Volume 7 Issue 2
Table of Contents
Herbs for Health
Gemmotherapy is the use of specially-prepared plant buds to stimulate the various excretory organs and systems of the body, promoting detoxification. The main principle behind gemmotherapy is drainage and detoxification of the organism at its cellular level.
In 'open range' areas, such as where I live, private property owners must fence the CATTLE out, or endure the damage they do. Cattle and other domestic livestock outnumber wild horses by as much as 150 to one in some areas. The cattle will eat your trees and garden, steal your hay, break into areas with water, and leave lots of cow pies behind. This is their 'right'. If you harm someone's cattle you have committed a felony. If you accidentally run into a loose cow on a dark road, you must reimburse the cow's owner. Any damage to your vehicle or to your person is your problem…
Today, colic, allergies, metabolic issues, laminitis, hoof and other health issues are often associated with eating too much grass. What is different about today's grass, or perhaps what is different about the horse? By being able to 'pick and choose' what they needed, horses received a balance of nutrients. This is one of the reasons supplements are so important today - horses just can't get all they need from the typical diets we give them, and the one or two species of grass they graze.
Many horses have chronically foundered feet, through neglect or infrequent trimming, or because neither owners nor farriers recognize that they are foundered. We can trim a foundered hoof to make it immediately more comfortable and to get it started on the road to complete rehabilitation.
Clockwise from upper left: Intent to Fly, Magical Mystical Mordecai, Wee George Rascal, and the donkey girls ("Nothing But Trouble!") Rachel and her daughter, Zena. Each came to ERL with an interesting history.
Founded by Pat Rogers in 1990, the Equine Rescue League is a registered, non-profit organization located on a leased farm property of about 60 acres in Leesburg, VA. The ERL provided care to over 100 horses and ponies in its very first year. Fourteen years and over a thousand horses, ponies, donkeys, and mules later, they are still going strong! Its goals are still the same - to support the responsible use of working, sport, and pleasure horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, to prevent the neglect or abuse of any equine, to offer educational programs to the community, and to provide shelter, rehabilitation and adoption for those animals in need of its services.
The ERL is supported completely by private donations. For more information, please visit www.equinerescueleague.org.
Equine Rescue League
PO Box 4366, Leesburg, VA 20177