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Equine Zoopharmacognosy Level 2 Hybrid Workshop
SMC Sporthorse Molly was the second of our equine participants for the Level 2 Zoopharmacognosy workshop held recently in Sligo at our Whitethorn Clinic and online through Zoom. Molly is a 13yr old A grade RID showjumper with a very sweet nature and engaged from the Get-Go! As per the previous blog, this hyflex workshop inlcluded two wide angle cameras set up in each stable so that attendees online could clearly engage with the session side by side with the onsite participants. They also had the ability to contribute with regards to suggestions of herbal extracts and essential oils to offer to Molly. Trish, Aurelie and Majella (Onsite attendees coming from Meath, Sligo and Galway respectively) worked with online participants Alison (NI) and Carol (UK)to offer medicinal herbal remedies to Molly.
Molly's presenting symptoms
SMC Molly is known to been arthritic in her hocks and also lost a foal this year. Kerstin our Team Whitethorn Vet completed a pre-session examination and found no obvious issues other than arthritis in the hocks.
Day One of the workshop - Molly's selections
Molly is an old hand at Zoopharmacognosy and was very forthright in what she did and didnt want. She was very clear in her selections and became very frustrated when they students were not quick enough to offer the correct extract she was looking for! To the point she would paw the ground and get quite agitated so we removed the box of herbs and reintroduced them one by one from the adjoining tack room. She selected extracts for nutritional supplementation - mainly Rosehips, Barley grass and a tiny lick of Dandelion root powder. She also took 500ml of Comfrey macerate and inhaled and licked Arnica CO2 (both are often selected for arthritis). She also selected Mimosa ab, Violet Leaf ab and Clary sage essential oils. These extracts are often selected for grief, anticipation of pain and hormonal imbalances in that respective order. Just to note, that Molly had a choice of outlets (window and door) from which she could extend her head as well as a large stable should she wish to remove herself from the process.
Day Two of the Workshop - Molly's selections
On the second day of the workshop Molly's selections were similar but she went much deeper with the emotional oils. Again she took Comfrey macerate and Arnica CO2 and she demolished the Dandelion root powder whereas the day before she only wanted a single lick. She also gorged less on the Rosehips and infact when offered Rose otto she stilled and lost interest in them. Our onsite participant Trish offered Mimosa and as Molly took an interest she continued to offer supporting oils to help her work with the Mimosa. Molly went into a deep process. However, it was obvious that Molly had trouble letting go and kept dipping in and out of a state of process. This could be possibly because she is the matriarchial mare as pointed out by Alison online. The supporting oils offered to enable Molly to process were Sandalwood, Violet Leaf Ab and Rose otto. We will never know for what particular issue or trauma that Molly selected the Mimosa and supporting oils for but afterwards she was much brighter. Well done Molly and Level 2 students Trish, Aurelie, Carol, Alison and Majella! And to Izzy for holding the gimbal still for so long despite her numb fingers!
Equine Zoopharmacognosy Level 2 Hybrid Workshop
SMC Sporthorse Angel was one of our equine participants for the Level 2 Zoopharmacognosy workshop held recently in Sligo at our Whitethorn Clinic and online through Zoom. Angel is a 16.3" RID 3yr old Filly with a beautiful gentle temperament and was an absolute joy to work with! This particular workshop was the first of our hybrid workshops and on many levels it was very successful. Two wide angle cameras were set up in each stable so that attendees online could clearly view the session. They also had the ability to contribute with regards to suggestions of extracts to offer to Angel which they all did splendidly. Silke and Gemma (Onsite attendees coming from Galway and the UK respectively) worked with online participants Trish and Ruth to offer extracts to Angel.
Angel's presenting symptoms
Kerstin, one of our Whitethorn Team Vets, carried out a pre session assessment and noted capped hocks and splints. This could well be due to rapid growth although just to note that her owner is an experienced knowledgeable horse woman and her diet would be appropriate for her age and breed/type. Her owner also noted that she has very itchy skin and this was evident when Angel was stabled although she had no bare patches or broken skin.
Angel's selections on Day 1
Initially she was offered nutritional supplementation which she selected with gusto! Her favourites in the area of supplementation were Dandelion root powder, Seaweed (dried) and Rosehip shells. We often find that horses with itchy skin select extracts to support the gut and Angel was no exception. She selected Peppermint essential oil, herbs in the line of Marigold flowers, Liquorice root powder and cleavers dried herb. She took a significant amount of the herb cleavers which are rich in silica and cleanse the lymph as well as promote skin, hoof and hair condition. She also showed an interest in Arnica CO2 and Tobacco extract. Interestingly enough, upon inhaling the Tobacco extracts, online attendees noted Angel have, what they described as a minor physical 'wobble' which they seemed to think was possibly of a neurological nature.
Angel's selections on Day 2
On the 2nd day of the workshop she selected similarly in the line of supplementation but then went on to select Devil's claw root which is an analgesic and anti-inflammatory. She was also reoffered Arnica (which she had selected on Saturday) but interest was much reduced initially. Again on the 2nd day she selected cleavers in similar amounts to the first day. She didn't seem to be overly interested in any emotional extracts and this can often be the case when horses are focusing on physical nutritional needs. However, at the end of Sunday session she presented her left rump for a topical application of Yarrow essential oil and Arnica CO2. A physio attending the workshop noted that her bilateral hamstring group of muscles were hypertrophied (bigger compared to the other muscles) and hypertoned (tight, holding tension) so the topical application of Arnica CO2 and Yarrow essential oil would certainly help with this issue.
We would just like to say a big Thank You to all our attendees, Angel and all of Team Whitethorn for making this workshop possible!
Recently we undertook the first dry-run for the Level 2 workshop later this month and we are getting very excited! In the mornings there will be discussion on issues such as barriers to success, Triggers, Mind-body connections, mixing modalities, emergencies, dealing with trauma. Case studies will also be referred to along with science papers where possible. Participants are joining us from all over Ireland and the UK, many of which are experts in their field and so we look forward to some lively enriching debate! In the afternoon, small groups of students will be assigned a horse along with a kit and a breakout room on Zoom (or should that be stable? ) Participants Online will be assigned a Breakout Stable and join in with the session by suggesting extracts to offer, take the session notes etc. Also part of the plan is to have a roaming Yard-Cam going from group to group catching snippets from each session for further interest for those online. Team Vet Kerstin will assess the horses prior to the workshop and also be on hand to give valuable input. Horses in Breakout rooms is an absolute first in the Equine Educational Industry in Ireland if not in the World. We are very excited about these developments and Welcoming you all to Whitethorn Farm either physically or virtually!
Carly is delighted to have been asked to represent the Equine Zoopharmacognosy Industry at the Equine Touch UK Conference in October. She will give a talk on how and why horses self-medicate on herbs and essential oils, along with looking at Case studies of horses that have benefited from this modality. Animal self-medication (or Applied Zoopharmacognosy) compliments bodywork modalities such as Equine Touch, Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, and Shiatsu. Extracts are offered during a body work session in order to support the releasing process. For example, Yarrow and Peppermint essential oils are known muscle relaxants and are often selected whilst bodywork is in progress. Black Pepper is also often selected for sore muscles whilst Rose otto is known to reduce adrenalin and can support the horse in letting go during a session. Carly is looking forward to spreading the word further and continuing to inspire Body workers on the benefits of Equine self-medication at this years Equine Touch Conference! A big 'Thank you' to all at Equine Touch UK for this fine opportunity!
We are delighted to announce that we will be opening up the yard again for an onsite learning experience for our students for our Equine Level 2 Zoopharmacognosy workshop. It will be really exciting to have old students and new coming together to discuss and work with the horses ability to self-select herbs and essential oils at a deeper level. We are also opening up the option of hybrid learning under the watchful expertise of Izzy our online learning expert. This will mean that students can attend the workshop either in person or online via Zoom. This is a new exciting challenge for us and preparations are well under way to make this the best experience possible for our students.
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We very much look forward to bringing the yard back to life again with the fun of learning with our students!
Click on the button below to book your place - we look forward to meeting up again!
Issues such as Laminitis, Cushings, COPD plus emotional and physical trauma and pain have been resolved using this approach. An extensive learning pack is sent out to participants and includes a Herbal Compendium, Extracts for Conditions listings, Record sheets and presentation notes. Participants may work with their own case study during the course and avail of guidance from Carly during this time. Participants will also have access to a private Facebook group for support within the Zoopharmacognosy Community and the members section of the website enabling them to access Extracts for Conditions on their phone whilst out and about in the yard.
The flies and sun have made an appearance this last few weeks as our Irish summer finally makes an appearance. As a result this filly has developed conjunctivitis with significant inflammation and watering around the eyes. Out with the Zoopharmacognosy kit to see which herbs or essential oils she would select. She was very clear in her choices and selections of herbal extracts and they included the following: Liquorice root herb powder (5:1 concentrate), Cornflower floral water, German Chamomile and Yarrow essential oils (anti inflammatory) and Angelica root essential oil. It cleared up within days. I am so grateful to have these natural remedies, herbs and extracts to hand to help so effectively and easily. Go to our online shop to check out the herbal extracts that were offered and selected:
Please note that Aromatherapy essential oils are not suitable for this type of work. All herbs offered are organic and are not mixed in with feed.
This is Freda whom Gana is currently fostering from the My Lovely Horse Rescue branch in Cork, Southern Ireland. She is such a sweet little lady and very lucky to have been found and rescued and is now receiving much needed TLC. However, unfortunately Freda has been diagnosed with severe liver damage which may have been caused by Ragwort. As a four year old she also has the physical development of a two year old due to malnourishment. Throughout the Winter, Freda was averaging 8 dungs in 12 hours. After attending one of our online workshops, Gana began offering herbs using the Zoopharmacognosy approach. As a result of regular offering Freda is now averaging 4 dungs in 12 hours. Gana’s Vet felt the frequent dunging was a sign of liver damage and that the reduction in the no's of passing of dung is a good sign that Freda's liver is on the mend. Freda has been selecting various herbs and oils over the last 2 months including the following: Neem fixed oil, Wormwood powder, Milk thistle powder, Slippery Elm powder, Marigolds dried herb, Liquorice root powder, Dandelion root dried herb (500g almost daily), Cleavers and Nettles. Nearly all of these extracts are selected to support and rejuvenate the liver. Freda’s selections make perfect sense!
You can find the herbs mentioned above at our online shop www.whitethornherbals.com Please note that Aromatherapy oils are not suitable for use in Zoopharmacognosy.
Comfrey is starting to grow under the trees at Whitethorn Farm here in County Sligo, in Ireland!
Comfrey is a powerful, supportive herb for horses when using the self-selection Zoopharmacognosy approach. Horses may select Comfrey when suffering with gastric ulcers, wounds, bruising, inflammatory conditions, fractures, as well as tendon and soft tissue injuries. In the Zoopharmacognosy approach we offer the dried herb and/or the macerate. (Comfrey is not available as an essential oil)
You may find this wonderful plant in damp areas such as near lakes and ditches, so keep an eye out for the plant! Do not confuse Comfrey with Docks. The Comfrey leaf is furry and matt green as opposed to the shiny green that the Dock plant boasts! Your horse may choose to ingest the freshly picked herb, or you could pick some to bring home and dry in the oven / a dehydrator.
Comfrey is also commonly given the name "Knitbone" as it is known to excel in the repair of fractures when selected due to it's allantoin content.
And for the gardeners of you out there, Comfrey is also known as nature's fertilizer as it is extremely rich in Potassium so it is a supportive and organic food source for plants. All in all it's a very useful plant all round!
Go to our online shop to learn more about Comfrey - www.whitethornherbals.com