We are seeing an increase in Liver issues. Our suspicions are that this is a direct result of the chemicals being used to raise the feed we are feeding. Along with the various detergents, fly sprays, de-wormers, anti-biotics, etc. we are using which is very new and different to the way horses have always been taken care of.
From time to time we have someone call and ask the question, “What are these bumps all over my horses’ body and how do I get rid of them?” They think they are fly bites. We like to common sense as much of these questions as we can, and personally we have never seen a fly bite a horse, often enough to cause that many bumps, without the horse being able to move him. True enough you will see a fly get a good hold and be able to get a free lunch from time to time but, for the most part, that horse is going to be able to frustrate most of the attempts the fly makes before the fly actually penetrates the skin. We personally do not think the smaller knats and mosquitoes cause the kinds of welts we are talking about here. So, if they are not fly bites what are they?
For quite a while we have had people call with this question. We have felt like we could enhance the horse’s immune system and also felt like the liver was the specific organ involved. It has worked well to put those kinds of horses on our #27 Liver Support to support the natural detoxification process and also support the damaged tissue in the liver.
Mickey Young, the owner of Silver Lining Herbs talks about the first personal account he had with this. “It was not until I bought a horse in Arizona, which is an aged horse (9 yr.), that I had a chance to check it out personally. My personal horses have all been here since they were young horses and have had the feed varieties we have been talking about. I do not have liver issues, kidney issues, feet problems, joint problems etc. So this was the first advanced case of liver toxicity I had had the opportunity to deal with on a day to day basis. As I suspected, his liver acupressure points were very responsive so I started him on the #27 Liver Support, mixed with whole oats. It took about three days to get rid of all of the bumps. I continued to give him the herbs until his acupressure points were no longer responsive (this took about a month) and then went back to feeding him like all the rest of my horses.”
So that answers the question about the bumps, but what about the flies?! No one that we talk to likes to spray their horses with chemical fly sprays. They tells us how it will make themselves or their horses break out in hives (liver issue) or just the thought of the damage they aren’t seeing that it does to them.
We feel the same way, so that is why we finally launched a fly spray of our own. This spray uses pure essential oils shown to be effective as pest repellents, including eucalyptus, orange, cedarwood, citronella, lemongrass, clove, geranium, and peppermint. It also contains witch hazel and aloe vera, both used for centuries to soothe and rejuvenate skin; as well as lanolin, to give horse’s coat a healthy sheen. It is a spray that customers say smells great and it is also effective. For it to be most effective brush the excess dirt off the horse, then spray generously.
There are different approaches that we can take to support a horse’s needs. We can superficially take care of an issue, or we can dig a little deeper and get to the root cause of an issue. Either way always know that everything that goes in or on our horse, effects our horse. So choose wisely and be educated in that decision for both of your benefits, it will save you money and heartache in the long run.