Volume 2 Issue 5 - 2000

At Home with Homeopathy

Homeopathy - Handy To Have Around

by Carol Kroupa


I have used homeopathy on my children, horses and cats for over 13 years. In this time I have discovered a few things by experience.

First of all, it works! Having witnessed the effects of homeopathic remedies such as Arnica preventing bruising from injuries from my boys' rough and tumble play and Arsenicum alleviating colic in my horses, I am convinced that homeopathy is not just a placebo. After all, rarely does a horse view any bottle or syringe as beneficial, or 'helping him' in any way!

Herbs for Health

Herbs for the Arthritic Horse

By Patti Duffy-Salmon

Today we are living a lot longer than we did 50 years ago and this holds true for our beloved equine as well. As our horses get older they can develop arthritis type problems.

There are many products on the market to help with arthritis. This article will be about HERBS that can help with the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. There are other supplements on the market such as glucosamine, MSM, methionine, chondroitin sulfates, and vitamins to name just a few. All these supplements certainly have their place in our battle with old age and stiff joints, and are especially beneficial to horses with joint problems.

Touch Tips

Getting the Feel

touch tips

Sara placing a few strands of Molly's tail between the pages of a bible.

By Catherine Bird

One of the things that students find foreign when learning to massage a horse is getting the feel of what is under their hands. It is not something everyone can feel automatically but it is possible with practice to be able to feel effectively. When you are feeling your horse you need to be able to distinguish what is normal from what isn't to determine what could be causing your horse discomfort. Once you begin to develop a touch and feel with your horse, this will become another way to communicate with him. It will also enhance your relationship. It is important to compare both sides of your horse before panicking and thinking your horse has an abnormal muscle development. When your feel develops you will find you can begin to get an idea of what has happened to your horse in the past. 


The Balancing Touch - Acupressure, Reiki, Massage, and Animal Communication

Article and photos by Susan Rifkin Ajamian



Linda is giving Reiki and Ron is working on Nori's hip points. This is the area Ron first starts acupressure. There are three points along the hip joint which, when pressed properly, release muscle spasms in the entire hindquarters. Excellent for suspected colic!

Ron and Linda Briel are a husband-and-wife team from Pennsylvania who combine acupressure, Reiki (pronounced "ray-key"), and massage therapies along with animal communication skills to help restore the balance of energy in horses' bodies. The Briels have helped horses in a variety of sports including Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses, dressage horses, combined training horses, and many pleasure horses. These range in age from premature foals in a hospital's neo-natal unit to horses in their 20's and 30's. Many of Ron and Linda's clients are referred to them by veterinarians.



At Home With Homeopathy

Homeopathy - Handy To Have Around

By Carol Kroupa

Herbs for Health

Herbs for the Arthritic Horse

By Patti Duffy-Salmon


Getting the Feel

By Catherine Bird

Kidz' Korner

Build an Obstacle Course

Humane Training

Problems and Symptoms... Getting A Horse to Stand Still

By Ellen Ofstad Warren

Barn Buddies

Urinary Tract Infection and Preventive Care and Maintenance

By Nancy Fabion

Pony Express

Dealing with Grief Using Kinesiology

By Catherine Bird


From the Editor

Take Time to Remember

Feed Facts and Fancies

EPM Recovery at its Best - Great News for EPM Horses!

By Kate Hester

Do it Yourself!


Case Histories

The Story of Inty - Curing Founder Using the Strasser Method - Part 1

By Yvonne M. Welz


Special Features

Girth Pain - it's very real, and can be treated very effectively!

By Dr. Ian Bidstrup

Straight From the Horse's Mouth

10 Secrets to My Youth


The Balancing Touch - Acupressure, Reiki, Massage, and Animal Communication

By Susan Rifkin Ajamian

Kidz Korner


Horse Tales

1001 Stall Stories