Bach Flower Remedies have been used by horse owners for many years to help their emotional healing. These remedies help to re-balance emotions which in turn helps the body to find its own natural state of health.
These remedies do not have a direct effect on physical problems or symptoms so you should always consult your vet if your think your horse or pony is in pain or needs medical attention.
This list may help you to select remedies for your horse or pony. For a more detailed explanation of how each remedy helps equines, please refer to the book, Emotional Healing for Horses and Ponies by Stefan Ball, Heather Simpson and Judy Howard.
As for people, you may choose up to seven remedies for your horse or pony. A treatment bottle will be made up and posted to you (UK mainland only) or you may collected it from Berwick-upon-Tweed. You may choose to have the remedies preserved in brandy or glycerine for your horse or pony. Just let me know when you order.
The 38 Bach Flower Remedies for HORSES & PONIES
Agrimony – displaying playful or displacement behaviour such as pawing at the ground when under stress.
Aspen – afraid of things that are not really there, anxious in familiar environments, and on hearing everyday sounds.
Beech – refuses to eat if not given usual food, becomes irritable when normal routines disrupted, intolerant of new animals, and strangers.
Centaury – dominated by other animals, bullied, quiet, introverted, and lost when you are not there. Does not retaliate when others eat their food.
Cerato – constantly seeking reassurance and may copy behaviour of other equines and so act out of character.
Cherry Plum – when frustrated by their environment they become terrified and may panic and try to escape even though they will injure themselves. Self-harming behaviour. They may strike out or bite and then seem afraid of what they have done.
Chestnut Bud – have difficulty learning simple rules despite repeated and gentle encouragement. Repeats behaviour with other animals that always ends badly for them.
Chicory – seeks attention from you but dislikes people they do not know. Compete for your attention when you are interacting with other horses or riders.
Clematis – have problems paying attention, indifferent, not interested in what’s going on, do not notice positive stimuli such as the arrival of food.
Crab Apple – fuss over minor details in their living quarters or grazing area. May exhibit obsessive behaviour such as weaving or wind-sucking.
Elm – loss of confidence in a usually self-assured, independent horse. Overwhelmed by responsibility of a new foal, illness, change of routine, or additional pressures.
Gentian – easily discouraged and inclined to give up if there are set-backs. May become withdrawn or despondent.
Gorse – when things go wrong they do not react to encouragement from you and they appear to give up.
Heather – very needy horses who demand attention from everyone and show no preference for you and don’t respond to your calls/signals. May act inappropriately to get attention.
Holly – jealous of rivals and aggressive towards new equines in a hurtful way rather than intimidating. Check that this is not through fear where Mimulus or Rock Rose are better remedies.
Honeysuckle – pining for the loss of another horse, human or home. Lack of interest in what is happening now, failing to thrive in a new home.
Hornbeam – can’t be bothered to do things but once persuaded, enjoy the activity. May sniff food and walk away several times before eating.
Impatiens – impatient of delays to routine such as having to wait for food, exercise etc. but their irritability is short-lived. Rush around and rarely still.
Larch – lack of confidence when approaching a new task such as learning to jump, integrating with a new herd, or new food, or new environments.
Mimulus – a timid horse that tries to avoid things they are afraid of such as loud noises, farrier, trailer etc. May roll eyes, rear up, kick with hind feet or display head-shying.
Oak – horses who struggle on when injured or ill and do not complain when they are worked too hard and exhausted and need time to rest and recover.
Olive – convalescing or overworked or over-exercised horses or those that are exhausted by excessive training for events. Exhausted and worn out.
Red Chestnut – fear and anxiety if left behind by another horse or human. Fear aggression by mares if foal approached.
Rock Rose – sweating and shaking with terror, freezing with fear, panic and desperate attempts to escape.
Rock Water – likes fixed routines and dislikes any changes to them.
Scleranthus – ‘travel-sick’, uncertain, hesitant, indecisive, and mood swings.
Star of Bethlehem – shock or trauma after fright, injury or loss of companion, or if rescued from maltreatment or cruelty.
Sweet Chestnut – often given with Star of Bethlehem after the loss of a human or equine companion.
Vervain – over-exuberant, over-enthusiastic, easily becomes over-excited.
Vine – clever and very dominant horses who bully, threaten and intimidate.
Walnut – helps horses to adjust to new owners, moving, new companions, and life changes such as old age and outside influences such as dogs or children.
Water Violet – helps horses who are loners to get along with other equines.
White Chestnut – lack of concentration, agitated, restless.
Wild Oat – used with Walnut for active horses retired through old age or ill health.
Wild Rose – fit and well horses who lack energy and motivation.
Rescue Remedy – for emergencies, accidents, emotional or nervous suffering, after operations, terror, fear of stressful situations.
Mustard –Rarely used for horses so check with vet if they are gloomy at times with no apparent cause.
Pine – rarely appropriate for horses as feelings of guilt are difficult to ascertain.
Willow – rarely used for horses as resentment and self-pity is hard to spot in horses.
More detailed information in Emotional Healing for Horses & Ponies by Ball, Simpson & Howard.