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Complete Holistic Care and Healing for Horses: The Owner's Veterinary Guide to Alternative Methods and Remedies [Hardcover]

Mary L. Brennan , Norma Eckroate
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May 14 2001 Owner's Veterinary Guide to Alternative Methods and Remedies
Based on her experience as a horsewoman and veterinary surgeon, the author has compiled this reference to help owners incorporate alternative health care into their horse management practices. From ancient healing arts such as acupuncture and herbs to modern lasers, magnetic therapies and nutraceuticals, this book offers alternative options for health, which rely less on pharmaceuticals and more on restoring and maintaining the horse's vitality. Based on her experience as a horsewoman and veterinary surgeon, the author has compiled this reference to help owners incorporate alternative health care into their horse management practices - from ancient healing arts such as acupuncture and herbs to modern lasers, magnetic therapies and nutraceuticals. Alternative methods include: acupuncture, acupressure, aromatherapy, Bach flower remedies, herbs, homeopathy, chiropractic, lasers, magnetic therapy, and massage. Conventional methods include: antibiotics, pharmaceuticals, vaccinations, surgery, X-rays and radiation therapy. Also covered is the care and management of the horse, including: feeding, food allergies, nutraceuticals, special diets, natural insect control, tack fitting, stretching exercises, conditioning, travel tips, and the ageing horse. Nursing your horse covers diagnosis, kinesiology, administering medication, a healing environment, reabilitating an abused horse, and a health care kit for home and travel. In addition over 90 diseases, illnesses and lamenesses are examined in an A-Z of common ailments along with suggested therapies and treatments. The appendicies offer lists of: acupuncture points, essential oils, Bach flower remedies, herbs, homeopathics, and holistic product supplies.

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The popularity of homeopathic medicine has found its way into veterinary practice, and many horse owners are using alternative techniques to keep their animals healthy without relying on pharmaceuticals. Brennan (The Natural Dog) is a competitive dressage rider and a veterinarian who runs a holistic practice in Atlanta. She uses a variety of treatments, including acupuncture, chiropractic, herbs, oils, Bach Flower remedies, and nutrition, but she is willing to incorporate more traditional remedies into her practice when necessary. Covered here are horse care basics: stable management, feeding, exercise and conditioning, tack and equipment, and first aid and healthcare. Brennan also presents many case studies from her own practice, often indicating that alternative treatments proved successful where conventional methods had been ineffective. With a thorough index and a handy A-Z guide to common horse ailments, this well-organized book will be of interest to all horse owners, especially those seeking a more natural approach to healthcare. Deborah Emerson, Rochester Regional Lib. Council, Fairport, NY
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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""A first-rate book on horses...highly readable, advocating a common-sense approach to horse care."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This comprehensive volume addresses dozens of concerns for the horse owner, covering traditional and alternative health practices. The book is very complete in covering the health care options in two sections.The first part dealing with health care is an overview of traditional and holistic options. The final section of the volume is a comprehensive listing (with photos) of typical horse ailments with specific recommendations for each one. The entire book is written in a style easily understandable by the novice, but not too simplistic for the experienced horse owner. Photos and very complete appendices round out the coverage for this topic. Additionally, Brennan includes a comprehensive horse management section which is equally impressive in its scope, covering topics such as diet, grooming, tack and trailering.This book is truly a "must have" for the concerned horse owner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God for this book!! Feb. 15 2003
Format:Hardcover
As I am coming into more holistic approaches to life, I have found this book to be a Bible!! As it covers so many topics, giving guidance to directions for all of us, I can easily understand the value of this book!! Amust for all readers who want to keep their Equine healthy and sound --Naturally!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Dec 19 2012
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This is a very complete and comprehensive book about alternative healing modalities allowing a global approach when combined with conventional vet treatments.

A must have for every horse owner :)
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Holistic Care.... Brennan/Eckroate: a review Sept. 22 2001
By Deborah N. Gray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This comprehensive volume addresses dozens of concerns for the horse owner, covering traditional and alternative health practices. The book is very complete in covering the health care options in two sections.The first part dealing with health care is an overview of traditional and holistic options. The final section of the volume is a comprehensive listing (with photos) of typical horse ailments with specific recommendations for each one. The entire book is written in a style easily understandable by the novice, but not too simplistic for the experienced horse owner. Photos and very complete appendices round out the coverage for this topic. Additionally, Brennan includes a comprehensive horse management section which is equally impressive in its scope, covering topics such as diet, grooming, tack and trailering.This book is truly a "must have" for the concerned horse owner.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God for this book!! Feb. 15 2003
By Beth Winchester - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As I am coming into more holistic approaches to life, I have found this book to be a Bible!! As it covers so many topics, giving guidance to directions for all of us, I can easily understand the value of this book!! Amust for all readers who want to keep their Equine healthy and sound --Naturally!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great overview of what can be done for your horse. June 8 2007
By Jeanne M. Mahoney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book serves as a wonderful reference for the health of my equines. It gives very descriptive things that can be done. Recently when my warmblood foundered, I found the suggestions very helpful and empowering. I got to implement some of them right away and therefore made my girl more comfortable in this hard situation. I highly recommend this book as it takes the mystery out of many different approaches of equine care and gives one the opportunity to make informed, well thought out choices.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy for the paperback Jan. 20 2007
By Sally Justice - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I own the hardback edition of this book and am very pleased the paperback edition has arrived. Sent it to a good friend looking for the pressure points of the horse, which Mary does a great job of showing in the sketches provided. This is the best alternative medicine book I have found for the horse.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For The Proactive Horse Owner March 16 2009
By Pamela DeMuth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What a dynamically different equine health care reference this book is! I have been fortunate enough to have Dr. Brennan care for my horses over the years so I have much faith in her knowledge and words. Her book explains alternative veterinary practices (which crosses over to help explain some of these practices for humans as well). She explains acupuncture, acupressure, aromatherapy, Bach flower remedies, herbs, homeopathy, lasers, magnetic therapy, and massage. It also contains helpful sections on accupressure that the lay person can personally perform. My copy was worth a wait.
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