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Spooked Injured Horse Responded To The Oils


Author: Sherlene T.
Date: 04-27-2009
Views: 3,109
Word Count: 525
Questions Received: 2
Testimonial ID: 3503-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 3

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While out riding my very fit, but spooky 22 year old gelding, he spooked at yet another scary object. This time, as he tried to escape the boogey man hiding in road guard rails, his back legs went out from under him and he did an equine version of "the splits."

In fear, he tried to race away but was doing a weird trot for about 100 metres. I noticed he was then limping and dismounted. The gelding was in pain and unable to put his hoof on the ground and was holding his leg suspended above the ground. I was sure we'd have to float him home and get a vet out, but after a while he could manage to put some weight on the leg and I led him home.

When we got home he was not able to keep weight on either of his back legs as he continually and frequently shifted his weight between both of them (every 3 or 4 seconds changing legs), which caused me to think that the horse didn't have a broken or dislocated leg, but had sustained soft tissue damage (sprain) and we were dealing with inflammation. I mixed up my blend using 10 drops each of Wintergreen, Idaho Balsam Fir, Clove, (would have used Palo Santo but was out of it).

Then I added Lemongrass for soft tissue regeneration and Cypress for circulation/swelling. I think I threw in the Valor oil blend because I was concerned about the gelding's spinal discs becoming crushed in his fall. I diluted the oils in pure vegetable oil and applied them along his spine right from the withers to the tail head and then on the back coronet bands and the leftover oil was put on muscles near his stifles.

The AMAZING thing was that within 10 minutes the gelding stopped shifting the weight between his back legs and was standing squarely on both legs. He was no longer appearing worried or demonstrating pain, and he began to eat his hay. I monitored his limbs and pelvis area for swelling, but no swelling ever occurred. I thought that even if there was no swelling, there must still be pain for the old horse, so I supposed he could not be ridden again for a long time. However he NEVER limped again or showed any signs of pain in his legs and when I saw him trotting around the paddock the next day, I was impressed.

Eventually, after 4 days, I cautiously got back on him and we went for a shorter than usual ride. He still was ready to give me a quick trip back to the barn, so I figured that he was in no pain at all and that the oils worked brilliantly to take out his pain from that sprain. In this case, I found the essential oils heaps cheaper than a vet bill and more quickly acting and longer lasting than a shot of bute! I am going to take some of the Peace & Calming oil blend on our next ride, to wave under the gelding's nose, just in case we see some more scary guard rails.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: spine,muscle-pain — "We examined the evidence regarding the effect of herbal medicine on pain in people with non-specific low-back pain (LBP).... Lavender essential oil applied by acupressure appeared effective in reducing pain and improving flexibility compared to conventional treatment."Link
2.Associated topics: muscle-pain — "[T]he effect of essential oils on skeletal and smooth muscle...: The first type of effect on skeletal muscle involved a contracture and inhibition of the twitch response to nerve stimulation shown by a sample of clary sage, dill, fennel, frankincense, and nutmeg; ...lavender reduced the twitch response alone."Link
3.Associated topics: muscle-pain — "Herbalists treat skin ailments, such as fungal infections (like candidiasis), wounds, eczema, and acne, with lavender oil. It is also used in a healing bath for joint and muscle pain. One study evaluating treatments for children with eczema found [that] it was therapeutic touch from the mother that improved symptoms; in other words, massage with and without essential oils (including lavender) both reduced the dry, scaly skin lesions. Another study found that lavender oil may improve pain control after surgery."Link

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