Q My ponies (two welsh Sec As, a Sec B and a Sec C) stay in during
the winter for about 15 hours overnight.
I try hard
to maintain a healthy atmosphere for them by bedding them on shavings
and soaking their hay. However, one of them often gets 'sticky eye'
and another coughs a couple of times when she starts work. I have
had them checked by a very good equine vet, but I would like to
boost their capacity to cope with their regime. Can you recommend
a supplement to support their respiratory systems?
A You're already
trying to keep the stable as dust-free as possible. You can also
use supplements that help keep the airways open and expel mucus
from the lungs. Ideally you want to strengthen the horse's immune
system so that this kind of mild allergic problem goes away completely.
Most of my
advice for such problems makes use of the herb Adhatoda vasica (lion's
muzzle or malabar nut) which acts as an expectorant. I combine this
Ayurvedic herb with many other plants to calm the lungs and keep
the airways open.
I find that Ayurvedic
formulae are the most effective for chest problems, but there are
many other European-type formulae available which include plants
such as elecampagne, liquorice and thyme.
can be very effective for COPD type situations, soothing sore lungs
in ways that is not possible with strong medicines. In the
same way that a simple syrup can soothe sore chests, herbs can make
all the difference when your vet has done as much as he or she can.
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