Always consult your veterinarian before starting a supplement regimen.
Chinese herbs – effective or simply a fad?
Chinese Veterinary Medicine, while only recently provoking interest in North America, has existed for thousands of years (1). The goal of Chinese herbal medicine is to treat the entire body for wellness, rather than treat a specific symptom. Vet practitioners who follow the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine will often prescribe herbs that they feel will bring the body into balance and therefore relieve illness (2). Many veterinarians combine Eastern and Western techniques when treating animals. Alternative therapies have recently grown in popularity, but are they effective? According to Dr. Bessent, holistic veterinarian and founder of Herbsmith, Inc., “We’ve become so reliant on pharmaceuticals that many think herbs are folklore but TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) is more than that. It’s a medical system that looks beyond symptoms to address the root causes of illness, while supporting good health. Using Chinese herbs proactively pays off since people can deal with an animal’s issues before they become severe.” (1)
Dr. Chris Bessent, founder of Herbsmith, Inc., is an active practitioner of holistic veterinary medicine, including Chinese herbs, acupuncture, food therapy and chiropractic therapy (3). After more than a decade of including Chinese herbal combinations in her practice, she founded Herbsmith, Inc. to provide herbal solutions for improving overall animal wellness.
Schneider Saddlery is expanding its dressage collection with great additions like this Joseph Sterling Conversion Dressage bridle. Made of the finest English Sedgwick leather, it features a Comfort Plus padded crown that is contoured around the base of the ears to relieve pressure. It also has an extra padded crank caveson with our patented Fold Away Flash® so you can hide the flash loop when you’re not using the flash attachment. The snaffle rein is rubber lined for extra grip without the bulk of regular rubber reins. You also have the choice of black patent or white patent beading. This bridle is essentially two bridles in one, with show quality leather, for under $300.
The prices reflected in this blog post are valid through December 26, 2011.
The holidays are fast approaching. If you’re struggling with gift ideas for the equestrian who has everything, stress no more! My name is Jamie Davis. I’ve been with Schneider Saddlery for 32 years and I’ve compiled a list of unique and useful gifts that are sure to please.
Brush Therapy – While often overlooked, cleaning your grooming tools with Brush Therapy shortens grooming time, as well as eliminates bacteria and fungi. No longer worry about spreading germs when cleaning multiple horses! Simply add the citrus scented powder to a bucket of water and drop in your soiled brushes. Let them sit for 5 minutes, rinse and be amazed. At $3.50 a packet, this stocking stuffer is a no-brainer.
Safety Twine Cutter – Eliminate unnecessary risk while cutting bailing twine with the Safety Twine Cutter. Whether you or youngsters help with feeding time, these cutters are made of heavy duty molded plastic which shield the blade, significantly reducing the risk of injury. Simply place the blade under the twine and lift up for an easy cut every time. A useful and cost-effective tool at $2.95, you can get one for everyone in the barn!
FES Black Steel Jointed Irons – If you have ever experienced knee pain while riding, you must try these irons. Not only do they allow you to sink your heel down deeper than traditional Fillis irons, but the added flexibility alleviates joint pain. A great gift item to spoil any English equestrian! Priced economically at $43.95 and ranging from size 4 ¼ to 4 ¾, they make a perfect present for young riders and veterans alike.
Dura-Tech® Anti-Slip Support Gel Pad with Synthetic Fleece – Treat both horse and rider with this shock-absorbing pad by Dura-Tech®. With ¼” ventilated gel and synthetic fleece lining, this pad alleviates pressure points while reducing saddle slippage. It might be a little large to stuff in a stocking, but it is priced to fit at $54.95.
Joules Slipper Socks – Nothing beats a cold winter evening in front of the fireplace in Joules’ ultra-comfy Slipper Socks. 100% polyester self-lined fleece, these socks are perfect to wear around the house to prevent chilly toes. The faux-suede bottom eliminates the risk of slipping. A perfectly stylish gift now on sale for $28.95.
Ferrini Ladies Stingray Tiger Print Boot – This eye-catching boot is in no way subtle. If your cowgirl loves to make a statement, she’ll fall hard for these tiger print cowgirl boots from Ferrini. With a 12” fancy stitched shaft, square toe and tiger stripe foot, they are sure to command attention. Three color choices – tan, pink or blue – make it easy to match any wardrobe. Offered in full and half sizes 6 – 10B. Currently on sale for $99.95!
Professional’s Choice SMX HD Shilloh Pad – This lightweight and breathable pad by Professional’s Choice conforms to the horse’s back to eliminate pressure points. It allows air to circulate and won’t compress over time. With 100% Merino wool lining and a 1 year limited warranty, the quality is unsurpassed. Offered in a variety of colors, it features functionality to please the horse and an eye-catching diamond design to please the rider. Listed at sstack.com for $189.95.
Joseph Sterling Pro Series Hunter Classic Bridle II – Developed with internationally renowned riders Candice King and Todd Minikus, this bridle is made from the finest English leather from Sedgwick & Co. It features our exclusive Comfort Plus padded crown to relieve pressure at the base of the ears, as well as a padded browband and caveson. Fancy stitched browband, caveson and matching laced reins make this the ultimate hunter show bridle. Offered in Full, Cob and Pony sizes, with the option of extra-long reins for $209.95 – $219.95.
Ariat Side Zip Barn Yard Ladies Work Boot – This waterproof stable boot is made for a hard day’s work. With Ariat’s patented foot bed technology, it offers support for all day comfort both in and out of the saddle. The sole features enough heel to safely ride in. Made of waterproof, full grain leather, this boot was designed to last. Offered in dark brown – ladies sizes 5 ½ – 10, 11 for $109.95.
Rapid Groom – I can’t live without this! Brushing your horse by hand only removes surface dirt. The Rapid Groom equine vacuum revolutionizes grooming by eliminating dirt and dandruff where it starts – the skin. Portable and powerful, it features a 10 foot hose and 2 speeds so you can clean your animal thoroughly. At $365.95, it is a unique and functional gift that will be greatly appreciated. (See sstack.com for full specifications and shipping details.)
What creative and unique Christmas gifts have you given your horsey friends or relatives? Comment and share your ideas!
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Jamie Davis has been with Schneider Saddlery for 32 years. She actively competes with her home bred and raised horses in both English and Western in the Quarter Horse and Open circuits. A 4-H advisor for 16 years, she serves on the board of directors for the Geauga Horse and Pony Association, as well as being a past director of OAQHA.
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