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Essential Oils vs Extract for Equine Wellness

Understanding the Difference between Essential Oils and Extracts

We here at Equine Essential Wellness want to help you, the horse owner, understand natural ways to promote the health and wellness of your horse. Essential oils is an option we like to focus on. These amazing powerhouses are great to utilize for promoting equine wellness! But in an unregulated market, it is important that you the consumer are educated on what to be on the look out for. The substitution of plant extract in your essential oils is one of the common concerns you need to be aware of.

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How does an Extract Compare to Essential Oils?

Although both may be used in aromatherapy, it is the essential oils which carry the therapeutic qualities and are best to be used when a therapeutic result is desired. Extracts are mainly used in perfumes or even in cooking.

The process of obtaining a plant extract varies from cold compressing or being soaked in a liquid such as an alcohol, in order to isolate a certain quality (aroma or flavor) from the plant. For essential oils steam distillation is the most popular method of extraction. This method, when done properly, will preserve the terpenes, esters, ketones, alcohols, and phenols of the plant itself. This is why many people describe essential oils as the life blood of the plant.

So why would companies substitute? One reason is takes a large amount of plant material to make a small amount of essential oil, so it can be a way to cut corners, plump, and fill their essential oil products with extracts and synthetics. That said there are times when cold pressed or absolute methods of extraction is a necessary process, like with citrus oils and some plants that the material is too delicate to steam distill.

When it comes to equine wellness and trying to promote health we recommend checking your ingredient list and being aware of what your essential oil single or blends contain. Although extracts might not necessarily be unhealthy for your horse, it is a cheap filler and a waste of your money if you are desiring health promoting benefits.

To be successful in improving your horse's health it is crucial to have a strong foundation of health established. 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!

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The Principles of Safe Essential Oil Use for Your Horse

Essential Oil Danger Zone!

Early interest in my horse therapy career, led me to learning about essential oils. Always believing in their benefits, my mother must have instilled a natural curiosity in me. Turned out, my mentor at the time was not excited about essential oils. She was quick to school me on the “dangers” and potential “hazards” of using them for therapy on horses. Being young and naive, I quickly accepted that what she shared must be truth and I simply put the curiosity at the back of my mind as a terrible, uneducated idea to never bring up again.

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Experiencing the Health Promoting Benefits of Essential Oils

Fast forward years later when my mare Pokey was struggling with some neurological issues. None of the alternative therapies I was educated in or had access to was effectively helping. The only recommendation veterinary medicine had to offer was euthanasia.

Heartbroken and frustrated my journey for Pokey's solution began… My mom with her belief still strong in essential oils suggested I give them a shot. I reluctantly tried these what I was told were “dangerous” essential oils on my horse. Shockingly, I began to see progress in my mare I had not seen in anything else I had utilized.

Needless to say my curiosity was awakened as I saw the results of my mare. Since then, I have studied and used essential oils for myself, family, horses, and pets with great success. The health and wellness promoting properties of essential oils is something I hope to help others come to understand like I do now.

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The Vast Sea of Essential Oils

The confusion people have of essential oils, left me unsure about adding  to the core of my equine business. Why might you ask? Try a simple Google search of essential oils and find the fire storm that surrounds them. In the US it is an unregulated market which is great for manufacturers and producers. It requires an educated consumer to ensure they get safe, quality, therapeutic grade essential oils.

Synthetic vs “Real” 

The term essential oil can be used to describe oils that were distilled or pressed from the plant itself, as well as those that are completely derived in a lab to match the chemical makeup of that of the plant. These products can even be labeled pure and natural!

Still believe essential oils are all the same? Here is the simple analogy I would like you to walk through. Imagine someone giving you a beautiful bouquet of roses. Now picture and feel what it is like as you bring these roses up to your nose. Feel them touching your skin. Get ready to inhale their fragrance… oh I forgot to mention they are synthetic roses. That doesn't change what you where imagining though right? Wait it does?!? Well saying that synthetic flowers are the same as real flowers is what you are saying when you say all essential oils are the same.

Roses Analogy

There are uses for synthetic essential oils, but not when you are wanting a therapeutic result! It can be a challenge to find and trust a company to purchase your essential oils from. Here at Equine Essential Wellness we truly care about the health and wellness of your horse. We want to be clear that not all oils are created equal. I hope the simple analogy of fake flowers vs real ones gives you a vivid image of what a synthetic adulterated essential oil is vs a therapeutic grade essential oil. Understand that synthetics can be toxic to your horse. The poor quality essential oils on the market are responsible for a major of the lack of results people get. Combined with any negative burning or reactionary side effects as well.

Grade & Quality is the Key to Safety and Results with Essential Oil Use with Horses!

Most of our posts about essential oils will stress for therapeutic grade essential oils only! It is the responsibility of the horse owner to determine the quality of the essential oils. When I hear of negative reactions, the first thing I ask the horse owner is the brand or company of the oil. The second being if the owner used the essential oils as directed.

Essential oils played a key role in my success with the health transformation of my mare when she began direly ill! But to be successful in improving your horse's health it is crucial that their is a strong foundation of health established. 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!

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Why is my horse so clumsy?

Clumsy Horse

When “bubble wrap” seems like the ideal solution…

Do you have a horse you want to keep in a padded room? Or that you're certain needs to be covered in bubble wrap? I have been there! I wanted to share some tips and suggestions to tangible solutions for a horse that seems accident prone…

First and foremost you want to rule out neurological concerns or diseases. Working with you vet through this is often the most efficient way to receive a diagnosis. If you do get a label or condition, there is no need to panic or accept it as a death sentence. This clarity is meant to serve you not scare you.

Whether you gain clarity from your vet or not, ensuring that the nutrition is clean of synthetics, toxins, and fillers is crucial for your horse's mental clarity –click here to learn more about that

Then supporting cell health and the microbiome of the stomach and intestines will further ensure that your horse isn't experiencing a brain fog or lack of coordination due to poor cell health or nutrition issues.

The quality of your horse's health is connected to the quality of questions you ask-

It's safe to say that a horse being clumsy is NOT natural… think of what would happen to the “clumsy” horses in the wild. They would be dinner for a predator in no time and the terrain the horse has to maneuver every day would put that horse at high risk of injury.

What other things should you questions and assess if your horse is clumsy?

  • Upbringing -What terrain and environment was the horse raised? Foals kept in stalls or small flat paddocks where they are unable to move on varied grades and explore their body in motion can live out those effects permanently throughout life.
  • Proper Hoof Trimming – Horses whose feet are not kept balanced can struggle with foot placement and making contact with themselves in motion.
  • Body Awareness- Sometimes these horses struggle with body awareness. Body work, slow ground work, and equine somatics can be great ways to encourage the horse to slow down and become more aware of themselves.
  • Physical Tension, Pain, or Concern– Checking tack fit, rider bio-mechanics, circulation to hooves, nutrition, and body work are all areas that you want to explore and be aware of.
  • Manic or Aloof– there are different ways a horse can express being accident prone. Sometimes they are more manic or anxious, and that leads to them to not focus on foot placement and body awareness. Or it can seem like they are more aloof, lazy, or almost daydreaming. Each of these would call for a different approach and set of questions to explore further.

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Training vs Micromanaging

One last tip or suggestion for a accident prone horse is ensure you are allowing responsibility.

The horse that I owned that struggled with this problem, had been heavily micromanaged when he was trained and ridden. Which was a temptation as he seemed very lazy and prone to trip, drop his shoulder, pick up the wrong leads, etc.

It got to the point that I hated riding him… it was so much work! Until, I decided I was no longer in charge of what he did with his body, he was. If he didn't engage properly as we went down a hill out on the trail… he got to go back up and come back down until he did. To be clear I had no emotion or charge on this. It was simply a, “let's try that again”.

In the arena if he picked up the wrong lead we rode it out awhile, sometimes even did some smaller circles to give him a clear (uncomfortable) feel of what it felt like. If he broke gait I simply asked for the lead I wanted and we tried again. If he didn't offer to break gait, I would break down to a walk or a trot and try again.

I had already ruled out all the other suggestions mentioned at the start of this post, this type of exploration will only work if the horse is free of pain, tension, brain fog, the tack is fitted properly, etc.

Stumbling Can Actually Be A Tell Tale Sign-

What most horse owners don't realize is that their horse IS trying to tell them that there are health problems lurking below the surface! Your horse could be too… with the very fact that they're “clumsy”.

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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Breaking Through Emotional Patterns

Equine Emotions

It doesn't have to been known to be recognized and heard

Just like every person has a story… so does every horse.

It may be that you raised your horse from a foal, or at least know most of their story. Or maybe for some of the horses' in your life or herd their story remains unknown, but that doesn't mean you don't experience the past or see signs of what it might have been like.

Most of my equine career has been spent with rehab horses and rescues, many of them I didn't know the before story and it was my goal to bring a new hope and “after” story for them.

My current herd is about half and half… 2 horses I know a lot about their history and 2 not so much.

For this post I would like to introduce you to my mustang Lonan. He was rounded up from the Jackson Mountains in Neveda, in early July of 2012 according to his papers. Believed to be born in 2011, adopted by his first adopters in late 2016 with not much (positive) human interaction before being transferred to me a year later.

Although he may not have spent much time in the wild, his instincts and innate behavior still ring very true at heart. I recently saw footage of a round up that happened just prior to Lonan's round up and it broke my heart. I knew he had likely be through a lot but to be honest the video really shocked me! You can click here to watch it, but fair warning it is hard to see…

Much of his behavior upon his arrival to my home, told me there were things in his past that skewed his view on people and really life in general. He was aggressive to me, my other horses, and managed to take down multiple fences. To see the side of him that is emerging now, I could not be more humbled and relieved. As I feared that the hope of him accepting and adapting to domestic life might not be possible…

Spotting Emotional Patterns

Maybe your horse didn't have a traumatic past… or maybe you don't know their history at all, but if you find your horse having undesirable behaviors over and over again it's possible they are rooted in an emotional pattern or cycle.

Essential oils and body work in combination are my favorite way to pattern interrupt and clear both physical and emotional memory, allowing breakthrough for your horse to get back to the calm, connected, and collected horse they desire to be. My favorite essential oil options for negative emotion barriers are Trauma Life essential oil blend and Inner Child essential oil blend.

You can check out the video below and see more updates like this in our private Equine Wellness Facebook – click here to join now. It might not look like much… but if you could see where he came from, you would know that Lonan experiences a completely different world than he did when he first arrived. He is like a brand new horse.

The essential oil blends I mentioned and 60 days of ForeCalm Powder to help break his fear cycle and he is ready to move forward being a willing, engaged, ready to learn, equine partner.

Don't Unknowingly Let Dangerous Digestive Problems Linger-

A common question I receive in relation to the topic of emotional patterns, is “how do I know if the behavior is linked to emotions or to physical concerns?”

That is a very important question that needs to be explored, because often times it can be both… and each needs addressed for the possiblity of the horse to return to being their true vibrant, exuberant self! I want to share with you the top 10 signs I have seen over my years working with horses that often get overlooked.

In fact, 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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Dandelions Are Worth More Than Wishes To Your Horse

Some See A Weed, Some See A Wish, While Your Horse Sees Health Potential…

Although many see the dandelion as a common weed, it actually should be seen as a valuable nutrient source and medicinal herb. The entire dandelion is safe for you horse to eat, the leaves and roots are the most beneficial when it comes to promoting your horse's health.

The dandelion root is great for promoting liver health and cleansing, while the leaves serve more as a kidney and urinary tract tonic and detox aide.

Nutrient wise dandelion is high in Vitamins A, B, C, and D. It is also rich in potassium, magnesium, and calcium making it a natural electrolyte option.

According to a published medical study on Pubmed.gov

Dandelion may exhibit various health benefits, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticarcinogenic properties. We analyzed the leaves and roots of the common dandelion (T. officinale) using high-performance liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry to determine its sesquiterpene lactone composition. The main compound of the leaf extract taraxinic acid β-d-glucopyranosyl ester (1), a sesquiterpene lactone, was isolated and the structure elucidation was conducted by nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry. The leaf extract and its main compound 1 activated the transcription factor nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) in human hepatocytes more significantly than the root extract. Furthermore, the leaf extract induced the Nrf2 target gene heme oxygenase 1. Overall, present data suggest that compound 1 may be one of the active principles of T. officinale.”

Although it might not reduce oxidative stress by 40% like the Nrf2 Synergizer we share in our Health Activated Horse Group… the leaf extract as stated above has been proven to activate Nrf2 and it has antioxidant properties… add that to the other benefits shared and you have a vitality supporting herb that you can utilize for your horse.

When in season in your area you can feed it fresh, as long as you are cautious that you harvest it in an area that has not been sprayed with herbicides… there are also species of “false dandelion” like Flatweed that look similar to dandelion, that is toxic to horses. I prefer to get a organic dandelion dried leaf options from herb professionals like Mountain Rose Herbs or Monteray Bay Herbs .

Best if used in moderation and like with many herbal remedies it's beneficial to cycle the horse off or give the body breaks between use. Always read your horse and seek professional guidance when needed. The serving size I most often utilize is 1/4 cup of dried dandelion leaves added to a clean forage/hay pellet (no synthetics or additives).

Times To Turn To Dandelion Leaves-

As shared above, dandelion leaves and/or root can make an affordable health boosting option for your horse when they are in health. Other suggested times of use can be when the body is struggling to clear toxins (after any chemical dewormers, pharmecuticals, vaccines, etc.), when edema, water retention, or the urinary track needs stimulated or cleansed.

For my mare Pokey she will be going on dandelion leaves for a period of time, to support the balance of her Water element, water metabolism, and recent concerns of edema in her legs. You can read more about other options to support similar concerns with the posts below:

Are you ready to unlock the health potential of your horse? If so I've got you covered! To empower you in how to utilize “The Root of Life”, I have designed a free PDF Guide to get you started on the right track to supporting your horse's wellness and vitality. Click Here or the image below to grab you copy now!

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