Back into the Saddle

No matter what age we are, if we have had a break from riding when our horse has been recuperating from an injury or had a spell from training, we can all feel stiff and sore from the inflammatory response triggered by working our muscles again. Continue reading Back into the Saddle

Herbal Spring Clean

When I first studying herbalism and other natural therapies over thirty years ago, the fashionable thing to do was to ‘detox’. This had been a twist on the traditional Physiomedical herbal approach to cleanse the system and then restore tone, and if done with the correct approach, you do achieve and restore health. Continue reading Herbal Spring Clean

Energizing Oils – essential oils for the unambitious horse

Well, this could be a delicate topic, as no horse really likes to be referred to as a plodder, or worse still – stubborn, resistant, possibly even lazy! Now, it is important that you make sure there is no physical reason for your horse being called one of these names. Perhaps his muscles are not able to do what you want, or, as in the case of George, you may find a medical problem – my mate here had a bladder stone, and no matter how many essential oils we would have used before the discovery we would have had … Continue reading Energizing Oils – essential oils for the unambitious horse

Repelling Insects, Naturally

Bugs, flies, midges, mosquitoes; why are our horses plagued by them? Whether we like it or not, insects are just another part of nature. But each horse that is pestered by these little beasties can, thanks to nature, also enjoy some relief. Essential oils (natural aromatic essences from flowers and plants) provide a unique approach and are chosen to complement the individual. Also helpful are herbs and supplemental nutrients. While no horse will be – or should be – totally free from biting insects, a healthy horse tends to be less tasty and appealing to them. A healthy horse is … Continue reading Repelling Insects, Naturally

Is your horse coping with you at home in isolation?

Our horses have been adjusting to us being home and spending more time with them. It is an excellent time to work on some of our riding glitches and help our horses with nervous patterns and behaviours. Essential oils can give you some space to come together If you are ready to ride again, especially if your horse is used to a weekend trail ride and you are feeling like a Grand Prix dressage star after all these weeks at home, you might notice your horse starts to get a worried look or creases above the eyes – juniper is … Continue reading Is your horse coping with you at home in isolation?