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Ditch Bad Horse Days One Day At A Time…

Courage Can Simply Be Taking The Situation One Day At A Time…

I think all horse owners face days where they might question why the heck they own horses in the first place… they may begin to question their own sanity. Yet deep down they also know that a life without horses simply just won’t do! I’ll be honest, I tend to be overly optimistic, those around me have said I can find light in the darkest of places. My horsemanship and horse ownership is no exception.

Yet I recently found myself in one of those dark, ugly horse days, where I was pretty sure one of my herd members had worn out his welcome. You can here more of Lonan’s story and our ugly day from a Facebook Live video shared below.

Don’t Lose Hope-

Lonan is a horse that challenges me in ways I don’t often enjoy, and yet for some reason it seems wrong to send him on his way. I mention that I read a chapter from Heart To Heart With Horses The Equine Lover’s Guide to Reiki by Kathleen Prasad that morning. It was Chapter 8 titled Healing Fear and Finding Courage.

This chapter could not have been more aligned with what both Lonan and I are going through! He has some pretty strong and alive fears and emotions when it comes to people. He actually has an indentation scar from a lariat on his neck from a history of not ideal handling…

I myself experience a considerable amount of fear sometimes in his presence. I mention in the video he is expansive… something about him just feels big and loud. Yet there is a sensitivity and softness that when he feels safe enough to expose this side of himself, I am in complete amazement.

In the book there is a passage that shares “When we’re afraid to be who we are, our animals don’t feel safe to be who they are.” This strikes me as so true and reminds me what horses can teach us if we are open to it. Most of the time I feel the most myself when I am with horses… almost any horse!

Not this one… he awakens feelings I am not familiar with and instantly I no longer recognize myself. Through the tips I shared in my previous post and the words in that chapter I am so thankful I read that morning, I continue my journey with Lonan.

Looking at the Big Picture

So I mentioned my over site with Lonan’s diet and the fact I didn’t factor in the impact of the hay switch I had to make… Although it was not solely the solution, I have seen many times when diet and lifestyle are big contributing factors to a horse’s behavior and health! If you want to review your horse’s lifestyle for negative imbalances be sure to download 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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No Bad Horse Days! Mindset and Horse Connection

Horsemanship Tips to Ensure Good Horse Days!

I would say horse connection is the reason many horse owners have horses in their lives. Although there are some who simply have them for a business, profit, or professional stand point only. The average horse owner I believe has horses to enjoy a connection and bond that you don’t get from motorized ATV and recreational activities. You might look at the title “No Bad Horse Days” and be a bit skeptical, but I decided with the time, effort, and work that horses require I would not accept having any more bad sessions or days with my horse.

Just like with any habit or goal, some days it takes focus and determination to keep yourself positive. It is a choice or mindset that you can train yourself to gravitate towards and eventually it will become a natural, automatic response. As an entrepreneur, I spend a good amount of time in personal development, but as a horse lover and owner I find that horses are amazing teachers and can push and drive us to becoming better people, if we are open and give them the opportunity.

In this post I will share how I help myself through my own bad horse days, so that you can learn to enjoy your time with your horse. I believe the emotional health of the horse is just as important as the physical health. Horse connection and emotions have a big impact on horse behavior as well! It is a synergy that Equine Essential Wellness helps horse owners balance and take responsibility for. This is how you achieve your dreams, goals, and passions with your horse!

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Essential Oils and Horse Behavior

The great thing about essential oils, is they can be utilized by both horse and rider! In relation to improving horsemanship and horse sessions there are two factors to think of while selecting the right essential oil single or blend to maximize your results.

  • Mindset and Focus– To improve or increase focus and shift mindset to a more positive vibration, I like to use Clarity Young Living blend,  Citrus Fresh Young Living blend, and one horses seem to really enjoy Magnify Your Purpose Young Living blend. If you prefer singles or have a therapeutic grade vendor that you trust Peppermint, Grapefruit, Orange, or Basil are great options too! These essential oil options can bring mental clarity for both you and your horse.
  • Emotions and Stress– Whether you or the horse tends to get emotional or brings tension into the session it is not productive and will have a negative impact on your session. For blends I would utilize Peace & Calming, Stress Away, Grounding, or Harmony, these are Young Living essential oil blends. For single essential oils Lavender, Ylang Ylang, or tree oils (tend to be grounding) Frankincense, Idaho Balsam Fir, etc.

Horsemanship Quote

Horsemanship and Mindset

When undesirable horse behavior arises I like to remind myself of a couple quotes from some great horsemen:

“The horse may not be doing the thing that is the right thing for what the rider is asking him, but as far as the horse is concerned, he is doing the right thing.” ~Tom Dorrance

“One of the primary ways horses communicate with us is through their behavior. Again, it is my belief horses don’t distinguish between how they feel and how they act. So if they act a certain way, their actions are reflecting the way they feel. A horse’s body then becomes a mirror for their emotions. So the body informs us of what is truly going on internally.” ~Mark Rashid

These two quotes help me to view undesirable horse behavior through communication. I am open to making sure the horse is understanding my communication, while also listening and assessing their behavior as a means of their communication to me. From this information you can determine the horse’s need. Does the horse need clearer direction from you, do you lack respect or rapport from the horse, is the horse connected and paying attention to you?

It is imperative to leave blame out of the equation! Do not blame yourself or your horse, when things don’t go as planned. Focus on a solution, if it is beyond your scope of horsemanship or abilities seek help. Otherwise if both you and the horse are safe then it is time to get to work improving yourself. Blame will keep you stuck and only produce more frustration.

 

Nutrition and Conditioning 

Although many times sessions go awry it is do to lack of horse connection, communication, and mindset reasons; it is important to review and assess the horse’s fitness and nutrition. If we eat junk food and are out of shape we often don’t want to go hiking, running, or other physical activities. Horses are no different. Making sure they are physically comfortable, building their fitness, and adjusting their nutrition is something many overlook.

For steps on how to effectively assess your horse’s lifestyle download 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

 

For more information related to this topic check out some of our previous blog posts listed below:

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Understanding The Nervous Horse

Taking the nervous horse seriously-

There are many factors to consider when you are looking to support a nervous horse. I have two of my personal horses that I would consider anxious types and I utilize a variety of things to foster emotional balance and conditioning to help them manage their anxiety.

Raising awareness of the autonomic nervous systems impact on human health on the last post got me thinking… if we are spending too much time with our sympathetic nervous system activated (fight or flight) and it is taking a toll on our health…

What about the anxious or nervous horse?

Looking at the research and studies that show the benefits of increasing the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system can help explain why methods like Reiki and things like people doing their meditations and even yoga next to their horses has proven rewarding for both the horse and human.

Yes, I said horses are masters of living in the moment, but let’s be honest our influence and domestic environment can hinder and disrupt how a horse would naturally be.

So if you have a horse that is nervous or anxious often- you will want to check out the additional posts on supporting your horse through it and experience the advantages that come with helping your horse find emotional balance and work to be more parasympathetic dominant.

 

Follow Nature’s Plan For Your Horse-

One way to reduce your horse’s stress and nervousness is to make sure their lifestyle is aligned with the laws of health. horses give us so much! Start by downloading your copy of our FREE PDF guide, The Secrets of Equine Naturopathy, click here or the image below to get this series sent to your inbox today!

How to Naturally Improve the Health of Your Horse

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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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Owning Horses Can Be Good For Your Health

Horse Health

Does your horse time benefit your health?

Okay, so this topic is a little different than what I usually share… but since you are probably just as passionate about horses as I am… this is still a topic you will enjoy and benefit from!

If you have read, watched, or studied with any great horseman or woman you will have likely heard them teach about how horses live in the moment. They are masters of it!

People… not so much. Unless you have put effort and habit into doing so.

When you work to develop a bond and connection with horses, you develop skills of being present and this practice has benefits for your health.

The Secret Behind Relaxation & Rejuvenation

I am recently developing a habit of meditation, visualization, and journaling (is that a word?). Being naturally curious I began to wonder why these habits are good for our health…

What I discovered was it is related to the Autonomic Nervous System.

The Autonomic Nervous System manages the automatic systems and functions of the body, such as your heartbeat, breathing, digestion, and other things your body naturally does without you thinking about it…

The Autonomic Nervous System has two parts:

  • Sympathetic
  • Parasympathetic

As horse owners we are familiar with the sympathetic nervous system… as it is what controls “fight” or “flight”. This is something not just our horse has and the truth is most of us spend too much time in this mode and have allowed it to become the dominant operating part of our nervous system.

The concern with that is that it is during the parasympathetic time that our body rests and rejuvenates. So supporting and encouraging our nervous system to activate the parasympathetic system regularly and have it become dominant is beneficial for our health.

Although our horses are well known for the fight and flight characteristics, they are masters of parasympathetic system as well… and when people spend time with them in a relaxing, bonding, and connecting state it has similar benefits (in my opinion more) to things like meditation, visualization, and journaling.

So I will continue with developing my new habits… but will also remember that the horse time that seemed like a hobby or pass time, is much more than that. It benefits our mind, body, and soul.

Returning The Favor-

Our horses give us so much! Let’s return the favor by doing what we can to increase their health and wellness. If you want to go deeper into ensuring that your horse is on a path to health and not disease then you should download your copy of our FREE PDF guide, The Secrets of Equine Naturopathy, click here or the image below to get this series sent to your inbox today!

How to Naturally Improve the Health of Your Horse

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Winter Feeding Tips to Promote Horse Health

Winter Horse Care Tips

Horse Health Tips for Winter and Cold Weather Care

When the seasons change and the temperature drops, equine nutrition and care needs change as well. We wanted to share some winter feeding and care tips. Because the horse’s energy requirements change as the temperature drops it is important to accommodate their needs and equine nutrition requirements appropriately. On average for every degree below 18°F the horse requires an additional 1% energy in their diet.

winter feeding and horse care

Equine Nutrition Options for Additional Energy for Winter Feeding

The best option is to increase your horse’s fiber intake. The volatile fatty acids produced in the hind gut of the horse during microbial fermentation is a great energy source for the horse. For horses that do not have access to turn out you can provide a slow feeder to help spread the intake of the increased forage amount out to make it last longer. Which will benefit the horse’s entire GI tract.

Of course adding forage and fiber to the diet also increases the need to be certain the horse has adequate water to prevent blockage and impaction. Utilizing a tank heater will encourage the horse to drink. When providing dry forage this is imperative to ensure the proper flow of the digestive system.

Soaked beet pulp shreds or pellets are another option to add to your horse’s diet to increase fiber intake. Soaking at room temperature or even with warm water can be additional ways to pamper your horse during cold weather months.

winter feeding tips

Additional Equine Nutrition Tips

  • Utilize Ginger – This warming herb has long been used for the circulatory and digestive systems. It can improve circulation to all parts of the body. Ginger can be used topically via a therapeutic grade essential oil or as a dietary supplement via herb or essential oil.
  • Trace minerals– be sure to be offering or feeding an organic trace mineral option during the winter months.
  • Additional Joint Care– Some horses really struggle with mobility in the cold, offering them a joint supplement that has ingredients like MSM, curcumin, collagen, and other organic ingredients will foster health of the joints through the cold weather months. My mare gets extra care in the winter, because the cold is hard on her. I utilize additional therapy products and essential oils to give her the boost she needs to stay comfortable and thriving through the winter.

If you are looking for guidance on what products or options would best fit your horse contact us today, we are happy to help you design care that is unique and individualized for your horse’s specific needs.

Stay In Tuned To Your Horse’s Health Year Round-

Maintaining health takes year round awareness and effort!  If you want to go deeper into ensuring that your horse is on a path to health and not disease then you should download your copy of our FREE PDF guide, The Secrets of Equine Naturopathy, click here or the image below to get this PDF sent to your inbox today!

How to Naturally Improve the Health of Your Horse

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