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Written by Tim Couzens

Holistic veterinarian Tim Couzens, author of Horses and Homeopathy, shares his portrait of the Berryllium Metallicum horse.


COMMON NAME: Beryllium

CLASSIFICATION: Mineral: Alkaline Earth Metal: Element No 4

SCHOLTEN: Column 2, Row 2 Carbon series

SANKARAN: Column 2, 2nd row, fears separation, dependant

PREPARATION: Trituration

AFFINITY: Skin, bone



FIRST IMPRESSION: Insecure, clingy, anxious, runs back to safety

 Psychological type

The beryllium house is young (around six to seven) and remarkably insecure, somewhat passive and usually gentle in nature. There is a need for support and reassurance, so when challenged with anything unfamiliar or anything new, they literally head back to their mother or to their owner. This is their safe place.

They will stop suddenly at a water jump or a fence and are unable to decide what to do. Initially stupefied and fixed to the spot in what looks like a trance, they look around for a bit, think about things for a while and then finally head for safety in a bit of a panic.

Here we see some of the acute miasmic traits surfacing, stupefaction, sense of danger, mild panic and escape. However, for many Beryllium horses, there is also a more passive need for support, stopping at jumps or on the loading ramp, looking around for what seems like ages, refusing to move, then casually and slowly edging towards you, standing in your space and then touching you briefly but gently. That is all that is needed.

 Main health issues

Behaviour problems, skin masses (sarcoids), lungs and issues with bone

Key pointers (main indications in bold)

  • Insecure, anxious, anxious about the future, fears being alone
  • Lack of confidence, timid, confused, bewildered, overwhelmed, yielding
  • Passive, allows other horses to take their feed, to push in
  • Panic, runs to safety
  • “Mummy’s boy”
  • Irresolution, indecision, unable to decide what to do
  • “Head in the sand,” “it’s not happening”, “let’s pretend it’s not there”
  • Dislikes being watched or observed
  • Poor sense of orientation
  • Irrational fears, crowds, strangers
  • Chews fences
  • Pain in the lower back
  • Nodosities on the bones of the lower leg, ringbone, DJD of fetlock, coffin or pastern joints
  • Difficulty breathing with a deep painful cough
  • Weepy skin eruptions
  • Nodules in the skin
  • Skin growths
  • Sarcoids usually singular or two or three close together, nodular or ulcerated fibroblastic type


Worse/aggravated by: Heat, exercise, being alone, crowds

Better/ameliorated by: Company, by reassurance

Remedy interactions

  • Works well with:
  • Incompatible with:

Consider also:

Lycopodium: Lack of confidence

Lac caninum: Lack of confidence, seeks reassurance, looks at owner constantly

Scandium: Knows what to do but cannot decide what to do

Thuja: Sarcoids and other skin masses

Nitric acid: Sarcoids, usually those that bleed, near mucocutaneous junctions

Silica: Yielding nature, nodular “hard” sarcoids

Causticum: Kind nature, sarcoids around the head area, on the nose especially, often flat

About the author

Tim Couzens

Tim Couzens BVetMed, VetMFHom, MRCVS - Tim qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1980 and spent his first year as a qualified vet working in Ealing. Moving to the New Forest in 1982 he spent the next 3 years in mixed practice before moving to Sussex. Until 1990 he worked in small animal and equine practices during which time, he had the opportunity to attend some of the original homeopathic courses for vets held in at the RLHH in Great Ormond Street. Tim gained his membership of the Faculty of Homeopathy in 1991, his IVAS certificate of Veterinary Acupuncture in 1999 and is self-taught in veterinary herbal medicine. He opened the HVMC in 1995 as a dedicated holistic clinic. He is co-author of several books and sole author of Homeopathy for Horses published by Kenilworth and Horses and Homeopathy published by Saltire. He has three grown up children and a niece who is a small animal veterinary surgeon.

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  • These are unique and wonderfully done remedy portraits with so much important detail! Thank you Dr. Couzens!

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