Stories from the herb garden

Learn about keeping your horse in optimum health, naturally
Good and Bad Weeds For Horses

Good and Bad Weeds For Horses

Three of my horses enjoying a feed of Thistles I picked for them. THISTLES Thistles, also known as Sow thistle, rejoices in the Latin name of Sonchus oleraceus and is widespread throughout the world.  According to Pat Collins well-known herbalist, teacher and author,...

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Equine Gut Ulcers – VF Herbal Remedies

Equine Gut Ulcers – VF Herbal Remedies

Long time client Lorraine Dini from South Australia, has sent these very interesting before and after photos and case history about her new Standard bred gelding, Tommy. “My new horse Tommy a 9-year-old Standardbred gelding arrived at my stables on the 27 June. He...

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Modern Horse Keeping Problems

Modern Horse Keeping Problems

The health of the soil and the plants that grow in it and how it is managed or mismanaged by man is the baseline of horse health. And of course the health of all animals including humans. The major impacts are from Glyphosate: Super Phosphate: GMO’s:  and Artificial...

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Beating The Bute Habit

Beating The Bute Habit

As a horse owner, you need to be aware of the disturbing side effects of medicating horses with “Bute”. Phenylbutazone a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug has been in common use for more than 70 years in equine veterinary medicine to relieve pain and inflammation....

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Colic – VF Herbal Remedies

Colic – VF Herbal Remedies

Colic can be a life threatening condition and it is therefore imperative that all horse owners and carers should have a good knowledge of how to recognise, treat and prevent this relatively common complaint.  What is colic?  A horse is said to have colic if it is...

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Feeding Horses Naturally

Feeding Horses Naturally

South Australian show horse rider Brianna Duncan and her mother Sue are proud of their magnificent Warmblood gelding Felix (Heathmont Forever After). The picture above was taken this week at 3 ½ years of age. Brianna writes “Felix arrived at our property in June 2017...

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Equine Scours – Vf Natural Healing

Equine Scours – Vf Natural Healing

KEY POINTS • First response • Causes • Probiotics • Natural healing treatments • Feeding horses with scours • Equine microbiome   FIRST RESPONSE The first line response for treating scours is a mixture of Slippery Elm Bark Powder, raw honey and yoghurt as a...

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Winter Is Coming

Winter Is Coming

Older horses, especially those with arthritis, feel the cold and this may show up as general stiffness or stiffness in some joints. For those that are still in work, they most likely warm out of this quite quickly, a benefit of correct work. Appropriate feeding and...

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