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How Nature Designed Horses

Nature designed horses to be giant lawnmowers, but domestication and generations of selective breeding have turned them into high-performance athletes. And just like human athletes, horses experience muscle pains and aches that can diminish performance and lead to long-term damage.

Horses pay the price in injury and pain for the sports that we put them in. For many horse owners, equine massage therapy has become an important feature of the care they provide for their animals. Racehorses, polo ponies, dressage horses, three day eventers, show jumpers, and endurance horses can all prevent injuries and prolong their competitive careers with equine massage.

For instance if your horse has back or hind quarter soreness or is prone to “tying up” in these areas, then, to ease the discomfort the horse will place extra stress on the fore legs which in-turn places further stress on the tendons, which on occasions can lead to a bow.

This can also work in the reverse, say a horse has an existing tendon or foreleg problem; then the extra strain will be placed on the back and hind quarters, leading to strain or muscle problems.

Most people treat the symptoms after the injury has occurred, but what if the body could be balanced through stress point therapy and myofascial release? Many lamenesses and injuries can be avoided by maintaining proper nutrition, fitness, and balanced posture. I see it every day in my clients: horses that struggled to pass vet inspections, struggled to keep weight on, or struggled to perform certain movements rise above all those struggles once tight muscles have been released and nutritional imbalances are corrected.

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For instance if your horse has a back or hind quarter strain or is prone to “tying up” in these areas, then, to ease the discomfort the horse will place extra stress on the fore legs which in-turn places further stress on the tendons, which on occasions can lead to a bow.

This can also work in the reverse, say a horse has an existing tendon or foreleg problem, then the extra stain will be placed on the back and hind quarters, leading to strain or muscle problems.

For instance if your horse has a back or hind quarter strain or is prone to “tying up” in these areas, then, to ease the discomfort the horse will place extra stress on the fore legs which in-turn places further stress on the tendons, which on occasions can lead to a bow.

This can also work in the reverse, say a horse has an existing tendon or foreleg probl

 

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Do You Feed Your Horse Oil?

Many people add oil to grain and supplements for added calories and nutrition. The following information might cause you to rethink this practice!

This process is used for corn and soybeans:

“…the main component (to extract the oil) used is hexane, a chemical solvent that is used to make gasoline. Hexane is classified by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as a neurotoxin. After just 10-15 minutes of exposure, vertigo, headaches, nausea, and eye and upper respiratory tract irritations can develop. Repeated exposure can lead to muscle weakness, numbness, and neurological disorders. According to the Environmental Protection Agency the vegetable oil industry is the largest emitter of hexane.”

And if that is not enough to make you and your animals sick, there is more:

“The oil is then treated with two other chemicals, sodium hydroxide and phosphoric acid. Then it’s bleached and treated with hydrochloric acid to remove all color pigments. The next step is deoderizing.”

Pandora’s Lunchbox by Melanie Warner

A healthy alternative is to buy organic flax seed in bulk, which is quite inexpensive, and grind it yourself daily. Ground flaxseed turns rancid in about 24 hours (remember, there are no chemical preservatives!) so you will want to feed it within that time period.

Vegetable Oil Production Machinery:

Organic flax seed:

The Science of Skinny

I am riveted to a book right now, that is not directly connected to horses or massage, but to health. It is called The Science of Skinny, by Dee McCaffrey. I think the title is a bit misleading, as this is not a book about getting thin. It is about sugar as a “poisonous toxin” that causes such diseases as arthritis, heart disease, obesity, cancer, and every immune system disorder. The book discusses, in a scientific way, how eliminating processed foods can restore health.  Eating foods in their closest-to-natural form is the true path to sustained weight loss and, in fact, the remedy for almost any health problem. You will understand your body’s chemistry after reading this! Implementing small changes from the science-backed information in this book will improve your health, even if you don’t follow every recommendation. 

There are too many mind-blowing facts to list here, but two that grabbed me: the FDA allows foods with trans fats to be listed as containing 0% trans fats. What??

Sodium laurel sulfate (yes, the toxic ingredient to be avoided in  shampoos) is found in many boxed cake mixes! In fact, the FDA keeps a list of over 3000 ingredients that are added to foods, most of them synthetically concocted.

I am adding the book to my “I recommend” column on the right to make ordering easy.

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