EQUINE IRIDOLOGY

                                 Baron-O-Lark                            by Mercedes Colburn


In my study of herbs and alternative healing, I was introduced to human iridology through the works of Dr. Bernard Jensen.  I studied and learned the value of iridology.  Having a passion for animals, with an emphasis on horses, I began trying to apply the concepts of human iridology to horses.  The problem was that there were significant differences in the human and equine systems, specifically the intestinal system.  In order to understand the inside of the horse I teamed up with one of the most qualified large and small animal veterinarians in the area.  Dr. Dena Eckert and I began our study in 1994.  After studying numerous photographs of the eye of the horse and Dr. Eckert’s work in examinations, pathology reports and necropsies we were able to develop the first equine grid.  The initial grid has been modified and changed over the years after gaining new knowledge and understanding of the eye.

Like Human Iridology, Equine Iridology is a preventative method and a diagnostic tool that should be shared with everyone associated with the health and well being of animals.  The research that Doctors Eckerdt and Colburn have done in the last 10 years has enabled us to see the complete intestinal system through the eye of the horse.  We are able to identify any impactions in the intestinal system, where they are, and what stage they are in.  We can see the health of the artery that surrounds the intestines and feeds nutrients along with excreting toxins.  We can also check the small intestines for adequate friendly bacteria.

My horse, Baron-O-Lark, was the foundation for establishing our research in Equine Iridology.  He worked for the Herb Farm for many years by showing how important good care is to a horse.  Baron was a California Quarter Horse Champion in Western Pleasure.  He had won many ribbons for his beauty, talent and intelligence.

Baron came to live with me after becoming very sick.  The prior owners did not understand his condition and decided at 17 years old he would have to be destroyed.  After learning of Baron’s condition and that he may be destroyed, I went to see him.  In talking with the owners, they felt that Baron would not be able to be used or show again due to his poor condition.  The owner agreed to let me buy Baron and take him home to the Herb Farm where I started researching his condition.





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After taking this film of his eye, Dr. Eckerdt and I went to work to repair the problems.  There were no ex-rays done, or any other expensive diagnostic testing.  We worked only from the film you are looking at now.  In using the picture of Baron’s eye and the grid developed by Drs. Eckerdt and Colburn, we were able to identify problems in the intestinal system. Having identified the problem, the first thing that needed to be done was to unblock the mesenteric artery.  We needed to feed and repair the intestinal system.  There were many other steps to be done.  We needed to clear impactions and stop the inflammation in his lumbar area to bring this horse back to optimum health.    We used herbs, homeopathic medicine, and oils.  Five months latter, Baron went up against other California Champions in a large show in this area and took home the top ribbons.

The problems with Baron helped Drs. Eckerdt and Colburn confirm the anatomy of the horse through the eye and to establish the grid that has continued to validate the structure and workings of the Equine systems.  For example, using Baron’s condition, we were able to link the markings on Baron’s eyes to the problem with his intestinal system.  The mesenteric artery surrounds the intestinal system and, through the blood, provides nutrients to his body and helps to eliminate toxins. Viewing Baron’s eyes, we saw pieces of white lines that surrounded the complete intestinal system.  These lines told us that the mesenteric artery was blocked and Baron wasn’t receiving nutrients or eliminating toxins.  Having identified the problem we used a formula that corrected the problem.  Within 28 days of treating Baron, we examined Baron’s eye and observed the white lines that surrounded his intestinal area had disappeared.  After treating Baron his energy came back and he was no longer lethargic and lifeless.  On the initial exam of Baron’s eye, there were other areas of his health that were of concern, such as damaged tissue in the liver area, which was treated with a mineral based formula.  This problem was also corrected.  Baron’s conditions were identified through the eyes.  The diagnosis and treatments were non-invasive and inexpensive.  And while Equine Iridology is not a substitute for the work performed by veterinarians, now it was possible for a veterinarian and an iridologist to work in concert to accomplish a more inclusive examination of an equine patient.  This relationship could enable medical professionals to discover the root causes for outward symptoms or prevent future problems by locating asymptomatic problems or weaknesses.  Like human iridology, Equine Iridology is a great diagnostic tool.  It is because of this tool that Baron lived another 10 healthy and happy years with us at the Herb Farm.