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Tips To Maximize Your Results With Your Horse’s Health

A Plan Catered To Your Horse-

It's likely that you've spent countless hours and a lot of money trying to find the supplements, remedies, and experts that have “the one thing” your horse needs to find relief, comfort, and vitality.

Everyday that goes by it seems impossible to escape the feeling that their clock is ticking. If you're anything like me, you might even feel like your failing them…

I have experienced the frustration, worry, and heartache as I watched my horse suffer. Consulting expert after expert, getting multiple… what appeared to be useless, conflicting opinions that only lead into more procedures, bigger bills, and yet little to show for it.

Truth be told, it was when my mare got sick back in 2011, that my awareness to the fact I was one of those experts hit me head on…

People came to me for answers and when I started paying closer attention to the signs and symptoms my client horses were still experiencing, I did what I was taught to do, tell them “it was normal and we were doing all we can”…

That was what I was taught, and likely what most professionals you're working with are taught as well.

It was then I decided I would find my horse a solution and get better results for my client or I was getting out of the horse industry and even owning horses. I couldn't stand watching horses suffer needlessly any longer.

That's when I discovered the 3 Tips To Maximize Your Result With Your Horse's Health-

  • Individualize everything horse by horse. NO MORE cookie cutter approaches, feeds, supplements, meds, or even routines.
  • LISTEN to the horse's body. Most people just want to silence the body, not listen to it and have a conversation that leads to the root cause and concern.
  • Create a catered plan based on the previous steps, and be flexible and open to adjustments and changes.

These 3 simple things have completely revolutionized my horse care and those of my clients!

What does an individualized plan look like?

I wanted to share an example of what it looks like to have a plan individualized for your horse. Here is a recent Horse Health Consult I completed for Clare Hanson and her horse Little Man. First Clare completed a consult form sharing Little Man's history and lifestyle with me. Based upon what is shared with me, I then go through the following steps.

1. Lifestyle and Routine Review-

I review the horse's current lifestyle and routines, looking for things that are not in alignment with the 8 Laws of Health. Clare is a student of my 30 Day Equine Health Transformation Course, and for the most part she had his lifestyle and routines balanced. Little Man is struggling with respiratory concerns and is currently on medications which include Vetalog, Clembuterol, and SMZ antibiotics.

Since I'm not a licensed medical professional, I'm not going to tell Clare or any other horse owner to take their horse off of medications they're on. You need to work with your vet on that, which I do understand can be a challenge if they don't want to assist you or agree with your choices. But you are the horse owner and the one footing the bill, so keep that in mind.

That said, I'm here to raise awareness to the various side effects and health problems that can and do happen on these medications. Because I believe you should be making an informed decision. Well intention-ed, ill informed horse owners are the #1 danger that horse's face… it sounds strange, possibly harsh, but comes from a place of no judgement and in full support of presenting the tools to change that.

For Clare, and any horse owner that has a horse on medications currently… you need to ask your veterinarian for the manufacturer pamphlet for every medication that your horse is on. Note: Sometimes they will resist you on this, PERSIST regardless. Then, thoroughly read through ALL sides effects and cautions on that pamphlet.

Every time you give your horse whatever the medication is, you are accepting that any one of those things could happen and that you're accepting that choice and responsibility. That's the honest to goodness reality, and when you read it, you are likely going to be disturbed at what you see…

A common question I ask in light of the long list of side effects – Is it realistic and logical to expect health, in spite of what you're reading on that list?

Often times horse owners have a strong realization that it's not.

2. Nutrition Review-

The next step is a nutrition review. This again was an area in which Clare was ahead and she had his nutrition clean and free of most synthetics and concerns. You can click here to learn more about cleaning your horse's nutrition.

I shared specific suggests based upon what imbalances that Little Man was presenting. Which for him at this time is adding a blue green algae, and increasing his Nrf2 activation supplement.

3. Creating An Individualized Plan On The Communication From The Horse's Body-

Based upon the main current observations that Clare shared about Little Man which are that he has labored breathing, white mucus that comes from his nose when he coughs, he has had strange white splotches on his coat at times, and recently has been lazy and sluggish.

Other things I made note of in her consult is his struggle with external pathogens including EPM, thrush, white line disease, rain rot, recently a high fecal count, accompanied with occasional lower back pain and inconsistent manure consistency.

From that list I make a plan for Little Man based on balancing his Metal Element and addressing a pattern of Yang Deficiency within his body's various concerns. I then gave Clare a 4 week and beyond plan of specific acupressure points and essential oils chosen for Little Man specifically.

 

As one example her Week 2 Plan included utilizing Acupoints  Ht 5, Ht 8, Bl 13, Bl 15 – This group is great for supporting animals that have possible grief concerns or baggage. Although Little Man doesn't have an obvious connection to grief, Clare is not fully aware of his life prior to her purchasing him… and if a horse is grieving or stuck in a pattern of grief, the tissues thicken and become less flexible (which could align with shortness of breath or not being able to fully expand his lungs). Grief, is also the emotion connected to the Lungs, so with any horse that has a respiratory concern this would be a good set of Acupoints to use, as they do no harm if they aren't “needed” .

My suggested essential oils for this set of acupoints for Little Man was Young Living blends Joy, Harmony, and Release. For great references for Equine Acupressure click here the app and the spiral Acu-Horse book are my favorite.

Empowering You To Get The Results You Both Deserve

The ultimate goal of these consults is to have you feeling confident and empowered to taking control of your horse's health. It isn't about magic bullets and secret sauce… but I do find that the horse owners I have done this with feel hopeful, at peace, and excited to get to work on the action plans given and many of them start seeing results right away. Some in the first week and other within the first 30 days!

If you want this for your horse you have a few options, you can work with me one on one click here to request more information on those packages. Or you can join The Vibrant Horse Society, which is a community of support and interaction that is affordable and effective at accelerating your horse's health and bringing you the peace of mind and passion to your horse ownership that might be missing or dwindling right now. Click Here to learn more about the Vibrant Horse Society today!


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Simple Solutions For Skin Conditions

Tips for addressing Rain Rot, Scratches, Fungus, and Mysterious Skin Conditions-

What's important to consider when your horse is experiencing any skin concerns… is that it's a communication of what is happening on the inside of body. The skin condition is simply the outward sign. I go into detail in Module 1 of my 30 Day Equine Health Transformation Course of the 8 Steps The Body Goes Through To Maintain Health… the presence of skin issues is really a “disease state” and is a clear indicator that you need to work the horse backward through those 8 steps to get health back into balance.

That process can take time, so it can be beneficial to support the horse topically in ways that will not suppress the immune system or send the concerns internally which will actually just further the disease state! So today I want to share with you a natural, effective solution for supporting your horse in times of such skin irritations and problems.

Ranch Life Naturals – Hair and Skin Care You Can Feel Good About-

There is such an amazing array of products available that you should most definitely click here and visit the Ranch Life Naturals website. But here are a couple of awesome options to get your started.

Here is what Ranch Life's site shares about their Original Skin Repair No. 01

“This is an amazing product that has helped with so many skin issues. If you haven't tried this one, I highly recommend it. It's human grade and for horses it has helped many with rain rot, scratches, mane and tail rubbing, rashes, insect bites and have had reports of wound healing when nothing else worked. Our veterinarian recommends this product to customers locally and is now carrying it on her vet truck.”

Let's take a moment and peek at what's inside this product – Deionized Water, Witch Hazel, Argon Oil, Borage Seed Oil, Tamanu Oil, Coconut Oil, Vit. E, CoQ10, Lavender Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Sage Oil, Organic Oat, Yarrow, Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend, Green Tea, Gotu Kola, Horse Tail, Wild Geranium, Dandelion, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

When the ingredients start with active and natural ingredients and end with the things we may not fully understand you're off to a great start! What's even better is when you know the person behind the formulation is using these products daily with their horses and cares about what goes into every bottle.

If you're ever curious about what's in the product and why, I am sure Sue would be happy to answer your questions. Be sure to check out her site and connect with her if you have questions or when you want to express your celebrations as you utilize these products.

Synergy and Partnership-

In horsemanship we're aware of the power behind synergy and things working together… if you're thinking of checking out and getting the Original Skin Repair No. 01 then you will want to check out the Original Detangler No. 02.

Here's the inside scoop on No. 02

“A must for tangle free beautiful long manes and tails and is not only nutrient rich for hair, it’s great forskin too.  This product offers just enough slip without being greasy to work through the tangles in your horse's mane and tail. When you brush, it leaves more hair intact by smoothing the hair shaft, and the botanicals offer strength and elasticity. Regular use on manes and tails promotes hair growth. I use this product on our herd weekly and the results is simply wonderful. This product is a superstar for helping horses to grow a beautiful mane and tail! I have also had multiple reports from horse owners that horses seem to like the scent of this detangler and they say when they use it, it seems to have a calming effect on their horse. I do notice when I go out into the herd with brush and detangler in hand, the horses surround me and put their nose into the mist when I'm spraying. Even horses that are shy of spraying will stand when I spray the detangler… I cannot explain… however, I know our horses love this product!”

What's inside this great product? Let's take a quick look… Organic Aloe Leaf Juice, Castor Oil, Stearalkonium Chloride, Vitamin E, Organic Sunflower Seed Oil, Organic Neem Seed Oil, Organic Rosemary Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Cetearyl Alcohol, Provitamin B5, Glycerin, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Organic White Willow Bark Extract, Organic Alcohol, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Spearmint Essential Oil, Sweetgrass, Cranberry and Vanilla Fragrance Oils.

It's All About The Framework of Care-

The foundation of what we share here at Equine Essential Wellness is that for our horse's to live and function at their best, we must care for them the way that they're designed and created to be cared for. This includes not just nutrition, daily routine care, but ALL of the products that you utilize in their day to day lives.

I shared Ranch Life Naturals with you because I feel they are aligned with the principles of Naturopathy, which is the framework I use with my horses and share with my customers and clients. You can use the same framework and steps I do to review your horse's care and lifestyle, download 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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Knowing When to Dilute Your Essential Oils

What Essential Oils are Safe to Apply NEAT?

As I shared in the post To Feed or Not to Feed, this is a question that does not have a cut and dry answer. Most essential oils will recommend some sort of dilution on the label for topical use. That said I rarely use carrier oils that is both with essential oils for my personal use and that for horses. How then do I determine which to use NEAT and which to dilute? I get to know my essential oils!

In our Complete Guide to Essential Oils Online Course I share a fun and non legalistic (not boring) way to get to know your oils. Of course I have read many books and taken courses that have taught me chemistry, benefits, and the science of it all but nothing really beats just knowing because you know! This is how you build confidence and intuition to selection, use, and application.

What Does a Carrier Oil Do to an Essential Oil?

Essential oils are volatile, which means they evaporate rapidly and contain the natural smell and characteristics of the plant. That is why some refer to them as the blood of the plant. They are potent and only a small amount is needed. Because the carrier oils have larger molecules they are not volatile and do not evaporate. In a way they slow the effects down and reduce the concentration.

From my experience working with horses I think it is the heaviness and consistency that first led me to not use them. The dust and dirt seem to attract to the hair when I used carrier oils. Combine that with how often I just put a few essential oils in my pocket and head out to ride or to work with the horses. Even on my therapy sessions I try to travel light. I will have a variety of essential oil options and a carrier available (in my truck or close by) but not on me.

Young Living V6 Blend seems to work well and I have also used fractionated coconut oil. As long as you're using a natural option and not something that is synthetic, petroleum derived (no baby oil or Vaseline), or vegetable oil you are good to go. Other options I have heard work well are grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, and olive oil.

Being Prepared and Adjust to Fit the Situation

When using an essential oil that is considered to be hot, I dilute it. Examples would be essential oils like Thyme, Oregano, Thieves Young Living Blend, and Cinnamon are the ones that come to mind, that I use the most. On the rare occasion, a horse starts fidgeting, skin twitching (like when a fly lands on them), or seems irritated after I apply the essential oil I will dilute it.

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Our Mission of Naturally Promoting Horse Health

I have been using essential oils effectively for over five years now. Although I have been in the equine alternative therapy industry for over a decade, essential oils were not part of that journey until my mare became very ill and euthanasia was her only traditional recommendation. The shift essential oils made in my mare's life and health inspired years of research, education, and determination to empower others and share what I have experienced and learned.

To be successful in improving your horse's health it is crucial to put your focus establishing a solid foundation of health. 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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Understanding Essential Oils for Dietary Use with Horses

Feeding Essential Oils

To Feed or Not to Feed? That is a Very Common Question with Essential Oils-

The most important factor to determine if an essential oil is safe to feed, is first knowing the grade and quality of the essential oil you are using. Here are some tips to help you determine what essential oils are safe to feed as a dietary supplement and which ones you should avoid.

Will the Real Peppermint Oil Please Stand Up-

Peppermint is a versatile and great essential oil that I have fed to my horses and recommended to clients as well. It can be very comforting to the digestive system and in times of any digestion concern it is one of my go to essential oils. Because of its popularity it is also one of the most adulterated essential oils and one that you need to watch for grade and quality.

Example 1

This is a label of a Peppermint essential oil that I would not use in any way on my horse!

Ingredients – Organic peppermint oil (pure) Mentha piperita – Fresh, strong mint aroma. Revitalizing, invigorating, cooling.

For aromatherapy use. For all other uses, carefully dilute with a carrier oil such as jojoba, grapeseed, olive, or almond oil prior to use. Please consult an essential oil book or other professional reference source for suggested dilution ratios.


Example 2

This is the label of the Peppermint essential oil I do use for my horse.

Ingredients- Peppermint (Mentha piperita) leaf oil- 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils

Directions- Place 2 drops in a capsule. Take 3 times a day or as needed.


Results with Essential Oils – It's All in the Details-

So what is it that cautioned or altered me to the fact that I would not use Example #1. They look very much the same.  This is where I find a red flag, “For aromatherapy use. For all other uses, carefully dilute with a carrier oil.” Now there will be essential oils that suggest dilution but this in not a suggestion. For mild essential oils like Peppermint this tells me that the manufacturer's view or school of thought of essential oils doesn't align with  mine and that I should get my essential oils from another company. If you are not familiar with school of thought and what I mean by it, please get the Chapter 1 preview, I share in further detail that understanding and its importance.

No Cut and Dry Answer-

I am sure you hoped to find a long list of do use this one and not that one in this post. Essential oils and promoting horse health is not that cut and dry, and is most effective when you individualize per horse and situation. If you are using therapeutic essential oils I would not fear if the horse licks or digests some. Often times during my therapy sessions horses do lick the oils off my hand. That is why if the label is pushing dilution for safety and stated that it is for aromatherapy use (really should say, “only” with the label in Example 1) I do not use it on horses at all.

My suggestion is always read your label, follow the intentions of the purpose the essential oil was manufactured for. Here are the top three essential oils that I regularly feed to my horses and/or recommend to clients for their horses'.

  • Peppermint Essential Oil
  • DiGize Young Living Essential Oil Blend
  • Frankincense Essential Oil (another one you really have to watch for quality)

applying essential Oils

Our Mission of Naturally Promoting Horse Health

It is our mission here at Equine Essential Wellness to help you promote your horse's health naturally. Essential oils is a passion of mine but it wasn't always this way. I used to believe essential oils were dangerous and unpredictable to use with horses. That was until they became my last hope when my mare Pokey suddenly became very ill and nothing seemed to be helping her. Euthanasia was the only recommendation the vets had and I was broken and not sure what to do! That was in 2011 and Pokey is still alive and well with me today and I believe it is greatly due to essential oils.

The precious additional years with her and the shift they made in her health inspired a large part of our mission and we now have great empowering resources available to you on essential oils. To be successful in improving your horse's health it is crucial to put your focus establishing a solid foundation of health. 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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