Finding The Courage To Push Through-
I recently featured one of my clients on a Facebook Live, I find her so inspiring that I wanted to share her story with others…
You can read, watch, or listen. Which ever form of media you prefer.
When I asked Barbara to share 3 things she felt helped her push through the struggles of watching her horse suffer and continue with the natural health care she knew in her heart was the right path this is what she shared:
- Trust and listen to your gut. Try to stay out of your head. If you get into your head too much, your head usually ends up leading you the wrong direction. So you have to get quiet inside, and just sit with your feelings. Read your horse and figure out what you need to do for supporting them.
- Continue to search for answers to support your horse, and don't try to treat the symptoms, look beyond that. Don't forget to look at things that you're utilizing around your horse. Whether it be fly spray, shampoos, etc.
- Finally, don't give up on your horse.
Even if you don't listen to the whole interview or Barbara's and Sage's story… take those three golden nuggets with you as you care for your horse.
Barbara and Sage's Journey-
Angie Wells: I'm Angie Wells and this, I'm so excited to introduce you and allow her to share her story. This is Barbara Douglas and she and I met online, on Facebook. And so Barbara, I want you to just introduce yourself and share about you and Sage.
Barbara Douglas: Okay. My name is Barb. I live in Wellington, Nevada. I met Angie almost most a year ago. It'll be next month, it'll be a year since I've met Angie, which was awesome.
Barbara Douglas: Sage is my mustang. I've had her since she was 18 months old. She's now 16. She's a mustang. Anyway, and the reason I ended up meeting Angie on Facebook, was she just popped up and I was having issues with Sage with laminitis. She came down with it the first time February of 2017. No rhyme or reason.
Barbara Douglas: Vet did blood work. Nothing came up, as usual. Everything was in normal ranges. And at that time, I had never had a horse with laminitis before. She'd always been completely healthy. Never had any issues. And had her on bute, had her locked in a stall. All the typical laminitis ways of taking care of it. From the vet, actually put clogs on her, which is a wooden plywood thing, to help alleviate the pain in her feet. And then put her on shoes and pads after that. And got her through that episode.
Barbara Douglas: And then the second time she came down with it November 2017. No rhyme or reason once again. She's never been overweight, never had any issues. And then in March, Angie popped up on my Facebook. I don't know how or why, but there she was and I started watching and listening and learning and … yeah. My horse is doing wonderful now.
Angie Wells: You know Barbara, and I want you to share … It wasn't like it was just sunshine and rainbows. It wasn't like Barb found my info and implemented the info and then everything was just roses.
Barbara Douglas: No.
Angie Wells: I want you guys … if you will give Barb some love and heart. Just give her … thank her so much. I have so many people that I have been able to guide and support, but not everyone is as open and willing to share their story. So I am so grateful for you Barb, for coming out on Facebook Live. Nobody likes to do this sort of thing. It needs to be … we need this. These horses need us to get a little uncomfortable, to empower ourselves, and to empower others to take control of our horse's health.
Angie Wells: What's so inspiring to me about Barb's story is I work with so many horse owners who … When Barb first started, things were looking great. It's like, “Yay, maybe I've got this.” But then something happened. What happened Barb?
Barbara Douglas: Well in July of 2018, or yeah, it would be 2018, she came down with a little bit of an episode. I contacted Angie and I said, “Angie, she's in an episode. Can we get her scanned?” And Angie was on vacation, somewhere, but she had her computer and I had a scanner, because I had boughten one of the scanners and we scanned her. And kind of helped me pick a path to path to help support her. That's the word I was looking for, was support. And pulled her through it and I started riding her that fall and did a lot of good trail rides on her. And she's still doing well now. We made it halfway through.
Angie Wells: Right, which is so awesome.
Barbara Douglas: I know. We've made it halfway through winter and no episodes yet. Because normally her episodes come on in the winter time. So far, knock on wood, that hasn't happened.
Angie Wells: Right. I wanted to share because what happened that time when Barbara called me. I still remember it very clearly. And I'm glad I had my computer. So I was actually at a convention and I was learning about Nrf2 activation. Which is something that Barb does utilize for Sage. But when she called, there was this tension and this worry. It's perfectly normal for us, where she's kind of … was probably thinking, and you can correct me if I'm wrong, Barb, but you were probably thinking something along the lines of, “Okay, I've done everything that you've taught me to do, but things are going wrong again.”
Barbara Douglas: Right.
Angie Wells: And she was telling me that … it's like she had some people that were like, “You know, maybe you need to do this and this. Maybe go down the pharmaceutical path.” And she was having this uncertainty about what do to. So when she says that she wanted to get a scan, I utilized ZYTO balanced scans often times for the horses. It can give us an internal picture of what's going on. And honestly, what it does is it brings comfort to the owner. I do with my horses too. It just brings you a little reassurance to just know that you're on the right path.
Angie Wells: One of the eight laws of health, is trust. And I can't express how important that law is. And that was a conversation Barb and I had, where I told her she has to what's right for her and Sage, and what's right for her in her heart, but I am just there to be that support. And most horse owners … I will be honest, most horse owners, when they hit that path, that, “Okay, I've done the right thing, but now my horse is sick again.” I would say probably close to 90 to 95% of the people I work with, they go back to the treat and suppress route.
Angie Wells: Again, there's no judgment there, but that's what most people do. And what's sad, is you never move ahead when that happens. And that's why I wanted to share Barb's story. She went through that lull of like, “Dang it. This wasn't supposed to happen again.” And I remember having that conversation and just trying to be a support to her of, “I'm with you whatever decision you make, but you just got to hang tight and really move forward from where you have peace with. Try new supplements, try new things. Do some acupressure.”
Angie Wells: And within that, Barb was able to support sage. And actually the only reason her and I didn't come together sooner, when she messaged me and was like, “I want to share my story, but I'm enjoying all this riding time.” What a good excuse for not sharing your story. Go ride your horse who you were able to support.
Angie Wells: So really this … Barb is just the perfect example. I truly want to teach people not to need me. And yes, Barb still stays in contact with me and still … but she doesn't really need me anymore. She knows the information that she needs to have and she can support Sage, and I can be here when she does need me. But that's very different from the traditional viewpoint. You will never not need them if you stay in their cycle.
Barbara Douglas: Right.
Angie Wells: Barb, I kind of, not so much, tried to put you on the spot. But I did ask Barb if she could come up with maybe one to three things while she was going through that experience and that journey, some tips for horse owners that are maybe right in the middle of that right now. I just asked for her to kind of reflect during that time and share some tips that she thinks helped her get through that. So Barb, what did you come up with when I asked that?
Barbara Douglas: Well, what I came up with, one of them was trust and listen to your gut. Try to stay out of your head. If you get into your head too much, your head usually ends up leading you the wrong direction. So you have to get quiet inside, and just sit with thoughts and … not thoughts, but just feelings. And try to read your horse and figure out what you need to do for her, to support her.
Barbara Douglas: The other one was in continuing to search for answers for support for your horse, and not trying to treat the symptoms, look beyond that. Look at things that you're utilizing around your horse. Whether it be fly spray, shampoos. I kind of realized after going through all this, that back in 2016, she had been getting really itchy for the very first time. I mean, just itching herself raw. She'd never done that before. I had changed to a new fly spray that year.
Angie Wells: Okay.
Barbara Douglas: And then in 2017, she was itchy again. Which is when the Laminitis stuff was going on. And then 2018, no itching. Now that I've got her body balanced and feeling good, we don't get the itching. So I'm thinking that was part of something that was knocking on the door telling me, “Hey, wake up, pay attention. Look. See. Something is going on.”
Angie Wells: Right.
Barbara Douglas: I think that was my first little sign and I kind of ignored it. I tried to do other things and nothing worked of course, other than cleaning up her diet and the things that Angie has taught me to do and to look for.
Barbara Douglas: And then the third thing is just basically not giving up on your horse. When she came down with laminitis the second time, the vet said, “You know, this may be a chronic problem. You may end up having to put her down.” And that just was devastating. I've had her since she was 18 months old and she's now 16, and that just … I didn't feel was an option.
Angie Wells: Right.
Barbara Douglas: I feel very fortunate in finding Angie on Facebook. I still don't know to this day how she popped up in my feed, but she did.
Angie Wells: I have secret ways of … yeah. Showing up in the right place at the right time.
Angie Wells: No, I do actually … believe it or not, when I schedule my ads, or when I do that, I do set a very clear intention of finding those that need me. And I do think that that … it happens.
Barbara Douglas: I think it works because-
Angie Wells: So many people are like, “I don't know how I found you, but … ”
Barbara Douglas: Right. No, exactly. Anyway, I just feel very fortunate. I know Sage does for finding Angie basically. She's turned around. And it's not only my horse's life, she's turned around me looking at products and things that we put in, on and around our bodies. My dogs, myself, my horses, my cats, everything. I mean, I double look at everything now that I do.
Angie Wells: Right. And we have to. In this day and age, we really have to be mindful of … I love when people question supplements and stuff I use, where they're like, “Is it FDA approved? Is this like … ?” It's like, have you seen some of the things that the FDA will approve for you to use on your body and in your body and in your homes?
Barbara Douglas: Right? Yeah, exactly.
Angie Wells: We can no longer pass off the responsibility to government entities, or anyone else for that matter. It's our responsibility to ensure that we can do what we can to keep ourselves safe, our horses safe and the dogs safe.
Barbara Douglas: Yep,
Angie Wells: And especially with animals, because there is far less regulation. And it is very disturbing some of the things that you will find. If you've seen videos of some of the flea and tick medications and what they can do to dogs and cats, and yet they're still heavily sold. And it's just heartbreaking. But as owners, we have to take responsibility.
Angie Wells: If you guys have any questions for me, or even for Barbara about her story, or things, I absolutely love that. I like to say that you have to find internal calm, when there's external storms. That's just life. And with your horses, it's no different.
Angie Wells: Right before I went out of town, I kind of had a little bit of that. I caught the stomach flu that my son had had right before I left. And then my mustang Marshall got out. He will only let me catch him. So he got out and I was lying on the couch feeling like I'm dying and I have to go catch him because he won't let anyone else anywhere near him.
Angie Wells: So I go out and I get him caught, and I'm bringing him in, and then I look over and my horse Peppy, yeah, as lame as could be. He's walking off and I'm going, “I'm leaving in a couple days. I'm sick. I have this horse getting out, tearing up fence. And I got this horse limping.” There are times where life is just like not your friend and you really have to … I wanted … I kind of got panicked, so what did was I called a friend. Because I knew I'm not in a mental, emotional state to be making decisions over horses right now.
Barbara Douglas: Right.
Angie Wells: So I called my friend, I was like, “Come look at my horse and give me your thoughts.” Just to get myself out of that, because especially if you're tired or emotional, you can make some really crazy decisions.
Angie Wells: And of course, I didn't necessarily … my viewpoint wasn't necessarily the same in how to do it, but she was like, “Well he just kind of looks like he's old and it's winter.” And I was like, “Yeah.” I did not ride him. I did not have him in as good of shape coming into winter as I normally do because I didn't ride as much over the summer. And I usually supplement more than I have this winter for my seniors.
Angie Wells: So that's really all it was. And I couldn't start them on supplements until I came home. And now with some therapy, some body work and supplements, we're right back to where we need to be.
Angie Wells: So keeping ourselves at internal calm and just sitting and going, “What do I need to do?” And sometimes it is. Have a friend come because you're too emotional to make a decision. Just know that still happens to me. Our horses really get a lot of emotion from us.
Angie Wells: Jill says, “Oh my gosh, yes treating symptoms. Such a prevalent problem with many clients I have.” So Jill does massage therapy. She said, “Medicinal treatment is the first thing they try, and then when that's not the cure, they contact me for massage.” So yes, that happens a lot for me too Jill. Where people expect us just to treat things naturally. And I actually get in some, I wouldn't say disagreements, but a lot of people don't agree with my viewpoint, because I actually never look at the problem. I always just look at health. And people have a really hard time with that. When I'm sitting here saying, “Change your nutrition. Focus on this. Use this remedy. Use this oil.” And they're like, “That has nothing to do with my horse's problem.” And it's like no it doesn't. It has to do with health because all I care about is getting health back. That's a completely different view, and that is my sole purpose is getting health back into balance.
Angie Wells: So, yes Jill, it can be really … it can be a hard thing to have to deal with. Jill also says, “Barbara, were you able to catch the problem before rotation started?”
Barbara Douglas: Yes I was. I had x-rays done, I believe it was the first time, but later on, not right away. And there was very minimal, if any, rotation. I'd never had x-rays done on her before, so we don't know exactly where her feet were, were her coffin bone before. But it was very minimal. And like I said, she is sound now.
Angie Wells: Good, good.
Barbara Douglas: Yep.
Angie Wells: Alright. Well if you guys don't have any other questions. Again Barbara, just thank you so much. Again, I find Barbara to be so inspiring because so many people can't hang through that little lull of … it just happens. And whether or not this is something … this could be a genetic thing, this could be … and Jill says, “That's awesome.”
Angie Wells: This could be genetics. This could be toxin related. A lot of people make assumptions about horses get laminitis or metabolic issues, or gastric ulcers. It's just the way that Sage's body communicates. So that's what I would call an area of weakness for Sage. And so as Barb mentioned, there was other things that we're communicating.
Angie Wells: So when there's itchy skin, when there's allergies, people always message me and go, “How do I get rid of my horse's allergies?” You don't want to get rid of them. The body is trying to tell you something is wrong. So when I hear that, it's like, okay, let's look at how do we support the body, and not needing to yell about being overly sensitive. Allergies just means they're overly sensitive to their environment. Their immune system is agitated, and when the immune system is agitated, there's a reason for that agitation. And instead of going, “Hey body, shut up.” We need to just sit there and go, “Why are you agitated? How can I make you … How can calm you down? How can I get you comfortable in your environment again?”
Angie Wells: Horses should not be allergic to grass, FYI. Horses live in the wild with flies and aren't allergic to them. So none of this is normal. I've heard people say, “Oh, you know, my vet says it's normal for my horse to have these kind of allergies.” It is not normal.
Barbara Douglas: No.
Angie Wells: Your horse should be in health. And when they aren't, we need to get health back into balance. I just thank you so much. Everybody is thanking you Barbara for sharing.
Barbara Douglas: Oh. Thank you.
Angie Wells: If any of … oh, of course.
Angie Wells: If any of you … because I know a lot of you, whether you've just listened to my blog post or videos, and whether you've been through my courses, I know there are more of you out there that I've helped because you message me. And I know I've asked you to share your story, and I know it's really uncomfortable, but it helps others know that there are others out there that it's working for. They can't just hear me say it all day because eventually they just go, “Well, it works for Angie, but it doesn't work for me.” And they need to know that there are others out there that were able to help their horse.
Angie Wells: And this is journey. Barb may find that it may start again.
Barbara Douglas: Oh yeah.
Angie Wells: But she's prepared now to know what can I do? How can I move forward and support my horse the best that I can?
Barbara Douglas: Yeah.
Angie Wells: Which is really all I want for all of you, is to have that. And I don't know if I like the term confidence. Because in the moment, it doesn't feel confident, huh?
Barbara Douglas: No. Not at all.
Angie Wells: And even for me you guys, it's not like when my horse gets sick, I'm like, “I know exactly what to do.” I do the same thing where I'm like, “Okay, oh my gosh, the sky is falling.” Because we're so attached to them.
Barbara Douglas: Right.
Angie Wells: But it just takes a moment of stepping back and then getting that quiet to go, “How do I need too move forward for this horse?” That's really what it's about. So-
Barbara Douglas: And I just wanted …
Angie Wells: Go ahead.
Barbara Douglas: And I just wanted to say also that my horse has always been barefoot. And I'd had to put shoes on her, or at least the vet told me I had to put shoes and pads on her. Well, she is now back to barefoot again, just to let everybody know. And she is sound. So, yeah.
Angie Wells: Good. And that's a good point to make too because sometimes it can be improper foot care.
Barbara Douglas: Yep.
Angie Wells: And yeah, shoes that cause a problem. So yeah.
Barbara Douglas: Absolutely.
Angie Wells: With Sage, it was really a mysterious sort of thing. There was just no rhyme or reason. And really once the traditional world was like, “We don't know.” What they do when they don't know, is they tell you, you'll have to put the horse down. That's what they told Barb, that's what they told me with my horse Hope. That's what they do.
Barbara Douglas: Yep.
Angie Wells: And it's up to you to make the decision. There may be times where that's the right time, but Barb knew that wasn't … they just answer and I knew it wasn't Pokey's answer. And that's when you just dig in deep and go, “Where is the solution?” You open that intention to the solution and you just put your head down and find it.
Barbara Douglas: Absolutely. That's it. And just keep digging and keep doing research, and keep learning. Keep learning. That's all I can say.
Angie Wells: Right. And Barb has been amazing. So thank you so much Barb.
Barbara Douglas: Thank you.
Angie Wells: This replay will be up and I'll message it out since we were having so much problems hoping on, on time with technology. The replay will go out. I'll be sharing it in my group. And I hope to share more stories and have Barb on again.
Angie Wells: I loved your takeaways Barb, thank you so much. You all have a great evening. And we'll see you guys soon.
Barbara Douglas: Have a good evening, Angie. Thank you.
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