Volume 6 Issue 5


Table of Contents


The Use of Herbs as an Additive to Horse Feed

By Joyce Harman, DVM, MRCVS


Horse owners are becoming increasingly interested in natural medicines - herbal medicine in particular. Often, through lack of knowledge, people may add herbs to everything they do, without regard to the correct use. Herbs are powerful medicines… but if herbs are used correctly, as they have been for many hundreds of years, they are a very safe and efficacious form of treatment.


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Seabiscuit - Reborn!

By The Makeover (Dream) Team


Like Seabiscuit, Fighting Ferrari - one of the horses cast as Seabiscuit in the movie - was a racehorse. He hadn't won many races in his short-lived career, however … and a whole body makeover by the Advanced Whole Horse Dynamics learning center traveling instructors - the (Dream) Team - reveals one important reason why.


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Stepping Into the Ring of Natural Showmanship:

Brian Goes Bare and Bitless

By Katie Derer

A day in the life of a natural English rider, except today was no ordinary day! It was July 4 and the first show of a 16-hand thoroughbred/Connemara gelding named Brian Boru, whose task of carrying his rider just got lighter and more comfortable… Brian was outfitted in a bitless bridle, a Balance saddle, and no shoes.




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Beet Pulp:

For Your Horse?

Many horse owners rely heavily upon beet pulp for keeping their steeds well-fed without the negative effects of grains. What makes beet pulp so popular?




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Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines' 2004 NAERIC Foal Adoption Program is in full swing! Our specially selected group of talented young horses will arrive at Ryerss in early September, after making the journey from a ranch in North Dakota. The adoption fee for these lovely weanlings is just $750, plus a $10 application fee. For more information on the program, and to download the adoption forms, visit Ryerss online at www.Ryerss.com or call the Farm directly at 866-469-0507.


Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines is the oldest and largest equine welfare facility of its kind in the country. Established in 1888, this non-profit organization is dedicated to providing a place of peaceful retirement for aged and abused horses.


Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines
1710 Ridge Road
Pottstown, PA 19465
610-469-0537 fax



Joyce Harman, DVM, MRCVS
Tom Ahern, BVSc, MRCVS
Spencer LaFlure
Katie Derer
Mark Rashid
Chrisann Ware
E. Bailey Tune
Kenny Williams
Nayana Morag
Joe Lillard
Judy LaFlure
Heather Moffett
Ruth Bass
Susan Cava
Harold Roy Miller

On the cover: Katie Derer on Brian Boru. Showing 'completely natural' can be tough… but not on the horse. The impressive results make it all worth the dedication. Read about them in "Kid's Korner" in this issue.