Bonnie is doing so much better. She had a great day on Saturday, April Fools day. That seemed to be the turning point for her. Since that day she has been up and about, moving more and eating better. I’m so happy to see that! Since that day I have started walking her a little further and the last couple of days I walked her twice a day. After our little walks she moves much easier and is clearly less sore. I am so grateful for that!
The outpouring of love and support we have had on Facebook and the internet world has been so heart warming! All the stories people have shared, the things that worked for their horses and things that didn’t help, have helped me feel so much hope and kept me positive throughout this entire episode. I am simply amazed at the kindness! There is a Facebook friend that I have never met in person that is sending Bonnie a pair of Soft-ride Bootsfor her recovery. She is allowing us to borrow these until Bonnie is feeling better! I just want to say Thank you Thank you to you all that have offered suggestions and kind words!
I want to share what I am feeding Bonnie right now. I have had many questions about this on Facebook and through emails and private messages so I figured I would just share it here!
She gets hay 24/7. The same hay that I had analyzed. It is nice and low in protein (8.7%), starch and sugar (6.5%). It is high in iron (118) so I am balancing that with California Trace mineral. The magnesium (.11) is low in the hay so I am balancing that with some magnesium powder. I offer it loose in their run in shed, but am also top feeding it to both Sky and Bonnie. I give them about 1/2 – 1 teaspoon once a day. HERE is an excellent article about feeding magnesium and the kind you should feed for the best results.
I am feeding her 1/2 a cup of Crypto Aero Wholefood topped with about a 1/2 a cup of Standlee timothy grass pellets because I wanted to give her a bit more fiber with her feed. I top that with 1 teaspoon of magnesium powder, a small amount of Remission as I am weaning her off that product, and 1 scoop of California Trace. When I receive the Milk Thistle seed she will get 2 tsp of that as well. I wet the feed a little bit because of the grass pellets and she thoroughly enjoys her meal! I feed this once a day and make sure she always has hay in her slow feed net. Once a day, provided that we aren’t having hurricane-like winds, I put out one flake of loose hay as well. Before I started messing with the Crypto Aero I contacted Anna and talked with her about all the additions. I wanted to make sure I wouldn’t overload Bonnie with anything. Because the Crypto is a whole food you can feed a lot less and have wonderful results. I didn’t want to mess that up! I got a green light from Anna and altered Bonnie’s feed program.
When I purchase more hay I will have it tested and adjust the program accordingly. If iron is low and the other minerals, zinc and copper and manganese are better balanced I won’t have to feed the California Trace. I will always offer magnesium however I won’t always top the feed with it. I also will only feed the Milk Thistle for a little while, 3 weeks on and one week off until Bonnie’s body says she doesn’t need it anymore! I will get her back to the simplest program that she can manage as soon as possible.
I have also been using my essential oils on her. I oil her feet every day and her body every other day. On her feet I have been using Ortho Sport. The oils I use on her body vary. Some days I use Grapefruit Oil, Stress Away, and Valor II. Then other days I use Peppermint, Wintergreen, Lemon, and Grounding. Sometimes I only use one or two oils and other days I will layer on 4-6 oils. It all depends on how she tests that day! For her kidneys I have been layering Grapefruit, Geranium and Lemon oil over her kidney area. I always allow her to smell the oils before I put them on. Sometimes she will nibble on the oil bottle, sometimes she tries to eat the bottle! Sometimes she will turn her head away at first, then if I wait, she will bring her head back around and take some time to smell and smell the oil. Oils benefit when applied to the body as well as when we smell them.
I am happy with how things are progressing for Bonnie. I wish I could snap my fingers and take away all her pain and make her IR free, but since I can not I will continue to study, read and learn more about this condition so I can support her the best I can. I have high hopes that I can cure her of this with wholefoods, herbs and oils!
Every year I sit down and go back over the previous year. I think about what I want to make happen in the new year and settle on a “Word of the Year.” In 2015 my word was Inspire. I spent that year really making head way with Billy, riding him on the trails and going to Colorado for a week long Level 3 Freestyle/Bridleless course. It was a fantastic spring/summer!! Even if I did break my arm on April 1st.
Then I had my confidence shaken while riding, in September and broke my other arm. Though I didn’t need surgery this time, it really broke my heart. I thought I wasn’t worthy of horse ownership. I cried. A lot. That was a difficult winter. So when I sat down to look at the past year and come up with a new word I was searching for peace, harmony and contentment. My word for 2016 was Calm. I was needing to spend some time getting centered again.
I read lots of books that would help me figure out a few things. I spent lots of undemanding time with Billy and I knew that I wasn’t going to ride anymore. It was a bit of a struggle to admit that to myself, but I wasn’t enjoying riding. I was worried and tense and scared most of the time I was sitting on Billy. Trying to find my Calm while feeling so tense and scared was difficult.
On top of those feelings I had to balance my family. I homeschool my two boys, neither of which are even remotely interested in horses, and try to keep my hubby happy, knowing he doesn’t like horses. At all. My two accidents put a dent in my ability to homeschool, do my housework, cook and clean AND spend time with Billy. Not to mention bring in a small amount of money every month to PAY for my horse addiction. Things were not working out. My hubby was upset with me and we fought. A lot. I made the extremely difficult decision to find Billy a better home with someone confident and fun and understanding. He needs LOTS of understanding. He is definitely a one-of-a-kind horse.
Choosing to let Billy go to someone who would ride him was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made – and I have sold and re-homed horses many times over the years. Billy was one of my heart horses. Luckily I am not the type of person who believes we only get one heart horse in our lifetime. In fact I have had 7 heart horses so far and believe I have one or two standing out in my pasture right now. However, Billy was a very special boy.
Billy wasn’t happy just being a pet and because he was so young, only 5 years old, I knew he would thrive with someone that would ride him. He found a wonderful home up in the mountains at a guest ranch. The owners of the ranch are kind, compassionate people. When they met Billy and he put his big old head on them they wrapped their arms around it and gave him big hugs. The wife had a pocket full of cookies for him. They are both the real deal and thought Billy was just about the neatest horse they had ever met! He would have lots of horse friends at the ranch and there would be lots to do and see. There would be no chance of him getting bored. I made it a point of delivering him to his new home so I could see him settle in. They were very impressed when we pulled up with my tiny two horse trailer. (In order to shut the door Billy would have to stick his head out the front window!!) Billy was so good. When I opened the back door of the trailer he waited patiently for me to ask him out. Then he stepped out slowly, one foot at a time, calmly looked around and then walked quietly to the arena. The arena is surrounded by big dry lot pens full of horses and Billy’s eyes were WIDE open taking it all in. We walked around a bit and I showed them a few of his talents, including laying down on command, then I let him go and he went around making friends. He immediately befriended a horse that usually doesn’t like ANY horses. Within a few minutes they were sharing a mutual groom over the fence. His new owners were amazed!
When we drove away I was crying, but Billy didn’t even look for me as I left. Before he would follow my vehicle, whinnying, if I left him anywhere. I had a good feeling about this home.
I kept in touch all summer but couldn’t bring myself to go see him. Every time I thought about it I would cry so I figured it was better for both him and myself to let him go. This was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I’m sure when my boys leave for the military or college I will feel the same way.
I ended up being very surprised at the people that no longer wanted anything to do with me after I found another home for Billy. First the loss of Billy then the loss of some of my “friends” was almost too much. So many times I wanted to walk away from this blog and delete Facebook all together. I can’t say why I didn’t.
I think watching me feel so heartbroken was hard for my Hubby – after the initial anger he felt because I feel the need to have a horse. He watched me struggle for a bit and then casually mentioned miniature horses one day while we were out fixing fence. (One of the many reasons he doesn’t like horses!) I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of that myself! I had been dreading the idea of living without horses. (Something I am NOT good at!) And I had never stopped missing my minis.
I called my Mom to tell her my great idea of getting minis again and she offered me her two minis, Sky and Zorro! My good friend Katrina offered me back Captain Planet and walla! I was the proud owner of miniature horses again.
I found Bonnie for sale on Facebook (good thing I didn’t delete it!) and soon I was the proud owner of 4 miniature horses!
Other things I have gathered over the summer and fall are a miniature horse Hoofjack, mini horseEasyboots and a pair of miniature horse Cavallo boots! Miniature things are so cute.
I came across an awesome wholefood horse feedthis year as well. I was thrilled to have a local feed store agree to order some and begin carrying it. My ponies have flourished on it!
The girls and I did a lot of hiking and walking this year. Until my health made it too painful for me… This fall we didn’t get out as often as I would have liked!
I have been struggling with some different issues for the last few years. This was my “Year of the Doctor” and I found out I needed to have a full hysterectomy. I was scared but also hopeful! Scared to have that much of my body removed, but hopeful that I would have energy, no more pain and be able to resume my walking! So for the month of November and much of December I recovered from surgery. It really cut into my time with my ponies, but allowed me to work on my website/blog. Many changes happened around here during that time. Hopefully they were all good!
I love making graphics. So I started making lots and lots of graphics for my website:
YL Essential Oils Animal Care
Equine Body Work
Tips & Tricks for taking Awesome photos of your horse… By Yourself!
And I have made lots of Young Living graphics too:
Young Living Essential Oil – Grounding
Young Living Essential Oil – Lemon
Disinfecting Horse Brushes using Young Living Essential Oils
Disinfecting Puppy Toys Young Living Essential Oils
Someday maybe I’ll make money doing this! I really enjoy blogging, photography and graphic design.
I have been thinking about the year 2017 and what I would like to make happen. I will get Sky going in harness again and we will spend some time sledding around the fields and driving on the roads, getting ready for some mountain driving this summer. I am even kicking around the idea of another driving book, this one centered around sledding and mountain driving. I am going to start Bonnie ground driving and wearing the harness, going slowly with her so she is confident. It’s important to me that she enjoy the process so she can enjoy driving! I’m going to keep watching Zorro grow up. He is getting so handsome! One of my grandma’s little mares is bred for an early summer foal, so I am looking forward to that baby. It will be a half sibling to Zorro.
So back to my “Word of the Year” – I’ve put a lot of thought into it… After lots of deliberation, doodling, jotting down notes and making a word map, I have settled on the word MOXIE. Moxie resonated with me in two ways. It made me feel energized about the year ahead and made me feel excited about learning even more about horsemanship, horses and driving!
I am very excited about 2017. I see many great things happening in the next year and I plan to meet it with lots of vigor and pep!
If you feel moved to do so, please share your word of the year in the comments below!
The best treatment for a cold is to prevent getting one in the first place. But if your horse ends up coughing, having a runny nose and goopy eyes then you can use essential oils to help win the battle.
Antiviral essential oil, blends and supplements are very effective as preventative aids in avoiding colds as well as in helping the body’s defenses fight colds once an infection has started. -Essential Oil Desk Reference
Of course giving your horse a Raindrop Treatment is a wonderful way to boost their immune system. That is my go-to!
A list of some more specific oils that you can apply topically are:
Ravintsara: Great for lung infections, fighting viral infections, and the common cold.
Clove: An immune booster, provide relief from inflammation and stimulates blood circulation.
Cypress: This oil is a great oil for grounding, promotes healing and improves lung efficiency.
Hyssop: A great antiseptic agent, provides relief from spasms of respiratory systems and stimulates immune system.
Thieves: The Thieves blend is the most popular oil blend of Young Living. This oil boosts the immune system, can kill airborne bacteria, and helps combat the spread of germs.
Sacred Mountain: Excellent for the respiratory system, it’s great for grounding and is comforting and soothing.
Exodus II: Helps the body’s natural defense system and stimulates the immune system.
You can apply any two or three of these oils along the horse’s spine and also allow them to inhale them. Using diffusers in the barn is a great way to keep the oils in front of the horse all the time.
Feel free to email me or leave a comment below if you have any questions!
Extracted through careful steam distillation, resin tapping, and cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they come. Any time you hold a bottle of Young Living’s powerful essential oils, you hold nature’s pure essence. – from YL website
People always ask me why I choose Young Living Essential oils over the other types available. My answer is simple, I am only interested in using therapeutic grade essential oils on myself, my family and my animals.
When you start studying oils you will be surprised to find that there are very few that are actually therapeutic. And a little tidbit… in the US something can be labeled as 100% pure but only contain 3% of the actual plant material. Let me repeat that – in the US something can be labeled as 100% pure but only contain 3% of the actual plant material. That leaves the other 97% to be comprised of man-made chemicals!
It’s so vitally important to KNOW that the oils you are using are of a very high quality. Regardless of whether you choose to ingest your essential oils, when you breathe them in or rub them on your skin – you are taking them internally! Rubbing them into your skin (your largest organ) means they can enter your blood stream and have an effect on your health. This is something to really think about when using lotions and shampoos as well! Both for you and your animals.
I know exactly what I’m getting when I use Young Living Essential oils because they own many of their own farms. By doing so they ensure that the plants they are using have not come into contact with pesticides or herbicides.
Young Living farms, located around the globe, are dedicated to perfecting our responsible and sustainable growing and harvesting methods. – from YL website
To guarantee consistent, verifiable quality, our oils are tested in Young Living’s own internal labs, as well as in third-party facilities. – from YL website
I have used Young Living Essential Oils for 20 years and always been very happy with the quality of the oils I receive.
How to buy the oils
I highly recommend you sign up as Wholesale Member so you can enjoy the discount! It’s significant at 24% off the retail pricing. They offer a few wonderful sign up packages as well. Again I would highly recommend the Premium Starter Kit!
The total retail value of the Premium Starter Kit is over $300!
When you sign up with my team I will send you a FREE welcome gift- the book my aunt and I co-wrote a book about using essential oils on your animals!
How to sign up
Go toTHIS page and choose MEMBER. Scroll down to the Who introduced you to Young Living? and enter in my member number 283612. (This is to ensure you are added to my team and can receive my welcome gift!!)
Next you will choose your start up kit. There are many to choose from, but the best bang for your buck is definitely the Premium Start Up Kit!
Scroll down to Step 2: Automatic Monthly Delivery. You don’t have to sign up for this right now. You can always add this in later as you learn more about what oils you are using and begin to use the different products.
Click NEXT on Step 3!
Now you will fill in your Membership Information. They will ask you for your tax ID information just in case you ever sign up any of your friends and want to make a little extra money with Young Living. It’s completely safe and secure.
Next you will fill in your payment information and you are done!
Young Living is different from other companies in that you do not need to place a monthly order. All you need to do in order to stay active is to spend $50 a year! Not a difficult thing to do once you get hooked on the oils.
If you have any questions please email me! I am always happy to help.
Young Living came out with their animal care line last year. It was an exciting addition for those of us that had been using oils on our animals for years! Now we have a few go-to oils that are no brainers when using them on animals.
The names of the oils almost tell you exactly what they are for! Infect Away, Mendwell and Puriclean all work well when they are used together in a layering fashion. For an open injury you can layer these on and then top them with Animals Scents Ointment to help seal in the oils and keep the dirt out.
If you have any questions please send me an email!