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How I came to understand the handling of disease.

 

How I came to understand the handling of disease.

I wanted to give you a a synapsis of a bigger blog I’m writing , that kind of got away from me as I think I used it to vent . It may not get put out there… it’s good but it does go on a bit.

So for the sake of clarification, I offer you this bit of clarity I found in understanding disease – specifically cancer.

Imagine you and your body just going along, everything seems fine, but a couple things are causing you some minor issues. You treat them or maybe ignore them as they aren’t really in your way yet. Maybe you see a Dr , take med’s, OTC’s or whatever and get through the issue by passing it over – not really addressing the root cause. God forbid we should miss a beat in this fast pace world.

Now relate that to your horses if you have them, or other animals. We go along and in our own little world we think it’s all good. We notice a couple instances where our horse gets a bit pushy, or has an attitude. Lots of people try to carrot their way out of things , instead of correcting it and setting a standard. They don’t want to have the horse not like them because they were mean. (Don’t deprive yourself of things you want even if you know they are not good for you). It’s easier, but is it?

Just this morning while feeding my colt, he got very anxious to eat and if I let that type of behavior go, he will grow to think he can just be a feisty boy and not learn to wait till his feed is placed. I say it is ok to come forward with manners, but not barge. Big life lessons! Sure it takes a bit of time, less than a minute!

Time passes and say you don’t do as I do and let things go thinking “oh he is just a baby” … well babies grow up! They don’t have to be a baby either – this is more often seen by me in well established horses, 6-12 yrs old. You live with them, you really don’t see anything as a potential issue to build for future, and don’t have time to correct anyway. Or do you??? It takes less time to pull a baby weed sprout than a full grow dandelion.

Now back to disease..

So we are going along busy busy and with out thinking really about our body speaking, we just keep taking on new symptom or old symptom getting louder. Typically we take more Otc”s for example and go along. Instant gratification. Got forbid we should stop and think. Again does it take less time now or later?? Hmm….

Time lapse… a couple yrs down the road you finally have an issue you can’t control with OTC’s or prescription stuff. Hmm ?? Dr take another x-ray, hmm? lets get a better look, we see something but we will run a CT Scan.

Results! Take you out at the knees! You have allowed parts of your body become Left Brain dominant ( quietly maneuvering for a dominant positions, stubborn, don’t like to be made to go), and take over as they have not had any instruction, or direction otherwise towards health and the balance.

Dodging OTC’s, and drugs along the way that masked the underlying issues of a whole system /body imbalance- Dis -Ease!

Getting the picture!

Your horse one day when you have a wonderful day in spring to take some time to pay attention to them, and they say, screw you! And Bam. You’re on the ground or if your lucky just had the you know what scared out of you with a display of dominant behavior.
“You want me to behave now? Listen to you now? You ignored me with my whispers now I’m screaming! You never gave me any idea you were leading before, so you’re on my turf now.”

This was my revelation a couple weeks ago as I did stalls and tried to get my head around the health crisis my family is now enduring. Somethings take longer to catch on but bottom line is when your body or your horse is injured and brushed over for too long eventually you will be called to put your big girl/boy pants on and face the music you and only you created.

Horse behavior and disease let go are both dominant bad boys! Why? lack of clear communication and time put in to keep the lines of communication open.

Then you have an issue and all of a sudden you need to step up and assume responsibility for that you have created in you and or your horse.

That’s harder than dealing with it as it comes and finding the root cause. Boredom, poor diet, emotional stressor, etc etc.

Take some time to breathe and think and in the end issues will tap on the door, not knock it down and run you over, because you didn’t take the time to listen. With horses, I say “listen with your eyes”, with your body – feel! It’s simple, every day it speaks to you… just listen.

What we create we can dismantle, and release. Whether it be self inflicted or environmental, a issue can be released and detox can happen , with time and clear communication.

Funny, I was just down in the barn doing my stalls thinking back to this post and ralised soemthign else. This whole thought process can be attributed to raiising our kids too.  That is a whole other topic of which I have an opinion. LOL

Be well~

 

 

 

 

 

Response to Literature part 2…. My opinion continues.

Part 2 of NH article response :

 

Nevertheless, NH is used to distinguish one form of horse training from more traditional styles of horsemanship. But I think this is again just a marketing strategy. It’s almost impossible to pin point anything that makes NH different from most traditional training systems.

(i) both NH and traditional use negative reinforcement principles.

 

(ii) both NH and traditional are based on (a) flooding techniques; and (b) approach and retreat techniques.

 

(iii) both NH and traditional rely on ever increasing amounts of pressure to make a horse respond.

 

There differences between most NH trainers and most traditional trainers are superficial and just around the fringes – such as the type of equipment. But even here it is hard to distinguish the two. For example, many people believe that NH does not use gadgets, but Monty Roberts is considered an NH trainer and he uses the buckstopper. Also, many people believe that NH trainers use rope halters, but Mark Rashid uses web halters and John O’Leary (who calls himself a traditional style trainer) promotes the use of rope halters in training. You could tally a list of gear that many people feel belong in one camp or the other and discover that there are trainers of either persuasion that use the same equipment.

Equipment or gadgets

Yes everyone has tools they prefer to work with. It is not a crime either if they are business savvy and market them.  I say God bless them. This is America. Lets go back to the most natural horsemen , The Native Americans.  They to had tools of choice, simple and effective but tools just the same.  Tools  are not the criminals here, it is the hands that use them that need to be held accountable.

 

(i) both NH and traditional use negative reinforcement principles.”

Hmm?? All I can say to this is a horse doesn’t stand a chance if we label ourselves as using Negative Reinforcement. I dare say some of my more Ttouch  and Clicker friends would be up in arms. 

I am really not sure what to say to this but that “Attitude is everything.”

 

(ii) both NH and traditional are based on (a) flooding techniques; and (b) approach and retreat techniques.”

Hmm? Re (a): I’m not sure of at all. My practice and learning through personal interaction and visual aids( DVD’s- books, etc), does not in any way BASE anything on Flooding. It is not a practice all horses can learn from. Some need to be taught while we watch paint dry. Others may be able to handle the faster pace of multi tasking, and more stimulus. This is my idea of flooding. But to say “Flooding” is a base of building foundation, No, sorry not on my clock, and not on the time pieces of any I have studied under in the NH world. The picture which goes with this article I guess is a form of “Flooding”. In my eyes, honestly, that is “Breaking”, breaking the spirit, there is a huge difference. Again I feel the attitude of the horse person has a lot to do with how things go forward. In my opinion, you can flood and stimulate thinking and connection, or you can flood and cause angst. All in the hands of the handler.

In regards to ( b), approach and retreat... you bet. Release teaches! The key is the release whether  it be physical contact or energetic intent, when a response is seen, the slightest glimmer , the release must happen.

Before I go on, I will say these are my opinions.  I am really just enjoying the opportunity the article has given me to really dissect my own thoughts and beliefs . This is very stimulating, heady stuff. 

 

(iii) both NH and traditional rely on ever increasing amounts of pressure to make a horse respond.”

Yes, to a certain extent. Better to apply pressure in increasing amounts until a response is seen, than kick to go, pull to stop. The key is the release. No news flash here right?

“….make a horse respond.” The word “Make” bothers me.  Anyone can make or try to make a horse comply, but where is any horsemanship in that?

I’m not sure how much traditional , old school English, practiced this. I was raised traditional English Equitation and do not recall any variation in pressure being taught. This was quite a few yrs ago!( 70′s)  Things were very mechanical. As I got older and developed my own style, and began to do more X/C work , fox hunting, hunter paces , eventing , etc I was taught some finer things. Innately as a child I was not comfortable with the whole picture of  Equitation, so as soon as I had the opportunity, I left that and learned to ride with my horse, Blue Chip Lancer, The best first horse a girl could have! Anyway,  bottom line is, it all is in relation to pressure, just given and taken away to achieve the appropriate response.

What is Pressure? Just sitting on a horse is pressure. Saddling is pressure, trailer loading is pressure. Its part of the world we live in.

For an example, If we do not add pressure behind the drive line to move forward, either on the ground or in saddle, how else do we begin the conversation to go forward in motion and in partnership. Some one has to take the lead and give direction .

Pressure is unfortunately a thing horses in the domestic world have to deal with to fit into our lives/world. Pressure however is not non existent in the wild. It is portrayed in games played from foal-hood on up. Pressure is understood by horses.  It is a herd dynamic which I value. It is their unspoken language we can only hope to tap into and use as effectively. It is not always physical contact pressure but energetic/ with intention. Going back to our prior mention of Pat Parelli, his foundation protocol, follows as closely as possible the interactions between horses, using physical and energetic intention.

I think the use of pressure is a given. It is the method and intention in with which it is used and applied that should be discussed. If the  technique  is respectful and allows for 2 way communication, and is not about the goal, but the horse, I’ll look at it.

Any tool is only as effective as the hands that hold it. As horses handlers we take a huge responsibility on to not screw up. I use many different tools in my facility because I find , as I said before, no horse is alike and some respond better to Ttouch  work , others to Parelli style, and then there is the wonderful world of in-between.  Ultimately I feel we must remain flexible in our handling styles in order to not use or  apply pressure to maintain “Control” of our direct line intention/plan for the day.   Whatever the day calls for we have to be ready to work with them not against them. Sometimes the day will totally take on a theme of its own. Use what they give you and make lemonade. I know that sounds really cliche, but it usually works out well and keeps the relationship solid. It keeps  your horse from looking at you as if to say, “So  you are a typical human.” To work in the more alternative world of NH is to not be typical or Traditional. It is to think out of the box.

In conclusion think of this:

What a great day it will be when NH is considered the “Norm”, The Traditional! The Go To way to train a race horse, or other sport horse, and start a colt.

Also A word….. Accountability.

Stay tuned for part 3~

 

My response to literature… Well, my opinion anyway.

 

My take on the NH post in the Vermont Horse Community group by Ross Jacobs/ Good Horsemanship

There is no such thing as Natural Horsemanship as a training concept. It is a brand name used for the marketing and repackaging of traditional style horsemanship. Its like Hoover has come to mean a vacuum cleaner, but it’s actually just a brand of vacuum cleaner.

 

Tom Moates wrote an excellent chapter about this in his book “A Horses Thought – A Journey into Honest Horsemanship.” You can read what Tom has to say about Natural Horsemanship by going to his web site.

 

NH started out as a term Pat Parelli adopted for his school of horsemanship that he was marketing. He used the term Natural Horsemanship as a catchy branding. Since then however, it has become synonymous with what many people consider is a type of horsemanship. It has taken on a wider meaning that extends beyond Pat Parelli’s specific systematized training. The term has become much more general in its meaning. So general in fact that most people can’t really define what NH is anymore.

 

repackaging of traditional style horsemanship”.

 

I have to respectfully disagree here. In my opinion, there is nothing Traditional about being in the Natural world. Granted there are times when for extreme cases, the last ditch effort to have a horse come around is to go to the extremes and maybe lay a horse down. I have seen the best do this and if it were not done, and the ground rules set firm, the horse, very dominant and spoiled, treated like a pet and it went bad, would be off to the meat market. The only hope would be before it hurt some one badly or itself.  That horse today is still a poster child for when  you have to go there. He is a perfect horse! Even in this extreme need to find a solution a more feeling natural approach is better than what is depicted in the Photo. 

 

NH started out as a term Pat Parelli adopted for his school of horsemanship that he was marketing. He used the term Natural Horsemanship as a catchy branding. Since then however, it has become synonymous with what many people consider is a type of horsemanship. It has taken on a wider meaning that extends beyond Pat Parelli’s specific systematized training. The term has become much more general in its meaning. So general in fact that most people can’t really define what NH is anymore.”

 

As a Parelli supporter and being very proud and thankful of it, “Natural Horsemanship” has become a very big business no doubt. Mr. Parelli is a master and has more natural ability in his little finger than I could hope for. Knowing Mr. Parelli’s more Traditional rough around the edges background in the rodeo world, he had an innate ability when opportunity knocked to see and be, a softer way. There is no way a person involved in the Parelli program who really studies it, can not take the road less traveled.   In my opinion, this is the way of Natural Horsemanship.

 

Maybe Mr Parelli, is the poster child for NH, but Hoover, is a great brand too! I say, well done and move on. No grudges, no chips on shoulders, just great appreciation for the doors that opened for all the others who followed, including me. 

 

As there is no horse alike and no human either, NH has to be, and become individualized. For me, I try to emulate my mentors, visualize moves and sayings and techniques. Ultimately though, its me, in my time, my environment, with my horse(s), so I have to make it mine, ( work for me and who I am). I practice what I preach and express this to all my students.

 

For Sable View it’s Hybrid Horsemanship, for others Good Horsemanship, or Honest Horsemanship, No Dust Horsemanship, TTouch, Clicker. these are all forms of more natural horse foundation or re-foundation work.  Regardless of the name, it needs to be  harmless , helpful, and inspiring, with results that make a positive difference in the horse world. No matter how big or small . I always say the reason there are so many clinicians out there is to suit the many different types of humans who seek help reconnecting with their horses. More times than not its the human who needs to reconnect with themselves and the horse is simple the ultimate teacher… patiently waiting for the right answer! I know this is true for me.

 

I will continue to segment the article and give my take on it in future posts.  It is a meaty article, and I appreciate how it causes me to  reflect, assess and appreciate who I am,  what I do, and how I do it.

 

 

Young Living Essential Oils (YLEO) in regards to Depression

Tough but very prevelant subject, Depression. Im not sure there is anyone who has not been touched by it in some way or another.

On a personal note,  I will say there are genetic predispositons I self monitor and have for most of my life. One is depression. I work really hard at being a better me in as many ways as I can, and along the way know that as with most people  we need help.  No I have never  been medicated for anything, litterally anything!  and dont intend to be ! I dont do meds to alter  or mask things, my body rejects them profusely.

I do however enjoy the effect of natural mental and physical healing  like , Reiki ( self  applied or treated), Massage, accupuncture ,and the use of Essential Oils.

Whether it be aromatic or applied it is a wonder to  feel the difference after the use of the oils.

I have some I like to use to uplift but im not here to discuss me, Im here to discuss  what might interupt or soften an episode of depression using YLEO.

First of all Depression can be directly related to diet! Sorry everyone… its very true.  I have had rescent blood work done and upon discussion know that I needed to  have a few additives nutritionally to gain over all balance. Not that I wasn’t eating well but  not getting what I really  really needed to deal with my stressors. Amazing results.  I upped my Oil intake and use,  and added nutritional suppliments.  Follow up blood work shows great results but even more so I feel the difference. I look to my oils and  nutrition every day. Not just good for mental health but bone, and  immune defence.

**One trigger for depression can be calcium deficiency others, as comon as carbonated drinks, specifically cola drinks high in Phosphorus.

Sugested  oils to use:

Lemon, Frankincense, Lavender, Joy, Valor, Hope.

I have discussed all but Joy and Hope in prior  blog posts so you are welcome to read about them there. I will however discuss a bit about Joy, which I use as a purfume, yes honestly! and Hope.

**Joy:  when inhaled tends to bring back thoughts of being held,, loved,  loving times. Joy helps open the adrenal glands that can be shut down due to grief, or if we have shut down to the feelings of love.

Joy is a blend of oils consisting of: Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Rosewood,Lemon, Mandarin, Jasmine( another fav of mine), Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose!

 

**Now for Hope:   This to is a blend of oils that support the body emotionally and physically. It fosters feelings of progress,  forward motion, “Hope”, reconnecting with inner strength.

The oils  in this blend are: Melissa, Myrrh, Juniper, and Spruce

I hope this  has been of some help and offered  some alternatives for  any who suffer directly or indirectly. It is always a good practice to seek advise and consultation from a health care professional trained in this area. Discussion  is key to recovery in many things.

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** Reference Guide for Essential Oils/ 12th Edition/Higley

 DISCLAIMER: Comments on this page are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure. The comments have not been evaluated by the FDA.

 

 

 

Young Living EO: M- Grain….. More than, “Oh my head!”

I wanted to share this with you . I origionally aquired M-Grain for  one of my girls who would combat  bad head aches/ semi migrain-ish monthly. Back then  They , my Family, were not  ” Believers”, so the application  and use was not consistant.

Forward about a yr. Still on my shelf and as I needed to read about  Sciatica, I find M-grain as a recomended oil.  I applied as directed and don’t ya  know it helped. I  kept it on hand and  when symptoms arose applied as needed.

More rescently I have been having  foot pain. A mid foot, bridge joint and its tender. I used all the regular  go to oils , with some relief, then  silly me I spotted the M -Grain on the shelf and it was calling me.

I thought why not? Im amazed! why I dont know, I know these oils have  unwritten uses, pain is pain! Almost instant relief. No, the tenderness is not gone 100% but movement and daily ache when in motion( Zumba, barn chores etc etc) , gone enough that I forget about it. Now I note it feels tired,  but not untouchable. I apply it every AM and PM.

What is in this great oil? M-Grain is a blend of oils:

Basil, marjoram,Lavander,Peppermint,Roman Chamomile,Helichrysum

Now one of my never let it run out oils!

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Planning for weaning, raising the bar!

Yesterday I was in an E conversation with my vet re  basic protocol for  Troubadour. Discussions of weaning and gelding came up. The weaning process is really taking effect on its own naturally,  but yes I will make a real dat,e so to speak to separate the two . I have seen way to many very awkward situations with  offspring  still trying to suckle at  yrs old. Not cool! Not productive.

In any case  we have at least a month or so to go ,as he will only be 3 months old  8/27/12, Im not rushing it. I think it will be sooner than later as Tru is very settled and day by day I see him stepping out on his own. Still looks for Mom but  has pals to seek comfort from as well.

This morning as we went through our morning routine, grooming , Mom  tied , Tru loose but he stays put pretty well.  Sometimes curiosity wins out.

I do one then  the other. As I Do Tru I have a small string round his  wither /neck area.  Like a riding neck rope.  He responds well to it and  for the most part stands well for feet etc with just it. Not bad!  I use Mom’s comfort as a tool. he finds a spot by her and  im pretty good to do anything. he is gettign really good with feet. still a time or 2 where he might  resist but I discoverd  his comfortable way to be held.  Trial and error!

I have raised the bar a bit for both of us. I  have made the grooming routine a real routine. Pattern animals, yes? Before I  separate the two I need to really have a good foundation , better  than we have already in order to  make the next stage of his growth worry free. What is my plan? I will enter his life more and more over the next  month or so with more domestic focused  tasks. Not any fancy stuff  but the basics and have it be so Im as good as Mom for support and comfort.  So that what I ask of him  will be accepted. grooming , feet,  shots  etc. This will be were the rubber meets ther rd. Human interaction and almost a bit of “Domestication” from what he has been used to will begin to  happen . It wont be hard, he gets it . I can intorduce things to him for a few days a then let it go and  he picks right back up  after a few minutes.  Now ill see  if all my thoughtful work till now  has any holes. Im sure it will but then ill learn to fill them in!

As we do our grooming with his favorite rubber mit , I am sure to explore all ares of his body. Tru seems to like his tail being brushed too.

What I have  taken to doing now as a progression, is to wrap myself around his mid section and grooming  the opposite side . I basically am draping myself over him , he  doesnt  think twice.  Good first ride prep eh?.  I have changed my touch over time, it is getting firmer, more solid,  as he is more accepting. He follows a feel very well, again with just a neck rope. Dont want to raise a wilting violet! Breath and they  spook! Ugh! I still  put the halter on but do most my “time ” with him with out up to now.

I sat down and thought to myself  what did I want to get done. This is what I came up with:

To go through the  holes I have found in my other horses,   as  well as others that I work with,  that I want to  address before they  show up as holes!   I am a great observer. I  learn from my  mistakes and those I view of others.

Lots of  resposibility going forward . I never took it lightly, but  now facing  the  separation from a great Mare, who has been even better than I exected, its now my turn to step in and take over the raising of Troubadour.  I will still have help for the herd . I will rely on them a lot!  Granny( Diana), and Popeye, Mr. Bill and Cora will be vital to keeping it natural!

Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

On the trail with Troubadour

Yesterday for the second time my eldest and I went for a trail ride together with the whole family, well almost anyway. Ok , let me explain. Me, Kim, Popeye, Sarah ( ponied), Diana, with kim aboard, and little Tru tagging along. So minus the  pony and mini it was the whole  herd family.

3 generations of horses and Pop! Kinda cute, huh? It really is.  A couple weeks ago we  took the crew out on a longer ride, a progression  in effect. The first time I did this just me and Pop leading Sarah and Tru  toddled along. Then KIm entered the picture and we took a little longer ride, then yesterday we took a nice  5 mile ride, lots of hills etc, cant get away from them here, and Tru was a trooper. He is happy to  hang between  us, Pop, sarah and I and Kim on Diana( Grandma), who usually is a ways back. At times he will trot or canter up to us but other times is happy in a cushion of  family.  We stop after a good climb to rest  him and allow him to  go to sarah if he wants. Not much of a puddle drinker yet.

He is a pisser, when he gets tired and  fussy he begins to get studdish. He will usually  go to grandma and  attempt a mount from behind, as she walks along.

How they put up with him all day, I have no idea! The measure of control they use to  TELL him NO is amazing to see. Just enough to get it across with out crushing his spirit!

We all have Savvy strings attached to our saddles for  any reason. I asked Kim to have her’s on her wrist and  begin  to incorporate a savvy trial ride lesson.

Timing is everything! But as the little one mounts , she swings string to the rear over D’s butt and if he is in the way , Oh well! A giant bug was bothering D and its Kims job to  protect her  herd of 2.

It worked. To hear kim say , Got him! and chuckle was humorous. Its a bit uncomfortable to  be riding along and have a little toughy try to mount , in play, but still, the horse you are riding. Time for trail ediquette!

As Kim heads off to college and kids back to school my timeto get this done with the whol family will dwindle but I intend to  get them out thru fall. Pop is a great solid presence for Sarah and Tru.

I can continue to thwart off the mounting attemps( back off dude), from Pops back with end of  pony line. Multii tasking 101!

More antics to follow, stay tuned.

 

YL Essential Oils Every Day Oils Collection continued…. Peace and Calming

The name says it all!

P/C is a blended oil made up of : Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Blue Tansy

*This oils will help in dealing with various issues relating to the nervous system and emotional wellness.

How do I use it? Let me count the ways.

1) As a perfume!  applied to my  neck and wrists. Its lovely.

2) In my purse as a go to oil in cse i need it.

3) In the barn I use it as the horse  need it.  Durring the birthing process I applied it to my mare.

4) In bath water!

5) Defuse , Defuse , Defuse. this settles the whole house in a nice fresh calm.

6) Before bed to relax my mind, I apply it to my temples and  along my spine and feet.

*Reference Guide for Essential Oils, Higley, 12th edition

YL Essential Oils Every Day Oils Collection continued…..PanAway

What a great blend of oils. This is key to pain relief in home and barn.

PanAway is blended with: Wintergreen, Helichrysum, Clove, and Peppermint.

* This oil can be used in dealing with problems relating to the nervous system and muscles and bones.

How do I use it? Let me count the ways.

1) This past march I slipped on the ice feeding horses and  badly sprained my wrist. Xrays said not break but I think it might have been a hair line. Regardless once I got my feeding done I got to the house and asked kids to get me the PanAway. First thing to come to mind.

I applied it to the site and got  cold pac and off to emerg room.  I felt a soothing relief immediatly. Dr asked  what the smell was, (ben gay type…)  I filled him in , he was impressed .  Said this was a good thing to have in a first aid cabinet!

2) After a Zumba work out! all over followed up by  ortho ease or sport massage oil. Saves me from any overly sore spots till I’m fit. After fit then its relaxing.

3) Swelling due to any strain , or ache or pain in the home and barn.

4) with a house full of women, 4 girls , it is quite helpful for menstrual periods. The  smell is up lifting too.

 

* Reference Guide for Essential Oils, Higley, 12th edition

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