Newsletter March 2022

Bony Bi Syndrome Holistic HorsekeepingHow to have a healthy happy horse.Volume 27, Number 3 =*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=* In This Issue: 1. Bony Bi Syndrome 2. Holistic Horsekeeping Resources Ever wonder why the miracle product that works on so many horses does not do a thing for your horse? Or why the wonder cure you found and shared with … Continue Reading »

Buzz From The Barn: Is your Horse ready for Spring?

Yesterday it was 36 degrees, windy and raining here in Central Texas. Today it is 65 degrees, sunshiny and calm. My horses are out napping in the sun after a miserable day yesterday locked in the barn. Drastic weather changes during the spring can take a toll on a horse’s system. Other factors, such as … Continue Reading »

Buck or Run: Which is Your Horse More Likely to Do?

Holistic HorseKeeping: Buzz From the Barn Blogging from Madalyn Ward, DVM When your horse panics, is he more likely to buck or run? Can you tell? If so, you can better prepare yourself to deal with it. What about if you have a new horse; how can you determine whether he is more likely to … Continue Reading »