It certainly has been a different Summer than I
had planned. I had this vision of riding, training and showing
Redge all Summer but it was not to be.
Have you had the experience of shifting gears with
your horse? If you have owned or worked with horses any amount
of time you probably have. They are wonderfully unpredictable
creatures that can be frustrating and inspiring in equal portions.
After celebrating my mini horse trial in May I
thought I was off to my horseís first season of showing. Alas,
one week after the show he had a wreck in his pasture and he has
been very sore ever since. No one knows what happened but he came
in with his back and his entire back end sore as if he had fallen
or flipped or spun way too hard and wrenched his whole body. He
was not lame or had any sign of injury, just sore.
He was happy to keep eating, looking fine and fit,
but he did not want to move at any pace other than a walk or a
grazing walk, if you will. I had a holistic vet come out and examine
him and watch him move and she agreed something was tight and
stiff in his hindquarters. She acupunctured, made chiropractic
adjustments, gave him electro-stimulation treatment and finally
some ultra-sound. Two weeks after this treatment he seemed to
be a bit better and I had her out for one more round of therapy.
The second treatment, again, gave him some comfort but basically
he was the same.
I gave him time off and rest and realized I was
to become a healer this Summer and not a competitor as I had hoped.
I decided to give myself some healing as well and ordered a colon
cleansing and de-tox package from www.drnatura.com. I did the
30 day cleansing and now starting the de-tox program for the next
30 days. So Redge gave this to me which was a real gift. It has
made such a difference in my energy, eyesight, mental clarity
and vitality. Iíve even had comments on the vibrancy of my skin!
I recommend it to all of you! It was a mild process and not invasive
to my lifestyle.
Once I realized what the next few months were going
to look like, I took a deep breath and got into my horse caretaker
role and pulled out all my tools including Rescue Remedy and my
The InBalance Horse Oil
plus a super strong racehorse liniment and B-12 vitamins for muscle
support. I also cleaned off my magnet blanket and my hand magnets
to use as needed.
After a month I called my trusty energy worker,
Cali Jansen, in California to help me see inside Redge. Cali has
helped me so many times with Redge over the three years I have
owned him. Miraculously, even though she conducts her readings
from California they always seem to work for us. She said he had
been in a major wreck in his paddock and had twisted and rotated
and bruised a lot of his body mainly, however, straining a key
ligament near his sacrum. She said he is really sore and it will
take quite awhile to heal.
Cali worked her magic on him three times, and most
of his body seemed healed and healthy again. Mainly she recommended
that he needed stall rest for 9 days. As most of you know this
is very hard on horses and I took it seriously. I went out everyday
and put Rescue Remedy and Arnica in his water and in his mouth
as well as rubbing Arnica Gel on his bruises. I also put The InBalance
Horse oil on his muzzle and asked the night caretakers to give
him more Rescue Remedy.
This plan helped him sanely stay quiet in his stall
for 9 days. Other than drugging him, I donít know how else he
or any horse stays sane through this kind of confinement.
On the 10th day I took him in-hand to a private
turn out paddock with plenty of hay for him to eat. He was next
to horses that he could nuzzle. I stayed with him for about an
hour to make sure he would not run and buck and play too much
and it seemed to work out just fine.
We did this for 2 days with no problems. The third
day I was on my way out to the barn when I got a call from the
manager saying Redge had jumped out of the paddock, fallen into
a mud puddle as he landed, lay there for a few seconds stunned,
then jumped up and trotted around. Thankfully he came right to
the girl who went out to catch him. He had made his voice heard
loud and clear that the new set up did not suit him at all. So
much for keeping him quiet to heal.
I gave him a nice warm therapeutic bath and checked
him all over. He did not have one scratch on him. Thank goodness
he is a very athletic jumper and cleared the fence! The mud puddle
landing, however, came as a big surprise, so he was still a bit
stunned over that.
We all agreed the next day to put him back in his
old pasture with his buddy and just give him time.
As of last week, two and half months have passed
and I am still not seeing much improvement in the hindquarter
movement so I called a lameness specialist from the racetrack
to come look at him. He also noted how sore Redgeís hind end muscles
were and agreed that he had done something major in the pasture.
He gave me three options to consider:
1) Do nothing and give him lots of time and we would look
at him again in about 4 months;
2) Go ahead and inject an internal blister of peanut oil and
iodine into his muscles for relief and to speed up the healing
process (he said that this process had been working wonders
3) Send him to Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Veterinary clinic in
Lexington, KY (an hour away) to have a complete bone scan to
rule out any fractures or damage to his pelvis, sacrum, hocks,
pastern and spine. This would cost me about $600.
Reluctantly, I chose the bone scan. We agreed that before we
did anymore treatments or therapy we should know exactly what
is going on. It is a hard hit on my horse budget, however, I would
hate for us to treat the muscles when the possibility of a bone
Hopefully once we have the green light that all
is healthy with his bones and joints, we will be able to go ahead
and treat his muscles and joints for him to comfortably come back
As far as Redge is concerned? Part of him is enjoying
his couch potato life right now and part of him is eager to get
back into doing active things with me. He is happy, eating well
(as always), looks great, content and enjoying his Summer of leisure.
Horses take us to new places all of the time and
it is up to us to give them what they need to be happy and comfortable.
I have to remind myself and others that the drive of human ambition
is secondary to the welfare of the horse. The emotional and mental
component is what many people overlook during an injury so stock
up on your essential oils, aromatherapy, Arnica and Rescue Remedy.
It can come in very handy!
This Summer has also been a beginning for me as
I launch my career in Kentucky and surrounding areas. I will be
conducting clinics on a regular basis at the barn where I board
in Prospect, KY just outside of Louisville. If you are interested
in attending or would like to come for private lessons please
let me know and we can work out all of the details.
I am also available for clinics in your area. If
you are interested please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Note for Riding: keep your elbows
soft as you ride. There should always be a bend in the elbow.
There are many riders who carry the reins with the elbows stiff
and tight and the hands placed down around the withers. This only
sets up bracing in the horseís neck and spine and he biomechanically
has no ability to come through from his hocks, through his back,
neck, poll and jaw into your hand. All of your hinges must be
soft and mobile for the horse to be equally as soft and strong
under you. He or she simply cannot lift their back to support
and carry you if you are bracing against their mouth with a stiff
elbow and hand.