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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Where does your horse’s health begin?

What determines if your horse is experiencing health or is experiencing disease?

Your horse is made up of trillions of cells and how those cells function, how they regenerate, how they communicate together, the terrain of the cell itself, the balance or lack there of, all play a huge role in your horse's health. Groups of cells form tissues, groups of tissues form organs and of course within the organs we have organ systems. If your horse is experiencing a health concern your mission is to start isolating and separating where the problem starts and what you will find is the answer will be discovered all the way down in the microscopic cells.

The 3 Pillars of Cell Health

To give you simple focus points to take action on to support your horse's cell function, I have broken it down into 3 main pillars in which to assess. So the three areas that are important for cellular health are going to be frequency, pH, and reducing oxidative stress.

  1. Oxidative Stress – You can learn additional details about oxidative stress in our recent blog post The Missing Link to Your Horse's Health. What is important to understand is that you need to find options that naturally support the bodies ability to ward off and keep cell damaging free radicals under control. Natural options like essential oils, herbs, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E are great! But what studies are revealing and the raising horse health concerns are an indicator of, is that dietary antioxidants are not always enough. I have experienced success and know many others who have seen results utilizing a natural Nrf2 activation product. Contact us if you would like to learn more.
  2. Frequency – All living things have frequency… Research shared and discovered by Bruce Tainio of Tainio Technology, an independent division of Eastern State University in Cheny, Washington showed that the average healthy (human) body frequency is between 62-72 Hz. Utilizing natural options such as homeopathic remedies, flower essences, essential oils, and herbs can serve you well and help you to increase your horse's overall frequency. Because just as health has a frequency range so does disease and illness.
  3. pH- One of my favorite books on the topic of natural health is The Battle For Health Is Over pH by Gary Tunsky. In his book Gary shares, “All life begins in the cell, is maintained by the cell, and ceases by the cell.” This powerful statement just continues to solidify the importance of placing dedicated focus and intention to the health of your horse's cell terrain and environment! Clean nutrition, reducing and eliminating toxic products and chemicals in your horse's care, essential oils, and herbs can all support your efforts to balance or alkalize the body.

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If you begin to raise your understanding and awareness to cell health, and you take action to maintain a stable balanced internal environment for your horse utilizing these 3 pillars of health, you can often see dramatic positive results and benefits. Whether it happens quickly or takes some time, will be individualized to each horse and situation.

These 3 factors are what made such a difference for my mare, when I was told euthanasia was my mare's only option back in 2011. My success in her health transformation starts right here with what I just shared with you! As you can see from the suggestions on how to best support the 3 pillars of cell health… natural options are the most effective way to move forward. To ensure you experience the results you desire it is imperative that you assess and review that your horse's care and lifestyle are aligned with Nature's plan and design. You can get started on supporting your horse to vibrant health right now, by downloading your copy of our FREE PDF guide, The Secrets of Equine Naturopathy, click here or the image below to get this guide sent to your inbox today!

How to Naturally Improve the Health of Your Horse

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The Journey To Your Horse's Health Begins Here & Now!

The title photo of this post is the work of professional photographer, Nadja Rider. She has a great passion for the mustangs of the Sand Wash Basin and her work brings awareness and life to the herds and horses there. I hope to further the efforts of her great work, through utilizing these beautiful images. If you would like to follow these horses on Facebook Click HereBe sure to check out Nadja photos, they share a story of the lives of mustangs in such an honest and authentic way.

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Spring Cleaning… Saddle Maintenance and Care

Your New Saddle Has Arrived!!

I'll never forget my excitement opening the big box which came all the way from Austria to Woodstock, GA USA!  My new saddle came with a girth, leathers, stirrups and a durable saddle cover! My sweet Straight Egyptian mare, Pippa and I had been using hand me down saddles and tack for quite awhile so I felt like we had graduated and were all grown up!  I have since traded the leathers for a set of Bates Leather Webbers…no more buckle under my thigh! Hallelujah. OK, I digress!

Tips for Maintenance & Care-

Now that YOU have invested in your own essential piece of equipment for you and your horse partner, a NEW or NEW TO YOU used Saddle you will want to make sure it lasts for a long time.

To insure your safety and comfort as well as your horse’s, I highly recommend regularly checking your saddle and tack for any loose stitching or areas requiring repair. The best way to do this is to check everything out while cleaning! This saves you time and a huge headache if you catch a saddle or girth issue before going out for a ride!

No matter whether you ride in an arena or trek out on trails, your saddle will get dusty and if there are puddles or creeks mud can easily splash up and end up on the saddle, leathers, girth and you!

Get into the habit of beginning the cleaning process by gently wiping the saddle off with a clean damp cloth.

Remove stirrups, leathers and fittings to make cleaning easier. There are a wide variety of saddle soaps, cleaners, conditioners and oils for you to choose from. The process can be several steps, starting with a basic leather cleaner such as Murphy's Oil Soap, followed by a conditioner and finally oil. Steps 2 and 3 can be done with one product. Neatsfoot oil is popular and some prefer olive oil or mink oil. After the oil application let the saddle absorb for a day or so before riding.

My product of choice is Effax Leather-Cream-Soap and/ or Effax Leather Balm to nourish and condition in one step!

After removing dirt and dust, use a small tack sponge and apply the Effax soap/conditioner gently in a small circular motion. Remember to clean under the flap and the billet straps as well!

To finish you can use the Effax balm to give a deep condition and a bit of an oil coating. The leather will drink it in and love you for it!

If you are cleaning a saddle with intricate leather etching and designs such as a Western saddle you will need to used a soft bristle brush to remove dirt in the initial wipe and possibly a cotton swab. On smooth leather be careful not to scratch, using soft cloths and very soft bristle brushes if necessary.

Be careful not to expose flocking to saddle oils and don’t overdo it with the oil!

If you clean dust and dirt off after each ride you can deep condition every few weeks or as needed.
Always follow saddle and tack manufacturers cleaning and product recommendations for new Saddles and Tack.
Now jump in the saddle and have a great ride!!
Meryl Lombardi
Little Shop of Saddles
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