The Equine Cushings Cure

Written by Nina Arbella

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Right aroundrepparttar time I was ready to tellrepparttar 116296 world about this “cure,” another product came onrepparttar 116297 market called Hormonize. It is a liquid and costs around $45 per liter and lasts two weeks for your average size horse. That’s $90 per month to treatrepparttar 116298 horse. The developers of this product found it to be effective not only on mares in heat, but it also did some impressive things for Cushings horses, too. It is sold for this purpose as well. It is an all natural herbal remedy. A bit pricey, though.

I checked outrepparttar 116299 ingredients. It is a tincture of chasteberry! I think they call it vitex or monks pepper onrepparttar 116300 back. I’m not sure. It greatly saddens me thatrepparttar 116301 treatment for such a devastating disease sells for so much.

Horses don’t need herbal tinctures. They can and do digest some pretty coarse stuff (have you ever tried to eat dry timothy hay?). They can not only digestrepparttar 116302 herb, but utilize it in that form beautifully.

Bess, unfortunately, died at age 28 when she decided her mission was accomplished, so we never got a third blood test from her. We have two other Cushings horses, and all of our older mares are on chasteberry as well. Junebug, who is 8 years old, was tested last year and we’ll test her again soon to see where her numbers are. Snowdrop was never tested, but all her symptoms have disappeared and she is doing well at 24 years old.

If any of you out there would like to try chasteberry, here’s what to do. Go to your local health food store and special order one pound bulk bag whole chastetree berry fromrepparttar 116303 Frontier herb company (please mention Eye ofrepparttar 116304 Storm Equine Rescue when you do). You might want to order more than one bag so that when you’re down to one you can reorder. One bag will cost you less than $20 and will last a couple of months per horse.

Runrepparttar 116305 berries through your coffee grinder and feed one teaspoon twice a day with feed. We giverepparttar 116306 same amount to horses and ponies. It works on both mares and geldings. Give it to them three weeks on and one week off all year round. It will even keeprepparttar 116307 mares from being quite so crabby inrepparttar 116308 spring.

We also give them all vitamin E inrepparttar 116309 evening, vitamin C inrepparttar 116310 morning, and MSM. No sugars or carbohydrates (not even a carrot). There are feeds out there that are low in both, such as Blue Seal Racer and some ofrepparttar 116311 senior feeds (do some research). All in all, chasteberry isrepparttar 116312 answer. Even our two 30-year old mares don’t have Cushings, only Bess, Junebug, and Snowdrop, who came to us withrepparttar 116313 disease and it appears to be reversed. I never had horses of my own get Cushings. I have every horse in town that has Cushings on chasteberry and they’re all doing great! This is a cheap, easy, healthy remedy for Cushings disease.

Nina Arbella is founder and president of Eye of the Storm Equine Rescue of Stow, Massachuetts. Contact Nina and visit the rescue center’s website at

"Coal in Your Stocking" and Other Festive Drinks for the 12 Days of Christmas

Written by Susan Dunn, The EQ Coach

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1 gallon apple cider 12 whole cloves 2 large apples (such as Granny Smith or Rome Beauty), peeled, left whole 2 cinnamon sticks Ground nutmeg Rum

Pour apple cider into large pot. Insert 6 cloves into each apple. Add apples and cinnamon sticks to pot. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and barely simmer over very low heat 1 hour to allow flavors to blend. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Rewarm over low heat before continuing.) Ladle hot cider punch into mugs. Sprinkle with nutmeg and serve. Add rum to taste. Source, Bon Appétit, December 1995


3 bottles dry red wine 1 1/2 cups brandy 1 1/2 cups sugar 3 cinnamon sticks 8 whole cloves 3 small lemons, zest scored lengthwise if desired with a channel knife and fruit sliced thin crosswise

In a large saucepan bring wine and brandy to a simmer with sugar, cinnamon and cloves, stirring, and cook at a bare simmer 2 minutes. Stir in lemon slices and ladle into heat-proof cups. Serves about 12. Source: Gourmet, December 1994


1 pt Vanilla ice cream 1/3 c Creme de cacao 1/3 c Kahlua Combine ingredients in blender and process until smooth. Serve after dinner. I serve this because in south Texas it’s often hot on Christmas Day.

HOT (go figure) (source: Fran)

½ oz. Cinnamon Schnapps ½ oz. Kahlua Hot Coffee


1 qt. Vanilla ice cream 3 sticks margarine 1 box brown sugar nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice

Combinerepparttar above. Then place in each mug 1 heaping T. ofrepparttar 116295 mix, add 1 jigger of rum and water to taste.

Day 8: TheIntrovertzCoach's SPECIAL FRIENDS ESPRESSO

½ cup instant espresso 2 T. brown sugar 1 cup Kahlua ½ cup Irish crème liqueur Boiling water Orange zest Sweetened whipped cream

Combine ingredients and store in frig. For each serving, use 3 T. mix to ½ C. boiling water. Top with whipped cream and zest.

Source: Nancy Fenn, TheIntrovertsCoach,

Day 9: THREE WISE MEN Source:

Combine 1/3 oz. of each ofrepparttar 116296 three wise men, Jim Beam, Jack Daniels and Johnny Walker.

Day 10: CANDY CANE Source: Pat Mills

Add in order listed, layering in small festiveware: 1/3 oz. Grenadine ½ oz. Green Crème de Menthe 1/3 oz. Peppermint Schnapps

Day 11: SNOW CONE ½ oz. Black Haus 1 1/2oz. Blue Curacao

Mix with ice, shake, strain into shot glass.

Day 12: COAL IN YOUR STOCKING If You’ve been naughty, what do you get?

1 oz. Crème de Cacao 1 Hershey Kiss

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