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Discover the Difference That Makes the Difference with Your Horse’s Health

equine nutrition the difference

Horse Health Requires a Solid Foundation-

I often share how essential oils had a huge impact for my mare’s health six years ago when I was told to put her down.

Although they were, there is a crucial piece I had in place already to support the essential oils efforts…

At that point and time, Pokey’s situation was front and center of my attention. But so were the horses of my clients…

This breaking point increased my awareness of all the common conditions our horses are experiencing.

How many people do you know with horses that have any of the following: allergies, respiratory concerns, laminitis, founder, Cushings, gastric ulcers, insulin resistance, arthritis… I could go on and on!

What is the one thing all of these horses have in common?

Nutrition…

The Difference That Made The Difference – More Natural Equine Nutrition-

Every horse I had worked with had very similar feeding regimens. Regardless of the various products on the market, they were all very alike.

So it made sense that even though I had switched Pokey’s diet many times with every latest and greatest, the results, were never long term.

When I peeled back the details on what I had been taught and sold at courses and seminars, I discovered almost all the classes were taught or paid for by the feed companies or professionals who worked for them.

Understand this is often the case for universities and colleges as well.

The biggest shift for me was when I realized without knowing it I had put my horse’s health in the hands of people who didn’t care for it as much as I thought they did…

They care more about making products cheaper, increasing shelf life, and creating long-term income from our horses’ alignments. Meanwhile, we sit in the dark and wonder why our horses are suffering.

I wasn’t sure if this simple and yet cornerstone piece was enough to change what Pokey was experiencing… but we had nothing to lose and the options I was now learning and researching were far more simple, cheaper, and heck I could read the label without needing Google search!

This perspective of equine nutrition made such an impact not just for Pokey and my other personal horses but also for many client horses over the years…

You can learn more about this approach to equine nutrition on a previous blog Selecting More Natural Horse Nutrition or get more in-depth information from our Strides to Simplicity Equine Nutrition Course. This new perspective on equine nutrition has made such a difference for my horses’ and those I have worked with that I feel compelled to share it with others.

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Life is better when you’re horsin’ around!


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How to Achieve the Results You Desire in Your Horse’s Health and Horsemanship

Is it just me…

Have you ever wondered why some people achieve amazing goals and dreams, while others don’t? Now I want to clarify that having a goal of taking a short trail ride with your horse is just as important as an Olympic rider whose goal is to win the gold medal….

Amazing goals in the context I am using them in is personal goals that bring you fulfillment and satisfaction. They look different from person to person. Regardless of the view from those peering at them from the outside each is meaningful and important.

Mentors and Self Improvement

Most of us have mentors that we look up to… we read their books and blogs, attend seminars and events, watch online courses and DVD series. But at some point, we have to stop taking in information. We have to go apply what we have learned or really it is not helpful.

In regards to horse health, implementing new things comes easily for me. I am open to exploring, experimenting, learning, and growing. The unknown is intriguing and begs me to discover new things…

My horsemanship on the other hand is where I have struggled in the past. I find especially with my mustangs that I want to read one more article, watch one more video before I go work with them. That is precisely why I adopted them. I became aware of my avoidance behavior in this area of my life and wanted to push myself to improve.

Watch what you say… to yourself.

If you find yourself in an avoidance pattern like I shared above it is very important to watch what you say to yourself. It is likely the thoughts and things you are choosing to focus on are what you feel weak or less proficient at. So instead utilize and raise awareness of what you do know already and start there.

Then introduce or take a small action that stretches your comfort zone and brings you closer to the goal you are trying to achieve.

When Pokey first became ill (Learn more on the About Page), I felt like a failure! With all the education, experience, and contacts I had… how did we end up here?

If I had allowed my thoughts and feelings to stay in that limited space I doubt I would be writing this right now. Instead, I put my head down and look for new perspectives and different mentors. Most of those I found were not in my area and I simply had a book, course, or maybe an article. The information often was opposite to what my background and experience taught me, I was out of my comfort zone, to say the least.

My desperation to help my horse pushed me through the fear of the unknown, stumbling along and figuring out. It was not until recently I came across the American Council of Animal Naturopathy and found some reassurance that what I was “doing” was a real thing… that there are principles and theory to what I share. Prior to that, I was totally reliant on the horse to let me know if I was on the right track.

Although I am grateful to have found A.C.A.N. and have now graduated their courses, I still firmly believe in allowing the horse to tell me if I am on the right track!

Takeaway Moment and Tips

When people reach out to me and share how helpful my website, courses, and content has been I feel blessed. But when I ask what they have changed or implemented from what I share and I hear things like, well I am not experienced or knowledgeable enough to (fill in the blank)… I see that I need to improve my communication and services.

There was a time that I was not knowledgeable or experienced. In fact, I approach every day in search of what I can improve upon and learn… I guide people through supporting their horse’s health in situations I don’t always fully understand but I also know I can figure out what it is I need to when the time comes.

Since I focus on health, there are many conditions and labels given to the horses I work with, that I don’t know and have to research to fully understand. I instead choose to focus on health and the proper function of the body… that is what I know and understand.

Through focusing on my strength, I learn and grow every day and achieve amazing things that would not be possible if I did not step out and do what I know how to do in spite of what I don’t!

What have you been avoiding in your horsemanship and horse’s health? Comment below or share it in our private Facebook group. We want to support you and help you stay accountable to take action!

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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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How to Support the Anxious Horse without Chemicals or Sedatives

Understanding the Causes of a Stressed or Anxious Horse-

Have you ever experienced working with an anxious horse? How does it feel when your horse has left the planet and is in a nervous frenzy?

For me, this is something I have surface often with my horse Peppy. He is a performance bred horse, whose foundation training did not cover emotional fitness… and even going on 20 years old he struggles.

In other words, he is a hot rod who has an accelerator and no brakes (sometimes the accelerator sticks too). This is especially true if he encounters anything that he thinks is dangerous. Such as a free-roaming (halter but no human) donkey, leading his herd of trail riders down a trail, that Peppy and I often frequent.

What seemed like a funny and cute thing to me, was traumatic and horrific to Peppy. He had already expressed his engine was over-revved when I first got on and this event set him off. He traveled to another world, thankfully I came off as safe and comfortable as I could have hoped…  I then spent the next 2 hours continuing down the trail trying to get him to come back down to earth.

Speaking of Earth…

Peppy was so concerned about his near-death experience that he was afraid of our cow and goats when he got home. These are animals he encounters regularly and yet he was suddenly terrified of them. After another 45 minutes of working with him, I was able to put him back in his pen in a relatively calm state.

The next week, I headed back out to the same trail and decided we would take extra time to ground ourselves both Peppy and I. I chose to do this through the use of essential oils and a method called square breathing.

Now we can’t make the horse square breath, but as we do the horse will naturally connect and often will pattern their breathing to a more relaxed state.

Something was missing.

Although Peppy was staying connected to me, he was still very emotional and was not grounded. I felt something was missing and I began to feel frustrated. Not at him, but myself as his leader… I began the square breathing and continued small partial disengagement exercises with Peppy. I began to change my focus to our beautiful surroundings on the trail. As I did Peppy’s head dropped and he started blowing out!

In that moment I realized what I had missed. When learning to ground you will hear people say things like, think of yourself as a rooted tree, you need to be rooted and grounded to the earth. This is true, but there is a second piece that I personally miss or forget often (you can read another ah-ha moment that shows this in the previous post Horsemanship Bringing Awareness to the World Around You)…

Trees do not only have roots! They reach and expand out with their branches. I was too inward focused. It was only Peppy and I… his anxious behavior and me as his leader failing to aid him through managing it. But when I focused outside of us the answer was there. I was in charge of my body and emotions, Peppy was in charge of his, I was there to support him, and he (we) could release the energy growing between us, outward to our surroundings.

The rest of our ride was much better. He would have a rise in emotions, I would square breath, focus on my roots and expanding out, and he would relax and blow out.

Natural Solutions for the Anxious Horse-

The next time your horse struggles with anxiety be sure that you are both grounded. You can do this through a variety of ways…

  • Essential Oils
  • Patterned Breathing
  • Yoga (some will do yoga by the horse, as a way for the horse to connect to the grounded energy)
  • Meditation
  • Flower Essences
  • EFT Tapping (reader suggestion… Love it!)

If your horse regularly struggles with being anxious it would be a supportive precaution to ensure there is not a health concern that is causing it… There are common signs that horse owners miss, and that we are actually told by professionals and our peers are nothing to be concerned about.

I know I overlooked a few with my mare Pokey, and it led to issues later on in her life. I don’t want that for you and your horse! We are preparing to release a new PDF guide that shares the Top 10 Missed Signs of Digestive Concerns in Your Horse. Contact Us if you want to be one of the first to receive it.

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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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.

Equine Health through Naturopathy

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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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.