Natural Healing


We believe in addressing all chronic conditions using natural substances only. We have had great success with natural methods and have rehabilitated many horses so that they are healthier, happier, and more comfortable in their golden years.

Holistic healing involves using a variety of healing modalities. We integrate the services of holistic practitioners of a variety of disciplines, as well as using allopathic medicine when needed. Our primary healing modalities are Homeopathy, Herbs, Vitamins/Minerals, Flower Essences, Nutrition, Natural Barefoot Trimming, and Body Work. Horses respond well to all of these healing methods. They are all non-invasive, non-toxic, natural, and gentle. It is the body that heals. Natural healing is designed to stimulate the body’s healing response. These healing methods do not mask symptoms, and they do not cause other problems.

Over time we have established a gifted and talented group of healers whom I refer to as my ‘team’. Initially, I didn’t set out to create a healing team, but I soon realized what an amazing group of people I am fortunate to be able to work within the various disciplines. I realized that they are, in fact, my ‘team’. (Please visit our ‘Resources‘ page for more information on our remarkable healing team).IMG00225-20090912-1346

In certain acute disorders, we also use the services of two wonderful allopathic vets. ‘Holistic’ means using whatever healing method is appropriate. In most cases, it is a natural method, but in many emergency situations we need, and gratefully use, Western Medicine. However, if we do use drugs, I will always supplement the use of drugs with natural remedies to counteract any negative effects of the drugs.

Here is an excellent overview of the value of Natural Healing:

Horse Health Care: Palliation, Suppression, and Cure

By Madalyn Ward, DVM

When your horse gets sick, do you find that your first instinct is to “fix it”? Do you feel the need to make the symptoms go away immediately so that both you and your horse can feel better right now? This is an understandable reaction since none of us want our horses to suffer if we can help it. But while the “quick fix” often makes us feel better about our horses, it can actually be detrimental to our horses’ overall health. The quick fix is a poor choice for horse health care.

Horse Health Care: Three Options

When it comes to horse health care and coping with your horse’s symptoms, you have three options:

  • palliation
  • suppressionIMG_3497
  • cure

Let’s take a look at each of these three options, and their overall effect on your horse’s health.


Palliation means alleviating your horse’s symptoms with some form of treatment. With palliation, the symptoms will most likely return as soon as you stop treatment. An example of palliation is using Bute to lessen arthritis pain. Your horse feels better when he’s on Bute, but will have painful joints as soon as you take him off the medication. Palliation reduces symptoms but does not address the root cause of the problem.

In this case, the joint fluid has been damaged by an excess of circulating free radicals, which prevents it from properly nourishing the joint cartilage. The cartilage then begins to break down faster than the body can replace it, creating instability in the joint. The body’s response to all of this is to deposit calcium around the joint in an effort to stabilize it. Giving your horse Bute will in no way slow down or stop the process, which allows permanent damage to eventually occur. As you can see, palliation is not the best long-term horse healthcare option.


Suppression is similar to palliation in that it makes your horse’s symptoms disappear. However, unlike palliation, with suppressive therapy, your horse’s symptoms disappear and do not reappear after the course of treatment. Unfortunately, rather than solving the problem, suppressive therapies drive the problem deeper into your horse’s body, worsening his overall health.

For example, a common therapy for treating allergic skin reactions is to give steroids. These drugs will stop the rash but will likely bring about an undesirable change in behavior as well. As a result, your once-friendly horse is now aggressive and hateful. This is a side-effect of suppression. The skin rash was a sign of a liver imbalance, and when this expression of the imbalance was blocked by steroids the body was forced to express itself at a deeper and more serious level. In this example, besides serious personality changes, the energy of the disease will also eventually manifest again physically, but in another, more serious way than a skin rash. The usual result is liver damage.


IMG00215-20090907-0937Cure is, of course, the best solution because it both relieves the symptoms and removes the root cause of your horse’s health problem. However, when it comes to horse health care, the problem with cure is that it’s no quick fix. It can take quite a bit of time and patience.

With cure, your horse’s system must be strengthened, the obstacles to cure must be removed, and the overall systemic balance must be restored. This involves an in-depth look at the nutrition, management, and personality of the patient–a comprehensive approach that is not considered in a conventional treatment of symptoms alone.

In the arthritic horse, for example, I would give the horse the nutritional support it needed to help the cartilage heal faster. I would also investigate the source of free radicals that were causing damage to the joints. If I found the source to be external, I would remove it and probably add appropriate supplements to the diet to combat the existing free radicals.  If the source was internal, I would use a healing method such as acupuncture or homeopathy to bring the body back into balance. With a cure, not only do symptoms disappear but the vital force comes into full expression. The hair coat shines, the eyes brighten, and the playful spirit returns, even in older animals.

Horse Health Care: The Road to Cure

As a holistic veterinarian, I am often called in to treat horses with severe symptoms that are the result of long-term palliation and/or suppression. Unfortunately, bringing these horses back to a state of true health takes much longer because their systems have been so weakened by palliative or suppressive approaches. It’s much easier to treat a disease in the early stages using holistic methods aimed at producing a cure, even if it means seeing your horse suffer through some temporary symptoms like painful feet or itchy skin. These are simply ways your horse’s body uses to express what’s wrong. If you can learn to “read” these symptoms and address the root cause rather than reaching for the quick fix, you’ll have a healthier happier horse in the long run.

Written by Madalyn Ward, DVM. Copyright (c) 2009. All rights reserved.


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