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21st April 2018 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm


Applied zoopharmacognosy “self selection for horses”.  Fascinating workshop Saturday 21st April.

Garry Hinton is the facilitator of this workshop. He is fully qualified in the really interesting subject of Applied Zoopharmacognosy having trained with “The Ingraham Academy of Applied Zoopharmacognosy” in Bristol UK.

For those not familiar with the subject I strongly suggest reading what Garry has to say below. It is truly amazing to see the horses self select the herbs or oils they naturally seem to know they need for self medication.

Garry is very generous in sharing his knowledge. His workshops are always popular and full of useful information that you can learn and take home to use on your own horses and animals. Be prepared to take lots of notes.


What Garry has to say

Zoopharmacognosy is the study of how animals self medicate by foraging for plants and minerals with little or no nutritional value in order to maintain health or to treat or prevent disease.

All animals have the innate ability to select the correct remedy for their specific ailment, using natures’ pharmacy.

The majority of our domesticated horses do not have the opportunity to forage for medicinal plants, many of which are considered weeds and removed from the domestic environment. Also traditional horse management practices put horses in small stables for prolonged periods of time or in paddocks of single species grass which are devoid of varied hedgerows, and therefore they are unable to fulfill this vital, natural and health enhancing behaviour.

Applied Zoopharmacognosy is a technique pioneered over a period of 30 years by the incredible founder, Caroline Ingraham. This enables self-medicative behaviour by offering a range of plant extracts and compounds which contain the constituents that animals would forage for if living in a wild environment.

The extracts are offered in several different forms – as essential oils and absolutes, macerates, clays, dried herbs and tubers, seaweeds, algae and aromatic waters. An animal will first select his remedy and either inhale, lick or indicate that topical application is required. Once he has taken enough of the remedy he will then reject any further attempts to offer or apply it.

This is an art and science; its smart medicine.

The most important point to ensure success is to allow the animal to control all aspects of the treatment – what plants or extracts he wants, the route of administration and the quantity he wants to take. He must always be able to walk away at any point during a session. Putting remedies in feed “to make sure he takes a full dose” is essentially forcing an animal to take medication that he possibly does not need.

The Day will consist of a presentation followed by a demonstration with one of the Horse Haven herd. 

To reserve your place on this workshop go to store, click workshops, select and you can book via paypal or card.

Vegetarian lunch is included along with refreshments throughout the day.




21st April 2018
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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