In the wild horses are able to roam across vast areas of land allowing them to seek out whatever they need whether it be plants, essential oils, clays, algae, seaweeds, minerals or other natural remedies that can help them to heal should they become ill or injured. This is known as self-selection - a process whereby any animal, not just horses, self medicate through their innate ability to recognise which medicinal plants they need. The science behind this is called Zoopharmacognosy.
I offer a range of essential oils, herbs and extracts which the horse can inhale, eat or have applied to its body. Each horse will respond differently and I will always follow the horse's lead in what he or she feels it needs by assessing its body language and reactions to each extract offered. Regardless of how greedy a horse is, if the horse does not feel any need for that particular extract then it will not try to eat it. Unlike food, where a horse may eat until it feels full, with medicinal plants the horse will only eat until the taste goes from sweet to bitter. Try eating liquroice root and you will understand what this is like!!
When a horse inhales an oil, it is absorbed straight into the part of the brain that helps the horse to deal with emotions, memories and regulatory functions. This works in the same way as for people, e.g. using lavender for relaxation or citrus scents to help uplift and revitalise.
If a horse eats or licks the oil or plant extracts, these take longer to be absorbed into the bloodstream as the nutrients are carried to whichever part of the body they are needed to assist in the production of energy, growth and repair. In some cases the extracts can also be applied direct to the area of the body where they are needed, e.g. in the same way that people may use arnica for bruising or aloe vera gel for wounds.
All oils, herbs etc offered are of extremely high quality and are sourced from very reputable suppliers. I may also provide some of my own oils and herbs from foraging in my herb garden and the hedgerows on the farm where I live.