Sunday, November 21, 2010

Beyond The Spook - Returning to Calmness & Courage (updated Nov 2015)

Previously,  I discussed a variety of techniques to prevent anxiety and spooks in horses (and their riders).

This post covers what to do during and after a spook. My inspiration for this article was a recent twilight ride on my normally brave and calm gelding Poco. Headed down the road, we were suddenly confronted by a loose steer from a neighbors farm. The steer stared us down, then actually ran into the road. After I got us both safely home, I sat down to mull over the incident, what I could have done differently or better, and how to help him deal with future steer encounters. As I worked through the situation, I realized there are a set of principles that I have developed over the years that guide my reactions in spook situations.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Surviving Rhododendron poisoning

Last year the goats escaped and got into the rhododendrons. While the entire herd munched leaves and buds, only 2 got sick. They were vomiting green frothy foam and could not keep down any sort of food, or water. Both goats survived the experience, and were normal within 48 hours. I handled the poisoning by syringing a mixture of montmorillonite clay, activated charcoal, prebiotic and zeolite. I gave only a couple CCs at a time, every 15-30 minutes, then less often as the symptoms improved. I also gave homeopathic Nux Vomica.
As we still have rhododendrons on the property, I keep all these items on hand in my first aid kit just in case. You can find homeopathic remedies at your local health food store or online at Washington Homeopathics.
Here are a couple reference links I found useful. There are several remedies mentioned in the case study. The names are abbreviated. These would be useful to keep on hand in an emergency kit.

Copyright ©2016 Carrie Eastman.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or American Veterinary Medical Association, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult your veterinarian about any changes to your animal’s health program.