Working animals are more affected by ‘wear and tear’, classified as degenerative joint disease (DJD). They show radiological changes and often experience pain and reduced joint flexion or mobility. These changes in turn lead to abnormal movement of the entire body, resulting in continued joint deterioration.
An appreciation of homoeopathy as holistic medicine encourages one to consider that arthritis is not the disease, but rather it is the animal that is in a state of dis-ease, with arthritis merely one of its signs (symptoms in humans!).
Joint deformity results in a distortion and adjustment of stride length, and, in an attempt to minimise damage and control pain, this leads to strain of other joints, particularly those of the spine as posture adjusts in an attempt to protect the individual. Homeopathic remedies for arthritis play a significant role in treatment. Many horses, such as the great race horse Follow the Falcon, have performed to their full capacity on this type of medication. In fact this fellow raced well over 100 times, winning many races on joints declared to be worn out until homeopathy helped him.
Bone is a dynamic structure full of life, and an integral component of joints. Thus conditions such as navicular disease (inflammation or degeneration of the navicular bone in the foot of most mammals), ringbone (osteoarthritis of the pastern joint in horses), and splints (a hard swelling the size of a pea on the inside of the lower leg of a horse) are not hopeless.
Many young horses beginning their basic training as two-year-olds appreciate the increased strength that homeopathy gives to their skeletal structures. The longer I am in practice the more convinced I become that we must do more to prevent problems developing. By ensuring a solid foundation in our young stock we can prevent many problems in the future.
Homeopathy helps prepare and protect working animals. A knowledge of this maintains soundness and improves fitness. Homoeopathy works through promoting healing rather than by merely suppressing pain.
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