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In a time of financial crisis, it might be difficult to feed your horse. However, I also believe that there is enough cheap alternative not to let a horse starve. So I thought I’ll see if I can come up with some cheap options. Of course, the best option would be to have a good doer who can live on the smell of an oil rag like my Lily, but it is not always the case! First of all, let us review some fundamental facts of equine nutrition:
So assuming that your horse has no underlying conditions such as kidney or liver diseases, founder etc, is an adult under 18 years of age, here is a list of feed stuff that are economical.
Please note that if your horse has underlying conditions, his diet will require modification and you should consult your vet for advice.
This article is from news.com.au. “Chickens. They’re human. Well, almost. At the very least they deserve to be treated humanely.”
It is based on a recent article by Carolynn “K-lynn” L. Smith, a research fellow at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and Sarah L. Zielinski, a freelance science writer in Washington, D.C.
Smith and Zielinski state that “mounting evidence indicates that the common chicken is much smarter than it has been given credit for. The birds are cunning, devious and capable of empathy. And they have sophisticated communication skills. That chickens are so brainy hints that such intelligence is more common in the animal kingdom than once thought. This emerging picture of the chicken mind also has ethical implications for how society treats farmed birds.”
According to the authors, hens are able to remember which rooster has done what in the past and can turn their back to those that are mean and deceptive. They are also able to find different escape routes depending on the danger, they have personalities and each of them is an individual with its own likes and dislikes, its friends and enemies, it’s own routine and family. Just like us.
In an experiment conducted by Smith, a hen was able to diffuse a mechanism in order to get to food much faster than waiting for the door to open.
All these fascinating findings are shaping the future of farmed chickens and positively influencing change in their housing and welfare.
Although I am a vegetarian, I find it hard that meat eaters accept to eat a meat that has been mistreated and denied the basics requirements of living. Surely the meat builds up some toxins when the environment and welfare of the animals have been so detrimental that chickens engineered for meat have their lives cut short at 18 months instead of 10 years. If they lived longer, they would become sick and deformed. Quite few things to ponder.
Aromatherapy is a safe, non-invasive, powerful way of healing mind and body, both for us and our animals. Because horses respond so well to essential oils, every horse owner and serious rider should have an aromatherapy toolkit to tend to everything from arthritis to depression in their equine partner. Of course, with thousands of essential oils – some of them very costly – available, it can be difficult to know just what oils a toolkit should include. Despite the wide range of options, horse owners can heal both their horse and themselves with just a small collection of single oils, blends, and diffusion options; it doesn’t have to cost a lot, and the effects can be extraordinary.
Essential oils work best in blends, since the synergistic effect makes good use of their various properties and offsets any potential weaknesses. Blends also prevent one scent from becoming too overwhelming, particular for sensitive horses. Still, it is important to have a few single oils at hand, both for their individual effect and for making your own blends if necessary. The most important oils for treating your horse are lavender, tea tree, bergamot, ginger, and rosemary. If you’re interested in expanding your collection, other key oils are vetiver, frankincense, black pepper, and blue chamomile. These oils each have different effects, and by using them on their own or blended together, it’s possible to deal with most minor problems safely and effectively.
Of course, it’s also important to have well-made blends at hand. These may contain useful oils which are too costly or rare to have on their own, and blends created by an experienced aromatherapist will have the most useful amounts of each oil already mixed. For most horse owners, the important blends are ones for wound-healing, sore muscles, and stress reduction. If your horse has any specific ailments, blends for these are also useful.
Although aromatherapy is a useful tool in taking care of our horses, it works best in conjunction with both alternative and traditional medicine. Just as we take precautions for own well-being, it is also critical that we do the same for our animal partners. Be sure to keep their insurance plan current, particularly if they already have any health problems, as aromatherapy can only reach so far. Some plans allow for pre-existing conditions while others require the purchase of additional coverage, so look through your insurance options carefully before deciding on a plan. As with humans, regular check-ups and seeking out advice in the event of new symptoms will help catch any problems. In fact, it’s best to use yourself as an example when deciding whether a situation calls for aromatherapy alone. For instance, you might use essential oils as a way to treat the symptoms of arthritis, but would likely see a medical professional to be diagnosed and to rule out other possible causes. Likewise, a short period of muscle pain after exercise can be safely treated at home, but long-term pain or pain without an easy explanation should be examined to discover the reason for it.
Aromatherapy can still be used in conjunction with traditional medicine, and it is often easier to decide which oils to use once the cause is determined. Some problems can be eliminated using alternative medicine like aromatherapy, but others require intervention to be used alongside the healing oils.
Alongside your blends (which will likely already be diluted and ready for use as a spray or rub), it’s also important to have ways of applying and using your single essential oils. Luckily, this is an easy process, and certain inexpensive items are all many people need in order to treat their horse. A fine misting bottle, glycerine, and a carrier oil of some kind will all do the trick nicely, though some owners may want to invest in a nebulizing diffuser.
Sprays are useful for a variety of ailments, both physical and mental, and a few drops of glycerine alongside the oils will allow them to disperse more easily before using. (Spray bottles should be dark glass, as essential oils can eat through plastic and are degraded by light.) Nebulizing diffusers do much the same thing as spraying the air, but more effectively – particles are small enough to be absorbed quickly through inhalation, and the diffusing action suspends them in the air for longer. Most oils can be used as carriers, but jojoba and coconut oil are particularly useful, as jojoba (actually a liquid wax) mimics the natural sebum of the skin, and coconut oil has potent anti-fungal properties. Coconut oil is also solid at room temperature, which can make using it easier and less messy, but also means that it should be gently warmed before any essential oils are added in order to disperse them properly.
Aromatherapy is a powerful tool for any devoted horse owner, and picking up the essentials can be both easy and cost-effective. However, be warned: once you begin, you may find your collection expanding as you discover the many uses of true essential oils.
Author: Julie Tobin – For Horse Whispers. July 2013