The first arthritis “cure” that I came across is a recipe from Pat Coleby an amazing Englishwoman transplanted into Australian soil, who wrote a book called Natural Horse Care. Pat is single handedly responsible for the good health of tens of thousands maybe even hundreds of thousands of Australian animals who were ill because they were mineral deficient and now live healthy minerally balanced lives.
Here is my version of Pat’s arthritis recipe:
Ad lib seaweed meal – that means as much or as little as they wish to lick up. Generally speaking, Aussie horses when they first get access to seaweed go nuts for a while, then calm down and eat nothing at all for a while and then maybe have a few periods in the year where they eat lots. I put mine out in a feeder on a sunny day but I don’t leave it out there because it gets wrecked in the rain. If we feed it in their feed – even a small dose when they don’t need any at all can bring them out in hive-like lumps.
Ad lib great big lumps of rock salt. That lives in the feeder with the seaweed. When they don’t want any seaweed, I tend to put the salt out by itself.
Copper A big piece of copper pipe coiled up into a circle and sitting in the bottom of my water trough. OR in Australia, the feed additive Livermole contains high copper. If you have a horse who naturally has those pretty spectacles so admired in the show ring, then they are probably copper deficient. HOWEVER – copper excess can give very similar symptoms. If in doubt, contact me… Bobby as a baby was poisoned by too much copper from his mother getting too much Livermole.
Sulphur. In most areas of Australia, 1 tablespoon a day of yellow sulphur powder would be a pretty regular kind of a dosage. It is rare in Australia for horses to be grazed “right” – but land that is grazed “right” has plenty of available sulphur and then horses probably wouldn’t need any supplementation.
Do not exceed these dosages – more minerals IS NOT BETTER. Too much of a particular mineral will give you very similar symptoms to not enough – so DO NOT EXCEED THE DOSAGE.
Less is best!
Dolomite. Coopers dolomite is one of the mines that has a good proportion of calcium to magnesium for supplementing horses 3 parts calcium to 2 parts magnesium if I remember Pat rightly. 1 desertspoon of dolomite is pretty much for an average horse in Australia. Again “rightly” grazed pasture, with many different natural plant species will, usually enable the horses to browse for adequate calcium and magnesium.
Boron . Found in Borax, yes the same Borax that has poison labels over it in the washing detergent section of your supermarket. Do not exceed the following dosage. As written in the heading above, when it comes to minerals LESS IS BEST. Big horses one reasonably large (without going overboard) pinch of Borax – ponies a very small pinch. We’re talking GRAINS, not spoonfuls! I have used these quantities safely and successfully for many years. HOWEVER – if YOU have the early warning signal that something is Not Quite Right, or don’t feel entirely comfortable, then I suggest you do the quiet mind exercise that I gave you a few weeks after The 9 Keys to Happiness with Your Horse and check it out for yourself. This particular arthritis recipe though, is unlikely to work without it.
Later note: There’s some Borax coming in from China that has me feeling uneasy.
Having said that, there are many, many homeopathic medicines for arthritis…
Apple cider vinegar. The “real” apple cider vinegar has a cloudy substance in it called “the mother” and this is the vinegar you are looking for. The pasteurised supermarket variety, all clean and clear looking is of no use to you health wise. Get the good stuff straight from the apple orchardists who make it or from the horse feed store because the health store variety is way too expensive to feed a horse. 1/4 to 1/2 a cup per day at the beginning is a pretty average dose.
Now… this recipe will give relief fairly quickly, within weeks. HOWEVER, I don’t know about you, but I would prefer not to have my horse on constant supplementation. Salt and seaweed and copper pipe I give them access to frequently, though the better our land management gets, the less I am needing to put out of the seaweed and copper.
If you want to actually FIX the arthritis, permanently, then you need to tend to the original cause.
I have been doing this work for 16 years now and have seen MANY people and horses completely give up their arthritis. That’s an interesting choice of words, hey?
I have seen case after case after case… all fixed, gone, kaput, arthritis not there any more.
Cases like the lady with the clawed, crippled hands who after about 5 healing sessions over about a year, her hands just popped open on the healing table after she understood the emotions behind the problem. She walked out that day with her hands completely released and pain free.
Cases like the 73 year old with sudden onset arthritis who her threw her walker away during her first visit and marched in her Anzac Day parade the next week (several kilometres) spry as ever. (Easy come easy go!)
Cases like Kristina my working student who arrived crippled with arthritis that had started in her childhood. She ran her first marathon in May 2018. See her journey here.
Carlos’s arthritis story
Cases like my own old horse Carlos whose arthritis “fix” turned me on to alternative therapy as a career of my own. I had actually rung the vet and asked him to come and put Carlos down. I had been having him massaged every week for about a year and he just kept degenerating – his joints were swollen and he was paddock lame in constant obvious pain..
The vet had many emergencies that day and we made the appointment for the following day. That afternoon I heard about a clinic next weekend about learning Bowen muscle therapy. I took Carlos, he was the first horse I ever worked on and I watched the pain melt from his eyes. Bowen made it possible to keep Carlos as a retired companion to my new horse Bobby.
Then I discovered kinesiology and homeopathic medicine – and that made it possible over a period of about 14 months to reverse Carlos’s arthritis. About 14 months later he came out of retirement and was the first horse that I ever danced with. I rode Carlos happily until his late twenties and retired him for the second time – still arthritis free.
Unresolved emotional stress and tension is behind arthritis somewhere.
The further I got into my healing journey, the more I realised that how we dealt with our horse’s nerves and fear had VAST effects on our horse’s health. I watched horses in clinics dissolve health problems, do significant straightening of their spines – and gather their bodies into lovely new ways of moving happily – while they were being ridden in this new way of being with horses that Bobby was teaching me.
And what Bobby and then the other horses too were teaching me, led to me writing Zen Connection with Horses and then filming and producing The 9 Keys to Happiness with Your Horse – both of these contain the process that helps heal all kinds of muscular skeletal problems including arthritis.
Then Bobby – the horse that brought you Bobby’s Diaries – Bobby developed arthritis to the point of being unable to hold his back feet up for the feet trimmer. Then just last year he released his arthritis while I was riding him with the same techniques that I gift to you in the bonus lesson to free lesson set The 9 Keys to Happiness with your Horse. Hmmm I was surprised that he asked to be ridden in that condition too. It was for VERY short periods of time and intensely releasing of old resistances and trauma from earlier in our lives together when I was not so considerate as I am now.
I’ve seen it first hand with vast numbers of people and horses and other animals over the 16 years in my healing practice. So yes, yes, yes it is fixable!
And THAT’s the big point that I want to make. In my training as a kinesiologist, I was taught that 80% of what ails us is emotional and in all these years of working as a healer, that has turned out to be a pretty fair figure. It is certainly my experience with arthritis. When we release the emotions, we release the tension. When we release the tension, our bodies can re-align and start healing the way they were designed to do and that includes dissolving the excess bony growths that are arthritis.
So – if you have a horse with arthritis that you would like to get rid of (the arthritis not the horse!) use Pat’s arthritis remedy for quick relief – but get at the cause too – go have a look at our training on this page from free lessons to supported lessons and healing sessions and learning how to be a “healer” for yourself.
If you’re looking for support through the process, the on line course Fast Track to Brilliant Riding is a year of superb and systematic support releasing old traumas and resistance. It’s a journey about healing for horse and human and finding happiness and a joyful way of moving for both horse AND rider instead.
You’ll watch your horse go from arthritic to doin’ a little dance…