January 20,2021 by Anna Sangemino
Shatka was down on the ground and in agony when I went to barn to feed the horses. I was alone and have only been around horses for a year, but I did what I thought any Hippophile would ( a lover of horses). I may not be a vet but I do know the greatest physician of all.
Shatka was full of gas her abdomen was so tight when I gently pressed on her stomach she wined. I called upon God to heal her. “I know you can heal Shatka God and I am asking in your Son’s precious name. Father, in the Name of Jesus heal Shatka, blow all this gas out of her.” Instantly, Shatka blew so much gas it began to sound rhythmic. Her abdomen kept playing the same tune over and over again. I was dancing with Joy; she was getting some relief! Okay, the party was over as soon as I saw the blood in her stool and tissue bulging from her booty. She had built up so much pressure she blew her insides out! It wasn’t a pretty sight.
I cleaned her up, notated the blood and called Terrie. She has known Shatka since she was 6 months old and she is now 30 and blind. I told Terrie everything in detail, she prayed with me and called the vet. Terrie instructed me what to do next for Shaka's well-being. It was in the 20s going down to 5 degrees and she is down on the frozen ground with snow and ice everywhere. Her stall is clean and dry with fresh wood shavings now. When Terrie arrived, we made a pillow for her head out of hay. We tried to help her stand up, to no avail, she would give up and lay back down.
The vet arrived, named Dr. Mike, he gave her an anti-inflammatory and steroids. He began to tell us the worst-case scenario. Terrie and I looked at each other and Terrie replied, “We have our fingers crossed.” Surgery if we cannot get the tissue to stay inside. “If she doesn’t stand up and stay up...you know she is 30,” Dr. Mike reminds Terrie. Terries reply, “We are going for 2 more years at least, we have our fingers crossed.” She looked at me and smiled. She has to stand up. Dr. Mike wrapped a lead around her hoof and leg and a lead on the halter. Jamie pulled her forward and Dr. Mike handled the leg lead. I stayed with Harmony, to give her some attention while Jamie, Terrie, and Dr. Mike worked diligently to do all Dr. Mike instructed. “Stay 20 ft. away from her because if she falls, she will roll and it happens quickly, get ready to run.” They tried at least 10 times, she kept falling and rolling. Terrie and I were Shatka’s cheer leading team. She could hear us encouraging and praising her. Shatka hits the fence and hits it hard on the last fall. She is now leanin on the fence, a support structure. I think the support from the fence helped her regain her balance and up she went and never fell again.
So now fluids and food. Mike Hulbert called and informed me about all the articles on Peppermint Tea for colic in horses. I relayed his suggestion to Terrie, she thought it was a good idea. Mike made a strong infusion. Dr. Mike commented on how nice the tea smelt, like Peppermint Schnapps. He suggested a large syringe to be sure she drinks it and went to his truck and handed Terrie a very large syringe. I fed the tea into her mouth, Terrie held her head with the lead. She drank 4 syringes full. We think Shatka likes Peppermint Tea. She is enjoying the smell, it is appealing and satisfying to her.
The next concern was the inflamed and torn tissue which is exposed from her booty. Dr. Mike applied pressure with all his fingers until the tissue drew itself back into place. We used my Anna’s Secret Soothing Serum, an herbal extract spray made with Horse Chestnut, Witch Hazel, and essential oils. Designed to shrink the swelling in tissue, relieve the inflammation and soothed the pain. It is a strong anti-inflammatory for swollen tissue, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, injury, etc.
Dr. Mike’s advice for this condition is a mixture of white sugar and iodine to shrink the tissue and bring down swelling. He is open to alternatives and approved Anna’s Secret Soothing Serum for this treatment and left the choice up to Terry. She agreed upon his approval. I sprayed her booty while Dr. Mike held her tail high and we all watched her reaction. She had no open cuts so the alcohol extracts did not sting. There was no reaction in her pain sensors.
5 hours later she recovered, we were relieved. Shatka’s belly was back to her normal size. Dr. Mike told us the Peppermint would give her an appetite. We were elated this morning, 24 hours later, how much she ate, drank, and pooped. The big test, did the tissue stay inside so she didn’t need surgery. I picked up her tail and to my surprise her booty was as tight as a belly button. She drank between 10-12 ounces more Peppermint Tea and we added the rest to her hay pellets. She was enjoying every bite of her breakfast, just like she has always done.
As serious as I am about whole plants for whole people it's no wonder my Life is full of holistic challenges. Choosing the plant kingdom for my profession is as vast and broad as my life perspective. A holistic healer is a healer of the well-being of a person or an animal, no matter what condition they are in it is important to remain calm and seek the great physician for guidance. Somedays it’s all about the health and wellbeing of another. Life isn’t always pretty but if you find the silver lining you will find joy.