For millions of years animals in the wild have used their senses and their instincts to use what nature provides in the plants, minerals and algae around them to stay well. This process has been termed zoopharmacognosy. Applied Zoopharmacognosy, also known as Herbal Choices for Animals (AHCA),is a technique which allows our domesticated animals with the opportunity to make their own unique selection of  the natural products they need for their physical and emotional wellbeing.

horses and ponies on moorland

Modern domesticated animals may not be receiving all they need for great health.  The majority of dogs receive the same food everyday of varying quality, and far removed from their natural diet of raw prey and foraged plants.  Most equines in the UK are grazed on pastures of rye grass intended to fatten cattle and sheep hay and proprietary hard feed that may well contain nitrates and herbicides. Given the chance, all animals forage amongst the plants around them to make the necessary adjustments to their diets to stay well. An Applied Zoopharmacognosy session will demonstrate how you can let the animals in your care show you what they need for their health and wellbeing.

And it helps with emotional issues too....

Domesticated animals rarely have an opportunity to select the helpful plants and other nutrients that they would if they were able to roam.  However, here you see a horse selecting exactly the items he wants during his session with me.