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The Secret Benefits of Equine Massage
Equine Articles
Thursday 19th of May 2011 04:04 AM

Article by Jane Wesson

Equine Pacifica Equine Massage School

Horse therapeutic massage has been rapidly transforming into a vital inclusion of a great
many clever equine owners' organization of health-care experts. These people have learned
the key advantages of equine therapeutic massage.
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Yet , what exactly so secret? Everyone knowledgeable about bodywork and/or natural healthcare methods has seen the same old checklist of benefits of massage with regards to horses.

Even so, nobody has translated that collection into the tucked away bonuses for you, the particular horse owner.
And unless you have pleasantly discovered the particular returns regarding you and your horse, you almost certainly have no idea the key reason why massage is actually not simply a one per year luxury.
 

The average report of equine massage attributes flows as such:

Dilates blood vessels
Returns blood back toward heart
Helps drain lethargic lymph material
Improves muscles tissue tone
Prevents adhesions
Stretches connective tissue
Lessens rigidity in addition to swelling
Has a stimulating or possibly sedative result regarding nervous system
Brings awareness to the region being massaged

Precisely how many equine owners genuinely know how this kind of collection could affect
them? Quite frankly, hardly any of them do. Unless you have experience in the field of
biology as well as physiology in high school or college, most likely this particular age
old checklist is simply Greek to you!

Let's at long last bring up to date and translate this particular list directly into how
equine bodywork rewards you, the equine owner. We're going to begin with
condensing the actual collection into three principal topics: circulation, muscle
performance and mental acuity.

CIRCULATION: Therapeutic massage raises blood flow for all parts of the body. All of
the cells of the body require oxygen and also nutrients brought to them, through the
circulation of blood, to come up with brand new cells, produce energy, export toxic
compounds and keep all cellular functions. Weak circulation creates a decline in each of
these areas. Fundamentally, you now are working along with a half-baked horse that can
quite possibly possess various health difficulties.

MUSCLE PERFORMANCE: Bodywork physically breaks down the particular knots along with
contracted muscle tissue that cannot do their job properly. This can lead to far better
muscle quality and much more complete and well balanced muscle action. Your horse is
comprised of 700 skeletal muscles and that is 60% of the body mass of your horse! Working
a horse with restricted, consistently contracted muscular tissue is the same as operating
in a state of resistance. Your horse is employing a great deal more energy to perform and
accomplishing significantly less than its optimum potential and headed for injury.

MENTAL ACUITY: Therapeutic massage talks to the neurological system in such a way
that your particular horse will encounter an important state of relaxation, mental
clarity and self recovery. A horse functioning in a state of constant psychological
stress along with reduced focus will never perform to their total potential.

When bodywork is completed for a steady basis the results build upon themselves with
time. Once per year massages are fundamentally the same in principle as placing a
band-aid on underlying problems and the horse in no way reaps the benefits of regular
recovery. However, regular massage not only rewards the horse, it also benefits
YOU, the horse owner, and here's how:

You could experience a lowering of vet visits which ultimately may keep
the horse out from the lay-up stall saving you time and money.

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with less pain and achieve more physically, which will equal an even better overall performace for you.

You could have a horse that suffers from less tendon and ligament injuries equaling greater over performace and less lay-up time; perserving you in the saddle. You may possess a horse that recovers quicker from workouts and is feeling ready to work on a regular basis giving you a willing horse to ride.


You could have a much happier mount which has a better work mind-set making your regular ride a pleasure as opposed to a fight. 


Whether you ride for enjoyment or performance, equine massage is an easy supplement to
your horse's health care plan which can help you stay within the saddle on top of your
performance .

Thank you for your consideration.

Jane Wesson
(909) 261-0964


Response 1
Thursday 19th of May 2011 11:18:58 AM
Submitted by: Marya Miller
Comment from our Linked In Connections: Great to see someone speak with such knowledgeable common sense. I've practiced massage on horses for years and find it particularly effective for helping rehabilitate so-called "behavioral" issues (which often actually stem from pain). In addition to the other benefits Ms. Wesson lists, massage stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, putting the horse's brainwaves into a relaxed Alpha state. (When they lower their heads and start yawning, you know it's working!)

Blue Mountain Rider
Equine Articles
Thursday 20th of January 2011 09:55 AM

Blue Mountain Rider

Mary Benson and Hedy Strauss

Xlibris 

Paperback, 2009, $19.99

Also available in Hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-4415-7108

Available on Amazon or www.xlibris.com

Reviewed by Carol M. Upton

This collection of poems reflects our deepest emotions, ambitions, desires, hopes, fears, and dreams. It illustrates love and respect for an animal that has earned its way into our structure of life. ~ Hedy Strauss

Blue Mountain Rider is one of the few poetry collections dedicated to a celebration of the horse. Mary Benson and Hedy Strauss bring us an exceptional anthology that describes the countless ways in which these unusual creatures have enriched our lives.

In the opening section, ‘Horse Evolving’, we are treated to elemental images that remind us why we are often so drawn to horses. In ‘Wild Spirit’ Strauss writes one of several poems about the mustangs whose dramatic images appear in current news of round ups and herd management: “The sound of hoofbeats/ fill the air/ Wild prairie phantoms – disappear!” Benson offers us the ethereal ‘Night Ride’ plucked from childhood dreams: “Oh, the desert sings to me/ And I ride/ In windswept flight, aloft and free/ Forever in this enchanted land, Pegasus and me.”

Other sections include poems dedicated to specific types such as the Appaloosa, the hard-working mules of history, and the world’s wild horses, from the Steppes of Asia to Australia and the Moors of Brittany. Another cluster reminds us how horses have served throughout history, in city streets and country fields, on police patrol or cutting cattle. Special relationships between girls and horses are explored in such tender poems as ‘Pigtails and Ponytails’ and ‘Mane of Red and Gold’. There is sadness, too, in Benson’s pondering: “Oh, how will we say farewell?” and Strauss acknowledging how “It will break my heart the day you die.”

This book is a memorable gift for any horse-lover, but you’ll likely want a second copy for your bedside table, so you can savour these evocative lyrics whenever you wish.

Combining their love of horses and the outdoors, Mary Benson and Hedy Strauss immigrated to the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York where they met. Whether it is preserving wild mustang heritage or saving horses from slaughter, both women are passionate advocates for animal welfare. Visit Mary and Hedy at  www.bluemountainrider.com


Because Of Love
Equine Articles
Tuesday 18th of May 2010 02:16 AM

Because Of Love

By

Nancy A. Kaiser

 In the beginning of all things, wisdom and knowledge were with the animals; for Tirawa, the One Above, did not speak directly to man. He sent certain animals to tell men that he showed himself through the beasts, and that from them, and from the stars and the sun and the moon, man should learn. Tirawa spoke to man through his works.

Pawnee Chief Letakota-Lesa spoke these words in 1904. This is the story of one such animal. Although she only lived for four months, she taught lessons that will remain with all who knew her for the rest of our lives. I can’t speak for the others, but she changed my life immeasurably. 

In the spring of 1993, a friend asked my husband, an equine veterinarian, for an opinion on a foal that had been born with scoliosis: curvature of the spine. The condition prevented her from standing on her own or walking once helped up. Bob examined the Quarter Horse filly and really couldn’t recommend euthanasia, although several other veterinarians had. He didn’t feel she was suffering inhumanely. Our friend was willing to try whatever Bob suggested.

The horse’s attitude is a major factor when making these types of decisions. Are they willing to try? Are they allowing us to help them? Do they want our help? Our conclusions were based on intuition and years of experience. We had never seen a foal with this rare condition, but she was answering “yes” to all our questions. The filly displayed incredible determination and a remarkably strong will.

A team gathered, each with an expertise to contribute. The group began with her person, who was willing to give her a chance despite no guarantees. (I never use the term “owner” for no one owns another; not person, animal, plant or land.) Her person performed nursing care, which was a 24-hour job for several months. My husband contributed his medical expertise and became a guiding, positive force throughout it all. A veterinary chiropractor performed spinal adjustments, while another friend offered TTouch, an innovative method of animal healing. I lent moral support until I uncovered a hidden talent I could offer. This discovery became the filly’s greatest lesson for me.

 

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I met the foal during the first week of her life. I have to admit that I couldn’t see how this was ever going to be a normal, useful horse. I felt so sorry for her, but everyone wanted to try, including the filly. Each person donated services. We were involved for only one reason – to help the filly. This was so refreshing in a society of “what’s in it for me.” Our love of horses motivated us.

All who had the privilege of being taught by this filly came away with so much more than we gave. She taught specific lessons to each, along with general wisdom for all people. As a tribute to this generous creature, I will share how this special filly changed my life forever.

My expertise surfaced when the filly was almost two months old. She’d been slowly progressing from spinal adjustments, TTouch treatments, and physical exams by my husband. The filly was eating well and growing like any Quarter Horse foal. She still couldn’t rise on her own, but once helped up, she would drag herself around until she tired. Her increasing weight necessitated a hoist system to help her stand. The strength in her front legs was amazing, but her hind legs couldn’t do much beyond hold her up. Her barn name was Wild Woman due to the antics she’d go through trying to play in a less than perfect body.

Around two months old, Wild Woman grew depressed and uncooperative. Bob examined her and found her physically healthy, except for her scoliosis. Our TTouch friend had been consulting with an animal communicator. The communicator planned to visit the filly the following weekend while teaching a workshop in the area. The things she said the filly had told her were truly remarkable. Such as: she had come to teach, she was starting to wonder whether all the suffering was worth it, and she didn’t like people feeling sorry for her. Her last comment shook me. I was guilty of that, and I felt awful.

We couldn’t be there with the communicator and the filly, but the next day we met the communicator at her workshop. She said that Wild Woman had decided to try awhile longer, but we had to be more positive around her. After watching her workshop, I knew this was what I was meant to do. It was as though a cosmic 2 x 4 hit me in my consciousness. I’d communicate for the filly. I’d communicate for all animals - their thoughts, desires, needs, feelings, everything. This would become my life’s work. First, I needed to learn how to, but from who?

I contacted a clairvoyant counselor that I’d met months earlier and told her about the communicator and the filly. I drove into Manhattan weekly to work with her. Remarkably, I began communicating with Wild Woman fairly quickly. I discovered that when something is aligned with your soul’s purpose things get facilitated. The barrier that had frustrated me all my life was gone. Finally, I could know exactly what the animals were thinking and feeling. I wouldn’t have to base serious decisions on intuition and experience. I’d just ask!

Now, I could ask how the filly was feeling at anytime. I added the use of healing energy; by laying-on hands when I was with her and telepathically when I wasn’t. I saw significant changes in her; these validated that I was having a positive effect both physically and emotionally with her.

To those who are thinking, “Oh no, another crazy,” I’d have thought the same a year before meeting this foal. Please open your mind and keep reading. What do you have to lose? Believe me, you have everything to gain. If a scientific, analytical, retired pharmacist can make the leap….

When I started working with Wild Woman, she didn’t know if it was worth trying anymore. I reminded her that she’d come to teach and asked if her lessons were taught. “No.” I asked if she would keep trying if we could get her outside. She’d try if she could go out soon. She’d never left her stall and none of us really knew what was possible. She taught us that possibilities are unlimited with a mind that’s open.

By three months of age, Wild Woman could get up by herself. This was huge, since it meant she could nurse at will. Everyone was elated, especially her. She’d gained a little of the independence that I knew was so important to her.

Her person registered her with the name “Because Of Love.” It was so appropriate. We were all involved because of love. Without love, this filly would have been euthanized long ago. I’d never called her Wild Woman, because I knew her antics stemmed from her frustration not youthful play. Now, we simply called her Love, which was perfect.

Love’s right hind leg started bending under the weight of a growing Quarter Horse foal. Bob tried a series of splints, casts and braces to stabilize her leg. If she damaged her hind leg, it would mean the end for her. I explained what we were doing and asked for her help, which she willingly gave. Being able to communicate what we were doing eased all our anxieties.

It is said that the eyes are the gateway to the soul. When I looked into Love’s big, soft, brown eyes, the sense of understanding and appreciation, the sense of her soul, was incredible. She was always cooperative unless we overstepped our bounds. She’d quickly, but gently, put us back in our place. Always the teacher!

My clairvoyant teacher came out to see Love. She said we had to build a gizmo like they used for dogs that are paralyzed behind. We provided a million reasons why it wouldn’t work with a horse. She wouldn’t listen, thank goodness. She was right, but our minds were closed until Love, and love, forced them open.

Our focus remained on her right hind leg, but nothing was helping. One day while with the filly, we finally accepted that she’d never get out on her own. The cart’s time had come. I don’t think any of us wanted to admit that the cart might be the best we could give her. We wanted more for this wonderful horse that had come to teach us, but it was time to get realistic. Our job was to give her the best life experience possible. She deserved no less.

 My husband started to build a cart. He said that I had promised her that we’d get her out, and he wanted to keep my promise. Bob helped Love outside for the first time at three-and-a-half months of age. I couldn’t be there, which was fitting. Bob was the one person who’d never given up. He deserved to share this special event with Love. She was so excited when I spoke with her about it.

The cart broke from her weight, but her person knew someone who could build one in heavier metal. Bob repaired his and went back the next day. He pressed her, Love got angry, and then he got angry. She expressed humiliation at the way she’d been handled. Bob confessed they had kind of forced and manhandled her, i.e. disrespected her. The breadth of her emotions continually amazed me.

Love wanted so desperately to be independent. It broke my heart to know she never would be, but I wouldn’t let her sense that from me. The next day she was very depressed about not going out. The new cart was delayed, so we tried again with Bob’s. This was the first time I saw her out. She was amazing! She flew as fast as she could to the grass to graze. I was ecstatic to see her out at last. My promise had been kept.

Her short time out had her sweating and breathing like she’d run five miles. When I told her that I was appalled at how hard she had to work, she said she didn’t mind. I thought I’d be happier seeing her outside, but knowing how many people she had to rely on was disheartening. She’d never be truly independent.

The stronger cart arrived and was donated by the generous builder. Love attracted the most wonderful people. The cart could handle her weight and had wheels that swiveled. She galloped out in it calling to the other horses. She seemed so proud of herself. Later, I asked her why she was screaming at the others. When she told them we were going to fix her so she could go out, they said we wouldn’t if it was too hard. The older horses’ low opinion of people broke my heart, but I certainly understood it.

I went away for a weekend workshop. When I got home, Bob told me that Love had developed diarrhea the day before. Until now, she’d been a very healthy foal despite her spinal problem. Her person called to report that Love was very bad, so we flew over. Bob treated her and drew a blood sample, which we rushed home to run.

Love informed me that it was time for her to leave. Her lessons were taught or would be by the time she departed. I could feel her running freely as she spoke with me. I felt wind in her face and grass under her feet. It was what we’d wanted for her in this life, but couldn’t achieve. My tears flowed. I would miss her terribly. I knew in my heart that my information was accurate. Being so inexperienced, I immediately called my teacher and the animal communicator for confirmation. I reached two answering machines.

Bob headed back to Love, who was in great distress. Her person decided to euthanize her, but they’d wait for me if I wanted. Yes! I hurried to her. As I sat with her head in my lap, those beautiful, soulful eyes reflected such peace. They belied the severe physical distress she was in.

At 4:35 PM on August 16, four months and one day from when she entered this life experience, she departed. I returned home to messages from my teacher and the communicator. Neither of them felt she’d made the decision to leave yet, which didn’t jive with my conversation with her. Love’s parting lesson for me was to believe what my heart tells me. Believe in yourself!

Five days later, I talked with Love for the last time. I asked if I could write her story. “You’re supposed to.” I asked what her most important lesson was. “Take action through Love. If they keep love as the basis for all their decisions in life, everything in life will work for them. People need to let their hearts guide them for the good of all creatures, both human and non-human.” I felt her moving away from me and knew I wouldn’t talk with her again until she came back into a new life experience with a perfect, new body. (She does return, but you’ll have to read my book to learn more about this incredible animal teacher).

While Love was not one of my own animals, she was as influential as those who have shared each day with me. This exceptional filly helped me discover my purpose in life. She helped me recognize that I have an empathy for animals that goes beyond that of most people. With this gift I’ve been helping animals and their people live harmonious lives together for the past 16 years. Love allowed this remarkable foal to achieve what seemed impossible. With Love as our driving force, everything is possible. I hope Love’s story will awaken within you unlimited possibilities.

He sent certain animals to tell men that he showed himself through the beasts, and that from them, and from the stars and the sun and the moon, man should learn.

About the author:

Nancy A. Kaiser lives in the healing Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina surrounded by her family of dogs, cats and a horse. She is the author of Letting Go: An Ordinary Woman’s Extraordinary Journey of Healing & Transformation, about her recovery from trauma with the help of animals and nature. Nancy operates Just Ask Communications, a practice devoted to healing the human-animal bond through enhanced communication and understanding.  She works in-person, via phone and on Skype. Visit her at:www.NancyKaiserAnimalCommunicator.com

We would like to thank Carol Upton from Dreams Aloud Promotions for submitting this article to Your Equine Source on Nancy Kaiser behalf. 


Maintaining Perspective
Equine Articles
Wednesday 24th of March 2010 09:52 PM

Horses can carry mentally and emotionally turmoil because of their ability to tolerate a situation or people imposed “pressure.” All too often these horses are taken advantage of for their seeming willingness to “stuff their emotions.” But at what point does a horse owner’s thinking transition from “this is my goal…” to “this is an appropriate goal for my horse and I…” – if it ever does? In my experience is seems to take a traumatic situation for the owner to realize they’ve pushed their horse “too far.”

I find myself responding cautiously when I have an overly enthusiastic student that “can’t wait to show me” something that they’ve been working on with their horse. It seems all too often that the “end goal” or “result” has become the sole focus point for the person, causing them to overlook the deterioration of the quality in their horse’s performance.

The problem with “over focusing” is that the person stops offering their horse an open line of two way communication. The less clear the communication, the less attentive the person is to “zoom out” and be able to assess the ENTIRE scenario, rather than just a specific movement or action of the horse. With the “intensity” factor at hand, the person becomes increasingly demanding that their horse perform a specific task, and the more the horse doesn’t “get it right” the more unclear pressure is applied by the person.
Usually as the pressure is increased the quality of the communication between person and horse starts to deteriorate. As the horse starts asking for help, he winds up being ignored by the person and so he has to resort to “helping himself” which usually causes undesired results by the person.

So where is the “line” or balance to where the person can feel “forward” progress in working with their horse, and yet can do so without blowing their horse’s minds? The concept for this blog came to me over the past week as I watched a multitude of horses all in different places in their training, development and maturity. And yet I found myself basically “teaching” the same lesson. I don’t feel there is a “right” or “wrong” way to do things. But I do believe in prioritizing communication with a horse in a way that the individual horse needs rather than trying to get the horse to follow a set “program.”

The opposite extreme from the “intense person” are those people that have become overly sensitive, usually owners of “reactive” horses, this causing them to never want to “push” the boundaries of quality with their horse for fear of a “blow up.” Well there is a fine line. But keep in mind the horse is never going to wake up one day and say “Gee, this is what I need to focus on today…”
I think the problem stems from people many times viewing the actual accomplishment of an act or task as a relief. Instead I prefer to look at the interaction and communication that helped get the horse to achieve the task at hand as the accomplishment because those are the same tools the person will use with their horse to take things step further.

Somehow it seems to be human nature to work one “one thing or another” but not to maintain a perspective that everything we ask of our horses is connected. It may not look the same, but really it’s all about both our and our horse’s mental availability. Our intention whether we’re working on something “old” or “new” should be no different. I can’t recall how many times I’ve heard people say, “Oh we worked on that a long time ago, but now when I ask my horse to do the same task he acts as if we’ve never done it before.” For these people, their horse is trying to TELL them that obviously “way back” he wasn’t clear on what they working on, and today, he STILL isn’t clear.

So the scale seems to be extreme with people and horses- it’s “all or nothing” when it comes to lacking sensitivity or being overly sensitive. It’s our responsibility to find that “middle” ground. Don’t be “afraid” to experiment with your horse. So many people say “well the trainer finally got him to this point and I don’t want to ride him because I might ruin what the trainer did.” If the trainer was clear in how and what they presented to the horse, and the horse really understood, then the owner isn’t going to “wreck” the horse.

Horses have an amazing way to decipher and adapt from one rider to the next. Have you ever had that “crazy” or “high strung” horse and then put a small child or disabled person near that same horse? So many times that horse will completely adapt their behavior and energy to who is around them.
So the next time you head out to work with your horse experiment and assess where your energy, mind and focus is- then see how it is affecting your horse. Try and make some changes within yourself, and you’ll be amazed how fast your horse will change too!
Keeping it in perspective- Sam


Trail Rides, Cell Phones and ID
Equine Articles
Wednesday 17th of February 2010 02:25 AM

Article Submission-By Joanne Rummel www.havanoranch.com

Now that the weather is improving, everyone is tacking up and hitting the trail...sometimes literally.

When I lived in Tucson, I kept my horses and worked at one of several boarding stables that were located close to a dry river bed where "everyone" rode their horses.

As I went about my chores one warm day in mid-May, two fully tacked horses without riders wandered into the stable yard. They were sweaty and appeared to have run through some cactus. One had apparently stepped on her reins, since there was only about an inch of right rein attached to the right side of her bit and about three inches of left rein attached to the left.

Where were the riders?

One of my co-workers and I led the horses to a shaded area, loosened their cinches and gave them a little water as we searched through the saddle bag of the mare, trying to figure out where—and to who—these horses belonged.

Ah ha! A cell phone! I flipped the phone open and searched the menu, trying to figure out whom I should call first, then saw a menu listing for MOM. Good place as any to start, so I pressed SEND.

…and a cell phone in the saddle bag of the other horse started to ring! The caller ID on that phone said "Denise". Great.

There was still no sign of the riders of these horses. We called the police, gave them a rundown of the situation and told them that we were getting ready to mount up and go out to look for two people, but we had no idea who they were—other than one was MOM and the other was "Denise"—or what condition they were in.

Just about the time we were ready to ride out, two hot, sweaty, red-faced ladies emerged from one of the trails leading out of the dry river bed. It was MOM and Denise! Other than having a long walk they were both fortunately okay. They had dismounted from their horses to adjust their tack. Denise had used her reins to tie her horse to a mesquite tree and the mare spooked, breaking the reins. Naturally because her horse spooked the other horse did likewise and they both ran off, leaving Denise and MOM behind in a cloud of dust!

Moral of the story: Although there is a love/hate relationship with cell phones, they have become one of those evil necessities that we cannot seem to live without. However, keep a few things in mind while you are on the trail.
 
1. Keep your cell phone on YOU—not hanging from the saddle, or in your saddle bag. If you and your steed should happen to part company, do you think HE is going to call home to let everyone know that you are both okay?

2. In your saddle bag, or somewhere on your saddle—keep some sort of ID tag with your name, your horse's name, stable (and/or home) address, stable (and/or home) phone number and your cell phone number on it, so that if Trigger should happen to wander into someone else's stable after he dumps you, they know where he belongs and can start the reuniting process to get you and him back together (and maybe have an idea of where to look for you!).

3. ALWAYS let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return—even if it is the same trail you have ridden hundreds of times. If no one is around when you ride out, tape or tack a note to your stall door.

4. If you are hauling your horse to a trailhead for your ride, do not forget your ICE—Information Concerning Emergencies. Law Enforcement agencies are asking folks to do this in order to aid them in helping with search and rescue efforts, should one arise. ICE is simply a piece of paper or large index card with your contact information and itinerary on it. Write your information on one side of the paper (you might even want to include a photo of you and your horse) then write ICE in big bold letters on the other side of the paper. Place the paper on the driver's seat of your vehicle with ICE face up, so that it is visible through the driver's side window.

Does that sound silly? Even experienced riders have accidents! Remember-safety first when it comes to riding! Taking a little precaution at the beginning of your ride will ensure that you have Happy Trails for many more rides to come!

"It's not the trail you ride, but how you ride the trail. Sometimes it's better to get off your horse and walk". www.havanoranch.com


Response 1
Thursday 18th of February 2010 12:17:09 PM
Submitted by: Annalisa
Joanne, Enjoyed reading your article I can relate. The best tip was not to keep a cell phone in a saddle bag or anywhere on a horse they won't make a phone call for you. Instead they will probably be back at the barn eating grass and waiting for you. LOL
 
Response 2
Friday 19th of February 2010 05:29:14 AM
Submitted by: Joanne
Yup, they'll be munching away and when you catch up to them, they'll give you the "Where have YOU been" look and calmly go back to munching....
 
Response 3
Tuesday 23rd of March 2010 11:35:05 AM
Submitted by: Teri R
Good point about putting some sort of ID on the horse and I do carry my cell phone on my person. Another thing I do is wear a medical arm band that I refer to as my "toe tag". It is in a protective plastic case with elastic that you can put around your arm, or for us fluffy ladies, wear on your leg. I started wearing one because I am a combined driver and they are required for marathon in case of a turnover. It was a no brainier to wear one when out on the trail in case I am knocked unconscious someone that came across me would not only be able to identify me but also know who to contact and some brief medical information for the EMT's. They are especially important if you are riding alone but even your friends may not know who to contact if you are injured so I wear mine at all times. I did have my arm band on when I had an unplanned trip via ambulance, when my mare fell with me in the parking lot of a local tree farm trail head. The EMT was asking me personal information but the pain was sometimes obscuring my thought. I referred her to the card located at my ankle. She was very impressed and wished more people would wear them. Another thing that saved me (and impressed the EMT's) was my helmet. While not a piece of identification they used it to stabilize my neck along with a towel as they weren't able to fit a neck brace with me. There is no such thing as too much information when your injured or your horse is lost.
 
Response 4
Sunday 15th of January 2012 10:08:15 AM
Submitted by: McHTzrqAmj
Great article, thank you again for writnig.

Dentistry and Soundness
Equine Articles
Tuesday 29th of December 2009 09:18 PM

About the author: Monica Meer owns five horses, collected due to a variety of lameness issues. She is a CP/Instructor with the AANHCP, and is certified in Natural Balance Dentistry™ through Advanced Whole Horse Academy. She is also certified in Reiki, Equine Sports Massage, and is a practicing herbalist.


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