Equine Transition #2 - Page 26

april 2019 | career stories

Equine Transition / 22

We have great facilities with three riding arenas, two outdoor and one indoor, yet our clients do often prefer to ride in the stunning surroundings. Our clients are mostly recreational riders and I must say that I absolutely love the relaxed atmosphere on our yard. People are chilled, they love their horses and treat them with respect.

Besides the livery yard, we also run a holistic animal practice - Dierpraktijk Beest. My partner and I, both studied as animal naturopaths, which is a five-year course covering homeopathy, aromatherapy, Bach flower therapy, fytotherapy (herbal medicine) and much more. I went on to teach Horse Nutrition at the same college here in the Netherlands for a few years, which is the only well-known animal college in the country.

Unfortunately, in the Netherlands, animal naturopathy isn’t a regulated profession and we see a lot of “therapists” that have never completed any in-depth training. Instead, they start up with minimal knowledge following a weekend course of some kind. Even though homeopathy and other natural medicines are not yet accredited by the government, they can cause damage if not used correctly. We therefore always recommend that you check what study your naturopath has conducted.

Our practice treats all animals, however, our most regular patients are cats, dogs and of course horses. We see animals with allergies, skin conditions, hormonal problems, movement and coordination issues, but also nutritional and behavioural related problems. Some of our clients come for vaccination advice, vaccination detox, a general detox or just a check-up. We also produce a small selection of products, which are 100% biological and natural. Such as, wound spray, honey cream, arnica cream, calendula cream and fly spray for horses.

For several years we’ve also been offering bioresonance therapy. Which amazes me every time we use it. It’s a diagnostic tool and the results are so precise, every outcome makes sense. The analysis takes over an hour, which is longer than most animals have the patience for and so we often suggest people drop off a hair sample. We analyse the sample and inform the owner of the outcome. We have found this bioresonance method to work magnificently and so are now starting up a new practice called Animal Bioresonance, which will shortly be available via a new website to people who live too far away to drop samples off in person.

Looking back on my career so far, I secretly conclude... I am a medicine doctor after all!