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Are You Feeling Stuck in Your Horse’s Health Concern?

Do you ever feel like you see things differently?

When I start writing, I inevitably feel myself swallowed by fear. And it’s especially true when I notice that findings from my research are going to challenge long-held beliefs or ideas. ~Author Brené  Brown

I began with this quote as it speaks to me in the day to day of what I do and what I stand for. For many years I worked for traditional trainers, utilized integrated therapy, and even worked at a veterinary office. This time and experience was what introduced me to the desire for something more…

A passion and drive to find more harmonizing and natural ways to be with horses and provide them care. For many of you who have found my website, this desire will align with you and hopefully encourage and inspire you to step out and take the journey that is not common and sometimes scrutinized.

How do you then take courage and move forward in spite of those who misunderstand and judge you? For me, it was establishing a firm foundation of what I believe, know, and stand for. This comes from listening to your intuition and also putting in the time and effort to not just take advice from every “horse expert” blindly but to research and review information on your own.

What do you do when what everyone else is doing isn’t working for you?

Have you ever made a decision you were confident about, began down the path, only to find an endless crowd of people who suddenly appear to tell you that you are going the wrong way?

Even with over a decade of experience, comfortably and happily on my path, I come across those who feel the need to inform me on how crazy, wrong, or even uneducated I am… Many years ago that would hinder me and make me question myself and what I know regardless of what I have experienced.

Even today when I blog, do a consult or attend events where I share my viewpoints and experience, I find that I can worry about whose toes I might step on or who might get upset at me… then I think of all of the horses and horse owners I have helped and those who need someone to stand with them and look into things that no one will guide them to look at. That is what drives me to share what I do and continue to empower and guide horse owners down a natural path of health for horses, that has been lost and somehow been falsely deemed ineffective.

Finding the answers, confidence, and results.

Many of the clients I work with come to me with their minds swarming with opinions, facts, options, products, and even fears… I am here to clarify what is buzzing around in your head so you can make a clear and confident decision in your horse’s care.

Sometimes that can be through one on one consultations tailored to your horse’s current needs and situation. Other times it is through our online courses and memberships that will provide clear, no-fluff, empowering information that will serve you for years to come!

How we help you get from frustrated and overwhelmed to clear and confident is completely up to you! No more drowning in a sea of opinions or feeling like you are failing your horse. When my horse Pokey’s health began to fail and nothing I had been taught to do or was told to do helped, I felt defeated and heartbroken.

To find peace while your horse is experiencing health concerns is a process that begins by empowering yourself with information of what caused the concern, how it could have been prevented (if possible), and what can be done now. This is very different than getting a diagnosis, administering directed treatment for the rest of the horse’s life… It is also important to remember that as long as you feel overwhelmed, confused and frustrated your horse’s ability to return to health will be hindered.

If you are ready to get results, confidence, and the information you need to help support your horse’s health naturally, I invite you to get our FREE The Secrets of Equine Naturopathy PDF Guide, click here or the image below to get this guide sent to your inbox today. This is a great start to finding the peace and relief you are looking for.

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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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Why is Educated Horse Care and Horsemanship so Important?

Understanding Why in Horse Health

Horse Care and Ham…

For many horse owners, myself included, our knowledge and understanding of horse care often was taught in 4H, pony club, or passed down from previous generations. Not saying that is bad, but here is a story that can shed insight on some issues that we may come across with this “passing down” of knowledge…

The Story of Grandma’s Ham

Excited for a holiday dinner with family, a daughter anxiously helps in the kitchen. Wanting to learn and share the traditions she has grown to love and cherish. As she watches her mother prepare her favorite ham, she is writing down the recipe and instructions meticulously so she can one day make it just like her mother, her grandmother, and great grandmother.

As her mother adds the spices, marinade, and finishing touches she cuts off two thick slices off each end of the ham.  “Mother, why do you cut off the ends of the ham?” asked the daughter.

“Because that is the what your grandmother always did.” replied the mother. The daughter wrote it in her instructions but decided when her grandmother arrived she would ask why cutting the ends of the ham was necessary, it just seemed like a waste.

After the rest of the family had arrived, and everyone was getting ready to enjoy the holiday feast the daughter asked her grandmother, “Grandma, why do we cut the ends off of our holiday ham?”

“Because that is the way I remember my mother doing it.” the grandmother replied.

With that, the daughter looked down the table to inquire to her great grandmother, who was smiling and laughingly said, “I only did that so the ham would fit in our tiny oven!”Natural Horse Health Principles

Horsemanship and Horse Care Practices

After working with horses for over a decade, I have seen many horse care and horsemanship habits that resemble the ham story. Even with my own horses, I would find myself asking why I was doing things a certain way and would often find no valid reason for many things I was taught to do over the years.

I was frustrated to learn that sometimes, I had put myself or even my horse’s safety or health at risk from silly habits and ideas that were taught to me by instructors, classes, judges, books, vets, etc.

So what is a horse owner to do? Learn it is ok to ask why… There are many horse care tips and tricks that should be respected, taught, and used on a regular basis with horses. Often when it is a truly necessary skill or practice it will have a practical reason behind it, and not a reason like the oven was too small or that is just what my trainer said, dad said, etc!

Our Mission to Share Natural Horse Health Principles

Did you know not too long ago I felt just like you…

My horses and those of my clients struggled with a long list of symptoms and health concerns. Medications, long lists of supplements and regular vet visits were normal. Although I was in the alternative therapy industry I saw little results at least that were consistent and tangible.

I was fed up and wondering what I was doing wrong. Where was the magic bullet hiding to help my horses live healthy, vibrant lives? The misery of these horses and my pocket book led me to what I know now. It is my mission to share with you what I have learned, help you on a path to a strong foundation and belief in what health is, and empower you with how to take action!

Click here or the image below to receive our FREE resource, Your Horse Care Naturally, this brief video is designed to give you simple actions you can take easily and effectively, to remove health hindering products and supplements. As well as begin your exploration into what natural care and health for your horse actually look like and why everything you have tried in the past has failed.

I hope you found value in this post. Please share via your favorite social media page to help us on our mission to promote horse health and wellness. You will find share buttons on the bottom of the post.

Life is better when you’re horsin’ around!


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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2 Crucial Steps on the Journey of Horse Health

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Health and Wellness is a Process and Balance

Health is homeostasis of the body as a whole and within the individual cells themselves. There is almost an art to figuring out how to balance and maintain health. When to change a plan or current care vs stay consistent. The answer is found through listening to the horse as you go.

Through being aware and having a conversation with the body you will be able to determine when to boost the immune system, assist with natural cleansing, or support a healing crisis. If at any point you become discontent or desire to see a change in results or you see health concerns arising, the only way to experience something different is to change what you are doing…

The definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over and yet expecting a different result. This rings true in your horse’s health and wellness too. Staying with a tradition of care or routine that does not serve your horse, simply because that is what someone suggests or is what everyone else does, is not likely to result in health and wellness.

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2 Steps to Horse Health

For our horses to live in optimal health, and thrive with us into their senior years… we must care for them as nature intended. Not as some expert suggests or product claims; but as they are designed by nature to be. Our blog posts feature images that are taken of bands of wild mustangs in the Sand Wash Basin area in Colorado. We can learn so much about a horse’s design and nature from understanding how they would live without our interference.

Yes, the wild horses live tough lives that our domestic horses won’t have to endure, yet the growth of disease and health concern in our domestic horses is an indication that we are off course with their nature and design. It is up to us as horse owners to improve and change this.

In order to experience change, 2 things must be addressed:

  1. Belief Structure- Become aware of your belief structure of health and disease. Then look into your current care routines and the horse’s lifestyle, ensuring they are natural and align with the 8 Laws of Health.
  2. Action- Take action to fill any gaps of knowledge and understanding that you have from sources that have the mindset and education background that aligns with what you are looking to learn more about. It is likely you will have to select people outside your current sphere of professionals and peers, as the practices and beliefs they have are probably the same as what you have been implementing and led to the results you have now.

Where to Start with These 2 Steps-

Did you know not too long ago I was no different than you…

My horses and those of my clients struggled with a long list of symptoms and health concerns. Medications, long lists of supplements and regular vet visits were normal. Although I was in the alternative therapy industry I saw little results at least that were consistent and tangible.

I was getting fed up wondering what I was doing wrong and where the magic bullet was hiding to help my horses live healthy, vibrant lives. The misery of these horses and my pocket book led me to what I know now. It is my mission to share with you what I have learned, help you on a path to a strong foundation and belief in what health is, and empower you with how to take action!

Click here or the image below to receive our FREE resource Your Horse Care Naturally, this brief video is designed to give you simple actions you can take easily and effectively, to remove health hindering products and supplements. As well as begin your exploration into what natural care and health for your horse actually look like and why everything you have tried in the past has failed.

I hope you found value in this post. Please share via your favorite social media page to help us on our mission to promote horse health and wellness. You will find share buttons on the bottom of the post.

Life is better when you’re horsin’ around!

 


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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Looking Deeper into Anhidrosis

What is Known About Anhidrosis?

Anhidrosis was first documented as a result of British sport horses traveling to distant locations for competition. Here in the US it is still a current concern mostly in the Gulf Coast region, although additional states and cases are surfacing and being reported.

I know I had a number of clients and new contacts reach out to me for natural horse health ideas and suggestions for anhidrosis this summer, 3 of which came during the same week. In times like this, I tend to stop and look deeper into the situation. Medical professionals up to now, say there is no treatment that has been proven successful. Likely due to the fact the cause is not fully understood…

Finding Horse Health Support in the Details-

There are stages in which horses appear to experience anhidrosis:

  • Gradually the horse owner might notice the horse only sweating in certain areas or patterns that seem patched or strange.
  • Suddenly, the horse no longer sweats but it only happens occasionally.
  • For some horses, the “non-sweating” begins and they struggle until the weather cools down and the seasons change.
  • Some more chronic or severe cases will also experience things like flaky skin, hair loss, dehydration due to lower water consumption, loss of appetite, and fatigue.

Short of moving your horse to a cooler environment, little is offered other than a few supplement choices that are an electrolyte or trace mineral based that may or may not be effective depending on the horse.

Look to Understand Cause and Effect-

To naturally care for your horse in times of health concern you must work backward. Look to understand the parts that showing concern and connect what might have caused the effect your horse is experiencing…

Your horse has a lot of sweat glands in comparison to other animals and when functioning properly it works as a great cooling system. When not functioning properly your horse is at risk of elevating body temperatures that will endanger their life regardless of whether they are in work and performing or simply at rest in the heat unable to regulate the temperature as they should.

Your horse’s sweat glands are stimulated by the release of epinephrine which is released via the adrenal glands. Although not fully explored or proven, there are theories connecting this condition to hormonal or metabolic imbalances. Following this trail of mysteries would lead you to look into the adrenal gland health, which should lead to both the thyroid and pituitary glands.

Becoming intrigued or at least aware of the deeper links in these problems will begin a shift in your view and belief of the importance of natural care. Getting your horse back to basics and living in tune with nature and their design instead of what we create or think is best and yet full of synthetics, chemicals, and toxins that disrupt the endocrine and nervous system, leading to these types of concerns and failed communications in the body. Growing in risk all the time and creating a domino effect that could ultimately take your horse’s life if not stopped or reversed…

Looking Deeper into Your Horse’s Lifestyle-

Did you know that there are health reducing ingredients in many of the products and supplements you are currently using for your horse?

  1. Diet and Nutrition
  2. Daily and Routine Care Products
  3. Barn maintenance products, pest control, etc.

Are you ready to spot these concerns, get them removed, and replaced with effective, affordable, health promoting options starting today? If yes, click here or the image below and get our free resource designed to get you on the path to safer, natural care for your horse.

I hope you found value in this post. Please share via your favorite social media page to help us on our mission to promote horse health and wellness. You will find share buttons on the bottom of the post.

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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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Understanding the Benefits of a Trace Mineral Supplement for Horses

Promote Horse Health with Trace Minerals

Adding an organic digestible trace mineral supplement to your horse’s diet can have a positive effect on the hoof health, overall growth, joint and skeletal support, as well as skin and coat condition. Add to those horse health benefits that minerals also transport energy and are cofactors to enzymes and you can start to see the importance of making sure your horse has adequate amounts of minerals.

There are 2 types of minerals for horses-

  1. Macro Minerals- horse needs larger quantities of
  2. Micro Minerals- horse requires less or smaller quantities of

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Example Macro Minerals for Horses:

• Calcium (Ca)
• Phosphorus (P)
• Chloride (Cl)
• Sodium (Na)
• Potassium (K)
• Magnesium (Mg)
• Sulfur (S)

There are amounts and ratios that are important when feeding minerals to horses.

  • Calcium needs to be higher than the Phosphorus in a ratio of 1.5 or 2:1. The calcium amount can be higher than that.
  • Chloride and sodium work together as an electrolyte
  • Magnesium works with Calcium to support muscle function

Example Micro Minerals for Horses:

  • Cobalt (Co)
  • Copper (Cu)
  • Molybdenum (Mo):
  • Zinc (Zn):
  • Manganese(Mn):
  • Iron (Fe):
  • Fluoride (F):
  • Iodine (I)
  • Selenium (Se)
  • Chromium (Cr)

Choosing a quality, organic trace mineral supplement for your horse is important. Organic sources are considered more digestible for the horse and safe to use. We use and recommend an organic, all-natural trace mineral supplement that contains an eco-friendly source of 74 trace minerals.  A trace mineral option that contains the purest, contaminant free coral calcium in the world and it is free of any additives, metals or fillers. Contact us for more information if you are open to organically supplementing your horse’s trace mineral needs.

For more tips on natural horse supplements and equine digestion check out these posts:

  1. 7 Natural Digestive Supplements for Horses
  2. The Three Amigos of Equine Digestive Health
  3. Equine Nutrition Archive

Our Mission Here at Equine Essential Wellness is Promoting Natural Horse Health-

Nutrition is the foundation of health and trace minerals crucial to having that foundation stable. Along side empowering horse owners with equine nutritional facts we are here to help you also spot the hidden toxins and chemicals in the everyday products and supplements you are currently using. This is one of the main contributors to putting your horse’s health at risk! Our FREE resource Your Horse Care Naturally is designed to help you take action right now to remove these products and replace them with natural, health promoting options. Click here or the image below to get this video in your inbox today!

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I hope you found value in this post. Please share via your favorite social media page to help us on our mission to promote horse health and wellness. You will find share buttons on the bottom of the post.

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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.