An Ayurvedic Approach to Treating Horses - Doshas
AYURVEDA FOR A HORSE OR PONY - THE DOSHAS
Ayurveda describes people, animals and plants according to three different
types known as doshas. Doshas describe their physical and psychological
make up and characteristics.
There are three Doshas in the Ayurvedic system - these are called Vata,
Pitta and Kapha. These three Doshas need to be in balance to maintain
a horse or pony in good health.
The Doshas bind together the five basic elements; air, fire, water, earth
Each individaul dosha represents specific areas of the horse or pony's body.
Ayurvedic practitioners will determine a horse's mix of dosha's before
prescribing the appropriate treatment for that individual horse or pony.
Choosing the best ayurvedic treatment for a horse involves knowing which
Dosha best describes your horse.
ESTABLISH THE DOSHAS OF A HORSE OR PONY
Establishing a horse or pony's dosha requires considerable knowledge
about the Ayurvedic system. Below is a
general description of the characteristics of the doshas:
- Vata - Ether and Air : Lean and delicate horses ,
intolerant of cold, windy and dry weather. Intelligent and artistic.
Can be anxious and fearful of confrontation.
- Pitta - Water and Fire : Medium build horses, with
a dislike of heat or sun. Approachable and intelligent but can be a
little aggressive and easily irritated. Pitta governs hunger, thirst,
body heat and perception.
- Kapha - Water and Earth : Large framed horses prone
to weight gain. Patient and loving - often described as 'genuine' horses.
Can become greedy and possessive if out of balance. Kapha governs energy,stability,
lubrication, joints, body fluids, sense of taste. Kapha governs breathing,
ears, eyelids, nerve tissues and digestion.
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