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Ninon The Pony Has a Tale To Tell

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John OsborneHow Laminitis, Arthritis and Neglect Can be Reversed In Horses.

The tale of Ninon, a truly brave animal, who fought laminitis and arthritis to finally succumb to an untreatable deformation may encourage animal lovers everywhere to go the “natural remedy route”. This is a tale of determination by the pony and her saviour.

My wife, who runs an animal rescue, heard on the grapevine of an old man who had died and left Ninon in her box, less than two metres square along with sundry other animals such as rabbits, cats and dogs around the house and for whom no one, not even the man’s family living close by, did anything. Most of the other animals had died of starvation before my wife got there, or were put down. Ninon, unable to move, not even lie down and showing definite marks of ill treatment, had eyes that said “help me”. With the aid of six strong men she was loaded into and then out of a horse box and again carried to a stable where she, Ninon, surprisingly was welcomed by my wife’s big stallion, not reputed for his good nature to other horses and the filly, and put onto a bed of straw a foot thick, which was renewed daily. The vet had diagnosed laminitis with arthritis, dietary problems and a weak heart and saw no future. My wife and Ninon saw differently and there began her treatment of the pony.

Slowly Ninon was brought to a better dietary regime until she was eating us out of house and home. In her food were adequate doses of Devil’s Claw for her pain, not the aspirin prescribed by the vet. Equally liberal doses of Home Cures Force Plus ™ 80,000 iu Serrapeptase with about 4 grammes of Curcumin were added to the feed, morning and evening. These were in capsule form which Ninon was happy to take. (It is possible to open the capsules if required.) At the same time the normal treatment for laminitis, including tepid foot baths, leg douches and very gentle exercise on straw or soft ground was brought along until, despite her increasing problems of malformed ankle joints, she was able to walk with the other two animals to a nearby paddock. This was facilitated by us buying special “soft shoes” that, with inserts, cushioned any impact. These we found exceptionally helpful.


Ninon enjoyed a good two years of care, love and tenderness until the one thing that could not be cured, the malformation between leg and hoof in her front legs, really began to get just too much. The poor thing finally had hooves that were in front of her leg bones rather than underneath them. At this, having begged us to save her three years before, she now clearly sought to be put out of her misery. With hearts heavier than the pony, we carried out her wish.

We learned two very valuable lessons with Ninon; one, that is true of humans too, with good natural remedies almost anything is possible to enhance the quality of life. Chemical medication has far too much ill effect, way outstripping any possible benefit and the second, which alerted me especially to see animals differently, was how that pony “talked” to us. I now watch our other two as they communicate with no apparent outward sign of sound or vision. Our two dogs behave in the same way. And as for some of the cats; well, that is another story.



John Osborne is a self-trained Naturopath with over 35 years of experience. Of an engineering formation, he looks at the root causes of people’s problems to discover the “why” rather than the “visible”. Using all forms of a natural approach, John includes phototherapy, homeopathy and aromatherapy among the means of aiding people to find a solution to their problems. John is not a doctor, so cannot diagnose, but works with the leading authorities in the world on the natural ways to cure serious illness.. His advice is given free and he is readily contactable via his website Remede Naturel.




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