A holistic approach in ensuring the good health and well-being of your horses. My passion is in showing you a better way of being with your horse.
So, what is a holistic approach?
It is an integrated practice that considers all influences that promote good health and well-being.
Focus is on the whole picture: physical, mental, emotional, and the spiritual horse as an individual, the environment in which the horse lives and works, the various routines, regimes, and general lifestyle. If one area is discordant, imbalance will follow in all other areas. Therefore, preventative measures are essential.
If your horse shows adverse behaviours, you must consider the whole picture. There is always a valid reason; it must be investigated.
Why is the holistic approach so vital?
We force the horse to live in an environment and live a lifestyle that is unnatural to the species. The demands we place on horses are so far from what is natural to them that they are prone to imbalance in their mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual state.
Much of what we do with our horses contributes to the imbalances. Our minds work on behalf of our convenience, our beliefs, and outdated convention. We must look at the larger picture and become expert in all aspects, not just those that interest us, or do only those chores required to enable the horse to perform for us.
The negative energy of stress caused by physical or emotional injury from the pressures, pain, and restrictions we place on the horse stores away in the physical body. It will then manifest as physical symptoms long after the original physical injury or emotional stimulus has disappeared.
We must support the horse, learn to pre-empt and redress the imbalances.
Should the need for medical intervention arise, conventional medicine generally separates the physical from the emotional and gives a diagnosis with relevant targeted treatment – usually of the symptom.
However, because horses, like us and every other living thing on the planet are primarily pure energy, everything connects to everything, so everything affects everything. Consequently, that which affects the mind, affects the body; that which affects the body also affects the mind.
Therefore, natural methods reach the source of a problem, taking care of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual horse, without the need for diagnosis. Nonetheless, conventional and natural methods can work well together alongside the horse’s own healing mechanisms. In cases of physical trauma and acute colic, conventional veterinary techniques are invaluable. If you consider your horse has an injury or illness you must always consult your vet in the first instance.
Not all horses respond well to surgery or conventional medicines. In these cases, natural remedies are invaluable.
Where do we go from here?
We must be brutally honest with ourselves and ask, “What is the most important to us – our enjoyment, the accolade of winning, or the absolute welfare of the horse?”
Below are just two popular acts we regularly force on our horses that are scientifically proven detrimental to the physical and emotional well-being of horses:
Bitting a horse prevents the horse from breathing efficiently because the soft palate rises to prepare for the intake of food – in this case the bit- partially cutting off the airway. The bit causes pain and fear and prevents fluid movement of the horse;
Solitary confinement in a stable or field can cause unsurmountable trauma.
The holistic approach is not a quick fix; it may be an approach you are not yet ready to embrace. However, the dramatic, positive results created by even the smallest changes are well worth the effort.
If you would like to know more, please contact me.
Your achievement in reaching a deeper connection and bond with the animals in your care is important to me. My skills and expertise as a Facilitator will take you through simple learning processes that will allow for a relationship on an energetic level rather than on the physical and emotional level that generally exist in our current relationships.