BASIC HOLISTIC FIRST AID
Many horseowners now prefer to administer first aid to their horses without using conventional drugs. The following list represents what I keep on hand for emergencies. While I do use other remedies for specific problems, this basic list is a good starting point for anyone wishing to create their own first aid kit.
Please note that I do not advocate treating your own horse without consulting your veterinarian. Many non-holistic vets are not well informed concerning the use and safety of these substances, but when used correctly they are very safe and are not known to interfere with conventional drugs, and may be administered concurrently. These are suggestions only, and it is the reader's responsibility to educate themselves in their proper use.
Holistic First Aid Kit
Your vet's phone number
Directions for use:
If you are not already very familiar with the use of homeopathic remedies, please read my comments on how these remedies are used as well as referring to more in-depth sources.
Remedy for both horse and handler in the
event of any trauma, whether physical or emotional.
Arnica 30C -- Along with Rescue Remedy,
the first line of defense in any physical trauma. Other
remedies may be used after or concurrently (but should be
taken at least 30 minutes apart for optimum effect).
Homeopathic Ledum 30C -- 3-10 granules in the mouth. For any wound that is deeper than it is wide. 3 times a day for 5 days. I use Ledum tincture at the same time, below.
Homeopathic Hypericum 30C -- 3-10 granules in the mouth. For deep or extensive lacerations. 3 times a day for 3 days. I use Hypericum tincture at the same time, below.
Homeopathic Aconite 30C -- 3-10 granules in the mouth. First line of defense when horse shows sudden signs of discomfort, as in colic or early stage of influenza. Give as soon as possible. In colic, give every 15-20 minutes for first hour, then reassess with a view to selecting another remedy. In other cases, give 3 or 4 times a day for the first day only. If given early enough, it may fend off worse symptoms. This is not a remedy for long term use.
Homeopathic Apis 6C or 12C -- 3-10 granules in the mouth. For insect bites or stings, or swellings that mimic insect bites. For some forms of edema.
tincture (dilute with bottled water 1:10
or 1:15) for all superficial cuts. Not for internal use.
Disinfects, soothes, acts as an astringent, and heals
faster than you'll believe without scarring. Use
generously on wound as often as possible. Also makes a
safe eye wash when diluted at least 1:20.
Hypericum (St. John's Wort) tincture, diluted as for Calendula, for deeper and messier lacerations that need to heal somewhat from the inside first. May be combined with Calendula or Ledum as appropriate. Not for internal use. Use generously and as often as possible.
Ledum tincture, diluted as for Calendula, for deep wounds and any wounds that are deeper than they're wide, such as puncture wounds. Not for internal use. Calendula contra-indicated because it will seal the wound too quickly. Use generously and as often as possible.
Arnica tincture, diluted as for Calendula, for use on bruises and muscle/tendon sprains. May be used undiluted for acute cases.To be used *only on unbroken skin*. Not for internal use. May be used as a leg brace.
Don't dilute the complete tincture bottle contents all at once, it goes a loooong way and you need only make up small batches.
Rectal thermometer with loop at end -- attach a large alligator clip via at least 6 inches of wool or string, to snap onto tail so thermometer doesn't disappear irretrievably into horse! :-)
You could get a whole bunch of other stuff, but some of it'll probably just sit in your first aid kit, and the above list will get you by for most things. Better to add things as needed as you go along, and as you see what kind of things your horse'll need - not all horses need the same things.
I haven't included any specific colic remedies in this list as there are several possibilities depending on the symptoms, and as you become more skilled in using homeopathic remedies, you will become aware of what those remedies are.
Materia Medica -- If you want to get serious about homeopathic first aid, you really need to invest in a good Materia Medica. This is a homeopathic "bible" that lists hundreds of homeopathic remedies and most of the symptoms associated with each.
Please remember these are suggestions only, your veterinarian should still be consulted, and it is recommended that you educate yourself in the correct application of homeopathic remedies before using them unsupervised.
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Last updated December 22, 2000
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