Horse hair analysis and the food changes adventure

By , August 31, 2015 3:07 pm

A friend of mine had reported very good results after she got her horses hair analysed, and then changed her horses feeding. So I decided to give it a go and track my progress here. First up I put a little mane hair in an envelope and posted it off to Rose. My horse is outside all the time, eats old pasture grass and has a mineral block. He’s healthy and has 1 sarcoid.

THE RESULT:

Low in vit B, hind gut not working as well as it should and overall a bit acidic. So I was directed to get the following.

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So he’s going to get 2 meals a day from now on, also including speedibeat and TopSpec anti-lam. Most of the products in this picture are just for 2-4 weeks only. Rose also suggested I get a mojo band and he’s living out near a telegraph pole. I have no idea if it’ll work but I got one for myself too and will report back.

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I will be doing 2 feeds each day, but will start with 1 feed a day for today & tomorrow.

Aug 31: Evening only feed. Dinner #1 went well. Oz sniffed and tasted it for a minute, then ate it and licked the bowl.

Aug 31: Loved his breakfast.

ANALYSIS #2 and #3

Got the hair sample back from our other 16.3 horse. Different things to fix, including low copper, vit E & selenium, low omega 3 and omega 6. She also said hes shows a little arthritis in his base of neck & lumber area. So have a list of things to get, but not as many as Oz!

I also sent away my hair. But I am un-testable!! My energy wasn’t compatible. 😀 I guess I’m off the charts in either a good or a bad way lol!

Work on feeling the changes in your horse – Jeff Sanders UK clinic Aug 2015

By , August 31, 2015 11:37 am

JEFF AUG 2015 AT LISAS:

This was a fantastic 2 day clinic at Lisas in the UK. Jeff was super. A lot of focus was on how the riders used their bodies, and also how aware they were of how they were using their bodies. Really fantastic to watch the changes and thank you for the hospitality! Jeff was wonderful and lots of homework in this blog post to work on. Anything that doesn’t make sense is 100% me.

DAY 1 MORNING

– Using a whip / stick: Hold it upright straight up in the air, like you would hold a pencil. Before you use it, put all reins in other hand, so when you use the stick it doesn’t cause any unwanted rein mvt.

– Put your weight on the inside seatbone.

– To ask for piaffe you should feeling your body like you’re in canter, your core is going upwards and forwards.

– Walk a circle then move into sideways while keeping the same rhythm.

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How to use the reins: Continue reading 'Work on feeling the changes in your horse — Jeff Sanders UK clinic Aug 2015'»

A review of the Grandeur Barock Saddle Pad

By , August 24, 2015 5:07 pm

Finding myself without a saddle that fitted my horse, on the recommendation of German trainer & superstar Isabell Brenner, I decided to get a Grandeur bareback pad to ride in.

Here is their website (look for fellsattel) & a few pictures of their new models.

I managed to buy an older second hand barock style one from a friend in Germany.

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I had ridden in a best friend bareback pad a few years ago but didn’t like it much. Continue reading 'A review of the Grandeur Barock Saddle Pad'»

A wonderful saddle for a short backed, wide, flat horse – Deuber Espaniola review

By , August 24, 2015 4:52 pm

You may be familiar with my sorry story of buying saddles that don’t fit from saddle fitters that wouldn’t know one end of a saddle from another. You can read about my bad saddle fit drama here.


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During the process I learned a few things: Continue reading 'A wonderful saddle for a short backed, wide, flat horse — Deuber Espaniola review'»

“Soften your hands. No pulling.” Manolo Mendez UK report

By , July 29, 2015 3:43 pm

These are my quick notes from watching Manolo Mendez share his knowledge over 2 days in the UK. Manolo was the head rider at the Spanish Riding School in Jerez. He is known for his legendary ability to teach the 3 Ps – Piaffe, Passage & Pirouette. If anything doesn’t make sense its 100% my fault :) Manolo, all the riders & all of the horses were inspiring to watch.

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GROUNDWORK WITH CAVASSON
On the ground, get a relaxed walk, a relaxed trot and a relaxed canter.

OBSERVATION
Look for hard muscles or a lack of muscles along the vertebrae in the neck. Continue reading '“Soften your hands. No pulling.” Manolo Mendez UK report'»

“Get lighter. Do less. Keep the softness.” The Light Hands Equitation TRIPLE CLINIC REPORT

By , July 29, 2015 3:20 pm

These are my quick notes from watching Steve Halfpenny share his knowledge over 3 UK clinics. If anything doesn’t make sense its 100% my fault :) Steve, all the riders & all of the horses were so inspiring to watch.


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GROUNDWORK – CIRCLES

When the slack goes out of the lead rope, move the HQ out more to get the slack back into the rope.

When Steve does groundwork his hand is at about waist level quite often. Most students hands are a lot higher.

In groundwork, if your horses raises his head to go forwards or his nose gets near his chest when you back up, then you are pushing & pulling too much.

In groundwork if your horse is rushing, you can twirl the rope in front of him.

If you want to scratch your horse, scratch on his opposite side to the one you are standing on. Then he won’t push into you. Continue reading '“Get lighter. Do less. Keep the softness.” The Light Hands Equitation TRIPLE CLINIC REPORT'»

10 ways to remove sarcoids – and I hope one of them works!

By , July 28, 2015 12:23 pm

My poor horse has got a sarcoid on the inside of his off hind pastern. He’s 13 years old and this is the first one he’s got. I’m planning to keep a diary with pics of how I’m treating it in the hope its useful and I can figure out how to remove it. It’s like a round protruding warty bump. It’s not in a good place as he can hit it with his other hind leg, which is not good at all as you’re not supposed to disturb them as they can spread if you do.

Here is a list of things I’m planning to try:

  • Botanina cream (no change after one week or using cream only, but I should have used the wash as well)
  • 6 weeks of using human wart cream, no change really
  • 4 weeks of duct tape, no change really
  • 4 weeks of apple cider vinegar, no change really
  • Organic coconut oil, tried for about 2 days no change
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Crest toothpaste
  • Zoviraz
  • XXterra, also known as blood rot cream, found at my vet meds
  • Castor oil
  • Botanica wash & cream
  • Indian healing clay, calcium bentonite mixed with apple cider vinegar
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    Continue reading '10 ways to remove sarcoids — and I hope one of them works!'»

    The one piece of tack I changed which dramatically transformed my riding posture

    By , July 4, 2015 10:03 am

    After a number of cowboy Irish saddle fitters sold me a saddle that didn’t fit my horse and made him sore, or checked an existing saddle I had and confirmed it was fine (and it also made my horse sore!) I’ve temporarily given up riding with saddles. I’m not riding in anything that hurts or pinches my horse.

    But what to do in the meantime?

    Isi Brenner, the wonderful horse trainer who came over from Germany to teach this May, suggested I could try a bareback pad from a German brand called Grandeur. Continue reading 'The one piece of tack I changed which dramatically transformed my riding posture'»

    “Don’t reward when he’s trying to take over” – Ozzie notes from Steve Halfpenny June 2015

    By , July 2, 2015 12:01 pm

    Day 1 – Ozzie lessons with Steve Halfpenny – “Don’t reward when he’s trying to take over”

    STATE OF MIND OF HORSE: Opinionated, worried, fed up at times!

    We had a great day 1 in Tipperary with Steve. I didn’t get a chance to write up everyones sessions, but here’s what I learned to help Ozzie and me get better. Oz has two starting places. We have “calm and half asleep Ozzie”. He is normally like this at home. And we also have “full of energy, worried and wants to take over”. He’s like this sometimes at home (maybe 1/25 times), more so in the winter months when he’s fed up with the weather and annoyed in general. Today we started with energy, worried and distraction. This was actually great as I need help and practise to get him back to a more managable mindset & emotional state.

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    PART 5: 3 Day UK Buck clinic report 2015 & quotes

    By , June 25, 2015 12:41 pm

    Buck Day 3 AM – H1 GROUP

    – Don’t let horse stop unexpectedly, catch it before it happens. Keep the horse in my rectangle.
    – Don’t grip your legs like a bird on a fence rail.
    – Halt – walk, this is position 3 to Position 2, with slight leg energy.

    “The further up the leg your aid occurs, the more sophisticated the rider.
    The further down the leg your aid occurs, the more crude the rider.”

    Buck describes normal riders….. “When you ask you do too much. When you demand you do too little. Other than that you’re fine.” Then he smiled. Continue reading 'PART 5: 3 Day UK Buck clinic report 2015 & quotes'»

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