The family of horse has been selectively bred and otherwise domesticated for about 6,000 years (recently exhumed ancient graves in the Ukraine revealed horses whose teeth showed wear from a bit). This newly discovered genesis of the domestication of the horse now predates the wheel, thus putting horse before wheel, so to speak, in the global evolution of innovative land-transport. Interesting to note that these earliest horsemen, from the steppes of Eurasia, were responsible for carrying to the rest of the world, on horseback, what has turned out to be the largest and most widely reaching family of languages. The presently endangered Przewalski horse of Mongolia is considered to be the last remaining wild stock of ancestral "proto-horses," close family descendants from the original horse. Przewalskis have a different number of chromosomes than the domestic species, and throughout time have always been found to be far too wild to be domesticated. In the same isolated region, the local tribesmen make a favorite potent brew, "Airag," from fermented (domestic) mare's milk taken in the spring; it is drunk during summer and fall festivities. For more lively celebrations they further ferment the soured milk into a thick yogurt-like texture, in old leather bags, then distill into a highly spiritous drink, "Arkhi," which is closely akin to the sound one makes upon taking one's first sip...
Ichose mares milk as a remedy source because horses have been very significant creatures to mankind throughout history. For thousands of years man has been riding horses, during which they have consistently and dutifully increased man's capacity for traveling, hard toil, and adventure. Horses have been particularly significant in the United States because of the long distances people tended to travel during routine activities. Humans have always had a strong "love" for horses. Everyone knows someone for whom horses serve a deep passion in their life. Anything that people have a very strong relationship with, be it an affinity for, or great fear or hatred of, is in my mind automatically a candidate for a powerful remedy.
Horses have been endlessly exploited by most of the cultures on earth because of their unsurpassed willingness to please their human masters. They are naturally sociable and love to cooperate amongst themselves and with humans. Man has used and abused horses through everything from farming and transportation, to racing and war -and horses have gotten the raw end of the deal in all scenarios. It has become virtually impossible to find a truly ancestrally wild horse. Even in "wild-horse" sanctuaries, each horse has an ancestor who was tamed at some point. The effect of this seems to be indelibly imprinted on the family of Horse and thus on mares milk as a remedy.
I believe that a true, naturally-wild, horse would provide a completely different proving picture than this unhappy domesticated creature. I am now attempting to get a drop of blood from the wildest horse we can find, maybe even a Przewalski horse from Mongolia. Although it is nearly impossible to get close to wild horses, I think the comparison will be very enlightening, and worth the effort. Recently we had a case where we first tried Castor equi (made from horse's-thumbnail) and Hippomanes (A meconium deposit from the amniotic fluid taken from a colt) but without success. Then we tried Lac equinum with great success. The results of this case have only led us to more questions. Clearly, though we love domestic horse, he/she is no creature we would have liked to imagine.
The mare from which we took the milk was 18 years old. The milk was collected in the summertime and was voided into a sterile glass vessel and rushed (locally) to pharmacist Michael Quinn who made it up to a 30c and now offers it for sale in the full centissimal range. The donor is a domestic mare who lives mostly in a pasture or paddock, not in a stall -these conditions are excellent for her. Her only physical problem is some minor arthritis in her hip. Her temperament tends towards irritable; she will get annoyed if fussed over. She dislikes the saddle and will grind her teeth when ridden. She loves to eat and she is a very protective mother and a good disciplinarian with her young.