The Wholistic Equestrian Library
Dr Penny Hawken-Richards from Alternate Touch Equine Supplements Specialists joins me as this month’s guest speaker to share how you can support your horse’s digestive system wholistically. In this vlog Dr Penny shares about her amazing products and also talks to us in-depth about equine gut health.
Sara Jackson from Equestrian Balance joins me as this month’s guest speaker to share three ways to build your horse’s trust in you. Her main goal is to help you and your horse build the partnership you are dreaming of using clear communication and cooperation.
In April 2022 I asked Susan Tenney from Elemental Acupressure to come and share her approach to customised horse care taken from working with the Five Element Theory from Classical East Asian Medicine. Your horse is one of a kind and deserves a customised approach that meets her special needs.
I’ve loved horses all my life, but no one supported my passion for them through my childhood. My stepmom facilitated my first ever horse experience when I was about 4 years old, telling me we were going strawberry picking and to go get my wellies. To my surprise, and glee, instead of taking me to the strawberry patch she drove to a stable and I had my first riding lesson.
Earlier this year, I had to move my mare, Lucy, to a new agistment centre. This is NOT a decision I made lightly. A horse’s herd is their family, and their environment is their home. Changes within the herd or a move to a new environment can create a sense of loss and sadness.
Helping Lucy Return to Herself. Back in August Lucy & I moved agistments. I offered her and the new herd flower remedies and reiki, trying to make the transition as easy as possible. What I didn’t realise, was that Lucy was about to take me on quite the journey.
Mares have the most magical power within them. They’ll teach us some incredible lessons if we are willing to learn. When a mare is truly seen and allowed to be unapologetically herself, she is fully in her power, and the magic that unfolds is unmatched by anything else on earth.
In November 2020 we were joined by the wonderful Susan Tenney from Elemental Acupressure based in America. During our chat we got to learn about acupoints for horse’s experiencing hormonal issues such as PPID and mares who struggle with their cycles.
Herbs such as Chaste Tree Berry are well known for supporting horses with issues such as PPID and ‘Moody Mares’ behaviours. This herb stimulates the pituitary gland and helps to balance the endocrine functions. Chaste Tree Berry is known for it’s actions of being a hormonal balancer and an anaphrodisiac, meaning it also helps to reduce sexual excitement.
The liver is a vital organ that is working efficiently to ensure the overall health of your horse. It is important to note that vaccinations, chemical medications, chemical wormers, Bute, toxic plants, including pesticides sprayed on/around pastures all have an impact on the function of the liver.
In October 2020 we were joined by Nicky Higgs, an Equine Podiatrist based in Western Australia. Nicky and I chat about “Everything Hooves” including what a healthy hoof should look like, a range of common issues many horse owners experience and wholistic ways to address these.
Our domesticated horses can face a multitude of issues when it comes to their hooves. This article looks at two of the common issues your horse may encounter and what herbs you can use to support them.
How many times have you been advised to hum a tune or sing a song if you become anxious when riding your horse? Using Rhythm Beads can help to lower blood pressure and slow your breathing, not just for you but for your horse as well.
One of the many reasons I love to use reward-based training is that I want Lucy to be as calm as possible when introducing new concepts. I want her to feel like she is always succeeding, more importantly, that she always has a choice. So I thought I would share my journey into Reward Based Training.
In August 2020 we were joined by Clare Frost from Equine Breathing where we delve into what the Equine Breathing Technique is, how it works and why it may help your horse.
Respiratory issues are the second most common cause for illness and lack of performance after Musculoskeletal issues in adult horses. The good news is there are many natural and holistic ways to help care for your horse’s respiratory system.
In July 2020 we were joined by Mary Walby from God’s Window Senior Horse Rehab in Washington, USA. Mary rehabilitates retired senior horses and gives them lifetime sanctuary. She also provides community education and resources for improving the health and welfare of all senior horses.
We know the privilege of having an older horse in our lives, comes with the need for a little extra TLC. Common issues that creep in are arthritis, Cushing’s Disease and general aches and pains.
This month we are focusing on a selection of Immune Boosting Herbs we can provide for our horse’s overall well-being, especially at this time of year during the cold, wet months when we all feel like we need a boost. The horse’s immune system, otherwise known as the...
A huge part of my Mission at The Wholistic Equestrian is empowering you with the education you need to take control of your horse’s healthcare. This doesn’t mean I want you to become an equine veterinarian, or that I want to replace your wonderful vet. I want you to have the knowledge to ask better questions and the confidence to add wholistic healing modalities to your routine where appropriate.
My library has tonnes of ever-growing resources to help you get started. If you have questions or want to connect with like-minded equestrians, please follow me on Facebook: The Wholistic Equestrian.