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Where does your horse’s health begin?

What determines if your horse is experiencing health or is experiencing disease?

Your horse is made up of trillions of cells and how those cells function, how they regenerate, how they communicate together, the terrain of the cell itself, the balance or lack there of, all play a huge role in your horse's health. Groups of cells form tissues, groups of tissues form organs and of course within the organs we have organ systems. If your horse is experiencing a health concern your mission is to start isolating and separating where the problem starts and what you will find is the answer will be discovered all the way down in the microscopic cells.

The 3 Pillars of Cell Health

To give you simple focus points to take action on to support your horse's cell function, I have broken it down into 3 main pillars in which to assess. So the three areas that are important for cellular health are going to be frequency, pH, and reducing oxidative stress.

  1. Oxidative Stress – You can learn additional details about oxidative stress in our recent blog post The Missing Link to Your Horse's Health. What is important to understand is that you need to find options that naturally support the bodies ability to ward off and keep cell damaging free radicals under control. Natural options like essential oils, herbs, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E are great! But what studies are revealing and the raising horse health concerns are an indicator of, is that dietary antioxidants are not always enough. I have experienced success and know many others who have seen results utilizing a natural Nrf2 activation product. Contact us if you would like to learn more.
  2. Frequency – All living things have frequency… Research shared and discovered by Bruce Tainio of Tainio Technology, an independent division of Eastern State University in Cheny, Washington showed that the average healthy (human) body frequency is between 62-72 Hz. Utilizing natural options such as homeopathic remedies, flower essences, essential oils, and herbs can serve you well and help you to increase your horse's overall frequency. Because just as health has a frequency range so does disease and illness.
  3. pH- One of my favorite books on the topic of natural health is The Battle For Health Is Over pH by Gary Tunsky. In his book Gary shares, “All life begins in the cell, is maintained by the cell, and ceases by the cell.” This powerful statement just continues to solidify the importance of placing dedicated focus and intention to the health of your horse's cell terrain and environment! Clean nutrition, reducing and eliminating toxic products and chemicals in your horse's care, essential oils, and herbs can all support your efforts to balance or alkalize the body.

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If you begin to raise your understanding and awareness to cell health, and you take action to maintain a stable balanced internal environment for your horse utilizing these 3 pillars of health, you can often see dramatic positive results and benefits. Whether it happens quickly or takes some time, will be individualized to each horse and situation.

These 3 factors are what made such a difference for my mare, when I was told euthanasia was my mare's only option back in 2011. My success in her health transformation starts right here with what I just shared with you! As you can see from the suggestions on how to best support the 3 pillars of cell health… natural options are the most effective way to move forward. To ensure you experience the results you desire it is imperative that you assess and review that your horse's care and lifestyle are aligned with Nature's plan and design. 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!

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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Understanding Horse Health Problems

Equine Wellness Begins at the Cellular Level

We want to help you see horse health problems in a new way. It is common when an injury or illness arises to look for the immediate cause (example bacteria, virus, etc.). This is not necessarily inaccurate but can be a delayed way of thinking in some cases. You must understand where horse health and wellness begins to get a clear picture of when horse health problems actually start to occur.

Where does equine wellness “live”? Cells.

Cells are the fundamental building blocks of life and where health and wellness can be measured or better understood. Groups of cells form tissue, and groups of tissue forms organs, and groups of organs form organ systems. So it is easy to see that if there is a lack of cellular health there is dis-ease and concern for the body as a whole.

Horse Health Problems Begin in the Cells

Here at Equine Essential Wellness we look at equine wellness from this viewpoint, and try to decrease horse health problems by promoting proper cellular function. Cells are best supported through adequate nutrition, proper hydration, and other supportive measures. In this post we would like to share how essential oils can be one of the supportive measures used for maintaining cellular health.

Horse Health with Essential Oils

Within the chemistry of therapeutic grade essential oils you will find phenylproaniods, sequiterpenes, and monoterpenes. These chemical compounds can support the following cellular functions:

  • Clean receptor sites allowing the proper transfer and communication of neurotransmitters, hormones, etc.
  • Clear incorrect information from cellular memory stored within the DNA
  • Reset or reprogram the cell with the correct information and restore proper cell function.

You can find more detailed information on this process from David Stewart Ph.D., R.A. from his article titled THE BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER or his book The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple: God’s Love Manifest in Molecules.

Combining essential oils with the proper equine nutrition is a great way to decrease horse health problems and support cellular life and function. Focus on health and repair of cells through nutrition, hydration, and immune support and your horse will be on a path to better health and wellness.

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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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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.

The reality is my mare Pokey had been “telling” me for years that there was a concern, but sadly the vets and other equine professionals and mentors I had at the time told me the things I noticed were no big deal! So I created a free pdf guide that shares 10 Tell Tale Signs Your Horse May Be Suffering From Dangerous Digestive Problems.

Pokey struggled with #3 on this list for years and yet I was told she was just lazy and it was a training/behavioral problem. Don't let others misguide you or silence what your horse wants you to know. Click Here and download the guide now.

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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Horses Emotions and their Effects on Horse Behavior and Health

Horses Emotions

Understanding the Connection Between Horses Emotions, Horse Behavior, and Health

Emotions are energy in motion and are a result of your or the horse's state, psychology,  thoughts, and feelings. Emotions have the power to create or destroy and we have the option to choose which. As horse owner's we can help our horse's do the same. Sometimes we unconsciously encourage or promote negative emotions and patterns in our horses which can result in less desirable horse behavior and can cause horse health concern and issues as well.

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There are other factors to consider that can influence your horses emotions and patterns.

  • Innate characteristics they were born with.  Example: If their mother or even in later life, herd mates are skeptical and distrusting of people this can effect the horse's feelings, thoughts, and responses to people.
  • Environment can play a part as well. What they have been exposed to and even the energy or condition of the surroundings.
  • Learned behavior and thought patterns. Whether they were from training methods, events, performances, handling, or lack of handling, etc.

How Does a Horse's Emotions Relate to Horse Behavior and Health?

To understand the connection we need to know how the brain handles emotions. The answer lies in the limbic system. The limbic system is considered the center of emotions in the brain, it has a direct connection to the olfactory nerve which is responsible for the sense of smell. Have you ever had a smell bring back memories or strike an emotion? This is why.

The limbic system does not just connect and communicate with the olfactory nerve though. It receives input and signals from the entire body and senses. Because of this a horse that has a pattern of pain maybe with a poor fitting saddle or experiences pain at every performance can associate the event or object with pain. This can can have a noticeable negative effect on the horse's behavior and cause the horse to form unhealthy emotional patterns.

Often times even if a pain or stress trigger is removed the emotional response or pattern can stay, having a negative impact on the horse's health, wellness, and behavior.

Learning to help the horse's process through negative emotional patterns is something all horse owners can learn to do and should, to promote the over all well being of their horse.

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How to Change Horses Emotional Patterns and Improve Horse Behavior

You change patterns by changing a horse's state, energy, and thoughts. This can be done through understanding horse behavior and psychology. While working with a horse you can influence and break patterns by “asking questions” which with horse's has to do with directing a horse's motion, thoughts, and energy. Combine these efforts with the use of essential oils and you can help cleanse and reprogram negative emotional and behavioral patterns with positive ones that will support the horse's physical, mental, and emotional state.

How can Essential Oils Help?

Therapeutic grade essential oils can break the blood brain barrier and access the limbic system. They can help increase frequency of cells which can trigger a pattern interrupt and can help access and release emotions that sometimes other options and methods can't.

Don't Allow Dangerous Digestive Problems Linger-

Some emotional concerns stem from health problems, or the horse simply does not feel good! In my content, I share the story of supporting my mare through health concerns, naturally, after traditional methods had failed and euthanasia became the only recommendation veterinarians had for her. Part of our mission has to do with the success I had in helping her, and wanting that for your horse…

The reality is Pokey had been “telling” me for years that there was a concern, but sadly the vets and other equine professionals and mentors I had at the time told me the things I noticed were no big deal! So 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.

Pokey struggled with #3 on this list for years and yet I was told she was just lazy and it was a training/behavioral problem. Don't let others misguide you or silence what your horse wants you to know.

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 at the bottom of the post.

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