Carrots make wonderful, healthy treats for horses

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Welcome to August Newsletter!

I went to the EKKA this week (Brisbane Show) especially to see Guy McLean’s demonstration. What a horseman he is! Of course, he has amazing horses with him and it was beautiful to watch!

So I went back home with plenty of ideas and tricks to try with my gorgeous little mare Lily and I would like to share with you what she has been learning.

Animal Communication

Teaching Lily to kiss me

Carrots make good horse treats!Ok, that was not a trick from Guy McLean, but it is still a little trick 🙂

It is not purely about intuitive animal communication either, but more about communicating with your horse at all levels.

I use treats for these types of exercises. Some trainers will disagree with this method, but I believe it works very well with some animals and as long as they do not become pushy, then it is fine.

So armed with pieces of carrots in the pocket, I start by talking to her and explaining what we are going to do. Tell your horse exactly what is going to happen. You will be surprised how much they understand!

With one finger, I tap on my cheek and say to her “Kiss”. Of course, at the beginning, she did not understand. So I came close to her nose and touched her with my cheek, then said “Good girl!” and gave her a piece of carrot.

Repeat the exercise few times and after a little while, your horse will start understanding that he needs to touch your cheek to get his reward.

Praise happens with words, the treat and with all the love from your heart to his!

The session should not be more than 5 to 10 minutes and should always finish on a positive note. You do not want to force your horse to kiss you, you want him to do it because he wants it (he’ll get his reward of course!!). So no yelling or smacking of course.

If he really does not want to work with you, then don’t push him. Leave it for the day and try again tomorrow. After all, he might not have been in a good mood!

Lily is a funny girl! She tries so hard to get it right and to be gentle! She shakes her head a little first and then manages to plonk her big nose on my cheek!

Do this every day and you will see improvement each time. Depending on how fast your horse can learn, it can take 5 to 15 days! It took Lily 15 days!! 🙂

Finding the right name for your pet

lily-turning-headWhen we acquire a new animal friend who has already been named, we usually think that we need to keep this name.

However, if your new friend seems to be oblivious to his name, or present some strange behaviour, sometimes renaming him can be a blessing.

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Aromatherapy

First Aid Kit – Part 1

Having an aromatherapy first aid kit for animals (and humans!) is a must.

But there are so many essential oils out there that one might not always know what to use.

Niaouli Essential Oil

Niaouli TreeI will start with this oil because not only I know it very well, but it is a versatile and gentle oil as well.

The Niaouli tree (MELALEUCA QUINQUINERVIA or MQV – not to be confused with melaleuca viridiflora
) is a paper bark tree that grows freely in my birth country New-Caledonia. Originally, the oil was extracted from a little village called Gomen in the north of the island, which gave the oil the name of Gomenol. These days, Niaouli oil is also produced in other countries like Madagascar.

In New-Caledonia, Niaouli essential oil (MQV) is quite often used to purify water, although caution is required for children and pregnant women.

MQV’s main properties are anti-viral, antibiotic, antiseptic, decongestant and anti-bacterial. It is ideal for any skin conditions and is similar to True Lavender in that regard, which I will discuss in part 2.

MQV can be used for the following conditions:

  • wounds, scrapes and cuts
  • herpes
  • thrush
  • burns
  • skin irritation
  • any types of skin infections
  • rash
  • rain scald
  • greasy heel
  • rheumatism
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • influenza
  • colds
  • bladder infection
  • sinusitis
  • pulmonary diseases
  • colds
  • ear infection
  • stings
  • insecticide

Although similar to Tea Tree oil, Niaouli is safer and so gentle that it can be used neat on the skin, as long as it is 100% pure. If distilled with alcohol, it will sting! So make sure you read the label, even if it says “pure”! But, if unsure, dilute it in carrier oil.

It can be used in cooled boiled water as a more natural wound cleanser.

I have successfully treated horses with rain scald using a mixture of coconut oil, French green clay and Niaouli essential oil.

You can use it on your animals’ insect bites and itch as well. In this case, it is best diluted in carrier oil like olive oil and coconut oil.

For dilution rates, check this article.

Doggy stuff

Oil supplement for dogs

bottle-oilThis oil recipe is an excellent supplement for dogs, especially if your dog has skins problems and joints ailments.

It is best to use organic and cold pressed oils. These oils provide Omega 3, 6 and 9.

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Until next month, take all care! Please kiss your pets for me!
Cass
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