Volume 4 Issue 6 - 2002


Notes From a Practitioner: Bach Flower Essences
By Esther Sager

Bach Flower Essences have been part of the naturopathic arsenal for over 70 years. For those unfamiliar with Dr. Edward Bach, he was a prominent bacteriologist and homeopath in early twentieth century London and was an inspired - many believe Divinely inspired - individual of exceptional intuitive, scientific and philosophic caliber. This is important. In holistic realms where it is recognized that 'like begets like,' wouldn't it follow that the noted life's work he brought forward, a simple system of 38 flower essences mapped together with brilliant correspondences of emotional and mental traits, would be of a similar significant caliber? In fact, Dr. Bach considered these particular essences 'high healers', that is, of more than merely therapeutic value, and none are derived from noxious or poisonous plants. He chose only flowers, shrubs and trees that grew wild for his tinctures, and this too is important. Wildness, although frightening in some forms, has individuality and potency as its underpinnings. In my own words: these essences are workers! Strong in often subtle ways, they are here for us and are to be used.



Treating Eye Complaints With Homoeopathy
By Tanya Nolte

An expression that I'm sure many of you are familiar with is "the eyes are the window of the soul"! Let this be a reminder to take heed of your equine companion's state of health by paying close daily attention to his eyes. Your horse's eyes will reflect a lot about both his mental and physical condition, revealing telltale signs if something may be amiss. Obvious physical expressions of unwellness include a glassy appearance, dullness, redness, swelling, lachrymation (tearing) and other discharges, itching/ irritation, small whitish marks or other irregularities on the surface of the eye, irregular pupil size, eye closing, aversion to touch, and photophobia (light sensitivity).

Pony Express

Parelli Horsemanship Experience 2002
By Trish Sill, Photos by Coco

After receiving an invitation to spend a week at the Parelli International Study Center near Pagosa Springs, CO, I knew I was in for a week to remember. The "Horsemanship Experience" is the title for this class, and it's geared toward preparing us for a better way to interact with our horses. I was unable to bring my horse with me, as she has a newborn foal at her side. I was assured this was no problem; there were horses there for me to use! With great anticipation, my traveling partner and I loaded up her mule and our saddles and headed out of Arizona to Pagosa Springs, CO. We arrived at the ranch the evening prior and settled in
Robyn's mule, then found our hotel just a few miles down the road from the ranch.


Feature Article

An Alternative Treatment for West Nile Virus
By SuZi

Recently, a friend of a friend told me he had "lost the most beautiful filly to West Nile". The filly had been a thoroughbred race prospect and Dave was bitterly frustrated about vaccinations, about the spread of the disease, and the devastation it is causing. As a resident of central Florida, a former horse farm employee, and currently the adoring owner of an unpapered Cracker mare, I have paid particular attention to media coverage of the West Nile Virus - how it has spread to Chicago, how the advent of the disease has overshadowed concerns for bio-sanity; now the local news is showing pesticide-spraying planes and warning the viewing public not to shoot down the planes under the mistaken suspicion of terrorist scheming. And I recall particularly clearly the radio advertisements last winter for the vaccination available through "your local veterinarian".

Special Features

West Nile Virus: Horse Puckey?
By David Crowe and Jim West

Fear of West Nile Virus (WNV) was more widespread in the summer of 2002 than when the epidemic was first announced during the summer of 1999. People reacted by intensifying spraying for mosquitoes, using more insect repellent outside and, in the case of animals, considering vaccination. A woman whose breast milk tested positive was advised to stop breastfeeding.



That West Nile Thing - The shot heard round the world??
By Judy Sinner

Ah, to Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate, that is the current question! In a changing horse world, you can hear the paradigms popping:
- Why, you can't ride a barefoot horse!
- Ride bareback without a bit? You must be kidding!
- Horses must be chemically dewormed daily or semi monthly, or they will die!
- You have to give vaccines, of course you do!

Photo by Jana de Peyer
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Touch Tips

Is It An 'Itis'? Understanding Soft Tissue Conditions
By Mike Scott

Barn Buddies

Hugo’s Tummy in the Fast Lane
By Amy Snow and Nancy Zidonis


Wild Weed Walk and Talk

Equine CranioSacral

TMJ and TMD - Exploring the Whole Body Connection
By Maureen Rogers


Stable Environment

The Nurse Mare’s Tale
By Rachel Hairston

For the Rider

You And Your Horse
By Dan Sumerel

In Training

My Horse Will Not Let Me Catch Her
By GaWaNi Pony Boy

Kidz’ Korner

By Aimee Tatnall

Molly McMule's Horse Tales

The Mascot



Of Interest

To Report or Not to Report: Is That the Question?
By Kimball Lewis

From the Editor

Natural Challenges, Responsibility, and Ethics

Press Release

West Nile Vaccine - Adverse Reaction
By Lynette DesMarais


Tanya Nolte
Mike Scott
Rachel Hairston
Esther Sager
GaWaNi Pony Boy
David Crowe and
Jim West
Aimee Tatnall
Trish Sill
Kimball Lewis
Judy Sinner
Amy Snow and
Nancy Zidonis
Dan Sumerel
Esther Sager
Maureen Rogers
By Lynette DesMarais