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WHITETHORN EQUINE HEALTH
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!
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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
We are delighted to finally introduce our Equine Starter Kit which has been carefully collated with the beginner in mind. It contains a wide selection of different plant extracts which are the most commonly selected plus Dead Sea Mineral Mud which is a must for any tack room!
The starter kit contains the following:
Barley Grass powder - nutrient rich powder
Cornflower floral water - opening the session plus eye issues
Orange blossom floral water - anxiety and separation
Valerian floral water - anxiolytic and nervine
German Chamomile essential oil - antihistamine and anti inflammatory action
Roman Chamomile essential oil - anxiety, gut issues
Peppermint essential oil - anti inflammatory and gut motility
Yarrow essential oil - anti inflammatory, no 1 for wounds
Cleavers dried herb - great for lymph cleanse
Peppermint leaf dried herb - aids gut motility
Dead Sea Mineral Mud - drawing action with wounds
Why not sign up for one of our online courses to learn the 'Offering and Selecting' process!
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This wonderful picture of Cosmos was sent to us from Sinead - a participant on the Canine Level 1 online wksp. Cosmos's digestive system was struggling to maintain health shown by mucus and blood in his stools. Sinead had wormed Cosmos and taken him to the vet for treatment but the symptoms continued and deteriorated further. The Spirulina sample sent out in the Canine Workshop Workpack was demolished by Cosmos and after self-selecting Spirulina for a week his stools were healthy and lacked any mucus or blood. Another lucky dog whose guardian trusted his ability to self-select! You can see Cosmos's other pack members all below awaiting their turn at the 'Spirulina Bar'!