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A lot of you are interested in Self Selection and trying it out. I thought I would give you some tips on a good starter kit to get you going and the amounts. Since I have been doing Self Selection with my horses, there are several herbs, oils and essential oils which I see the horses going for time and time again. I have taken to carrying several Essential oils in my pockets often while I am working. What I found interesting about this is, I forget that I have them in my pockets and I go about my business. As I go through the day, the horses I encounter (mine and friends and clients) will come over to me and start mugging me for oils! it’s as though I have treats in my pockets! They will come up and ask/select oils that I have on me! They have a look like “You smell like something I need!” They will ask for a specific oil or two on the spot.
This was completely an accidental finding as I said, I forget they are in my pockets and the horses remind me quite strongly at times. “Hey you with the oils! Give us a sniff or a lick!” I have horses now that when they see me coming have a look of anticipation of me bringing them something they need.

If you are going to try Self Selection here are some tips. Feed no more than 4-8oz of any one herb a day to be safe. When offering items try not to use any metal containers. Use something wide and open like a pan or wok shaped container. Always start with Barley Grass. When offering Essential oils, Always hold the bottle tightly with the neck flush with your hand so the horse cannot grab it away from you. They will do this when they really want it!

Barley Grass-Super Nutrition-Packed with Vitamins, Minerals, Enzymes and Amino acids. Great system balancer.
Rosehips-High in Vitamin A, Rich in vitamin C, D, B complex and K, Biotin, antioxidants; carotenoids, flavinoids, polyphenols
Peppermint-Digestive disorders, Colitis, Respiratoy ailments, Anti-spasmotic, Anti-inflammatory, Muscular discomfort
Dandelion Root-Rich in Nutrients and minerals, High in Vitamin K, Detoxifier, good for Liver, Kidneys
Licorice-Immune boosting, Digestive disorders, Respiratory ailments
Devil’s Claw-Anti inflammatory, Arthritis, Pain
German Chamomile-Stomach Ailments, Calming, Anti-Inflammatory, Allergies

Essential Oils can be expensive but if you know which ones to keep handy, there are a few that are more commonly selected. Horses will select these in place of taking higher amounts of dried herbs. It is like getting a concentrated dose. Whereas they may want a whole bag of dried Peppermint leaf for example, They may need only a few drops of Peppermint Essential oil. Oils, If selected can put a few drops in a bucket of water accessible to the horse with their regular water or dabbed around their living area.

German Chamomile: Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, bactericidal, carminative, cicatrizant, digestive, fungicidal, nerve sedative
Peppermint-Analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, digestive, expectorant, insecticide, nervine, sedative, stimulant, stomachic, vasoconstrictor
Yarrow-Anti-inflammatory, anti arthritic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, digestive, expectorant, trauma, wounds
Valerian-Antispasmodic, bactericidal, diuretic, calming stomachic

And now for the really good news! Fiona Habershon is coming in May to the US to teach us all more about Self Selection, TTouch, and animal healing. We will be doing Workshops together and she will be taking private sessions. Contact me if you want to reserve a session or want more info. I’d like to hear your experiences with Self Selection if you’ve tried it and what your horses are Selecting. I have found that because I go to different countries, the horses are Selecting very unique patterns for there environment. It’s fascinating! Remember you can purchase Self Selection items on my site now! Click here to go to the FDH Herb Shop!

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  • jannie smit

    Hi Farah,

    Can you also use a lot of these herbs in fresh form? I would be keen to grow some of these herbs myself.

    • FarahD

      Hi Jannie absolutely you can grown fresh herbs and offer them. I also put my horse in the meadows around the property so he can find what he wants there 🙂

  • Samantha

    Great blog thanks Farah! I have a self-selection herb kit, and find that most horses will go for chamomile and will eat huge quantities of it! Most also like nettle, dandelion root, rosehips and licorice, and often they like to have a little bit of white willow. If they want things outside of this group then I become more interested in what’s going on with them 🙂 I will get those essential oils you’ve recommended too!

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