Holly is often thought of as the remedy for anger – but this isn’t necessarily the case. In the Bach system anger is a secondary emotion and we need to look more closely at the cause. Anger based on impatience needs another remedy, for example, as do those angers based on feelings of personal unfairness or impersonal injustice, or where there is a simple loss of control.

Holly is actually the remedy for very negative, aggressive feelings directed at others – feelings such as hatred, suspicion, envy, spite. The basic problem is an absence of love, and the remedy works to encourage our generosity of spirit and an openness towards others.

Holly is often given to aggressive horses inappropriately, to such an extent that some people treating animals prefer not to use this remedy at ll. It may be indicated if your horse especially suspicious of peope’s motives or jealous of a newcomer to the stable. but if for example there are symptoms of fear then Mimulus or Rock Rose would be preferred. Horses are prey animals and humans are predators, so in the equine world fear of humans is far more likely than hatred and spite.

Things to look for:

  • Attacks or aggression towards another horse, where the attacks seem designed to hurt rather than intimidate
  • Aggresive body language and threats towards others (but only when you have ruled out more likely causes, such as fear or play behaviour)
  • Attacks on potential rivals, such as newly acquired horses and ponies

Holly“For those who sometimes are attacked by thoughts of such kind as jealousy, envy, revenge, suspicion. For the different forms of vexation. Within themselves they may suffer much, often when there is no real cause for their unhappiness.” Dr. Edward Bach ~