When we first moved to middle Tennessee I had to use halters to lead this horse that way and that horse this way. Twice every day at feeding time I was faced with sorting out the horses to their respective feeding stations. Each horse is fed in a specific place, determined by his or her dominance position in the herd, but since we never use stalls, sorting them into those places is often… hmmm… interesting. The “places” and feeding order are determined by all kinds of things like who eats fast and who eats slowly, who is boss of who, and who is ornery enough to walk away from hers to steal someone else’s even before she’s finished with her own. A few weeks of that was quite enough. I decided to teach each horse to “walk with me” at liberty. Read More→
When Zeke came into our lives, as terrific as he was, he had a lot of issues, especially around feeding time. He’s had seven owners during his seven years of life. And the one three months before we found him had completely abandoned him and several other horses when his show barn had gone into bankruptcy. The owners just walked away. Read More→
Sugar Promotes Chronic Inflammation
by Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D.
Inflammation. The very word triggers images of pain, redness and swelling. But in the case of injury or infection, acute inflammation is actually a beneficial means of restoring the body to health. Specific cells are called into action to remove the source of injury or infection and repair damaged tissue. It’s when inflammation becomes chronic that areas of the body may lose function. Any part of the body can be impacted by inflammation, including joints, feet, lungs, muscles, skin, digestive tract, reproductive function, heart, nervous system, pancreas, liver, as well as the hypothalamic brain centers responsible for releasing dopamine and recognizing leptin.
This article focuses on the inflammatory impact that sugar has on your horse’s health. There are several other causes of inflammation, such as stress and obesity, high dietary levels of linoleic acid (an omega 6), free-radical consumption from poorly stored fatty feeds, and trans fat (partially hydrogenated oils); however, the damaging impact of high sugar/high starch diets is commonplace. Read More
An email from Coreen, a new friend: “I wanted to express deep thanks for such amazing material that you have shared in your books, and I have only read Born Wild and two others so far. This year has been a culmination of a decade of various stressful factors, and your books seem to be tying it all together in my horse world, and in my personal world. My hubby is away in rehab, probably for another 6 months now. Needless to say his issues have wreaked havoc on our marriage. I think Noelle deserves a big “hug” and many wondrous scritchins as she has helped me to see my husband with new eyes, and the two of you have helped me to feel secure in “getting out of the way” as in getting out of God’s way, AND the two of you have helped me to identify some areas about the horses where I owed my husband a HUGE apology, and we had one of the best conversations about the horses tonight that we have ever had. Read More→
Last night while I was loading the Gator with hay to distribute in the pasture, totally spaced out, humming a tune to Zeke, the quiet of the moment was suddenly shattered by a blood curdling scream from the tack room. I raced in and Kathleen was in the corner totally trapped by and pointing to the cabinet where we keep our feeding buckets. “S-s-snake!!,” she squeaked out. Read More→
One of the first things we purchased after our initial horses arrived was an electric clipper. We were told that we must have one so we could start desensitizing our horses to the noise they make. I am so ashamed that we had no more sense than to listen to these people. Thankfully, before the box was ever opened, we began to think. And ask questions. And ultimately, Read More→