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The Beginning of Diana's Bach Flower Journey

What are the Flower Essences Developed by Dr. Bach?

About Dr. Bach

Everything You Need to Know to Use Dr. Bach's Rescue Formula to Help Your Horse

Rescue Formula Horse Case Histories

Resource List


When to Use the Formula and How Often to Give it to Your Horse

The five flower essences that Dr. Bach combined in his rescue formula have a remarkable calming influence. The formula helps restore emotional balance in your horse (or yourself or other animals) after an emergency, stressful event, or emotional upset. When used before and during stressful events it can prevent injury or difficulties from happening in the first place. Think ahead!! Use the combination rescue formula to keep things calm!!

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How Often to Give Your Horse the Rescue formula

The formula is quite safe. For its use in humans, the FDA puts the rescue formula into a category called GRAS. This means Generally Recognized as Safe, which is same category that food is in. So, you don’t have to worry about dosing the horse too often. It will not cause any side effects or interfere with the actions of prescription drugs.

Dr. Bach wrote in his book The Twelve Healers and Other Remedies:
As all these remedies are pure and harmless, there is no fear of giving too much or too often, though only the smallest quantities are necessary to act as a dose. Nor can any remedy do harm should it prove not to be the one actually needed for the case.”

How often you give the rescue formula to your horse depends on the situation and your goals. You can use the remedy frequently (every minute or so) to help the horse cope with difficult circumstances such as an accident. You can also use it two to four times a Hank tells Diana that he is feeling calmday (or more frequently) to prevent stress in a situation that may be difficult for the horse such as a show or move to a new barn. In the paragraphs below, which describe situations where it would be beneficial to use the formula, I will suggest how often to give it. I also encourage you to let your horse’s behavior be your guide.

Tip: The Horse’s Behavior Will Tell You
If the remedy is relaxing the horse you may see her lower her neck and head, blink and close the eyes, take deep full abdominal breaths, lick and softly chew, yawn or take a big sigh.

Check the Show Rules
If you are competing in a show or other performance event, check the rules to make sure you can use flower essence formulas.

Emergency Situations: Illness, Injury or Panic
Give the formula immediately after injury such as when the horse is kicked or has fallen down. Use it when the horse is colicking or sick or in shock due to heat stroke or illness. Depending on the animal’s behavior, body position and response, apply Rescue Remedy in one or more of the ways that are explained in the How to Dose Your Horse section of the web site. You can put the liquid in your palm and hold it over the horse’s nose so he can inhale it, rub or spray it on to the horse’s gums, mist it over her body, put it on acupressure points, etc

How often: In acute situations, dose the horse every minute or so. The formula will not interfere with any other medications your veterinarian may need to administer. Once you see a response, such as the horse taking a deep breath, relaxing his muscles or closing her eyes, then wait a bit longer until the next dose. Don’t worry about dosing your horse too frequently with the rescue formula. It is quite safe.

Stressful Events: Shows, Trail Rides, Veterinary Exams, Trailering, Farrier Work
If possible, helps to put the formula in the horse’s drinking water or on his food one or two days before a stressful event. Then, once you arrive at the event such as a show or trail ride - or the event, such as the veterinarian or farrier, comes to you – dose the horse several times in the first five minutes and watch for a response from the horse that tells you it is working. Then, use it as needed.

dosing with Bach formulasHow Often: When your horse is going to be stressed over a period of time due to a day or more of showing, moving, etc, dose him at least two to four times a day (for several days if necessary) to prevent his stress level from building up. It is really beneficial to use the remedy at multi-day events or when a horse has moved to a new home.

Dosing Tip: The remedy can provide great calming help for a young or inexperienced horse when they go on trail rides or compete in shows. In some cases, I put small pieces of carrots or horse cookies in a plastic bag, then add enough working formula of Rescue Remedy to lightly soak the food. I put the baggie in my pocket or a fannie pack. If I’m riding, I have the horse turn his head now and then to get a treat. If the horse is stalled or tied, I go and feed him a treat with the remedy on it now and then. Note: Make sure you’re the one deciding when to give the treat to the horse – ignore the pushy horse who begs or demands that you feed him.

Example: One of my friends professionally hauled horses across the country. At rest stops or gas stations, she would let the horses put their heads out of the top doors so they could get some fresh air. She put rescue remedy on treats and fed them to the horses and directed the spray mist at them. Some of the horses liked it so much they would actively seek to lick it out of her hand.

Training Help
A nervous, frightened or tense horse is not able to learn new tasks easily during his training sessions. Giving the formula helps a horse relax and open to new things.

How Often: Apply the formula once before a training session and, if necessary, several times during the session to help the horse relax. Give the formula and then allow the horse to stand or walk slowly around so he can experience the calming influence. Try using it both during a training session and putting it on his food and drinking water at least twice daily for one to two weeks to see if the horse’s ability to learn and participate in his training sessions improves.

Moving to a New Home, Weaning, Bad Weather
I use the formula to help horses who are experiencing the stress of moving, leaving friends or adjusting to a new situation. I also use it to help nervous horses cope with stormy weather.

How Often: After a move or loss, put the formula in the horse’s drinking water or on his food so he receives it at least two if not four or more times a day. In these situations I mist the horse’s body a couple times a day or use it in a sponge bath on the horse’s face and neck.

Formula helps anxious horsesInjury Healing and Past Abuse
I use the formula as a mist over an injured or bruised area. I also use it in a mist or sponge bath over areas of the horse’s body where he has been traumatized by injury or abuse.

Example: There have been a number of times that I have misted or bathed an area of the body where a horse has been spurred or whipped. This helps release emotional trauma and physical tension.

Unexpected Situations that Frighten Your Horse
The formula is a great help when something unexpected frightens your horse (or you!).

Example: One of my friends was walking his well-trained show horse around one of the main performance arenas at our state fair. He came around a blind corner and came face to face with two elephants. After he and his horse left the area (quite quickly!), he dosed the horse (and himself) with the rescue formula several times to settle their nerves.

Massage or Acupressure Sessions
I often use the combination rescue formula to help a horse relax during a massage or acupressure session. For some horses, I make up an individualized formula containing one to six of the 38 single Bach Flower essences.

In human massage therapy, it’s known that a person themselves must ask for help in order to receive healing. Dr. Bach spoke of this important phenomenon as well. Obviously, troubled horses and dogs do not “make the appointment” or ask directly to receive training or massage input. I find it very frustrating to be given permission by the owner to help a distressed animal yet being blocked by the horse or dog. Often the animal is acting quite wisely in blocking my approach as others have harmed him. How then do I melt his defenses and convince the horse I will do no harm? How do I persuade a horse to open up his body and mind to me?

In addition to using the utmost respect and gentleness in my approach, I use the combination rescue formula discovered by Dr. Bach to relieve the animal’s anxieties and fears when we first meet. Then, I gently use anxiety-relieving acupressure points and various massage or movement methods to help the horse feel safe enough to relax. This approach helps the horse make the most of the body work and allow his body-mind to change.

Help for the Anxious or Jumpy Horse
I dose an anxious horse two to four times a day for a week and see if the combination remedy helps them relax. For these horses, I also like to use the acupressure points for calming the spirit. For some horses, I will make up an individualized formula containing one to six of the 38 single Bach Flower essences to address specific emotional issues.

Note: In many horses, an anxious emotional state is due to their experiencing physical pain. In this situation, the Bach formula will help the horse cope with the pain. It won’t, however, solve the problem until the pain is resolved.