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So much for my new years resolution to keep my blog up to date!

I have qualified at last and am now a fully-fledged EP!!

I hope you have enjoyed looking around my website.  It's taken many cups of tea and chocolate biscuits to get it up and running, plus a fair amount of swearing but I think it works and contains the basics.  I'm hoping to add a case studies page so you can look at some before and after pictures, but my brain hurts now so I will have to come back to that idea!

If you notice any misprints/mistakes, please let me know


Well, I have completed and passed my first year EP exams and am getting ready to start my case studies.  I have been practising my trimming skills on my horses, and more importantly my photography skills (which leave a lot to be desired)!

As you can see, the website is undergoing some changes too.  Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.  My AZ fees have changed too.  I realised that charging for the remedies used was too confusing.  I think people like to know exactly what they are going to have to pay before they call me out, so now there is a flat fee with no hidden extras.

Another new 'string to my bow' (pardon the pun) is that I completed my Reiki 2nd degree earlier this year.  While I have no intention of setting up as a reiki practitioner, I am happy to offer reiki to animals and owners for a donation to cover fuel.  Any profit will be donated to the Equine Grass Sickness Fund in memory of my first horse, Woody.

That's all for now.  Have a lovely summer!


Finally, I am getting around to the long over-due blog update!

Over the winter I have been very busy training to be an equine podiatrist.  I am training with Equine Podiatry Training Ltd, who are linked to the Equine Podiatry Association.  The course lasts for 2 years, but from the end of April I will be ready to start my case studies.  So, if your horse is barefoot, or you have been thinking about going barefoot, and would be interested in volunteering as a case study, please get in touch!

Pippa is doing incredibly well.  Because of all the wet weather we've had, my poor horses have all had to stay in over the winter with only a concrete yard for turn out (the fields were flooded).  Initially, I expected this to be very stressful for Pippa in particular, and therefore was waiting for the sarcoids to come back with a vengeance.  But they haven't!  She still has the odd few small ones that she had at the last time of writing, but in general she is the picture of good health.  In fact, I am planning on bringing her back in to light hacking work this year.  I am told she hasn't been ridden for over 10 years, so this should be fun!

Barny and Munchie are both doing well.  In fact a little too well and are both a bit grumpy due to being put on a diet!

The dogs are all doing well too.  Maisey is becoming an old lady now, and is munching her way through sardines to help keep her coat in good condition, and to help lubricate those old joints.

So, how are your animals doing?  Don't forget to keep offering remedies from time to time to allow your furry friends to self-select.  Rosehips and barley grass powder are still good remedies to offer your horse while the hedgerows are still a bit sluggish to grow.  For the laminitic equine, be sure to offer bladderwrack too to help de-toxify the system.

My dogs are selecting plenty of splirulina, another good all-round remedy.

Most importantly, as always, allow the animal to select what it wants in the dose it thinks it needs.  Never force a remedy on an animal.  If in doubt, contact me.


For those of you who have been patiently waiting for a Pippa/sarcoid update - here it is!  
Pippa is still living out 24/7 with Munchie and Barny.  The big sarcoids have gone, but she does still have some old scars on her neck (apparently from where they were surgically removed in the past) and a few little ones dotted around.

Although she is doing amazingly well, she has undergone a huge lifestyle change, having been kept in all the time in her previous home (yes, you guessed it - she's come to live with me).  Because of this, I anticipate a big sarcoid breakout during the winter if she has to use her stable.  Also, due to hedges dying back over the winter, she won't be able to get many remedies naturally.  However, we will cross that bridge if we come to it.

In the mean time, we have started to accompany her best friend Ella on a few hacks, and Pippa is turning out to be excellent.  She doesn't bat an eyelid at traffic, and is very forward going.  I shall be very fit before long!!

Equine Hayfever

I have spoken to a number of people this summer who have been told that their horse suffers from hayfever.  I have only worked with one case, who selected sandalwood and cornflower water to bring down the puffiness of her eyes.  Generally though, I think the best advice is to use a good quality fly mask, and turn out during the night for horses who really suffer.


I can't believe it's been so long since I updated this blog - where does the time go?  
Pippa is continuing to improve steadily.  There's no sign of the sarcoid that was under her tail, and the one under her stifle area is breaking up and coming off in stages.  She continues to live out 24/7 with the boys, and has fallen madly in love with Munchie (who is not impressed)!  She has made firm friends with Ella, the little Arab next door, and we're making plans to start walking her out in hand with Ella.

In other news, I am running an introductory course aimed at helping owners to learn how to offer remedies to their own animals.  The course will cover a little bit of theory in the classroom, but the bulk of the day will be spent on the yard observing horses selecting their remedies.  The course will be held on Sunday 28th July at Conquest Centre for Riding for the Disabled, Taunton.  Places cost £75 for the day (10-5).  For more information, please contact me.


Today we're celebrating as Pippa's sarcoid under her tail has dropped off!  It looks like she's had a rough night - she's covered in dried sweat and she and my boys had broken through the electric tape (for the second night running)!
She's been having tons of Doctor Green since my last post and has been enjoying life out in the field.  Originally I thought I'd put her in her own paddock next to my boys as they can be a bit enthusiastic when playing, but she had other ideas!  They seem to have settled in well together.  In fact she's the first horse who's been able to boss Munchie around!
Since Pippa's combine healing and zoopharmacognosy session she has become a different horse.  She's so much more relaxed and is developing quite a cheeky nature!


Well, doesn't time fly?  I can't believe it's been 2 months since my last post!  For a long time there was nothing to report really.  In fact, I was beginning to think that Pippa would be the first case of an animal not wanting to select, as she went through a period of being fairly stressed and not showing any interest in the remedies.  Her owner had more or less decided that her quality of life was too poor to make her carry on so in a last ditch effort to help we enlisted the help of a healer friend of mine.
The healer has visited twice.  She also has started to train in applied zoopharmacognosy, so we combined the healing with essential oils and the result has been excellent.  Pippa is now living out in the field - something her owner has never managed to do as Pippa would just pace the field endlessly.  Her sarcoid under her tail is continuing to shrink slowly, but most importantly she is experiencing 'being a horse' for the first time in many years.
During her healing sessions Pippa started to select yarrow, which is something I'd been thinking she'd go for but was avoiding in our zoopharmacognosy sessions.  She enjoyed having yarrow and peppermint rubbed on all her sarcoids, which surprised me as they are not remedies one would expect to apply to sarcoids.  It just goes to show how you must follow the animals lead!
I would say that Pippa is the trickiest case to work with that I have ever come across.  She has had sarcoids for most of her 19 years and has always been fairly 'stressy'.  I believe she spiralled into quite a depression that is hard to pull her out of, but we're well on our way.
Unfortunately, there is no general rule with sarcoids when it comes to length of time for remedies to work.  Sometimes, the animal will select it's remedies and there will be no sarcoids after a few days; sometimes it can take a year or more.  I think the key is to keep offering so the animal can help itself.


Since my last post, Pippa's large ulcerated sarcoid has started to disintegrate and is now about half the size it was when she arrived.
Pippa has only shown interest in remedies commonly associated with emotional turmoil as yet (apart from the green clay which I am continuing to dust the large sarcoid with).  
Pippa is starting to put on weight and her coat is developing a nice shine.  Her emotional state appears to be improving - she now enjoys being fussed by anyone who passes her stable!  She has also decided she is boss of the yard, and will even tell the cows off if they go near the haylage!


Happy New Year!

We had a lovely time at the South West Christmas Equine Fair in December and enjoyed meeting so many people and hearing all about their animals.

This year has already been busy.  I've seen an itchy German Shepherd who selected lots of vegetable oil amongst other things, Barny went lame a few weeks ago (I think he wrenched his fetlock zooming up and down in the quagmire we call fields) and selected arnica macerate, peppermint and yarrow - all remedies commonly associated with bruising and inflammation.  This week I have a new arrival, Pippa, who has come to stay with me as part of what I hope to be an extended case study on sarcoids.

Please note that remedies commonly selected by equines with sarcoids are often triggered by UV light. As with all remedies, they must only be applied when selected by the animal.  Readers who are thinking of having a go are strongly advised to consult a qualified applied zoopharmacognocist first.

Pippa is a 19 year old arab x who has suffered with sarcoids for most of her life.  She can be quite a nervous girl, particularly around other horses, but she seems to be settling in remarkably well - she's fallen head over heels for Barny!
Pippa has had many different treatments over the years for sarcoids.  They have been frozen, tied off, surgically removed, and application of Liverpool Cream.  Unfortunately, they just keep coming back, and as a consequence of the many (often painful) procedures Pippa is very wary of people 'doing things to her'.  
When I was training for my IAZ diploma, Pippa was one of my case studies and we had some success with a massive sarcoid dropping off about a week after she selected massive amounts of lemon essential oil.  Unfortunately, Pippa's owner has been unable to continue offering the remedies and she has a large fibroblastic sarcoid under her tail, a patch of nodular sarcoids on her neck, and a large one that is just starting to ulcerate growing near her stifle area.  
Pippa arrived at the yard on Sunday afternoon and I have let her find her feet for the first few days, so today was our first session.
Pippa mainly selected the oils commonly associated with the mind today.  She was very keen on rose and enjoyed having that rubbed on her head and chest.  She also selected frankincense through inhalation only.  She took a long time working with those two oils and also with angelica root and yarrow, and after a couple of hours it felt like the session naturally came to a close.  I offered a couple of things commonly associated with physical issues, but the spell had been broken so I decided to leave it there.  However, while I was fiddling round changing her rugs and hanging hay nets, etc, she did have a little rummage in my kit and pulled out my bag of barley grass powder.  She selected a very small amount of this and I have left some for her to dip into overnight.  She also allowed me to dust the large sarcoid under her tail with green clay powder.  I noticed when mucking out her stable that it has been bleeding a little, so I'm hoping the clay will help to dry it out.


Well, it's been ages since my last post and a lot's happened.  We have a new addition to the family - a rising 3 year old Irish Cob named Barny.  He is very sweet and learning fast.  He and Munchie are best of friends!

Sadly, Noah passed away in April after developing liver disease and heart failure.  He is sorely missed by all at the yard, but I feel sure that he and Queenie are watching over us and the work I do.

FFAQ has developed a new hand lotion for those of us who suffer from dry, cracked skin.  We also have a lip balm.  Both of these items will be on display and for sale at the South West Christmas Equine Fair at Westpoint (8th and 9th Dec).  We will also be selling home-made rhythm beads, tasty hedgerow treats, applied zoopharmacognosy 'first aid' kits and winter care packs to name a few!  We hope to see you there!

It's been a busy year already and I seem to be on a roll with cats!  I've seen a cat with a massive bald patch, an introverted cat and one with a massive swelling on its face to name a few.  
On the horse front, a friend of mine has a pony with suspected laminitis so she has been offering my home-dried herbs, as well a cooling, soothing paste I made.
Noah has been my gineau pig for testing out remedies commonly selected for mud fever.  Bless him, he tries a different remedy on each leg to see which works best!

I have also been working on a solution for my dried, chapped hands.  I can never find a decent hand cream that works so the time has come to make my own!

The Ingraham Academy of Zoopharmacognosy have been working tirelessly as ever.  There are rumours of zoopharmacognosy being taught as part of a module at the University of Greenwich and Hadlow College - very exciting stuff!

Hello and welcome to 'Fit for a Queenie'.

Unfortunately, my first piece of news is very sad; Queenie passed away peacefully on 25th November.  She was my inspiration for training in Applied Zoopharmacognosy, and we miss her loads.

We had a great weekend exhibiting at the South West Christmas Equine Fair.  Lots of people were curious about Applied Zoopharmacognosy and poor Mark spent a lot of time pretending to be a horse so I could demonstrate how I offer the remedies!

Finally, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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