12 Jul 2018

BEC Turned Natural In Control Of Parasites

Papaya has tested very well in a studies for natural parasite control with animals, horses included. BEC has tested this and we've been pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Unthrifty ponies gained weight. Foals lost the potbelly and hair on stomach.  An older gelding started eating his food again. A normally grumpy horse quiets down at feeding time, if he has his papaya. So far, papaya has treated worms and ulcers here.


Papain is a proteolytic enzyme extracted from the leaf and raw fruit of the papaya plant. Proteolytic enzymes help break amino acids down into smaller strings of protein. Papaya aids digestion in part by increasing mucous secretion in the mouth, esophagus and stomach. In some cases, a horse that had been turning its nose up at food starts eating within moments of the administration of papaya. There seems to be what could be called a “reverse Pavlovian response”. The horse’s mouth waters, so it feels the urge to eat. Even more importantly, papaya initiates a thickening of the horse’s natural stomach lining which provides protection against excess acid.

Papaya is also useful in conjunction with administration of certain medicines. Many barn managers “prep” the horse with a half dose of papaya to trigger extra mucous in the digestive tract lining just before they administer an anti-inflammatory capable of damaging the stomach lining. They then administer the anti-inflammatory, and follow up with another half dose of papaya to wash away the foul taste of the medicine.


Windsuckers and cribbers also respond well to papaya and it may take up to a month to cure a cribber, but they do get the relief in their gut and cease cribbing.


Papaya as natural parasite control:

"The objective of this study is to determine if a botanical anthelmintic (Carica papaya) can reduce equine strongyle fecal egg counts. Cyathostomes (small strongyles) are among the most prevalent equine parasites. They are responsible for more health problems in mature horses than any other parasite, and can actually lead to equine fatality. These nematodes are usually treated with anthelmintics such as fenbendazole, ivermectin, moxidectin, and pyrantel pamoate. The effects of these medications on the environment are unknown."


Here at BEC, even though we have what has been a wonderful parasite control rotational program, lately we've noticed unthrifty horses, which we feed an awful lot. Sure enough, our worms here are we believe, developing an immunity to our wormers.  So, we have gone natural. Papaya. Already we have seen a difference in our foals, rescue ponies and even some of our horses have put on more muscle.  We no longer buy paste wormer for our horses, we are growing papaya trees. No more harsh chemicals for our equine friends. We are all natural now! It is our belief, we were lowering our horses immune systems every time we wormed and that brought about the problems, along with parasites building up a resistance to chemical wormers that we used to purchase.


No horse is free of these parasites. It's part of life- we know this. We are avoiding massive infestation which can cause unthriftiness, wasting away and even death.


We also have chickens and will be giving our girls papaya as well. Papaya is being used on chickens, goats and horses by many people, with great results. Pass this along to a friend today and help them get away from icky commercial wormers. Your horses will thank you.  Our horses love papaya so much, that they want an entire one all to themselves! We feed papaya every other day. 5 papayas per 16 horses. It doesn't take that much.


It's Panama- they grow on trees!




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