Finding the Best Remedy for Monte - Kali Carbonicum
By Anahi Zlotnik, MV

Monte is a racehorse, whom I attended twice in his life - after weaning and when he was 4 years old. After weaning the treatment was a combination of homeopathic and allopathic because his owner used to consult me infrequently and I had only seen him 3 times during that period. So, the treatment was minimal and was oriented to maintain the least discomfort as possible for the foal.

At four years old he had passed through different trainers, and for this reason there were details of his life that were unknown, but some appeared through time.

This is a picture about his ailments:

Hip disease
Joint ailments
Weakness of his body
Mind very sensitive

The hip: pain in the hip; sacroiliac subluxation; lumbago; sciatica; spinal irritation; cold feet and lower extremities
The joints: swelling and debility in the patella of both extremities
Body: weak, with pain and fear of pain; delicate, excessive physical irritability and lassitude (lack of energy) with the modality of improvement from rest
Socialization and mind: alternating and changeable mood; morose and contrary; sometimes aversion to company and sometimes desire for company; aversion to being touched; ailments from disappointment; misanthropy (hatred or disgust of mankind); anxious restlessness
Sides: His symptoms were more prominent on the right side.

Monte's upbringing:

He was well educated by a person I know who works with rational methods, and Monte's riders said that he was tranquil - (manso in Spanish) - only a little playful, which is normal in a racehorse male.

When he was a foal, he was only treated for his symptoms and the treatment was minimal, however he grew healthy and passed through the clinic conditions without many troubles. He had influenza and was given homeopathic Belladonna, but when the abscesses opened, the people of the farm gave him antibiotics. He then developed papillomatosis (a case of benign skin tumors) that is common in Buenos Aires, more prominent on the right side. This lasted a short time.

He was an obedient, kind and tranquil foal, easy to manage. When he was loose with the other foals, although he was a companion of them, at the same time he was independent, and went far away from the group in search of different food. The food was an important key throughout his life. He was the only foal of the group who jumped the wire fence looking for different grass.

I saw him again in 1996 when he was 4 years old. He had run some races and had won two in 1600m in the Hippodrome of San Isidro in Buenos Aires. This is one of the two principal hippodromes of Argentina and the track is grass.

The consultation:

During his consultation, I recorded, "Monte is restless, tense, wants to bite, is angry. He does not seem the same animal I knew when he was a foal." I was astonished at the change in him, what the life in the stud farm had made him.

I wrote, "I am amazed at how he lost his capacity of physical contact with people. The trainer says that he kicks and that the last race they could not infuse the hocks because of the kicks." So I tried to pick up his lower limbs and had no problems but it was evident by his attitude that it would be very difficult to infuse him if it would be necessary. I continued my writing, "He is really tense, especially on the lumbar region. He is irritated, peevish, quarrelsome and contrary, startles at trifles, and cannot give me his attention."

I recommended they take Monte to a field for a rest of 4 to 5 months, because he was stressed and tired, and appeared to have a light sacroiliac subluxation (dislocation), which I had confirmed later. But the owner did not accept and decided to infuse him again. Although I did not agree with this person, I decided to attend Monte to try to diminish the effects of that treatment and to try to find a therapy that fitted this animal. Monte was a good horse, as is almost every horse, and I felt that it was a good opportunity to use other therapies. Although Argentina is a country of horses, horse people are used to being traditional in the treatment of sport horses, and we need to educate and promote better methods, like natural treatments and natural horsemanship.


Monte was given Phosphorus 200c first because that was the last remedy he had been given as a foal, and second because his weariness, weakness from exertion, and lumbar lameness. I needed to know him better in this situation and take more details on how he reacted.

Then he was given other remedies, Nux Vomica and Bryonia, which did not produce beneficial effects. But I was aware of the fact that he was much too restless with the contact, even with massages. I also observed that he had an alternating and changeable mood, he was quiet and calm for a moment and suddenly without reason he was peevish and quarrelsome. But I thought that this was a defensive reaction because his fear and excitation.

Slowly I began to make a picture of his story and comprehend his reactions, sufferings and thoughts. The last stud farm, where he was before coming to us, was a very obscure place where he could not see the open air during 23 hours a day. And although the personnel there treated him well, they did not comprehend the language and necessities of the horse - how can a horse or a person escape becoming mad in a situation like this?!

I continued to change remedies (as Kent said, we Homeopaths live with anguish). Monte was given Causticum, for 'aggravates with rubbing' and is a good remedy for arthritis. He had been treated for this arthritis before, but the more important pathology was in the pelvis, as it was seen later. Causticum produced the following changes: the restlessness diminished, and a white secretion from the nostrils appeared after the training sessions. He went to a race at San Isidro and did well before the race but not in the race. On the following day he presented: Great pain on the lumbar region on the left side extending to the nate (buttock) and in the coxo-femoral joint. But at the same time he was easier to manage, was more aware of what we asked of him, and began to accept the massages. There was intense pain on the foot, on the medial bulb of the left hoof, and on the metacarpal bone, the intermetacarpian joint, and the suspensory ligament of the left hind limb. There was little pain on the suspensory ligament of the right hind limb. He had to compensate with the hind limbs for the pain on the lumbo-sacral region, and the left hind hoof that was a little contracted was of poor help. The owner said that the horse had problems in the hind limbs before, but he did not remember exactly what these problems were.

Observing his behavior I saw that this horse was desperately trying to communicate, very frustrated, and in stress. So I posed the following question: Is he perhaps not so interested in running but interested in observing the group? Why did I make this observation? Because it is necessary to discern what the behavior is saying and this will be useful to comprehend which is the best remedy for this type of behavior. Each homeopathic remedy has its own song, its own picture, and thus a remedy would be different for a horse that needs China and would probably like to run and win, than for a Natrum muriaticum horse who would prefer to make a profound relationship with his rider. Then I began to suspect that Monte did not WANT to run, and this was confirmed later. However, he did well when working and would be a good horse for dressage, because he was elegant and easy to train.

From the point of view of homeopathy I made the following observation: Apparently Causticum is producing something that is not so clear to me at the moment. But as the horse was sad and did not work well under 'force' on the track, he responded to the other remedies. Also he was showing symptoms in the hoof and fetlock: had thrush and cracks on the skin below the fetlock joint.

Then he was given Lycopodium, and after it the urination changed - there was much pain during micturition (urination) and it contained sand. Meanwhile Monte was accepting physical therapy: Reiki, stretching, body-mind centering, and acupressure.

I made another hypothesis: He was a calm foal and was well educated then, but when he went to the first stud farm, his problems began, like he wanted to communicate and was reproached, or was shouted at, so he learned to bite. However he was respectful of the leader. (I was not so sure about Lycopodium and 'being respectful of the leader', because one of its images is that of the 'father'). Furthermore, when the first training began and he had a little pain on the lumbar region, they did an infusion. Maybe he thought, "Why do they infuse me, if what I only need is to roll on the earth and play?" He was infused on the hocks even though he did not want it. With this hypothesis I could arrive to this: "Monte has suffered much in his body, and his remedy must be one of the remedies that have difficulties with the body and with the power of healing it."
During massages I could feel how delicate and sensitive his body and mind were.

The final remedy:

During that time, he passed through different conditions; he improved a little but was not at his best. I studied the entire case again until I arrived at Kali carbonicum, a remedy that suffers in the sacral region, and is of changeable mood, with desire of company and with aversion of it, and whose conditions are more on the right side.

He was given Kali carbonicum 10M, and in one week he appeared relaxed with little pain on the lumbar and sacral region. The most important fact was that he changed completely in his appearance and the expression of his eyes.

The owner decided to make him race, although I suggested to wait a little more. Again he did not run well, but that day was stormy. Finally, the owner agreed to give him a rest!!! He went to a farm with other horses where he could socialize again and was a very calm horse. He rested for hours in his paddock looking at the others. During this period his hind limbs improved.

These are Monte's symptoms that coincided with Kali carbonicum confirmed in the Materia Medica - (Chronic diseases of Hahnemann)
829. She has to strain during micturition, before the urine comes.
838. Dark yellow urine, with cloud, an hour later, more pale urine.

This remedy has a great theme with sacrum and lower limbs, so I only point out some of the symptoms.
1085. Stiffness in the sacrum.
1087. Drawing pain in the sacrum.
1105. Stiff in the back: she cannot stoop.
1278. Tearing around and in the nates, near the hip-joint.
1304. Lack of strength in the lower limbs, they give way.
1315. Feeling of fatigue in both thighs, above the knees, in the evening.
1384. Cold feet, while the face is hot.
1413. The whole body is very sensitive; wherever she touched herself or moved, it pained her.

Another great theme of Kali carbonicum is the lassitude and weariness, which this horse had.
1474. Frequent languor (sluggishness, heaviness) and weariness.
1479. Relaxation and lassitude of the limbs.
1488. Attack of lassitude in the whole body, especially in the sacrum.

How is the mind of Kali carb?
25. Readily frightened, especially by a slight touch of the body.
28. Cross, without cause.
30. Peevish mood, as if she could not do anything to suit herself.
32. Contrary disposition; he is self-willed and often does not know himself what he wishes.
35. Very irritable, as after vexation.
36. Sensitively irritable.
38. Irritable, peevish mood.
42. He gets vexed at everything and is always cross.
49. Changeable mood, now good and quiet, then passionate and angry about trifles.
50. Absent-minded; he finds it difficult to fix his attention on any special subject.

… and the topic of 'improved after eating' which was so marked on him. (There are other clinical symptoms of Monte that figure in the Clinical Materia Medica, but I considered that it would be too much to put them here.)

Kali carbonicum fit very well for Monte, and made these following changes:
He was calm and accepted the massages.
His hind limbs improved after swelling reappeared in both knees.
Putrefaction appeared on the hooves that disappeared later. I could observe this in almost all of the sport horses after taking the best homeopathic remedy.
The cracks in the interphalangeal joints disappeared and were replaced by vesicles and papules.
A rash appeared on both sides of the neck and front of face.
He was peevish and contrary for a few days, but then his character improved.
Slight dislocation of the knee ligament for almost 20 days.

Slowly this temporary aggravation diminished and Monte began to improve. He was relaxed and seemed great, because his musculature was healthy. He was happy and played and bucked in his paddock. The lumbar and sacral region was strong and could stretch. He continued to depurate (detoxify) through the skin for about 3 to 4 months.

He returned to the stud farm although my opinion was that he needed at least 2 months to completely recover himself. But the horse was really well and worked very well. The only thing was that the day of the race he did not want to make the first lunge out of the gates. But he had no pain and I could not find the reason why. Then as always, the truth came out, and the owner confessed to me that Monte has been abused some time ago when he was with other trainers who used to put wire-stitches on him to make him jump at the starting gate. I could not believe that - with all the work that we have done with the horse to heal him.

So, my conclusion was that although Monte was now healthy, he could not tolerate any more abuse; he could show us what was going on, and as he was very sensitive and intelligent, they could not make him run again! I suggested trying to motivate him again, and to work this situation with the methods of Natural Horsemanship, but the owner decided another thing.

But, what was important is that Monte worked well during practices, worked well at the starting gate and has no more pain, and maybe he made a decision in some way. He knew exactly the difference between a day of practice and one of race.

I am convinced of the fact that animals also choose if they have the opportunity. Maybe he said, "I can run, but you have to respect me and treat me carefully." Why not?

About the author:
Anahí S. Zlotnik, MV, is a veterinarian in Argentina whose holistic practice includes homeopathic medicine, massage, natural horsemanship, and rehabilitation.
For more information:
Anahí Sara Zlotnik - MV
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1425 - Ciudad de Buenos Aires - Argentina
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