I’ve tried everything but nothing has worked!

I’ve tried everything but nothing has worked! When a new client makes an exclamation like this, a therapist’s response may vary from “well I won’t be able to help you either” – through a range of thoughts – from seeing this client as their next great challenge and/or wanting to be competitive with the series of therapists the client has seen; and any where in-between these responses. It will depend on how this exclamation is made to me as to what my response is on that day. So in today’s blog I am just throwing around some ideas for pondering … Continue reading I’ve tried everything but nothing has worked!

Subtle Abuse: When Aids Become Weapons.

Originally posted on Relaxed & Forward: AnnaBlakeBlog:
My client’s mare is lovely; a very well-bred athletic horse. When my client bought her, the previous owner suggested my client get a cowboy to ride her at first, she needed spurs all the time and the horse was ‘mare-y‘, whatever that means. I get a little mare-y myself at the suggestions. My client decided the best course of action was working on the fundamentals. That’s where I came in. My initial feeling was that the young mare was pushed hard and fast. She needed some decompress time and although she looked for… Continue reading Subtle Abuse: When Aids Become Weapons.

Herbs, Oils and a Pinch of Love

Our horses become a very special part of our lives. With the speeding up of time we are busy rushing here and there, looking for quick fixes and generally compounding any issue we have in our lives due to our own haste. When we start to look within and spend quality time with our horses, the insights we can learn from them can open up a new exploration of the world around us.One way to take time is to look at how we can work with our horses naturally. With domestication and our hectic routines our horses are close to … Continue reading Herbs, Oils and a Pinch of Love

Stretches for Your Horse

Sometimes a simple stretch can help your horse with a movement that may be a bit ‘sticky’. Before you stretch your horse, warm the muscles. You can do this by walking your horse for ten minutes, or massage the area you intend to stretch. Ensure your horse is squared up behind and on balanced ground before picking up the foreleg. It is important your horse relaxes into the stretches because if he tenses you will find it difficult to achieve the desired results. Your stretches should always be slow and gently moving into a slight resistance. Do not tie a horse … Continue reading Stretches for Your Horse

Winter Hints for Horse and Human

For the Horse Winter is a time when your horse will expend more energy to keep warm. How you assist him with this will vary with your local conditions, but there are a few simple things you can do wherever you have a definite “winter” season. If your horse is still reluctant to drink during the cold weather you can add celery seeds to his feed to encourage your horse to drink more. It is also a good winter supplement as a digestive tonic and assisting with stiffness from arthritic joints in older horses. A long coat is the horses … Continue reading Winter Hints for Horse and Human

Herbs for waterlogged horses

Dealing with flood waters When a flood hits an area, there is not always enough warning to get horses out of the way of rising floodwaters. Firstly don’t panic, a horse can go without feed for a long period of time, and most floodwaters will recede in a couple of days. Floodwaters often contain sewerage and other pathogens, so it is important once waters do recede you need to be stringent about cleanliness. Disinfect water containers and feed bins, stables need to be hosed out thoroughly. Some horses may have injuries or wounds from debris that has been in the … Continue reading Herbs for waterlogged horses