Herbal health is about providing your horse’s body with preventative nutrition – a wholesome natural diet with specially chosen herbs for horses – and herbal remedies when needed to treat illness and injury.
The Victoria Ferguson system is one of classical herbal medicine, treating each horse holistically to return the body to balance and harmony. It’s all about treating each horse as an individual and stimulating his own powerful healing abilities.
Unless your horse roams free across thousands of acres, through different types of terrain and selects from hundreds of different plants and grasses, he or she isn’t living ‘naturally’ and requires careful management to ensure optimum health.
Herbal Medicine = Traditional Medicine
Herbal medicine has been practised for over 25 centuries and has enjoyed somewhat of a renaissance in the past two decades.
There is nothing magical or mysterious about herbal medicine. There are specific herbs for horses to treat each disease, illness and injury.
With herbal medicine, there is virtually no risk of side-effects or toxicity, and topical herbal treatments are completely safe to use on the skin.. Dosage methods are non-invasive and horses readily accept herbs offered orally by syringe.
All Herbs Are Not Equal: A horse owner’s guide
You’re probably most familiar with herbs in their dried form, but did you know that when it comes to treating your horse, dried herbs are not the best choice?
Only professional herbal practitioners like Victoria Ferguson are qualified to prescribe potent herbal extracts. This is a liquid form of the herb which is quickly absorbed into the blood stream without having to go through the digestive system.
When your horse is injured or ill, he/she may not be eating as usual, which makes feeding dried herbs, particularly a combination of five or more herbs, very problematic. As horse people, we all know that changes in feed must be made gradually, so you would never want to suddenly change the diet so significantly.
As well as being a more powerful form of herbal treatment, liquid herbal extracts have a longer shelf life (around 4 years) compared to dried herbs (around 2 years). Be wary of buying dried herbs without a ‘best before’ or ‘use by’ date.
Victoria Ferguson uses human medicinal quality herbal extracts, oils, gels and flowers, with guaranteed provenance, organic whenever possible.