My family and I have used the Homeopathic remedies from Robyn Goozee for several years now with outstanding success. We have used them on ourselves and our horses for many and varied ailments from something as simple as a cut to something as serious as a deep flesh wound that needed stitching but its location made it impossible to do so.
Over the years there have been incidents where a serious concussion impact to both horse and rider have threatened their ability to continue competing due to the time frame required under normal circumstances to allow for recovery. However in a very short space of time both were back in the arena competing at their best.
Another incident was when the skin surrounding the horse’s eye was torn and subsequently stitched, however the stitches did not last 2 days, and with aid of wound and infection drops there is not even a scar to show where the tear was. I have a full kit of drops at home and one in the tack box whenever we are away with the horses whether it is for a day or a week. I thoroughly recommend these remedies for both personal and animal use, as the maintenance for our and our horses well being would have definitely not been so easily managed without them.”
28 August 2006 - “Robyn,
I read with interest your article in the Performance Horse Yearbook.
On Wednesday I found one of our geldings hung up in a fence & he had been there a couple of days. Needless to say the injuries are horrific.
I have attached some photos I took on Thursday morning & hope you may be able to suggest something that may help. I am willing to pay for your advice.
The horse is walking but has severely cut the legs with the bone showing on the inside of the near hind leg (The wire was in 2-3 cm into the muscle). He also had cuts into the back of the tendons, but hasn't severed them.
There was massive swelling in both hocks & I don't know whether they will blow right out or not - depending on how much tissue dies.
Awaiting your reply”
18 December 2006 - “Robyn, Horse is progressing well, although the vet would like to do skin grafts due to the size of the injury and the amount of scar tissue that will be there, especially since it is over a joint. Your thoughts please. Healing process is going really well I think.”
01 April 2008 - “Robyn, Last year you helped me treat my gelding who had severely injured his hind legs. I recently saw a photo you had used of him in one of your ads & I thought I should send you these photos showing his remarkable recovery, since I hadn't sent any to you after his recovery. He still has restricted movement in his near hind leg, but his recovery was beyond belief. Many, many thanks for your help & ongoing support throughout a very trying time. Cheers!”
Hotty's injury after one month of failed conventional treatment. Homeopathic treatment commenced.
Hottys injury: After one week of homeopathic treatment the discharge had stopped and the wound was much improved.
Hotty's injury 12 months later...
I'm so glad I saw your ad. Way back in 1992 I had a horse that got caught in a barbed wire fence. He managed to rip a two inch wound into the bulb of his heel. He was sedated by the vet and I watched as the vet SCRUBBED out the wound. Because of proud flesh being removed and the location of the wound etc., it took three months for the wound to heal. At first I used Yellow lotion (as directed by my vet) which was less than useless then I started using a homeopathic cream which I got from Horseland Hobart (and I assume it was one of your products) and it was fantastic - the rate of healing to the wound was nothing short of amazing. Every day I could see a huge improvement. I also used some of your drops (To prevent infection) during the first few weeks.
Towards the end of the healing process I was able to start riding my horse again, even doing some light jumping. Each day I would remove his bandage, clean the wound and reapply the cream. One day, some three months after the original accident, I was cleaning the wound site when I noticed a funny flap of skin (Which hadn't been there the day before). I pulled back the piece of skin and you can imagine my amazement (and horror) when I discovered the barb from the fence imbedded in my horses flesh!! It had been buried so deeply in his flesh at the time of the accident that neither the vet, nor myself had been able to see it when the wound was cleaned out!
It had taken it three months to work its way to the surface, and in all that time my horse had been completely healthy with no sign whatsoever of infection! My vet was stunned when I told him. I can only think that it was a combination of the drops and cream that led to such an amazing result. Funnily enough, at the same time that all this was happening my father had a particularly aggressive cold sore. He had been receiving treatment from his doctor for many weeks to no avail. I gave him some of the cream I was using on my horse's leg and his cold sore disappeared in TWO days. This cream was the most amazing thing I had, and have, ever used. After my horse had healed I had half a container left which lasted me for ages and when I finally needed some more and went in to Horseland to get some everything had changed and they no longer had it. I have not seen hide nor hair of it since. Please tell me that it was one of your products and that you still make it!
Thanks muchly, I eagerly await your reply.”
Midget was hooked as she was passing through a gate beside her mother. The wound was stitched but broke down. Homoeopathic treatment was commenced and results were outstanding. There is no final photo as the wounds cannot be seen.
Midget's initial wound
Midget's wound progression
One month later!
Tully's wound before treatment...
Tully's injury four weeks after treatment commenced!
15 January 2010 - Mr caught his leg in a wire fence. He started homeopathic treatment within days of the injury. treatment consisted of oral medication. This stimulates the immune system to heal the wound quickly. In addition, herbal spray was used to combat the proud flesh, which is common in a wound of this size.
02 February 2010 - The proud flesh was very distressing both to look at and deal with. The wound was sprayed with a herbal spray to help with the healing.
12 February 2010 - The wound is healing nicely and the proud flesh is reducing quickly.
19 March 2010 - The wound continues to heal well. Proud flesh is almost gone.
18 September 2010 - The wound is well healed with minimal scaring.
“Mr and I have been back in training for a couple of months now, and he is going really well.”
“I am writing to you to thank you and let you know the great response I have had by using the Homeopathic Itch drops. I have been using them on my T / B mare who every summer had an itch problem.
She has improved so much by using the drops she does not pull all the hair out on her neck and head areas or around buttocks and is more comfortable in herself. I had to be patient with the drops as it took approximately 3 months before I noticed any improvement, but she did have the itch quite bad. She can now be out in her paddock and is not knocking herself about.”
“I am writing to thank you for your brilliant products which I first saw advertised in the Horse Deals magazine. My 24 year old Connamara/TB mare had suffered from chronic laminitis for the past 4 years, despite not allowing her to become overweight, she would immediately become extremely sore as soon as there was the slightest hint of a green shoot, at any time of the year after a dry spell and springtime was just not her time of year at all. Her quality of life was becoming increasingly poor, she frequently had to be locked up and was obviously was in pain, I thought I was going to have to make "the hard decision".
I am delighted to say that since commencing administering your drops for Chronic Laminitis in June this year my mare has been perfectly sound and enjoying life grazing with the other horses and galloping round the paddock. We experienced very dry conditions in June, July and August with brief showers producing green shoots periodically and now we are in the flush of spring but the old girl is still happily enjoying life in the paddock. The farrier says her hooves are much improved.
I have also had remarkable results with your Colic drops, these have been used with great success to quickly relieve symptoms of colic arising in a variety of situations. The drops are always administered strictly according to directions and I would like to commend and thank you for two marvelously effective products that are so easy to administer and store.”
“This is Alfie before and after. We brought him home from Mt Byron on the 8-11-10. He was severely lame and we started treating him for abscesses in both front feet. He had 7 in one and 6 broke out in the other over a short period of time. By the 29-11-10, he was even lamer and we took him to a corrective farrier who said Alfie has a bout of laminitis and we put heart bars on him. On the 17-1-11 Alfie had a re-shoe and we found more abscesses in his near side hoof which is the worst one. He remained lame all through January and February.
He was on homeopathic drops the entire time. On the 11-3-11 we got x-rays of his front feet; the near side hoof had rotated badly and there was heaps of bone compression and stress from the unevenness.The offside front was slightly rotated. His pedal bone was lower than his frog, with no attachment to his hoof wall. The Vet said the bone had sunk so much that it can not come back. From this point the primary treatment was given for laminitis.
On 16-3-11 we took Alfie to the farrier again and he was impressed with his growth and the fact that he was not lame. We left Alfie alone as he was in no pain. On the 23-3-11, we noticed the split along the top of his hoof getting wider and we gave him risers in his shoes. He stayed sound till the 12-4-11 and went lame again so we had to take his shoes off as the wall wasn't carrying him anymore. Alfie then became extremely lame, so lame that the farrier had to come to him instead of the drive to Gatton. He had foundered again from the stress off the pain from us taking off the shoes. We then tapped frogs made from thongs to his feet and in a couple of days he seemed to be relieved. I also filled his yard with sand so he could move a bit better.
It wasn't until the 22-8-11 that we could re-shoe him again. We shoe him every 4 weeks and he only needs roller shoes on now. I had him shod on 2-11-11 and he stood quietly and went to sleep for the first time. I would say he is not in any discomfort at all now. He still needs to lose a bit more weight, but thanks to you Robyn we will not be losing this wonderful boy. ”
“Laminitis is a potentially devastating condition that involves failure of the bond between the lamellae of the inner hoof wall and the surface of P3” (Colohan et al. 1999). It is always important to seek veterinary advice. The homeopathic treatment reduces the inflammation and increases the integrity of the lamealle (connective tissue), thus allowing a more normal hoof to grow down. This particular case was very severe and required several stages of treatment. The farrier work was excellent and together with homeopathic treatment and the dedication of the owner, it appears Alfie has made a full recovery.
Sarcoids that responded well to Homeopathic treatment:
“I purchased a horse from Tasmania sight unseen , no worries he was everything I had hoped for, poor thing had to endure a trip to CW NSW in the summer, however he did have a wart like growth, so I contact Robyn and explained what it look like, which she informed me was sacroid, took some photos of it send them off, and the miracle cure arrived in the mail, I, have given Jack the drops as described by Robyn over several months, Jack no longer has the sacroid wart. - thank you Robyn!”
“I have used Homeopathic Drops on Sarcoids. The drops dry the sarcoids up. It’s very successful and easy to treat.”
“We went back into Paint horses in 2002 after a long break of 15 years. Our first foal we bred was Rose in October 2004. Rose is a brown overo filly, by a paint stallion out of a thoroughbred mare called Mapley. Mapley had injured her hind fetlock early in her pregnancy. After months of conventional treatment we turned to Robyn Goozee's Homeopathic treatment. Within 1 week we could see an improvement. Mapley went on to heal marvellously well and carried Rose to full term.
When Rose was 10 months old, she cut both her back legs, severing the tendon and damaging the other tendon in one leg. Here was our halter prospect all cut up and the thought of ever getting her to the show ring was long gone. We then remembered how Mapley's leg had healed with little scaring, so we got in touch with Robyn again. Rose started her treatment 1 week after the injury occurred. The results are again fabulous, the tendons have rejoined and the cuts have healed. We are hoping to be showing Rose under halter this year and then getting her broken in at the end of this year.”
“My 20 year old gelding ‘Chancellar’ was diagnosed with extreme chronic arthritis in his knee and I was told that there was nothing that could be done for him, that the knee would eventually freeze- if he could manage to get around until then. He got so bad that he could not even put his foot on the ground and lost heaps of weight. Being a clydesdale, the effort of getting around on 3 legs was tremendous. I spoke to Robyn and she sent me a bottle of her remedy and there was a slight improvement. Although at this stage I was very close to having him put down I decided to give him another bottle to see if he would improve. The results are amazing! He is now walking on all four legs and I am able to pick up all feet to clean them. He is still able to bend his knee so his movement is not too restricted. He even had a little trot yesterday, something that a month ago would have been impossible. I thoroughly recommend Robyn and am so grateful that I was able to not only give my poor old friend some relief but actually improve his quality of life. Thank you so much Robyn, from Chancellar.”
“Jack my wonderful Galloway, was going lame off & on in the offside from foot, and it seemed to be worst when he was shod, so rather that speculate I got the Vet to X-Ray him and the X-Rays came back confirming that Pedal Bone Osteitis and he would have to be shod with special shoes the rest of his life (the shoes cost $150.00 p/pr) and a professional farrier to put them on every 4 weeks.
I did this for approximately 2 months, and not having much success as the shoes seemed to thick and heavy for him (fine riding pony).
So I took the shoes off him, contacted Robyn and told her Jack's problem and my devastation, Robyn was very confident that she could help Jack, so in the mail came the miracle cure, so I started giving Jack the drops as described, that was back in June 09. I had written Jack off and had been looking for another Galloway (still giving the drops to him) but by what the Vet had said I thought it was time to move on. But I should have had more faith!!!!!!!!!! In Robyn's cure for chronic lameness. Because I say it is a miracle - Jack has no sign of lameness and fact this spring show season has won - champion Galloway & 2 reserve champions. So thank you so much.”
“At 10 my son turned into a mad keen show jumper, so we were given the chance by some good friends to purchase a 14.1hh gelding that their son had grown out of. So the bond and partnership was formed, 12 months of everything going great our wonderful little horse went lame. This was August 2000. After many x-ray's etc. and nothing really conculsive, the vet came to the conclusion he may have the start of ringbone. His competition days were over, and we were not in the position to purchase another one as good as him for Daniel. Then someone told me about Robyn Goozee. After a very lengthy phone call Robyn assured me there was hope, and we finally had something to look forward to. Friends loaned Daniel a horse which was great, but not his beloved Thunder. Robyn sent the drops by post and his treatment started..
As he will not eat anything put in his feed, the drops were magic and so easy to use, he didn't mind at all. By Feb. 2001 he was sound, so cautiously went back into work. Since then he has not looked back. As well as many minor wins and placings, his major achievements were, 2001 1st “12/u” Pony Club State Showjumping Championships, 2002 1st “D grade” Pony Club state showjumping Champ's, Qld State Team Rep at Manilla N.S.W, after 14 hours on a truck he arrived fine not a bit sore. Daniel then grew out of sight so we purchased another horse from the same breeder / trainer as Thunder.
My younger son not as keen to jump, finally started to ride him at the beginning ot 2003. Thunder again came to the party and taught him the ropes. They have had plenty of success but the highlight was being part of the winning 12/u team at State Zone show jumping champs in Caboolture in Oct. The week previously he won 12/u and overall High point at an official day at Calliope.
Thunder has not been lame since, to be sure we always travel with one on Robyn's first aid sets, and have treated successfully everything from cuts, knocks, bruises, and colic in both the horses. And the children!! The other bonus we get, is his amazing coat color, that we can only put down to his drops, as he doesn't get anything special.
Robyn has not only given Thunder many more years of competition, with a few more to come we hope, but also given our children the time of their lives in their chosen sport, on a wonderful little horse.
Along the way we had a T''Bred mare who cracked a sesamoid bone, our vet was not sure she would ever be O.K. A call to Robyn, drops and rest, had this mare back in full work in three months, she is now totally sound and leading a productive life, even jumping X-country!!
I would and do recomenend Robyn to everyone who has horses and does not have a vet on hand 24 hours a day, she is literally a life saver! !!!! Thank you Robyn.”
“In October 2004, I had a 5 week old foal at stud, that developed severe stomach ulcers, for no apparent reason. He was treated with a ten day medication. Two months later the symptoms reappeared, this time I commenced him on stomach drops and within a couple of days, there was notable improvement and the problem was resolved. He is now 14 months old and had not had any further problems.”
“We have been using Robyn Goozee’s homeopathic remedies for our Arabian horses for some years now, with great success. Firstly we were interested in using a treatment that seemed non-invasive; and we also liked the way that if the first remedy prescribed was not effective, then an alternative could be tried straight away - there was no waiting until the first one had left the system. Unlike most medications, if a homeopathic remedy does not work for a particular condition, then nothing happens; no side effects.
Our second reason for using Robyn’s remedies was that a young mare, Nicolette, was getting repeated, unexplained bouts of colic. Our vets couldn’t pinpoint the cause, as nothing specific seemed to be causing the attacks. We felt that calling our vet each time it happened was not only expensive, but that just giving gut relaxants and pain-killers was only a “band-aid”, not a satisfactory cure.
Robyn’s colic Drops were an enormous help, and Nicolette came to look for them when she felt a “twingey tummy” coming on, and early intervention certainly seemed to minimise her distress. We also started to use Rescue Remedy in conjunction, which also worked well - she became calm and peaceful, lying quietly in her stable until the colic bout passed - which it would, quite suddenly, when it seemed good and ready, she would then sigh deeply, get u, stretch and immediately look for something to eat!
We had several years of intermittent colic with her, until she was diagnosed with an ovarian tumour, which necessitated the removal of her left ovary problem, and the vets are still puzzled, but naturally we are very happy. I still take the colic drops and Rescue Remedy whenever I go away with her, but so far they have not been needed!”
“Our second success story concerns the persistent and distressing skin complaint we call “Creeping Death” - sometimes referred to as Greasy Heel, but it’s much more serious, and steadily invades the pink skin beneath white socks and stockings. One of our young chestnut fillies with two long stockings developed this skin problem, and nothing our vets tried could prevent it relentlessly spreading onwards and upwards. It got to the stage where it looked as though someone had poured acid down Saria’s leg and they were swollen, blistered, weeping and extremely painful. In desperation, we contacted Robyn to see if she had a solution, and she immediately sent a remedy. This first one didn’t show any improvement in a few days, so Robyn sent another bottle of drops and this time they worked: within three days we could see an improvement in Saria’s condition.
Her legs kept improving, and quite soon we could see healthy shin and nice even hair regrowth. Robyn supplied and “intercurrent” remedy to be given as a single dose should there appear to be sign on the “Creeping Death” returning. It’s now about three years since Saria came down with this complaint, and despite living outdoors most of the time, experiencing rain and mud, she has never had it again. Her younger half-brother developed the same problem, but as soon as we saw the first signs of it, we contacted Robyn for her Drops, and Elmo was cured very quickly - also with no recurrence, despite living outdoors in all weather conditions.
We can thoroughly recommend Robyn’s homeopathic remedies for a variety of conditions - particularly, it seems, for things that more conventional veterinary treatment can’t seem to help. They are also easy to administer, and do not distress a patient that might already be in discomfort, We and our horses are extremely grateful for Robyn’s help over the past few years.”
“In early May 05 we acquired a small galloway who had "mud fever" on his hind socks and it looked pretty bad, his hind legs were swollen and there was hardly any of the white that wasn't affected and he had a nasty crusty crack on the back his pastern. We had never had a horse with this complaint before and set about treating it with potions and lotions, new and old remedies and nothing was working, by this time nearly a month had gone by and it was not getting any better.
I was looking through the Horse Deals and saw Robyn's advert, I read on with great enthusiasm as I thought I have finally found a cure, I emailed Robyn telling her about the problem and then rang her personally. We received the treatment a few days after the phone call and started treatment immediately - early June 05.
Because he had a very bad crack on the back of his fetlock that had to be cleared up first, so he had the oral treatment 3 times a day for 1 week, within that time there was a great improvement in the crack.The second part of the treatment - was oral treatment once a day until "mud fever" was 70% better. On the 22nd June 05 I emailed Robyn to say that his legs were to 70% better stage. The next treatment was once a week.
By 18th July 05, completely gone - what a miracle.
I had told some other horse people about what I was going to try - most seemed a bit on the doubtful side and "Poo Whood" the idea, but they are amazed also at the result.”
“Onyali is an eight-year-old Pure-bred Arabian Mare who has suffered from Greasy Heal/Mud Fever for the past seven Months. She had never suffered from this problem before. Over the seven-month period I had used numerous products to try and clear it up, including skin washes, iodine washes, pregnaderm, preddy powders, phenylbutazone and courses of penicillin injections. She had to be twitched to wash or scrub the leg as it had badly infected areas. She could not be kept in full worked, as the fetlock and pastern would swell. I kept the leg as clean as I could, clipped the white areas, bandaged it when she was worked and made sure it was kept dry.
Vet visits and many dollars later, the Greasy Heal was still there.
MAfter the last consultation with the vet, I was to spray the infected area with another skin wash for three days and if con improvement they wanted to do skin scrapings and a biopsy. She reacted to this product and her leg swelled up over the knee, the skin blistered from the hoof up o the knee and she was lame!
That was the final straw. I had put my horse through too much and no sign of improvement.
I had seen as advertisement in Horse Deals for homeopath treatment for Greasy Heal/Mud Fever, The photos looked just like Onyali’s leg. I rang Robyn that night and she was very helpful. The treatment arrived a few days later in the mail. I was surprised how easy it was to administer. I must admit I was very skeptical about the homeopath treatment as first, how could a few drops put in Onyali’s mouth cure this condition?
Four days on the treatment and the swelling was almost completely gone! The Cream that was to be put on the infected scabs softened them and they started to come off easily. Twelve days later and I had her back in light work with no lameness. It has been four weeks since I first started her on the treatment and the swelling is gone, the scabs have cleared up and she is back in full work!
Thank you Robyn, I have my lovely Arabian Mare back!”
I purchased a beautiful riding pony mare from Central Victoria 2 years ago. After suffering an accident on the transport and the stress of moving from her home environment she developed a skin condition on her back white socks, which I thought was greasy heel. Numerous consultations with the vet and trying all sorts of treatments on the skin such as prednaderm, anti fungal washes and oral courses of cortisone nothing seemed to work. I even tried bandaging the legs and if I clipped the socks out or didn't it made no difference.
In March of this year the condition came back, this time a very severe case. After visiting a friend of mine one night, Joanne showed me an article in horse deals that was on a horse with the same skin condition. I couldn't believe the photos you would have sworn that was my pony's legs in the photo. Joanne suggested that I call Robyn and have a consultation with her, so I did it was also the best thing I have done for the pony. I had to admit I was rather skeptical about the drops and couldn't see how they would help, but thought with all the money I had spent on veterinary treatments to give it a go!!. It took about 4 weeks of being on the drops before I noticed any drastic changes but May had a very low immune system caused by the cortisone she had been on. My advice to anyone is stay away from drugs and try natural alternatives.
This season we have managed to go out and successfully compete and also made the Adelaide Royal Show. I am so lucky that I made the call to Robyn she is a saviour, I would highly recommend the homeopath treatments to anyone. I also found vitamin A helped to soften the scabs and repair the damaged skin. I now keep a close eye on her and the slightest change I make contact with Robyn.
Thank you Robyn we have our beautiful mare "Mayfair" back.”
“I am writing to thank Robyn for her wonderful products, that have helped our horses over the years, I first came across Robyn Gooze in the Horsedeals Magazine showing a horse with a bad case of mud fever, we had purchased a horse (Spider) with this problem, and the lotions, potions and remedies could not shift it, contacted Robyn and she sent me a bottle of her miracle cure (that is how I describe it), and I would say in probably five days what a difference, our horse have never had it since - thank you Robyn”
“I have owned my eight year old Arabian Warmblood gelding now for six years. Throughout the years we have battled bouts of ‘greasy heel’ with minimal success. Traditional treatments of Prednaderm, washing, bandaging, clipping, wearing paddock boots were all utilised with varying degrees of success. I even moved the horse to another property where he could be stabled to keep him out of long, wet grass and poor weather. As each year went by the bouts of greasy heel became more aggressive and despite vigilance and care, harder to remove.
In March 2004, a friend asked if I had read Horse Deals because there was an advertisement for a homoeopathy treatment that had photographs of a horse suffering from greasy heel. When I finally saw the advertisement I was shocked - it very well could have been my horse! I started the treatment of drops in his feed and a cream application to soften the scabs. I was more than a little sceptical at first; I couldn’t see how this was going to make a difference. After three weeks the scabs started falling away and lovely, healthy, pink skin could be seen! the horse has been clear of greasy heel now for the longest period of time. It has truly been amazing. I now have my horse back! ”
Greasy Heel when treatment initiated...
Greasy Heel after 1 week of treatment...
Greasy Heel after three weeks of treatment...
I purchased "Mary" for my daughter in January 2010. When we collected her she had the beginnings of greasy heel. This progressed to an extreme case of "mud fever", spreading up to the hocks on both hind legs and also involving her front legs up to the knees. It progressed to the point where her legs were oozing scabby and balding, very inflamed and very painful to touch although at no point was she lame with it.
For 6 months I struggled with every conventional treatment including systemic antibiotics, visits to equine vets and every word of mouth remedy I was assured would "cure" her condition. I became intimately acquainted with every millimeter of her legs. I really despaired of ever curing her condition.
In late June I was at an event and a lass in the next stall looked across as I was coating her legs with zinc and told me her horse’s legs had been as bad as ours and were cured by Robyn Goozee’s homeopathic drops and the "ointment".There was no sign her horse had ever had any trace of mud fever. As soon as I was back home I contacted Robyn and the drops promptly arrived. I started treatment with the drops and the ointment on 2nd July.
After 1 week I could already see some improvement. This improvement has continued although we had a couple of minor breakouts on occasion and Robyn has been a great help with great support and very prompt delivery of the medications.
Twelve months later Mary has almost all the hair regrown with just a few small scars that have been reducing in size on the new drops. We have not had a "breakout" in over a month now in spite of the very wet weather we have been having.
I cannot thank you enough Robyn for your help and support and have recommended your treatments to a number of people already. I am now quietly confident that Mary will never have to suffer from the severe discomfort of such severe mud fever again.”
The foal's swollen joints before 09.10.05
A close up shot of the foal's swollen joints before 09.10.05
By 24.01.06 (about 3 months of treatment), there has been a great improvement!
I was asked to help in late January early February 1992. Photos here show Toby at the beginning of Homoeopathic treatment. Early Feb 1992.
By mid March Toby’s neck had healed to this extent. Gail was given drops to promote healing and reduce scarring. Hank was also given treatment to help heal his lungs. This was in February 1992, and by March 92 a graph of his lungs showed they were clear, free of scarring.
After more skin grafts in April 92 at Agnus Banks Sydney and further Homoeopathic treatment, Toby regained a black skin- something the vets didn’t hold any hope for (if he recovered the scar tissue would be pink) Pigment also returned in Toby’s burnt eyes.
Gail at this time was sponsored by Saddleworld who contributed toward the treatment for Hank & Toby. Gail does deserve the highest praise for her devotion and in her effort for single handedly rescuing her horses from a burning float.
Initial noticeable signs were:
• Loss of condition while other colts in the paddock maintained condition. • A slight slow hitching of both back legs (a spring of about six inches). • Inability to move freely – forward, sideways and backwards. • Noticeably worsening under any kind of anxiety or stress.
As the weeks progressed the hitching of both rear legs worsened to the point of springing to the colt’s under belly with every step – you could literally hear the back feet smack the underbelly. Obviously the colt became quite anxious and stressed, hence worsening the symptoms, but at that stage he was still able to move about and walk – although hitching to his belly.
On first noticing the signs the colt was removed immediately from the offending paddock – dandelion being the culprit, we believe – as there was an abundance of that weed, but very little cape weed or other flat weed on the property.
After advice from various people, including vets and other people who had experienced this dreadful and debilitating problem, and after reading all that could be found on stringhalt - many hopeful remedies were attempted with the idea to reinstate the vitamins and minerals back into the body – primarily magnesium / copper of which dandelion (or the fungus on the dandelion) strips from the body – affecting the long nerve, causing stringhalt.
As not much is known about stringhalt and the information received always differing in both cause and cure, much advice was forthcoming all of which was tried. Including high doses of magnesium orotate, including lime / dolomite (with apple cider vinegar – as continual use of dolomite causes stones in horses) in the daily feed – a vitamin b and magnesium supplement, mineral blocks, experimental drugs from the vet, a high protein diet including breeder / chaff / lupins etc., and daily exercise of the colt. All to no avail.
As the months progressed the colt grew worse with no longer being able to take one step. When attempting to move he would move his front legs to the left and then to the right with his back legs glued to the ground, finally pivoting on the front legs for a minute or so –– as if trying to gain the momentum to move forward, he would then lunge and launch forward into a gallop. Leading this colt would be at a run as he was unable to walk, he would gallop for about 20 steps and stop - only to start the process over. When he eventually moved, the back feet would be slammed down.
It was also almost impossible to put on any condition, even with the healthy amounts he was consuming. The colt had now had stringhalt for seven months and there was no improvement what-so-ever with the treatments and efforts that had been made. He was not improving but slowly declining.
On speaking with a Homoeopath that treated horses all over Australia for this and various other ailments, the suggestion was made to try homeopathy drops and that the cause should be treated rather than the symptom. The cause being that the horse’s system had been poisoned - and the need is to remove that poison from the body as opposed to treating the symptom, which is the extraction of magnesium from the body causing the hitching and in turn loss of condition.
The Homoeopathy treatment was commenced at the beginning of June 2003 – which was simply – one half of an eye dropper of the first bottle onto the colts gums every second day – and one half of an eye dropper of the second bottle on the gums once a week. No other difference to the colt’s diet or conditions was made to ensure we could see whether the treatment worked.
Initially no change could be seen. After three weeks it was noticed as the colt grazed (in a relaxed state) he was slowly moving his back feet forward, taking small steps, about a foot at a time – without the spring – and without slamming the back feet down.
That was the start. Each week saw more improvement – his steps lengthened - he was now taking a couple of steps back – although he was doing this slowly as if testing to see if he was able. These improvements continued over the next few weeks.
About two / three weeks ago he started walking, taking a normal length of stride although still hitching, but not to the point of hitting the underbelly, and still slamming the back legs down. He had also gained in condition considerably.
I am sitting here watching him – it has been just over ten weeks since the treatment commenced – he shares a paddock now with a gelding and they have become good friends – although it did take the gelding some time to become accustomed to the noise that was made from the colt slamming the back feet down.
He is presently walking down to the water trough – keeping stride with the gelding and a small hitch (about six inches) is just noticeable in the offside rear leg – there is nothing but a normal step on the nearside rear. The colt still has a bit of a way to go – he still at this stage cannot trot but has no difficulty walking off from a stand or galloping off – he no longer pivots on the back legs, so from what I have seen over the past two months the trotting will not be far away.
Whether he will be completely cured and whether we will always need to be careful as to where he grazes, is unknown at this stage, we will have to wait that bit longer. Many people had advised that this colt was so bad he would never recover and if he did it would take years. Although it took 3 weeks to see any improvement on this treatment, once the improvement began, each week had been dramatically better. If the results that had been seen had not happened so quickly – I also would have been sceptical, but the improvements have been so dramatic, so quickly!
My aim with this case study was to advise of our good fortune and the great results that we have encountered in such a simple treatment and hopefully this can help others who have the misfortune of dealing with stringhalt. I have included contact details of the Homoeopath with whom I have been dealing.
These healthy twin foals were born to a mare that had difficulty with full term pregnancy.
“Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! I got you to make some drops up for my old mare that just refused to get in foal. Everything else was working, cycling normally, ovulating on cue, but just wouldnt get in foal. After a few weeks of being on your drops I noticed a change in my mare. A few months later I noticed she was lower in the belly. Got a preg test done and BINGO shes in foal! Well, two weeks ago (17th Nov) she foaled a colt. This mare is now 22yo and has not had a foal for about 10 years. She is the last known breeding mare by Straight Lion (iiu). I am so grateful to you, because without you my mares bloodlines would be lost forever.”