What you need to know about EMF exposure and your horses

EMF exposure poses a significant threat to the health and well-being of your horses. Here’s how you can protect them.

Horses are known to be more sensitive to the world around them than we are. It makes sense, then, that they’re particularly sensitive to all forms of electricity and radioactivity, including EMFs. While there’s not much you can do about the level of EMF exposure in your area, there are several steps you can take to limit the extent to which it impacts you and your equine companions.

What are EMFs?

EMFs (electromagnetic fields) are invisible lines of force that surround all electrical devices. EMF radiation is a fairly broad term for electric fields, magnetic fields, and microwaves. These come from all sorts of devices, such as smart meters, cell towers, microwaves, Wi-Fi routers, cell phones, TVs, dirty electricity (spikes and surges of electromagnetic energy traveling along power lines and building wiring), tablets and much more.

In this age of Wi-Fi, we are experiencing an EMF deluge that may be causing problems with equine behavior, digestion, sleep and fertility, as well as biological tissue, organs and vitamin/mineral levels.

The link between EMFs and stress

Horse shows, competitions, traveling, training sessions and group rides are all situations in which horses can become stressed and anxious. Part of this stress is due to the busyness of the immediate environment and the energy radiating from all the other horses. But chances are, their stress is also a result of Wi-Fi radiating from all the cell phones, wireless routers and nearby cell towers.

Many factors may be contributing to the high stress levels we see today in ourselves – and our animals. But our world now also contains technology-driven EMFs, which are creating radiation levels exponentially higher than ever before; and the levels are only continuing to increase. While little to no research has been done on how horses are affected by this surge (see below), many experts are pointing to EMFs as a primary contributor to increased stress levels.

Unfortunately, in today’s world, it’s all too common to hear of horses with stress-related issues such as ulcers, colic and autoimmune disorders. Protecting them from EMF exposure may aid in reducing the risk of these health concerns.

EMF protection

Wi-Fi is like a strobe light on the cells, sending erratic radiation waves around us 24 hours a day. While cells have natural defense mechanisms against things such as viruses, infections, fungi and diseases, they do not have any defenses against intermittent and ongoing pulsating radiation frequencies. A 2012 study published in Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine revealed that this manmade radiation can literally mutate the DNA within living cells.

So how do we minimize EMF exposure in our horses?

Relocate smart meters and routers

First off, make sure there are no smart meters on your barn (same applies for bedrooms in your home). If your smart meter is on an exterior wall that houses any living beings, it needs to be relocated or removed completely.

Next, ensure there are no Wi-Fi routers located close to stalls in your barn. It’s also a great idea to purchase a modem that allows you to turn off the Wi-Fi at night, as otherwise the radiation from the router is negatively affecting all nearby creatures 24 hours a day.

Be wary of cell towers

Be aware of any and all cell towers and power lines in the area where horses are kept or being ridden. Any cell tower within 500 feet may be emitting high levels of EMF radiation, and living beings should keep a fair distance from such intense levels of exposure.

Keep your phone on airplane mode

If you ride with your cell phone, it is best to set it to airplane mode while riding in order to shut off the Wi-Fi reception. If possible, encourage other riders in your group to do the same with their phones.

Reach for protective products

Fortunately, nature has a miraculous way of providing us with aids that can actually shield and protect us from many things, including Wi-Fi radiation. Orgone energy is one such resource. Created using rose quartz, copper and resin, Orgone energy is, ironically, found in computers. But because it creates many different frequencies – including a negative-frequency filter – these same properties may protect us from the damaging effects of EMF radiation when worn on our bodies.

Two natural stones have also been shown to provide energetic protection from EMFs. Shungite and black tourmaline are both known to have deflective and protective properties that shield living beings from the harmful effects of radiation exposure.

Your horse’s health is delicate, and anything you can do to remove possible problems from his environment is essential for optimal health. Protecting him from EMF exposure can have a significantly positive impact on his overall health, emotional balance, attitude and performance.

What does the research say?

The study of EMF radiation and its effect on humans is quite new, and further research is needed to determine exactly how detrimental it is, and what we can do to protect ourselves. That said, the dangers of EMFs are now widely recognized as a serious 21st century health threat by Consumer Reports, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Cleveland Clinic and independent researchers from Harvard, Columbia and Yale.

Unfortunately, there is even less research on how this radiation is affecting horses. That said, it is widely known that horses have a much lower tolerance to levels of electricity than do humans.

  • In 2015, more than 190 independent scientists from 39 countries got together to warn the public that “EMFs are potentially harmful to all life” (emfscientist.org).
  • The U.S. National Library of Medicine published a study that states: “To date, many studies have revealed that EMF exposure can alter cellular homeostasis, endocrine function, reproductive function, sperm cell death, sperm motility and hormonal balance.”
  • While EMF exposure studies on equines are currently non-existent, research on cows by the Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Pharmacy in Hannover Germany found that “cattle seem to be affected by environmental EMF exposure” (bems.org/node/14835).
  • According to the Canadian Society of Dowsers, “cows are sensitive to a variety of EMF phenomena”, which can affect how certain vitamins and minerals, including iron, selenium, vitamin E, iodine, magnesium, potassium and copper are absorbed by their bodies. It also negatively affects the cows’ immune systems, increases their risk of infection, creates poor udder health, reduces milk production and interferes with their reproductive health (canadiandowsers.org/are-electromagnetic-fields-negatively-impacting-your-cows).


Shelly Black is a lifelong horse enthusiast. As a young woman, she had the good fortune of apprenticing under three different top horse trainers. She went on to study nutrition, which inspired her to take an all-natural approach to horse health. In 2019, Shelly created SecretSynergyStones.com, a company that provides EMF-shielding jewelry to people and animals. She’s the proud creator of two other equine products, an All-Natural Tick Deflective Spray for Horses & Dogs (Ticks-Off.com) and an Equine Endocrine Support Calming Cream (SereneByNature.com), and is the author of a free e-book that shares over 200 links for healthy horse products (HealthyHorseHolisticHandbook.com). Shelly lives in Tehachapi, CA with her many rescued animals: three horses, one donkey, four dogs, three cats, and two birds.