Equine Case Studies
Although we have used Catherine’s herbs, oils and Manna Equine for 2 years now she came out to do a full consult on our horse who was struggling with box rest and we were struggling too. We had been through 4 months of stress at this point and the more his box rest went on the more we couldn’t even go in his stable to groom him as he was showing us, his owners, his anger and frustration. Catherine selected herbs and oils for him based on his own selection and he was so calm and well behaved throughout. It was lovely to just spend 2 hours being able to be around him! It has given us something positive to do when we come down to the yard too as we can spend time grooming him now and then doing the herbs and oils which he seems to love so helps to turn a very difficult situation into a more positive interaction.
Most importantly Catherine helped me at the session ( mum, groom, financier and all round worrier, as this is my 16 year old daughter’s horse). I really can’t thank her enough for the help, advice and ideas that will help support us through this tricky time . We WILL get him through this and I SO look forward to seeing them back riding together next year . Enough said ! Thank you Catherine. Xx
DF, Berkshire November 2017
I found Catherine while searching the internet for a possible natural solution to help one of our horses. Jack had often seemed 'cold backed' in the 8 months that we had owned him but showed signs of being very uncomfortable in January. I had his back x-rayed and then went ahead with nerve block to his back which he found very unpleasant. This gave a negative result so it was then recommended that he be scoped for gastric ulcers. I felt that ulcers could well be the problem but I couldn't bare to subject him to any more invasive tests. Iridology seemed a good solution. Meeting Catherine was a huge relief. Both of our horses had a consult. The iridology was so interesting and made complete sense. They both received red light therapy and had a great time self selecting herbs, followed by a session with essential oils. Catherine gave us loads of amazing advice about making some small changes which have made a huge difference. Three months later the boys have improved so much and love all the products from naturally animals.
Michelle Loveridge May 2017
“I would recommend Catherine & Naturally Animals to any animal owner due to the fact I did have a very poorly horse where normal vets treatment was just not working. Naturally Animals therapy does what it says on the tin and more. When you hear Catherine explaining how it works it makes such sense. Catherine first carried out an iridology assessment on my horse as his visible symptoms were he had lost his zest for life, not eating, tripping over a lot, loosing weight and coat and feet in horrible condition. Although the horse was 25 years old it was not an age related illness as he had always been a very fit and sprightly animal. Based on the knowledge of owning him since he was just 2 years old. Many of the problems had become apparent since he had started on cushing's treatment prescribed by the vet. It was great relief when Catherine was able to detect the problem (by listening to my horse).
By supporting his liver and digestive system, and by swapping (in a controlled and monitored fashion) the pharmaceutical cushings treatment for some natural herbs that he selected the change was amazing. It was also a relief at Catherine’s confidence on the course of natural support that would restore him back to health, where he could have his cushings managed and natural products to support his liver and digestive system recover. 6 months on he’s back to full condition, glossy coat, eating really well, he’s put on weight, clear eyes and back to his old self!”.
The owner emailed the day after treatment: ‘Hiya, it was lovely of you to come yesterday, i found it very interesting, so thought i would give you an update. I fed him in the yard while i mucked out and again he laid down to roll !! he has not done that before but can you remember what he was eating when he did it yesterday ?
You have a wonderful gift.
Jess, Foremarks, 2011
Catherine identified significant toxicity in his digestive system, and thought the most likely cause was protein overload (diet related whilst in his racing yard). Catherine recommended blood cleansing herbs to detoxify his system. After less than two weeks all signs of the allergy had disappeared. In addition Catherine detected nerve damage, moderate muscle spasm through the withers, spleen, back and pelvis and a current injury to his mid back. A subsequent examination by the physiotherapist diagnosed suspected kissing spines in his thoracic spine which (after being confirmed by X-ray) are now being treated.
I can recommend equine iridology as an excellent method to assess your horse’s health and to pinpoint the route causes of problems and what can be done to rectify them.
Mary Henley-Smith BHSII & BHS.SM , Yard Manager, Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre, West Sussex
When Catherine examined Darcy he showed current injuries to his pelvis and withers, with associated stress lines (indicating muscle spasm) from his pelvis through his back to his withers. The examination showed the seat of injury was in his pelvis. In addition, he showed a partially healed injury in his near side hind leg. He also showed an old injury to his right neck muscles. I was able to confirm that he had recently had an accident in his horsebox, and was undergoing treatment for a pelvic injury, and an injury to his nearside hind leg. Catherine’s findings were very accurate and backed up what my vet and chiropractor had found.
When Catherine examined Trooper I was impressed that she asked for no history except for his name and how long I had had him. She detected moderate Radii Solaris through both eyes (head region) indicating a worrier/ thinker temperament. In addition, very large Corpra Niagra (black shapes covering the top of the pupil) covering most of his pupil were detected, which Catherine explained would affect his vision and recommended an eye sight test. She explained that this may make him spooky, as he was likely to have restricted vision in his Right eye. This was spot on as he is a real worrier and can be very spooky! Catherine could tell that Trooper was not a ‘good doer’ (unusual in a Welsh Section D), as he had a weak digestive ring. Again, this was very accurate as I struggle to keep his weight on. She also detected strong inherited kidney weakness in the right eye, with associated tenderness over the kidneys on both sides. Catherine asked if he was nappy to girth (which he was) and offered a rangeof kidney herbs. I was amazed at the difference these made, within a week Trooper was completely happy to be girthed.
I would recommend that every horse owner has an annual iridology check to determine any developing health issues and to ensure that the feed and management regime is suiting your horses. It is quick, non invasive and yields excellent and immediate results.
Julie Hazlewood, Surrey
I was first introduced to Catherine by a friend who was raving on about her work, but I was very sceptical as I did not believe in this Iridology, how could anyone be able to read eyes and I had not even heard of Zoopharmacognosy, but being very nosy I had to meet and listen to Catherine. I was amazed at the details I heard. After a short conversation I booked all my four horses for a treatment.
I have four very different horses in types, sizes, characters and problems, but Catherine picked up on all of the main things I knew and informed me of a few more, which helped to explain many of the problems I could not put a reason for or symptoms to. (Even the vets had not picked up on them.)
The Iridology told me amazing insight to my horse’s problems. The Herbs and Oils from the Zoopharmacognosy have given me help and cures to problems, some of which have been long standing.
The self selection of oils and herbs is an amazing process to watch your horse being offered, and with four horses, I was really shown just how individual to each horse the selecting really is.
All my horses came to me unwell suffering from bi-lateral lameness, servere malnutrition, severely depleted immune systems, broken winded and most recently the after effects of lung worm and a period of illness lasting nearly 5 months at his previous owners. My vet has been very supportive of my choice of treatment for my horses which integrates well, where necessary, with modern medicine and he also knows Catherine. My choice is always for natural first, modern as a last resort and so far and in conjunction with confirmation from the vet as to blood analysis and ex-rays etc, treatment-wise natural is all we have needed eg. James Hart tinctures, natural herbs and oils, other natural therapies and animal communication.
The truth is, the results speak for themselves. Beau and Sarsha are wonderfully fit now; Merlin who suffered from the broken-wind, severely depeleted immune system and malnourishment in fact, dieing my vet said, is 90% physically and emotionally fit now after only 10 months, leaving us with the need for treatment from Catherine to continue strengthening him and, aid in his emotional healing regarding his past and humanity's treatment of such a sensitive, beautiful spirit which in effect, broke him and destroyed any trust he had in mankind. Our latest addition Zeus, whom my vet believes had lung worm, a depleted immune system and severe structural issues, has put on lots of weight with more needed for a heaveyweight Cob and is getting stronger and stronger with each passing week so by Spring (a period of 8 months) he should be a new horse: strong, healthy, fit, happy with a shiny coat, fast growing mane and with his past an experience he has been able to move on from.
I also travel monthly and have left instructions that if any of my horses are involved in any sort of accident or are ill again, two calls are to be made instantly: one to my vet; one to Catherine because my horses physical, emotional and spiritual welfare are of paramount importance to me.
Personally I believe animals, just as humans, need to be treated holistically as I'm a Natural Health Practioner myself, because ultmately this provides the deepest most permanent healing, which in the end, pays dividends.
My horses are Catherine's best advert as to what her skills can achieve, sometimes, against all the odds.
Fi Dixon, Surrey Dec 2010