Vav Simon
(Mhairi Simon)

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Star of the Month

To let everyone share in our excitement in their improvement, we thought we would highlight the great progress some animals
have made.

Heidi is an Alpaca

From Rescue to National Competition

My Buffalo's Back!

Back In The Show Ring

Over the Moon

Back in Perfect Balance

From ‘No Hope’ to Winning!

Life's a Canter for Trampus

A Brazilian Tapir's Bathroom Accident

But he’s not lame!

Miracle Achieved, 100%!

Nearly Put Down 2 Months Ago!

Mending Mabel

Getting the Measure of Tapeworm

Dedication Makes All the Difference!

Tara's Back-end is Back Again!

Sophie can Stand Again!

Better Than 100%

Lame, constipated, incontinent...

The Tale of the New Wag

Some of Our Success Stories

Getting the Measure of Tapeworm

Christie had been having intermittent bouts of colic for nine months, coming out of the blue each time.

An Irish Draught / Thoroughbred / Draught, about 16 years old, she seemed to be coping. At no time did she lose weight, but she became slightly dull in her personality and her general physical condition was just not right. But Verna, her owner, became very worried because the colic was so puzzling over such a long period of time.

A Tapeworm Problem?

During one of her routine six-monthly chiropractic visits, Vav immediately saw a change in condition of Christie’s coat and belly. Before Verna told her about it, she suspected tapeworm and asked about wormers.

Verna, a nurse, had charts and lists all to hand. She explained how concerned she was at having to give Christie so many chemicals, which still didn't seem to be resolving the problem.

Verna had previously been worming Christie regularly for all types of worm except tapeworm. She had felt that as the pasture was not over-grazed and as the same three animals had lived together for some while they were at a very low risk for tapeworm, and this was one way of reducing their medication.

Vav listened to the full history and also referred back to her notes which she wrote each visit. After her assessment, Vav was sure that there were no chiropractic problems interfering with the gut, or the immune system – Christie needed very little chiropractic adjustment at all.

Try Herbal Wormers

Discussing all this, Vav suggested herbal wormers. These remedies work in different ways to modern medicines, and Vav had been interested to hear that they killed 75% of adult worms and killed or paralysed 100% of the eggs and larvae – much more than conventional treatments – and this breaks the infestation cycle.

Over the period that these colics had been occurring, the vet had tried five different wormers. The other two horses who lived with Christie had also now been treated for tapeworm, but seemed to have much less of a problem. Christie seemed to be especially vulnerable - at one stage the vet told Verna that she had the highest tapeworm antibody test in the country!

All Gone!

Verna put all three horses onto a herbal wormer. She hasn't had another antibody test done as yet – not wanting to put Christie through a needless blood test – but three faecal worm counts have come back completely negative. Interestingly, the horses all seem to eat the herbal wormer without hesitation, and Verna said “They seemed quite perky after their five day course.” Christie has now been clear of colic, and tapeworm, for eighteen months.

Vav said “Having seen this horse for many years, I immediately noticed the loss of condition which suggested a tapeworm infestation. Regular use of the best wormers had not worked and this hid the problem, leading both Verna and the vet to think the colic must be caused by something else. Eventually herbal wormers proved effective – which was just as well, considering the extreme worm burden the tests showed!”

Regular Checkups

Thinking back on it, Verna felt that Vav’s holistic assessment made all the difference. “She examined Christie as a whole horse, and she noticed symptoms that were not obvious, but were significant to her. If she had not suggested the colics were due to tapeworm, and a new treatment for it, we could have continued to look in other directions for answers to the problem."

"The fact that Vav had already known Christie for four and a half years meant that she could instantly see the changes. And her horse management experience came up with the answer of tapeworms instead of chiropractic.”

Vav uses herbal remedies supplied by Ellen Collinson - see