Applied Zoopharmacognosy Videos

Here you can find a collection of videos showing excerpts and demonstrations of applied zoopharmacognosy sessions.


Blue – 11 yo Thoroughbred gelding

This video shows a few minutes of an hour long AZ session of myself working with Blue. When offered green clay, Blue turned his head and pointed towards his back leg with his muzzle. Without judgement I followed his direction and discovered a small fresh wound just below his hock. I placed some clay on my hand and with the back of my hand slowly moved down his leg and watched for signs of where Blue wanted the clay applied. Signs include increased blinking, eye softening, lowering the head, snorting, yawning, etc. When I reached the wound Blue’s eyes softened and his blinking increased. I covered the wound in clay while Blue stood relaxed. Blue’s owner advised that normally he does not like his legs being touched and would have moved away. Green Clay is a fantastic wound dressing with antibacterial and adsorbent properties therefore it was no surprise that Blue pointed to his wound.

The next part of the video shows Blue again turning towards his back leg when offered Comfrey macerate. Comfrey is known as “knit-bone” for its amazing healing and anti-inflammatory properties for bone, tendon, ligament and soft tissue damage. I again offered to apply it topically after Blue pointed towards his leg and this time the signs indicated that he wanted the comfrey applied on the bony protrusion on his hock, just above the wound. It is likely that there was some bruising and pain in this area, given the fresh wound just below.

The last part of the video shows Blue working with Ginger essential oil. Ginger works on the digestive system and is very warming. Blue selected several ‘warming’ oils. Before the session I examined Blue using traditional chinese veterinary medicine (TCVM) principles and discovered that Blue had ‘cold signs’ including a pale, swollen tongue and slightly weak and deep pulses. Blue’s owner advised that he feels the cold and often shivers in cold weather. It was interesting to correlate Blue’s subsequent choices for the warming essential oils and shwoing no interest in cooling oils such as peppermint (which is normally very popular with horses).


Buck – Quarterhorse gelding with history of gastrointestinal ulcers, tension around the poll and neck and anxiety

This is a short video of  an impromptu AZ session in the paddock with our Quarterhorse gelding Buck working with German Chamomile and Yarrow Essential Oils. Buck had recently been treated for suspected hindgut ulcers and had been selecting German Chamomile regularly. German Chamomile is commonly selected by animals with inflammatory conditions such as respiratory, gastrointestinal and skin issues as well as anxious and tense animals.

I am also offering Yarrow in this video which similarly has anti-inflammatory properties and often causes emotional / tension release. Watch what happens towards the end of the video.

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