fly repellents

We don’t need to rely solely on pharmaceuticals to help give our horse pain relief. Age-old remedies such as essential oils are becoming more popular, and can have gentle, effective results. Before the germ theory or the development of the microscope, man used nature’s offerings to achieve and maintain good health. The plant world provided …

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nutraceuticals for aging horse

While we can’t prevent aging, you can help support your elderly horse through the senior years with these natural strategies. Horses, like people are living longer as a result of reduced diseases, better medical care and increased quality of life. Horses generally live 25 – 30 years, however it is not uncommon to see 40-year-old …

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centered riding

Reconnect and build trust with Centered Riding basics. Sally Swift, the founder of Centered Riding, would often remind her students that the basics of Centered Riding were not only applicable to riding. They were also applicable to life. They’re a means to clearer communication and a pathway to becoming better balanced — physically, mentally and …

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honey for wounds

Honey isn’t just good to eat – it has great wound-healing properties for humans and horses alike! Bees manufacture honey as a way to store sugar-rich nectar harvested from flowering plants. We use this yummy, sticky substance as an ingredient in many recipes, or enjoy it on its own. However, did you know that honey …

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snowman horse jump

How an $80 rescue horse became a show jumping champion. People often think of horses at the top of the equestrian sport as “machines”. They think of them as expensive performers kept in a protective “bubble”, enjoying few of the comforts or kindnesses that companion equines receive. However, this is typically not the case. These …

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reiki healing

Follow these simple Reiki steps for powerful rehabilitation results in your horse! If you love to ride your horse, chances are you’ve rehabbed him from an injury at one time or another. There are many ingredients for creating a successful journey back to health and soundness, and sharing Reiki with your horse can be a …

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donkey sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, providing care and protection for the long-eared side of the equine family. Animal lover Sandra Pady may not have originally set out to create a donkey sanctuary. But over the years, her willingness to help animals in need has developed into one of the largest sanctuaries for the “other half” …

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therapeutic taping

Therapeutic taping can help your equine through rehabilitation, training and injury prevention. You’ve probably seen horses with colorful tape applied to their bodies, either in pictures or at your barn. Called therapeutic elastic tape, this tape is much more than decoration. It was only brought to the forefront of athletic therapy during the 2012 summer …

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electrolyte

Proper hydration is a non-negotiable in the performance horse.  Maintain hydration by replacing electrolytes lost during exercise, competition and transport with Performance XL: Electrolyte from Mad Barn. A discussion about electrolyte supplementation is really about thermoregulation and being able to dissipate heat. The horse demonstrates what is likely the highest sweat rate within the animal …

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vibration therapy

Vibration therapy is a new trend in the equine world. If you’ve ever seen a horse standing on one of these large vibrating platforms, or perhaps tried one yourself, you’ve likely wondered how they work. This type of therapy is termed whole body vibration therapy (WBVT). Vibration plates are becoming very popular in both the …

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