A young horse (2 year old Merlot, seen here at Devon County Show)) had a mild case of colic. She had been down, her breathing was heavy, she was very lethargic, not interested in food, running a temperature, very tucked up and no belly noises. Just before we phoned the vet we gave her a small syringe with 1/2 teaspoon of Cramp Bark tincture mixed with water to ease her muscles spasms and tummy ache, within half an hour she was almost back to normal, heart and respiratory rates down, loud belly noises and grazing as though there had never been a problem! We obviously kept an eye on her throughout the night but she was fine and healthy and happy the next day.

What a brilliant plant to have in your hedgerows and a great tincture to have in your first aid box