The Horse Is a Reflection of The Rider-
You have likely heard it said a million different ways in relation to horsemanship, that the horse’s behavior is merely a reflection of the handler.
It comes down to the leadership of the person and the relationship between them and their horse. Would you be surprised if I told you that when it comes to your horse’s health their are similar connections that apply as well?
Often times when a horse is experiencing health problems it reflects the owner’s relationship and view of health.
To help clarify this concept further…
Let’s say a horse is experiencing a digestive concern like gastric ulcers. If the owner views health or the absence of health as something to “treat” and combat, it’s likely they have tried a vast variety of medications, supplements, remedies, and even procedures. Most of which they don’t feel really worked, because their horse still struggles from time to time.
They go from thing to thing and opinion to opinion, never really getting the results they desire for their horse. Yet through the midst of it all, they feel like they’re an expert in the problem… which believe me they are and so are the professionals they seek help from.
If any of this sounds familiar don’t worry, I would venture to say 90% of horse owners and even professionals are experts at spotting problems and finding problem treatments. Very few have taken the road of spotting and finding REAL solutions. Taking the health problem and seeing what went wrong with HEALTH in the first place.
What is your view or relationship with your horse’s health?
Health is balance within the body, disease (dis-ease) is a disruption to that balance. Simply put disease and even injury is simply a body that is experiencing imbalance. The goal should be to spot and adjust what needs balanced.
Going back to our example of gastric ulcers… it’s important to review the horse’s lifestyle, diet, and emotional stress levels. Looking for the causes of the imbalance. I would say that 9 times out of 10 a cause can be spotted in one of those three things.
Although, I do recommend checking the body for physical pain points as well. Palpating for back pain, ensuring proper saddle fit, maintaining hoof balance, etc. which are all important, but I find most people start here and skip the lifestyle, diet, and emotional stress levels.
Because their horses’ have lived that way all their lives, or been fed the same feed for many years, or handled the same emotional stresses day in and day out. Instead of making changes, they simply add a medication that will suppress the symptoms, and 6 to 12 months later the horse will be right back where it started.
Or for some horses, the symptoms will progress to another organ system within the body. This often continues until the horse is overrun with disease.
I encourage you to ask yourself and truly observe, what is your relationship to health?
Do you understand the steps the body grows through to maintain it?
Do you know the phases in which disease sets in?
These are things I have studied and taught on for many years. There are very clear steps to gain health and very clear steps a horse expresses as it slips into disease states.
My mission and focus is to share with those who are open, how to care for their horses in a way that preserves health and helps restore it when it’s lost. Caring for the horse as a whole, not a sum of its parts or an expression of its health concerns. If that sounds like something you’re ready to get started with I have a free PDF guide download to get you off on the path.
What we focus on grows… I want to help you focus on and magnify your horse’s health!
If your horse isn’t greeting you at the gate, is resistant or dull to your cues, or is experiencing negative health conditions… It isn’t your fault. And contrary to what some vets and equine professionals might lead you to believe, it certainly isn’t normal!
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