Here comes the heat …

Here comes the heat …  Summer time in Australia is when we all want to head for the outdoors, with the increase in temperature comes added stresses from the environment for our horses. To keep them comfortable we can add fly veils and sheets, or use fly sprays; and we can also build up their own immune system from within with herbs which may help your horse cope with any changes in Summer weather. Photosensitisation and sunburn, insect bites, itch, cracked hooves are just some of the issues your horse may be affected by as a result of too much … Continue reading Here comes the heat …

Herbs to motivate your horse

Herbs to motivate your horse This could be a delicate subject. When we are frustrated with training or riding, there may be a reason a horse appears unwilling to co-operate or to share the same ambition for a transition that you desire. Labelling the horse a plodder, stubborn, resistant, or lazy may be premature. If your horse has become lethargic recently, have your veterinarian identify if there is medical reason.  A blood test may indicate he has had a virus or that an organ is not operating optimally. If your horse has become resistant to changing strides or less willing, maybe a body worker will … Continue reading Herbs to motivate your horse

Before you shoo that fly …

Why are our horses plagued by flies? Well that could be a silly question being in Australia with our national salute being a quick swish at flies. However, as with all things in nature, these flies may be giving us a hint as to what herbal support our horses are in need of.  While no horse will be free of flies this summer, a healthy horse tends to be less appealing to them. If a horse is not at optimum health, it can give off detectable odours that attract flies. The flies may sit along a meridian or rest over … Continue reading Before you shoo that fly …

Flood, Fire or Famine.

Dorothea Mackellar in her poem My Country is often used to describe our exposure to the elements here in Australia, this stanza sums up what has and is being faced by many horse owners at the moment: Core of my heart, my country! Land of the rainbow gold, For flood and fire and famine With each area faced with its own challenges, a herbal approach for your horse can be built around one or two key herbs that support the horse facing the current environmental trials and still leave room to tailor for individual need.  Too much water – Clivers … Continue reading Flood, Fire or Famine.

Helping your horse cope with a cold winter

Winter is a time when your hose 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. Water is a primary consideration – all life needs water to survive and while horses can survive on ice and snow, if they have their water intake is greatly reduced this can lead to dehydration, weight loss or colic. Impaction colic is a common problem in winter when horses do not drink enough water because dehydration leads … Continue reading Helping your horse cope with a cold winter

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?

Were our horses drug addicts?

Reading Veterinary texts from the late 1880’s and early 1900’s there began to be a theme. Veterinarians of that time relied heavily on the use of narcotics. Opium in several forms and Cannabis were prescribed for common ailments. Many texts refer to both opium and cannabis when dealing with illness with the domestic animal. After reading up on the prescription of these drugs, I began to wonder how a pet or working animal would have reacted in this time. Drugs can affect the pet or working animal on many levels, and possibly the reliance on drugs such as opium and … Continue reading Were our horses drug addicts?

Equine Aromatherapy Course – 21st Birthday

To celebrate 21 years, the Equine Aromatherapy Course has a new logo with refreshed course notes.  To celebrate the longevity of the course, until 31 December 2020, course fees have been discounted. Email Catherine and an PayPal transaction can be organised. Aromatherapy is a very personal experience for both the horse and practitioner/owner and as each participant builds their foundation during the course, they are encouraged to develop their own creative expression of how they will grow with the knowledge shared in this course. The participant can expect to competently use aromatherapy with horses in a professional manner and achieve … Continue reading Equine Aromatherapy Course – 21st Birthday