The common cold, and its far more hostile cousin, the flu, do not discriminate. They don’t care that one has to rise before dawn to feed a barn of impatient animals, or that it is below freezing and the water buckets have turned to ice. They emerge just as a horse friend rolls into town for a week, they postpone meetings, and they clear the aisle at the tack shop as one sneezes through the replacement of a busted halter.
Equestrians are a resilient bunch, known to persevere when faced with adversity, but our enthusiasm can be tempered by a debilitating bug. Over the past week both halves of OR have been a bit under the weather, thus inviting recommendations from fellow riders about how to short-circuit symptoms and restore the usual spring in our step. Many of the antidotes shared with us are natural bug battlers and immune-boosters meant to be deployed as a preventative measure or upon the first signs of discomfort. They were music to our ears since, when at all possible, we prefer to promote our healing with essential oils, herbal stimulants, and plant-based remedies before surrendering to OTC meds.
We felt this was important enough to share with our readers this week—especially in light of the evolving threat of coronavirus— even if only as a helpful best-practices reminder to keep you healthy, strong, and in the saddle.*