It has been a strange few months to say very least. Never have I felt so lost in terms of direction when it comes to horsey competition! Not having a weekend goal to focus on is very strange, it..
“Well we have finally moved! We arrived just as the beautiful weather window closed and so missed the opportunity to take the hay off our new fields. We have..
Rewarding your dog is an extremely important part of the training cycle. It’s not just about using rewards to train a dog to sit or stay, but also to praise a dog for good behaviour such as duri..
Hawthorn – Crataegus Oxyacantha
Common names: May, Haw, Whitehorn, Hagthorn
Habitat: Common in Britain, Europe and USA.
Part used: Berries, leaf tops and flowers.
One of the most gratifying experiences of owning a dog is being successful in training them. As intelligent animals, dogs enjoy learning and it can be a great way of building your relationship with yo..
Devil’s Claw – Harpogophytum procumbens
Habitat: Particularly found in Namibia, but indigenous to South and Eastern Asia.
Part used: Root
Actions: Anti-inflammatory, ana..
Why is salt important for my horse?
Horses are great at regulating their salt intake based on genuine need. Salt is composed of two minerals - sodium (Na) and chloride (Cl). Table&nb..
Black Myrobalan – Terminalia Chebula
What is Black Myrobalan?
Myrobalan is scientifically known as Terminalia Cebula is a typical Indian herb belonging to the plant family Combretaceae (In..
Calendula - Calendula Officinalis
Common names: Marigold, Pot Marigold, Marybud, Gold-bloom.
Habitat: Native to Egypt and the Mediterranean and a common garden.
Part used: Petals an..
Lockdown Life in Wales - news from Brand Ambassador, Julie Abbott.
"As I write we are still fully locked down in Wales despite England easing theirs. The horses are on their summer grazi..
"It has been a funny few months. I'd usually be cramming writing this blog in between working weekdays and weekends away eventing, iInstead I am sat on the bed watching Ne..
DOs & DON'Ts when removing a Tick
So you've found a tick on your horse, dog, cat or even on yourself, so how do you go about removing it safely? Read further to find out the..
What is propolis?
Did you know that honey is not the only thing that bees make? Propolis is a natural resinous substance collected by honeybees from buds and trees. Propolis contains tree resin, es..
Can Horses and Dogs benefit from being fed garlic?
What are the benefits of Garlic?
The use of garlic as a health supplement has been around for thousands of years. There are records..
Nature & Nurture
Well these are strange times indeed, which is why something as normal and everyday as taking a walk down our country lane or through our lovely woods has become so extra specia..
Garlic - Allium Sativum
Habitat: Cultivated throughout the world.
Collection: Collect the bulbs when the leaves begin to yellow and droop.
Actions of Garlic: Antiseptic, antibiotic, antimic..
Treatments for Lyme Disease in the Equine
By Dr Joyce Harman DVM, MRCVS
There is no magic bullet in treating chronic LD cases. The best approach is a multi-systemic one, using a combination of..
Common Name: Siberian Ginseng
Latin Name: Eleutherococcus Senticosus
Siberian Ginseng is a deciduous shrub with stout roots and dark green, palmately divided leav..
At Downclose Farm, HIlton Herbs' HQ, we have welcomed 5 new Guineafowl! They are about 3 weeks old & still very small, look how cute they are:
1 litre Rubbing Alchohol 70%
250ml of Aloe Vera (optional)
24ml Eucalyptus essential oil
12ml Lavender essential oil
12ml Lemon Balm essential oil
50ml Hilton herbs Ga..
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