Thankfully, this go ’round up in VT anyway, we were spared Sandy’s wrath. There was a lot of chatter pre-storm on FB groups up here re preparing animals emotionally for the storm. As I was not in state for Irene pre storm, Im guessing maybe this happened then too, but it was new to me. I was in DC, stranded for a week, trying to get home after taking our eldest to 1st yr college. Like that wasn’t stressful enough!
Anyway I will discuss what I did pre and post storm with Sandy. Keeping track of hoof health along the way.
From Prior blogs on oils you probably know my “First Responder” is : The RDT( Rain Drop Therapy). Well in this instance it was no different. I gathered all my RDT oils and massage oils required and headed to barn to do a couple of horses, ended up doing all 5. (Everyone slept really really well that night! LOL). I guess I needed them too. Thats a lot of oils to filter! I felt great!
3:30 PM 2 days pre Sandy.
The process I followed was protocol but with a purpose of getting the oils on, not to spend a spa time as if I was doing only one. My intension was to only do a couple and then the others the next day. Plan changed when I was on a roll and felt really good about going and finishing all as the next day it was to rain and water amplifies the oils.
This time the Colt got his first RDT. Not to the full extent as a full size horse but he got it all in small doses. Too funny, he loved all the oils! Never turned his nose up to one. He has benefitted pprior to as Sarah has had RDT pre and post foaling. I did not drop oils on him I dropped in hand and patted on his back. I knew he could feel his energy shifitng and he handled it really, really well. His Mom Sarah was done simultaniously. She was expressive with a few yawns towards the end, and her typical dancy feet.
The shetland , Mr Bill, was in heaven, loved his, and Granny Diana, settled instantly with Valor applied , the rest is icing, per usual.
Popeye was last and were it not to rain the next day I would have let him go but I really felt energized so off we went.
OH NO! I was out of Valor! Dang!!! called to house… none on shelves! Poop! Think fast…..”ok , get me the new oil Sacred Angel!” promptly one of the kids ran it down to me. Why SA? I have no idea!
Honestly, it just popped to mind. My little voice , never lets me down. Wow, what an instant shift. He smelled it ( first time), and didnt turn away. Proceeded with it where ever I put Valor( A Blend of oils). Totally settled him and he was very chill for the whole treatment. Still a bit dancy in feet towards the end but not as much as usual. His head was instantly lower from the start. Might be my oils of choice for him to start with. After he was done he went out to roll. Not typical for him to let that much go. Powerful results!
My goodness the barn smelled wonderful the AM after. Sandy came and went, Thankfully no damage . Wind was quite loud. The horses were all tucked in barn, safe and sound. Noone looked worse for wear the AM after. My Purpose was to boost them for the stressors of the impending winds and what ever else might have come along as a result. * Note: I was applyiing all the oils…I got my fill of supprot too! maybe more crucial than for them
Since then we have been in a bit of a “Dank” spell weather wise. I have been tending to one newly barefoot horse all around, and another just fronts, to help them toughen ( see Mud Season Madness). The others are just trims.
Finally the weather and ground has dried a bit, though we have more moisture coming soon. Hooves are for sure toughened, and with use of “Purification” a YL essential oil blend, and switching back and forth to” Thieves” also a blend, Im driving out the end of the softness in the dank corners . Even the colt gets his treatment daily. Everyone’s hooves are picked and brushed out well 2x a day , oils applied 1x day as needed. I will be keep the protocol up untill we get ground freeze or snow! No MUD! Once the shift in weather comes the protocol will ease to picking with no oils unless I see something that looks odd or soft.
Prevention is a lot less expensive and time consuming. With use of the oils and not a toxic solution, the horses are also gaining the extra health benefits through absorbtion, smell etc. YLEO’s are the total package Physical, emotional, and mental health in every drop!
Any questions re the RDT or other protocol please contact me.