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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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Do You Respond or React To Horse Health Concerns?

Whether You Respond Or React… Will Impact Your Horse's Health

We have all been there where a sudden illness or problem arises with our horse and an internal panic ensues… but did you know that your stress, worry, and anxiety has the potential to make your horse's health concerns worse?

On top of that the market is full of tactics that take advantage of your concern, promising solutions with their products that often mask, treat, or suppress the problems your horse has…

Driving them deeper into the body and setting your horse up for additional, more severe health problems! Soon you feel lost not sure where to turn or how your horse got here in the first place.

Somehow, the experts and marketers get you to take comfort in the fact that it is “normal” for your horse to be experiencing health concerns as the trends reveal there are more horses that are sick or diagnosed with health concern, then those who remain healthy and sound.

You may be wondering then… What am I to do??

You must begin with YOU! Your mindset, knowledge, belief, and confidence in caring for your horse is something completely within your power.

An empowered horse owner stands prepared and ready should health challenges arise for their horse, but the best part is that they also have the skills and tools necessary to reduce their horse's risk of many of the problems a majority of horses are facing.

The worst place you can be in regards to your horse's health is in your head. One of the best questions you can ask yourself is, are you all in? Are you truly committed to doing what it takes to get the result and desired outcome you want for your horse?

You will face opposition.

People will tell you that you're wrong, crazy, and some may even call you ignorant.

There will be times it seems like it isn't working, it might look like it is getting worse, and it will take investment of both time and money…

My mentor often makes the statement that if you argue for your limitations you get to keep them. Are you arguing for either your personal limitations or maybe what you perceive to be your horse's limitations?

You are your horse's headlights and they can only see and make it as far as you are willing to go. That means that you must let go not only of the limiting beliefs that you have, but those that have been “given” to you be your friends, vet, farrier, trainer, etc.

Draw a line in the sand of what you are determined to achieve for your horse, regardless of if you know how to get there or not! For more suggestions and tips on how to respond vs react check out the audio below.

You Have To Decide & Then You MUST Take Action

With my mare Pokey I had 3 different opinions with “tests” to back why each was right and the others were wrong…

Although each professional had a different label of what Pokey suffered from, there was a shared consensus of euthanasia as the only option. I was disheartened, confused, and not sure what to do.

I decided that I would not accept this fate for Pokey and set out to change and improve her health with no earthly idea how I would do it. All my mentors and peers thought I had lost my mind and nothing good would come from my false sense of hope and determination…

If you know our story… that was back in 2001 and she is still here with me today. I make it my mission to have the tools and information available to those open and looking for a better way to care for their horses.

One of the very first steps is to spot the overlooked signs of health concern, that your horse could be sharing with you right now… 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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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

 

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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.