RBEI MASTER COURSES: EQUINE MANAGEMENT:
FIRST AID & MEDICAL CARE 3
TRENDS, ALTERNATIVE MEDICINES & TREATMENTS:
The knowledge trend and direction the global horse industry has adopted over the last 20 years, while inclusive of more people than ever (due to the rapid growth in popularity of social media and internet information) has degenerated from mainly sound credible knowledge provided by experts alone, to broad, diverse advice which can lack credibility.
The desire for fast information has over-ridden the desire for credible information and people still believe if it's in the media it must be true, which is often not the case.
Over the last 20 years I have witnessed a rapid increase in serious medical issues directly related to this lack of credible equine knowledge.
People are commonly feeding, treating and doing things to their horses which are endangering them and are largely counterproductive.
This Course is designed to get people back on track ;)
Internet information, because marketplace egos come into play, can be very misleading, especially when a few people agree something is correct...when it isn't.
There are rampant trends currently of giving horses herbs and medicinal drugs to counter behavioral issues. Covering behavioral issues with drugs is never ok. Behaviour is changeable and should be treated at it's root cause mentally. Not by masking, covering or dumbing down a horse.
The other major trend in our hunger for a quick solution and therefore a saved social face, is using very potent herbs, spices and other substances to gain a physical effect instead of simply implementing and maintaining good health naturally.
To understand how to treat a horse, in first aid and in general medical care, you must firstly gain credible knowledge in horse maintenance, feeding and general care.
Then you will very rarely need any first aid or medical care and when you do it will boil down to a very small core set of base products on hand, such as the products we recommended in module 1 of this unit, and the credible knowledge of their use.
Over all my years working with horses, and the hundreds of horses I have had in my care, I have seldom had need for any other products or items.
On the very rare occasion it also does pay to have on hand the following items additionally:
OTHER BENEFICIAL ITEMS TO KEEP ON HAND:
DAVIS SOAKER BOOT & EPSOM SALTS
Horses can often gain stone bruises / abscesses in hooves. You should never take your horse any pace above a walk on a stony surface. They can still gain stone bruises / abscesses from being ridden at walk over stones.
These boots are the most effective method of all methods in treating abscesses. You simply put the boot on the horses hoof, mix a solution of warm water with about half a handful of epsom salts and pour it into the boot carefully while it is on the horse. I also like to place pieces of sponge or a small piece of cotton wool padding around the rim to keep the water from spilling out if they move and to keep the water warm. 30 minutes is sufficient. Repeat daily until the abscess either bursts out or is no longer existent.
ALOE VERA OR ALOE VERA GEL
This is actually very effective with no side effects as an anti-inflammatory for mild skin conditions, and is especially and miraculously effective when it comes to horses having just gained a deep cut, the cut won't swell up and will heal easily and fast if you immediately spray with Cetrigen as well, then smother completely in aloe vera, either the natural scooped out inner of the plant or good quality aloe vera gel you can purchase, but these tend to have other additives so are not as good as the natural plant. Repeat this twice a day for 5 days or until the cut has completely dried up, you will be amazed.
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