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 Post subject: Calming racehorses
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 6:59 pm 
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Well, this is something new I have just read about. Note, I have never tried
it myself, but it is intriguing enough for me that I would. Certainly it is
simple enough. I am talking about the work done by a Vermont MD, D.C Jarvis.
He had two popular books out in the early 1960s. One was VERMONT FOLK
MEDICINE and the other ARTHRITIS AND FOLK MEDICINE. Both texts are easy to
find and both contain sections on nervous animals. He did extensive work in
New England on dairy herds where calm animals are always a plus,
particularly calmed bulls. He also did some work with racehorses

He claims that he has always gotten extremely good results in calming
animals down by feeding them raw, unpasturized, unfiltered apple cider
vinegar in their ration plus iodine in the form of Lugol's solution. Some
excerpts from his book:

"I learned that any pugnacious bull could be calmed down simply by pouring
two ounces of apple cider vinegar over his ration at each feeding. In time,
if the treatment was continued, he would become docile and could be easily
handled, although I might add that he was never to be trusted. After five
years of calming down bulls by this method, I asked my farmer friend what he
thought of it. "Dr. Jarvis" he said, "We don't have any cross bulls in the
barn any more"

"A young Vermonter learns it by demonstrating how it is possible to calm
down a cross dog, an irritable horse, or a pugnacious bull, simply by adding
apple cider vinegar to the animals ration at each feeding each day repeating
this daily for a month or two."

"We tried the addition of 2 oz of vinegar poured over the ration of two farm
horses at each feeding. The result was most interesting. When the vinegar
was used, the horses would leave half their ration, when it was not used,
they would eat all of their feed. Their appetites remained good, they simply
appeared to be satisfied with less food, but after the vinegar had been
added for a time, their heads came up and they developed a fine glossy goat.
They had more wind and strength, too. No longer were they a stumbling, pokey
team, but alert and ready to pull a load."

"When you take Lugol's solution (iodine) you are taking an excellent
catalyst which has the ability to start and continue at a rapid pace,
physiological and chemical processes within the body that would not
otherwise begin or if begun, would proceed at a slow pace. Iodine increases
the tupidity of the start and the rate of speed as well, By means of a
catalyst the individual is able to control the internal environment and
bring peace to the body.

"A second function of iodine is to calm the body and relieve nervous
tension. When nervous tension runs high there is irritability and difficulty
in sleeping well at night, and the body is continually on a combat basis,
organized for fight and flight. All these points stress a body need for
iodine to lessen nervous tension, relax the body and enable it to
or-organize for peace and quiet, by the building and storing of body
reserves against time of need. I have learned through Vermont folk medicine
that it is possible to repeatedly change an irritable, impatient, and
restless child under ten years of age into a calm, patient individual within
two hours' time by giving one drop of Lugol's solution of iodine by mouth in
a vegetable or fruit juice or in a glass of water made acid in reaction by
adding a teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar. I have repeatedly prescribed
this in order to make it possible for a mother of a racehorse-type little
boy or girl to be able to live comfortably with the child. I have never seen
it fail to calm down a nervous child. "

"In relation to supplemental use of iodine, my studies of certain dairy
herds has revealed interesting evidences of the relationship between host
and microorganisms, viruses, insects, and other parasites .With one herd the
veterinary bill had generally run $150.00 and sometimes more a year. At my
suggestion, three drops of Lugol's solution of iodine was added to the daily
four ounces of apple cider vinegar. Thereafter it was only necessary to call
the veterinary once in a period of eight months, to see a sick cow. In
contrast to this, another herd, to which Lugol's solution was not given, had
plenty of sick-ness. In an 8-month period it was necessary to spend $50.00
for penicillin in order to save seriously sick cows."

"From Dr. William Weston of South Carolina and his experience with race
horses wintered there, I gained interesting and valuable insight into the
value of iodine in the body, and its relation to endurance.About 100 race
horses are wintered where he lives. Two years previous to a visit I paid
him, the man in charge of the horses came to him saying that a horse was
under his care which had everything it takes to win the Kentucky Derby. If
they could just learn precisely how to feed this horse to maintain its speed
capability, he believed the horse would have an outstanding racing season.
Would Dr. Weston help him by planning the feeding of the horse?

Dr. Weston was greatly interested and consented to do so As a first step he
asked for samples of any and all foods given the horse. The samples were
analyzed at the South Carolina Food Research Laboratory. As a result of the
analysis, Dr. Weston advised increasing the iodine content of the ration by
incorporating into it foods specifically rich in iodine. This was done. In
the ensuing season the horse won every race in which it was entered.

As a result of the experience, two wealthy race-horse owners invited Dr.
Weston to come to their horse farms to discuss the feeding of their stock.
Again iodine-rich foods were added to the usual rations, with the same
result; every horse fed on iodine-rich diet won every race in which it was
entered. This seems to be a complete demonstration of the relation of iodine
to energy and endurance. Subsequently, Dr. Weston sent me a copy of a letter
addressed to him as chairman of the South Carolina Food Research Commission.
It well illustrates the need of observing the obligation to Nature which
must be observed by a daily intake of iodine. The letter ran as follows:

Dear Dr. Weston:
Now that we have reached the halfway mark of this racing season, I should
like to tell you some of our observations of the results of wintering our
horses in South Carolina, and feeding them your home grown feeds.

After six years of experiment with several hundred horses, we are more
convinced than ever that your foods, abundant in iodine and balanced in
mineral content, are the saving factor in many of our horses. Allow me to
give you an example. This summer an epidemic of influenza and coughing broke
out among two year olds at the New York tracks. It spread like wildfire
through the stables, and all the old cures and preventives were useless
against it. We have checked carefully and find that none of the horses that
were wintered in South Carolina, were affected. Naturally we spoke of this
often, and by so doing attracted the attention of many people to South
Carolina, and the merits of your theories and findings.
We have found that our horses are almost immune to skin diseases, distemper,
and other contagious diseases after they have been wintered in South
Carolina and brought to the tracks where these ailments are taking their
toll. You have observed how quickly we can cure these various ailments in
young horses. We believe that the blood is so cleansed by the action of
iodine from your feeds and water, that all common infections are removed,
and the system so toned up that it is in shape to fight and ward off
anything except direct infection through an open wound. A few years ago a
good trainer was one who could bring his horses to the races well fed and
bulging with muscle. But the make-up of these muscles, and the contents of
the bloodstream feeding them, is the determining factor in having a really
fit and ready horse. In appreciation of the good you have done our horses,
and the things we have learned from your efforts, we trust that you will
find time this coming season to again spend considerable time at the fair
grounds, and conduct further experiments on our stock."


In short, I think the above is intriguing enough to give it a try on your
filly. Be sure and use a unpastuerized, unfiltered ACV like Braggs! I would
also use lugol's solution in it as well.


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 Post subject: Re: Calming racehorses
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 7:00 pm 
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Basic dosage for livestock:

4 oz of apple cider vinegar

4 oz of water

1 teaspoon of 5% lugols

Mix and drench or pour on ration.

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