Training Your Horse with Aromatherapy

I was introduced to aromatherapy about three decades ago. At the time I was working at a natural therapy college and it came across my desk as a correspondence course. My skepticism was high, and I laughed at the thought of an aroma having an effect on anyone. Well, I then attended an evening lecture on the topic and found it more convincing and my first modality as a therapist became aromatherapy and I was soon lecturing at several colleges dispelling the same skepticism I had generated myself. As a rider I was keen to try my new found knowledge on … Continue reading Training Your Horse with Aromatherapy

Natural support for allergies and skin conditions

Zelda, and eight-year-old Arabian, had a beautiful coat when Barbara acquired the mare late in the fall. However, as summer arrived and temperatures began to rise, Zelda broke out in hives. The poor horse itched so badly she rubbed herself raw. Barbara suspected Zelda’s skin problems were due to allergies but when she phoned her local practitioner about getting help, she could almost hear him cringing on the other end of the line. “I knew then that I had my work cut out for me,” she said. While more horses than ever before suffer from allergies, there is no one … Continue reading Natural support for allergies and skin conditions

Essential oils with cats

Proceed with caution, and avoid certain oils Cats can still benefit from essential oils, when they are administered with caution. Essential oils high in phenols such as cinnamon, citronella, clove, oregano, thyme, and savory are best to be avoided completely as these are the more difficult essential oils for a cat to metabolise. Various experts have longer lists of oils to be avoided, and viewpoints vary widely, which is another reason to do copious research, and proceed with caution.  Each cat should be assessed individually, and oils should be removed from the environment if lethargy or any abhorrent behavior is … Continue reading Essential oils with cats

Essential oils for respiratory conditions

Essential oils are antagonistic to pathogenic organisms on contact, which is why they are so effective when able to enter the respiratory tract directly, through inhalation. The therapeutic potential of essential oils is yet to be fully realised. An essential oil can cover a wide field of activity and in this article we will focus on the role aromatherapy can play when your horse suffers a respiratory complaint. Any condition or infection that involves the nose, throat, and lung would respond very well to essential oils. Inhalation is one very effective way of utilising essential oils, as when inhaled directly … Continue reading Essential oils for respiratory conditions

Chamomile – the calming herb

Chamomile, Anthemis noblis or Matricaria chamomilla, depending on the species you select, is an herb that can assist you with your horse. Lets explore the use of the herb, the homoeopathic remedy which only contains the vibrational qualities of the original plant, and the essential oil made from the distilled flower. Chamomile the Herb Chamomile is a hardy perennial herb that was often used in Europe as a pathway plant or strewn along walkways due to its aromatic properties in the Middle Ages. It was an herb that was employed in a garden to help ailing plants in its midst, … Continue reading Chamomile – the calming herb

Summer relief

As the weather warms and we thaw out from the winter cold, your horse’s body can be sensitive to their environment. With our weather becoming more extreme it can be hostile to horses. Herbs can support and strengthen your horse’s body from invasion, making it more difficult for the body’s protective barrier to be compromised. By addressing the internal health of the horse you will have more success in dealing with this Summer’s allergies and common discomforts such as itch, photosensitivity, headshaking, and annoying bugs. Relief With many of these conditions, the herbs a herbalist may suggestion for each condition … Continue reading Summer relief

GETTING THE FEEL

By Catherine Bird Massaging your horse/dog/cat can be a way to develop a bond between the two of you, and open up another level of understanding how your animal/dog/cat moves.   One thing a student finds foreign when learning to massage a animal is getting the feel of what is under their hands. It is not something everyone can feel automatically but it is possible with practice to be able to feel effectively. When your feel develops you will find you can begin to get an idea of what has happened to your animal in the past. When you are … Continue reading GETTING THE FEEL

Essential oils for moving to a new home

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils, pure plant extracts usually obtained by distillation, to assist your horse in maintaining a balanced physical body and emotional state of being. Horses are creatures of habit and enjoy a regular routine; when something comes along to disrupt this routine such as a move to a new farm, you can use the aromas from essential oils to assist make the transition gentle and welcoming for your horse. Before introducing your horse to a new place, it is important to prepare it for him. I find horses are very sensitive to their environment so … Continue reading Essential oils for moving to a new home

Hannah Hooten – Racing and Romance Novels

Hannah Hooten has released her latest novel and I have not had time to review – if it is as good as Share & Share Alike – you are in for a another treat with Making the Running.  If you wish to purchase link, the Amazon product page is http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TSN79KY/ Readers can also find more information on Hannah’s website http://www.hannahhootonbooks.blogspot.com/p/books.html  Hint from Hannah -it might be worth mentioning that the first book in the series, Keeping the Peace, is available to download for free. Previous review: 09/04/2014 Having the time to read fiction is a rare treat. When Hannah Hooten asked me to review Share & … Continue reading Hannah Hooten – Racing and Romance Novels

Each horse needs a unique approach

How you approach the management of your horse’s health depends very much on individual filters. Every situation requires individual assessment. For example, I may get two requests for a supportive program for a horse with laminitis. Horse 1 is in extreme pain and under the care of veterinarian as well as a hoofcare specialist. The herbs I suggest to support the healing process need to complement and not be in opposition to the prescribed veterinary care. To philosophically insist that all veterinary prescriptions be ceased and the horse wholly rely on herbs and essential oils could challenge the owner’s mental … Continue reading Each horse needs a unique approach

Guest Blog at Confident Rider

Essential oils for horse and rider confidence Jade at Confident Rider asked me to reply to Melissa – You can read my response at Confident Rider blog   Melissa asks:   A girl at my agistment centre suggested I should use essential oils to help my horse and I keep calm. Do you know anything about them? What do I use and how much and most importantly, are they safe?       Continue reading Guest Blog at Confident Rider

Immune system enhancing essential oils

Your horse’s body often gets compromised by microorganisms. Aromatherapy can be used to help your horse with any infection, however it is adjunctive to your horse’s veterinarian care, so the suggestions in this article are for your information and not to replace his advice. Microorganisms that cause disease are called pathogens and can include bacteria, fungi and viruses. They can cause infection and they actively reproduce causing damage to healthy cells, often being responsible for producing toxins in the body. Infection can be systemic where it spreads throughout the body, or localised, and when your horse’s body responds to an … Continue reading Immune system enhancing essential oils

Guest Blogger – Carola Adolf – Trouble in the “zone”

Carola and I were asked by Horse Deals to provide an article on seedy toe. I posted my herbal support in an earlier blog, and now Carola has been kind enough to provide her equine bare foot care perspective. Carola and I have enjoyed a professional association for many years now, I am pleased to be able share her work with my readers. By Carola Adolf NEP 2014 (Pictures & Graphics Equine Soundness/ C. Garner) Another name (and probably a more appropriate, but interchangeable one) for the White Line of the horse’s hoof is the term “Zona Alba”, which in … Continue reading Guest Blogger – Carola Adolf – Trouble in the “zone”

Positive aromatherapy responses from horses

After a recent visit to a regular centre in Wyee – I received this photo from the human that belongs to Girsh. When first discovering essential oils for use with horses, it can be tricky deciding if your horse likes an aroma – hopefully from the archives of a class session I presented at Orange TAFE in 2007 you will gain some insights. Even on a day where it had snowed the day before, we were able to elicit a variety of responses that will help the reader see a sample of what could be expected. Orange TAFE on a very … Continue reading Positive aromatherapy responses from horses

Improving Your Riding Off Horse – few things that are good taken care of on the ground…

Originally posted on Official Blog by Aspire Equestrian Riding Academy:
We are just freshly back from another great, long weekend in Yorkshire running Aspire Grassroots clinic at Lindrick Livery – it is a little bit of a trek up North… Continue reading Improving Your Riding Off Horse – few things that are good taken care of on the ground…

What I have learnt from massaging horses

Easter is a time of reflection for when I give thanks and review my world.   I wrote this article over a decade ago and I am learning from each horse (and most humans) in my life.  The humans who belonged to these horses are still friends and I thank them for allowing me into their special  ‘horse space’. I will add the caveat that these were my experiences and reflections and are quite personal at the time.   This Easter’s gratitude is for accepting that I do not know everything  –  Each horse/human interaction brings its own unique dynamic and … Continue reading What I have learnt from massaging horses

Calming Signals: Are You Listening?

Originally posted on Relaxed & Forward: AnnaBlakeBlog:
If you are standing next to your horse and he looks away, do you think he’s distracted or even disrespectful? When your horse yawns, is he sleepy or bored? If he moves slowly, is he lazy? These are important cues from your horse, are you hearing him correctly? When it comes to communicating with horses, some humans are a bit like a self-obsessed rock star who throws a temper tantrum and trashes the room, but then assumes everyone wants his autograph. By equine standards, we ignore those around us and begin by screaming… Continue reading Calming Signals: Are You Listening?

Herbs to support Seedy Toe

A naturopathic approach to seedy toe will layer the approach with herbs; your first layer is to cleanse, and the next layer is to restore tone and repair the affected tissue, leaving the body stronger and less vulnerable to reoccurrence. This can be done very simply. You can build your individual approach using some key herbs, and then adapt your approach as your horse responds. The core herbs suggested here are herbs that will help with both the cleansing as well as the restorative phases. The lymphatic herbs such as clivers and calendula are key to the cleansing phase and … Continue reading Herbs to support Seedy Toe

Essential oils for colic

Yesterday when visiting one of my favourite properties  the morning was disturbed with the thought that another horse on a property down the road was in need of assistance. Fortunately the vet was called and knowledgeable horse people were on hand to help the owner get her horse upright and eventually releasing some good sized poops. It reminded me of this article I wrote a decade ago, the advice is still valid and hopefully you won’t ever need the information.   Colic The word ‘colic’ is one most horse owners fear hearing. There are many clinical signs that can be … Continue reading Essential oils for colic

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

How much is enough

Working out the right amount of a herb or combination of herbs to give can depend on your intention. Why are you giving the herbs? Is it simply to address a physical issue? Is it to assist with a behaviour block? Are you addressing the spirit of the horse? Some people like to complicate the procedure by giving many herbs together. This is often out of anxiety in the hope they cover everything, or from their ego thinking how clever they are to have combined so many herbs. Sometimes we just love our horses “too much” and in our hope … Continue reading How much is enough

Essential Oils For the Young Ones

When using aromatherapy with foals, I have used them comfortably from one week old in my practice. I like the idea of allowing them to bond with their mother before introducing them to the foals olfactory nervous system, and then after that I have I have safely used them both for the scent reaction in their behavioural centres as well as physical application to muscle issues from the ‘trauma of birth’. My main rule of thumb if you are applying essential oils to a young horse, stick strictly to your 2.5% dilution, moreso as to not irritate their sensitive skin, … Continue reading Essential Oils For the Young Ones

Travel Hints when Your Horse Doesn’t Want to Drink

Some horses don’t like to drink away from home. Suggestion 1 Add a teaspoon of celery seed to their feed the night before and when they are away – celery seed tends to make horse’s a little thirstier and encourages them to drink water. Suggestion 2 Flavour their water with a small bottle of apple juice – we have all drunk water from a different water tank and know it can taste different – the addition of this small amount of juice can mask that difference and be yummy. If you forget to take juice with you a splash of … Continue reading Travel Hints when Your Horse Doesn’t Want to Drink

Fighting Winter Bugs with Essential Oils

With the changeable weather, there are sniffles in the office as well as the stables, and the simple use of essential oils may just help keep some of those bugs at bay. This article was first published in Natural Horse Magazine volume 5, issue 1: Your horse’s body often gets compromised by microorganisms. Aromatherapy can be used to help your horse with any infection, however it is adjunctive to your horse’s veterinarian care, so the suggestions in this article are for your information and not to replace his advice. Microorganisms that cause disease are called pathogens and can include bacteria, … Continue reading Fighting Winter Bugs with Essential Oils

Allergy thoughts

Allergies need a layered approach With the seasons not following their usual trend, the incidents of allergies seems to be rising on both sides of the equator. Identify and Eliminate If the trigger is environmental it may be hard to eliminate. If your horse is sensitive to one of the components in the feed – eliminate those which could be the trigger. It will vary with each horse and sometimes going down to a basic diet and then rebuilding one part at a time can help too. Reactions to your emotions Some of your horse’s reactions can be to the … Continue reading Allergy thoughts