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up the Healing Process
Q Four months ago my four-year-old ID mare sustained a nasty injury
to her hock. After the initial treatment, my vet advised field rest
with some in-hand walking.
is still twice the normal size with a thoroughpin, and she still
rests the leg All the time. She is not 100% sound, but seems happy
to play and gallop around in the field. Please give me some advice
on what her future is as a riding horse, and whether herbal treatments
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certainly sounds as though there is a lot of damage to the joint
and surrounding tissues. I would suggest that you need to improve
the body's natural healing ability while boosting circulation to
all the scar tissue that obviously exist around the joint.
medicine there is little that can be given to speed the healing
process. However, you could add immune modulating herbs, circulatory
stimulants and antioxidant plants and minerals.
I usually use plants such as ginger, cayenne and prickly ash bark,
and to help the healing process you should use aloe vera. Aloe vera
has a multitude of beneficial actions in such situations: Stimulating
the immune system and providing anti-inflammatory action. In addition,
proprietary herbal mixes
can be very useful.
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