The Fundamentals of Foundation

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   May 18, 2012 21:25


 

Robin Davis is a lifelong horse lover who founded of the Holistic Horse Care Cooperative (www.Holistic-Herd.com) and, alongside of her husband, is owner/operator of a holistic horsekeeping ranch in Northern Colorado called Mustang Hollow.  Robin loves to spend time with her horses any way she can.  Her current herd of six consists of 1 Mustang, 1 Warmblood, 1 OTTB, 1 Quarter horse, 1 Arabian and 1 Welsh cross.  Robin loves to trailride, has competed in Dressage and has started and tuned up many horses using natural horsemanship methods.



Without a proper foundation no amount of allopathic or complimentary care can help your horse maintain wellness.

Most people have heard it said:  “No hoof, no horse.”  Sometimes when we hear a statement like this as frequently as I’ve seen it bantered about, it loses its power.  Though, this statement is extremely powerful when we look at the overall function of the hoof as it relates to the whole horse.

The next few blogs will focus on the hoof of the horse and all that it means to them.  As you consider how important the feet are to your horse, consider just how important your feet are to you too.  And take that one more step and consider who you might describe yourself if you thought of yourself as the hoof of your horse.

Here is where I went with this exercise. I am the hoof of the horse:

 

·        Looked at as being weak but indeed very strong

·        Strong yet flexible

·        Movement keeps me healthy

·        Constantly growing

·        All heart

·        Some see me as needing to be protected

·        Can bear a lot of weight

·        Need a solid and healthy connection to the land

·        Can be brittle on the outside and yet always delicate on the inside

·        The proper amount of water helps keep me healthy too much is bad, too little is bad


     Imbalances show up in me right away

     Good nutrition keeps me strong and flexible

          Very complex through simplicity

Many Blessings and Happy Horsin’ Around.

 

 

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Water the Essence of Life

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   May 3, 2012 11:03


Robin Davis is a lifelong horse lover who founded of the Holistic Horse Care Cooperative (www.Holistic-Herd.com) and, alongside of her husband, is owner/operator of a holistic horsekeeping ranch in Northern Colorado called Mustang Hollow.  Robin loves to spend time with her horses any way she can.  Her current herd of six consists of 1 Mustang, 1 Warmblood, 1 OTTB, 1 Quarter horse, 1 Arabian and 1 Welsh cross.  Robin loves to trail ride, has competed in Dressage and has started and tuned up many horses using natural horsemanship methods.

 

This week our well pump motor died on us.  It quit working just as I had dumped all of the horse’s water tanks in an effort to clean them.  The horses are always helping me with this chore.  They really love to drink the coolest, cleanest water just as it hits the freshly cleaned tank. There I stood next to one of the tanks with one end of the hose and nothing coming out on a hot, dry, windy afternoon surrounded by curious eyes and lightly blowing noses as they anticipated their treat. 
In a short time the patient horses were all getting impatient about wanting water.  Kicking the tanks, chewing on the tanks and just generally fussing with one another about the lack of water.  It was not like they had been out of water for long, but they had been looking forward to that cool drink and now there was nothing and it was hot and windy.
We’ve been without running water for 2 full days now and it certainly helps a person appreciate just how important water is to all of us.  Our horses need good, clean water for survival just as surely as we do.  The water of our world is quickly becoming toxic with pharmaceuticals, mining contamination, and just general mismanagement.
To maintain wellness in our horses they need access to uncontaminated water.  Do you know where your horse’s water comes from?  Have you ever had your well water tested?  Pay attention to the amounts of each of the minerals, in particular selenium – which while an important nutrient can be toxic when our horses ingest too much.
The horses got water that afternoon after borrowing the neighbors water tank used to fill stock tanks.  At this writing we are still waiting for the water to be flowing through our house.  Oh how much I am appreciating whatever water I have available in my life right now. 

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