The Practical Horse Herbal
Natural Therapies for Your Horse
Beef industry hormone scandals .... birth control traces found in
drinking water .... a growing strain of bacteria resistant to antibiotics
due to overprescription .... our hyper-medicated world has started
to seem like a very scary place for both humans and animals.
Alternative health therapies and plant-based remedies have caught
mainstream attention for humans; now equine herbalists have begun
to explore natural treatments to enhance the well-being of horses
Who would have thought celery, camomile, dandelions, hawthorn, juniper,
peppermint, skullcap and violet could have such healing and restorative
The Practical Horse Herbal provides reliable, concise information
on nutrition and basic herbal remedies for many routine ailments to
help owners provide a healthy natural diet and balanced exercise routine
for their horses. Renowned equestrian and herbalist Victoria Ferguson
offers both specific recommendations for horse ailments and behavioural
problems as well as general advice on keeping horses healthy and fit.
Ferguson's work is inspired by in-depth knowledge of modern horses'
life in the wild where they instinctively treated themselves with
herbal remedies for thousands of years. Every system in the body is
covered, with helpful instructions for reading vital signs, feeding
minerals naturally, administering both herbal and practical first
aid, practicing preventative nutrition and taking care of itches,
ticks, sunburns, travel sickness and other ailments.
Alison Goward, Founder and Director EMRTtm Pty Ltd, recommends
Ferguson's book as "... a handy reference guide. Our practioners
have found that by combining her herbal treatments with Equine Muscle
Release Therapy, the effects are synergistic and accelerate healing
At the intersection of ancient wisdom and modern research, this thoughtful
guide will put horse owners in the best position to keep their horses
happy and healthy.
Victoria Ferguson completed her herbal medicine training with
Dorothy Hall, the eminent Australian herbalist and author. She combines
this knowledge with a lifetime experience with horses working as an
equine herbalist. Performance and pleasure horses all over Australia
and overseas benefit from Victoria's natural health programs. She
lives in Australia.