Empowering and Inspiring Horse Owners to Care for Their Horse Naturally!
Hello and welcome, I am Angie Wells founder of Equine Essential Wellness. Rarely a thought or moment goes by for me that is not horse related. Whether I am reading a book, watching a movie, or having general conversation; my mind is busy processing how it relates to horsemanship and the care of horses. Improving the lives of horses is my purpose in life and the products, services, and blog posts you find here are how I live my purpose and passion out.
Do you remember when your passion for horses began?
For as long as I can remember I have been obsessed with everything horse! I studied any class, book, or seminar on horses I could find. I completed high school internships at equine trainer facilities and equine veterinarians. A year following graduation, I went on to become a certified Equine Massage Therapist and Equine Sports Trainer. After my certification I worked at a local facility that was focused primarily on rehabilitating injured horses. I enjoyed it so much that most of my further education and study has been in the area of alternative therapy and care.
Have you ever had a horse that meant the world to you? One that you couldn't replace?
For me that is my mare Pokey. She was my first horse as a young girl and holds a special place in my heart. So when she came down with a neurological disorder, I was devastated and looking for help. After three veterinarians recommended euthanasia, I was thankful to have my background and experience! Her condition led me to many therapies, looking for what would be most effective for her. At Equine Essential Wellness we are here to promote health and bring hope to those horse's traditional methods may leave behind.
Here are some of the ways we support horse owners:
Through our blog, I post regular content on natural horse care and horsemanship. Some of our most popular blogs include:
- The Three Amigos of Equine Digestive Health – which will share with you some great tips to supporting the health of your horse's GI tract.
- A Simple Analogy to Clear Confusion About Essential Oils – debunking some common myths and misunderstandings of essential oils.
- Selecting More Natural Horse Nutrition – clearing the toxic, filler, and chemical laden commercialized grains out of your horse's life to improve their health and wellness.
The Whole Enchilada…
As I mentioned in the introduction above, I have always had a love and passion for horses. My experience working with horses began around the age of 7, when I volunteered at a local day camp working with the trail ponies there. I would ride my bike early in the morning and help catch, groom, and saddle the ponies. I also had the opportunity to start my first donkey (and my last, I haven't started any others since), with the help of another young horse kid like me. That was a learning experience, I earned a respect for donkey kicks as I received one solid to the center of my thigh which took weeks for the bruise to heal!
Around the age of 9 I finally got my first horse, Pokey. I started riding Pokey after she was green broke (30 days with a trainer) at the age of four, which is not something that would be safe for most children and horses. But Pokey took great care of me and taught me so much through our years of 4H, showing, and gymkhanas. She taught and prepared me for when I adopted a wild mustang, started, and developed her on my own around the age of 12 or 13. I loved being with horses and many of those around me encouraged me and told me that I had an ease and connection with horses that was calm and natural.
As a teenager trying to choose a career path, I knew it was supposed to be with horses, I just did not know what would be a good fit for me. Our school offered internship elective courses and I saw this as a great opportunity to try to find my niche. The first internship I did was with a couple, that had given me lessons when I first got Pokey. Although I did admire their way with horses, they were kind and seemed to work with the horse and not force them or use aggressive methods. There was a lot of things I did not like and I saw that there was little connection with the horses, they seemed so “trained” they were almost robotic. One of my jobs was to warm up and sometimes just exercise the horses. Often this consisted of mindless trotting and cantering in circles for 30 minutes to an hour. It was no wonder most of these horses were not connected and were almost numb. I learned so much during my time at this facility but at the end of the internship, I felt no closer to finding where I wanted to be.
My next internship was at a cutting horse trainer. He was nationally known and had horses that were valued over $50,000-$75,000. Since my first horse was $100 and to adopt my mustang was $125, I was in awe of these horses and thrilled to have an opportunity to work with them. Sadly mid-way through my internship I found I was dreading going to the barn. It was my job to run the horses out and cold hose them after they were worked by the trainer. Some of the methods and tactics I saw done to these horses broke my heart. I was certain this was not the area of the horse industry I wanted to work in.
Seeing the wounds and injuries of those horses led me to believe I wanted to become a vet tech. So that inspired my next internship. I interned for a local equine veterinary practice. I was excited to help horses get well and resolve horse health concerns and mysteries. Sadly, I was let down here too. There were often times horses had to be euthanized, or after procedures and medications would still be ill or then returned often with continued or worse injury or illness. The things I saw, heard, and was taught, actually horrified me! I was really beginning to wonder where in the horse industry I could fit in.
After high school I began to explore alternative and natural paths of care and therapy which has lead me to where I am now. Here is a more detailed view of what I have completed and experienced over the years:
- 2003 Equine Massage Therapy Certification from Aspen Equine Studies
- 2004 Equine Sports Trainer Certification from Aspen Equine Studies
- 2004 Equine Touch Foundation Course
- 2008-2010 Worked as an assistant at an alternative therapy boarding and rehabilitation facility. Attended clinics on animal communication, horse and rider bio-somatics, and learned a lot about polarity therapy and cranial sacral therapy.
- Since 2010 I have been a Parelli Natural Horsemanship student and Savvy Club member and have watched, studied and practiced many of their educational products and attended events and clinics. Including their Summits in Pagosa Springs in 2012, 2014, and 2015.
- May 2014 completed Online Course Using Essential Oils for People and Animals Part 1 Levels 1-3
- March 2015 Completed a 6 weeks Equine Nutrition Course online through Coursera
- November 2015 completed Using Essential Oils for People and Animals Level 2 Parts 1-3
- March 2016 completed Philosophy of Animal Naturopathy (American Council of Animal Naturopthy, A.C.A.N.)
- April 2016 completed Naturopathic Equine Nutrition Course (A.C.A.N.)
- June 2016 completed A Better Understanding of Vaccines (A.C.A.N.)
- October 2016 completed A Naturopathic Approach to Pests and Parasites (A.C.A.N.)
- October 2016 completed Large Horse, Tiny Parasite (A.C.A.N.)
- November 2016 completed Metal-less Horse (A.C.A.N.)
- January 2017 completed An Introduction to Natural Healing Modalities (A.C.A.N.)
- January 2017 completed Animal Naturopathy Consulting (A.C.A.N.)
- February 2017 completed Animal Naturopathy Consulting- Equine Specific (A.C.A.N.)
- March 2017- Certified in Animal Naturopathy by the American Council of Animal Naturopathy
- June 2018- Certified Holistic Health Practitioner with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners
- November 2018- completed Equine Traditional Chinese Medicine Overview – Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute
I have found my niche and passion in the horse industry! Promoting the health and wellness of horses through natural methods is what I enjoy and love to do. I look forward to helping you and your horse to maintain your horse's optimal health if no concerns are present or rebuild and promote your horse's health if symptoms of illness and dis-ease are present. You can find a large archive of horse health related topics on our blog, or click here to check out our online training programs.