“Let food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.”
Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, stated this about 2,500 years ago and the truth of it still stands today. Hippocrates is credited with being the first person to believe that diseases were caused naturally. His healing philosophy was centered on the healing power of nature. And who knows best but “Mother Nature”?
70% of the Immune System is in the gut. The diet has to be strong and complete. K.I.S.S. is a great way to go … basically, raw, organic forages, raw, naturally chelated minerals, natural salt and plenty of fresh water. Combine that with lots of movement/exercise and the horse has an amazing capability of preventing, maintaining and restoring its own health.
There are a few things that can be done to help rebalance the horse’s body to maintain a solid state of wellness … one is to feed NO processed food or supplements — only raw organics. That includes grass! But NOT fertilized, herbicided, pesticided, one-variety-only grass …. that means letting the pastures go, allow it to grow hundreds of different weeds, shrubs, little trees, flowers, grasses of all types, herbs … and letting the horse have access to it regularly – preferably 24/7, 365 days a year.
Along with the ‘old time pasture’, ensuring that hay is available 24/7. Not the 2nd cut Alfalfa but 1st cut, OK quality mixed grass hay. Along with that, healthy horses can get a mixed ‘salad’ every few days with a base of apple, carrots, yams, etc. Organic vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. You can go to your local health food store and ask for their ‘compost’ — meaning the discarded leaves, fruits, etc. that are being thrown out. Generally you get good quality (not best quality that can be sold) variety and its FREE! Or, you can contact a near-by restaurant produce supply company and get various items there for wholesale prices. Of course, when making your own salads and fruit bowls, the skins, seeds, peels and all can be given to the horse. For horses that need to gain weight and health then whole, organic oats can be added to the ‘salads’ along with a small handful of organic split peas and hull-less barley – this can be given daily. For horses that may need to lose weight then ‘salads’ twice a week will do them good with no added oats..
Mix the forages with raw, chelated minerals such as “Natural Horse Minerals” (descriptive page … in the meantime, contact me, 508-476-1317 by phone or email@example.com by email to inquire. Just 2 oz. a day that will cost about $1 a day. A 15# bucket will last one standard, light horse for about 120 days. Compare that with other supplements — you’ll be very surprised when you itemize everything out. As the horse regains optimal health the amount of feed that is given can be cut back. Here is a photo of a horse that has just been on the Natural Horse Minerals for 2 WEEKS! That’s it:
To help strengthen and rebalance the immune system (notice the word ‘rebalance’ — this means that auto-immune conditions can be re-balanced along with weak systems that need a boost) I strongly advocate giving Transfer Factor 4LIFE, starting with the Stress Pak for Animals for 7 days (or 14 days giving every other day) then following up with either the Transfer Factor Tri Factor Plus or the Classic Transfer Factor for at least 30 – 60 days. After that the system will be able to retain its good balance with the raw forages and good exercise.
This is basically a ‘basic guideline’ for bringing the horse back into balance. A horse that is suffering from such conditions as Cushings, Laminitis, IR, EMS, EPM, Lyme Disease, Hoof conditions, and more are all telling you that the immune system is out of whack as is the horse’s basic metabolism. To the basic diet individual homeopathic remedies and herbs would be determined for the individual animal. For consults on this contact PENZANCE … +1 508-476-1317 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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