All animals, including humans, have a powerful ability to heal themselves, given the right stimulus. Homeopathy, based on the principle that "like cures like", helps by stimulating natural defense systems. A diluted dose of "symptoms" awakens the body's own immune system and provokes it into effecting its own cure.
Homeopathic remedies are safe to use, non-toxic, have no side effects and do not test during competition. They don't mask symptoms or interfere with other medications, so they're safe to give while you're waiting for the veterinarian.
When you're dealing with a sudden, acute condition, you may need to give a dose every 15 minutes for up to an hour. When you see a response, even as slight a response as your horse simply relaxing, you know the healing process has begun. You don't need to dose again unless symptoms reappear.
If you've given 4 doses and see no response at all, it means that the particular remedy you are using is probably not going to work, and you need to switch to another. (Never give more than one remedy at a time unless prescribed by your veterinarian.)
A dose for a horse is usually 5 pellets. Drop them into a small plastic syringe containing a tablespoon of spring or distilled water, shake until the pellets dissolve, then squirt the liquid into the horse's mouth.
Unlike wormers or other medication which must be swallowed to work, homeopathic remedies stay in the horse's mouth and take effect through the mucous membranes. It's best not to give the remedies with food, BUT it's better to tip the pellets onto a small piece of carrot or apple and offer that, than to fight with your horse over the syringe. The remedies seem to work very poorly when given to horses that struggle a lot when being dosed.
For educational purposes only.
These remedies are not intended to replace veterinary diagnosis and treatment, but to enhance healing.
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