Do you feel like you have lost the horse you once knew?

I have been there and understand that feeling. I can’t believe that is was 6 years ago my vet recommended that I euthanize my mare. All the time and money spent on endless tests and supplements got me nowhere.

What will make you cringe, is the reality that…  Horses get put down every day with solvable problems. I didn’t believe it until I experienced this for myself.

We all have that horse we will never forget...

Fast forward to now, Pokey is healthy and thriving. It pains me to think what could have been had I listened and not found her solution.

Although, it is great that I found a way to help my mare come back to health… looking back there were tell tale signs that I missed that might have prevented her suffering!

Not all horses are at this point, but they are trying to communicate that dangerous digestive problems are present that could lead to major concerns. These signs are being shrugged off by vets and equine professionals…

That is why I designed 10 Telltale Signs That Your Horse is Suffering from Dangerous Digestive Problems, this is a free guide to help ensure you hear, what your horse might be trying to tell you.

Click here or the image below to download the guide today.

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How To Avoid Sticky Stifles And Add Longevity To Your Horse’s Mobility

4 Vital Steps To Evading Stifle Struggles

The horses stifle is comparable to the human knee. It is a complex network of 4 bones, 3 joints, 14 ligaments, and 2 cartilage menisci. The stifle allows for your horse to flex and extend their hind leg and is designed to help absorb shock as your horse is in motion. Commonly most people think of performance horses when it comes to injury or concern of the stifle…

What is important to understand is that conformation, genetics, and fitness/conditioning plays a role in the health of your horse's stifle. Which means that even recreation and leisure horses can experience concern if the right supportive measures are not implemented with the horses care and lifestyle to promote the proper function of this intricate system of your horse's body.

  1. Proper Digestion- There are many resources that teach on proper nutrition to ensure the health of your horse's musculoskeletal system, but if the delivery vehicle for that nutrition is not functioning at its best. It is likely that the nutrition will go in one end and out the other… leaving your horse still at risk and your hard earned money in supplements in a steaming pile of poo. A great start is to support with the 3 Amigos of Equine Digestion, click here to read more.
  2. Species Appropriate & Individualized Nutrition- The resources I mentioned sharing nutritional advice… not only fail to address the delivery vehicle being operational (big deal if you want results…) but they also preach on cookie cutter, ratio, lab created synthetics that will most certainly fall short of the long term health and benefits you desire for your horse. Do you think that you and I have the exact same nutritional needs, what about compared to your spouse, kids, or your friend who goes to the gym for an hour everyday?? Is blanket nutrition really what you want to trust your horses's vibrant health to?  Once you have cleaned the nutrition of synthetics, chemicals, and toxins… look to add a natural amino acid supplement or check out our favorite joint health hack by clicking here.
  3. Fitness & Conditioning- Proper warm up, cool down, and overall fitness have a huge impact on the health of your horse's stifles. Did you know that the quadriceps and stifle area of your horse is the last place to build and strengthen from your conditioning routine? That means it will also be the first to weaken if you lack consistency or if the horse is on stall rest or inactive over a period of time. Remember that strength training is best done with slow work, consistency, and patience. Working with a sports trainer or qualified professional with slight incline hill work, trotting poles, lateral suppling exercises, and serpentines are great ways to build fitness and condition over time.
  4. Recovery & Therapy- Supporting your horse with bodywork, natural liniments, and nutritional support and remedies known to reduce oxidative stress, and aid in cellular reproduction, repair, and function can be the small difference that puts the icing on the cake to your additional efforts.

Simple Exercises You Can Do Now With Your Horse To Support Hindquarter & Topline Health

When you don't know where to start…

It can be overwhelming and confusing to know how to best care for your horse. It seems there are so many opinions, facts, and conflicting information out there! We want to help empower you to individualize your horse's care with confidence and peace of mind… we designed a FREE PDF guide to get you started right now.

Get our 10 Tell Tale Signs Your Horse May Be Suffering From Dangerous Digestive Problems guide sent to your inbox right away. Click Here to download your copy today.

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Do You Respond or React To Horse Health Concerns?

Whether You Respond Or React… Will Impact Your Horse's Health

We have all been there where a sudden illness or problem arises with our horse and an internal panic ensues… but did you know that your stress, worry, and anxiety has the potential to make your horse's health concerns worse?

On top of that the market is full of tactics that take advantage of your concern, promising solutions with their products that often mask, treat, or suppress the problems your horse has…

Driving them deeper into the body and setting your horse up for additional, more severe health problems! Soon you feel lost not sure where to turn or how your horse got here in the first place.

Somehow, the experts and marketers get you to take comfort in the fact that it is “normal” for your horse to be experiencing health concerns as the trends reveal there are more horses that are sick or diagnosed with health concern, then those who remain healthy and sound.

You may be wondering then… What am I to do??

You must begin with YOU! Your mindset, knowledge, belief, and confidence in caring for your horse is something completely within your power.

An empowered horse owner stands prepared and ready should health challenges arise for their horse, but the best part is that they also have the skills and tools necessary to reduce their horse's risk of many of the problems a majority of horses are facing.

The worst place you can be in regards to your horse's health is in your head. One of the best questions you can ask yourself is, are you all in? Are you truly committed to doing what it takes to get the result and desired outcome you want for your horse?

You will face opposition.

People will tell you that you're wrong, crazy, and some may even call you ignorant.

There will be times it seems like it isn't working, it might look like it is getting worse, and it will take investment of both time and money…

My mentor often makes the statement that if you argue for your limitations you get to keep them. Are you arguing for either your personal limitations or maybe what you perceive to be your horse's limitations?

You are your horse's headlights and they can only see and make it as far as you are willing to go. That means that you must let go not only of the limiting beliefs that you have, but those that have been “given” to you be your friends, vet, farrier, trainer, etc.

Draw a line in the sand of what you are determined to achieve for your horse, regardless of if you know how to get there or not! For more suggestions and tips on how to respond vs react check out the audio below.

You Have To Decide & Then You MUST Take Action

With my mare Pokey I had 3 different opinions with “tests” to back why each was right and the others were wrong…

Although each professional had a different label of what Pokey suffered from, there was a shared consensus of euthanasia as the only option. I was disheartened, confused, and not sure what to do.

I decided that I would not accept this fate for Pokey and set out to change and improve her health with no earthly idea how I would do it. All my mentors and peers thought I had lost my mind and nothing good would come from my false sense of hope and determination…

If you know our story… that was back in 2001 and she is still here with me today. I make it my mission to have the tools and information available to those open and looking for a better way to care for their horses.

One of the very first steps is to spot the overlooked signs of health concern, that your horse could be sharing with you right now… My mare struggled with #3 on the list for many years and I was told it was a behavior and training issue. I created a free pdf guide that shares 10 Tell Tale Signs Your Horse May Be Suffering From Dangerous Digestive Problems. Click Here to download your copy today.

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