Many people chose for their general health to do some kind of cleanse or detox at least once a year. Have you considered doing the same for your horse? Horses are subjected to the same environmental toxins we are. Plus, the traditional approach to animal health care in the United States and many other countries means our horses are subjected to many more medications - vaccines, wormers, tranquilizers - than most people regularly are.
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What is the difference between rehabilitating a horse and reschooling a horse? I tend to use the terms somewhat interchangeably, because there are often elements of both in my work. It’s a bit like asking horse owners what is meant by the term “lame.” Is a horse only considered lame if he’s not bearing weight on a leg? Or is it a continuum that has non-weightbearing as one extreme and tracking a bit short as the other? Depends on who you ask.

Clearly a horse recovering from a major injury, lameness or surgery is a rehab case. After veterinary treatment concludes, the recovering horse needs physical therapy – specific bodywork and physical therapy to help regain strength, flexibility and range-of-motion in the affected area. He’ll also need work to help him overcome compensatory posture and movement habits.          read more


Over the years I have seen capable riders and trainers resort to all manner of training gadget when riding and teaching. I have been in barns where every horse, without regard to conformation, training level or fitness, goes in a tie-down or a martingale. And I have had my healing hands on too many bodies with the telltale muscle hypertrophy and atrophy caused by being "gadgeted." Ack!

Sometimes I wonder whether I'm the only horseperson who doesn't automatically reach for sidereins when I longe or a firmer bit when a horse leans on my hands. I recently went on a little Web journey to locate some kindred spirits, and I found I was in very good company. Take a look at the articles that made sense to me (and please, if you have other sources, pass them along!) I also included a description of the TTEAM bodywrap (pictured), which I do think can be an actual aid to encouraging self-carriage.


Based in beautiful Pocahontas County, West Virginia, High Rocks Academy for Girls is a four-year mentoring program helping "at-risk" girls complete their high school educations and enter colleges or technical schools.

The program's New Beginnings summer camp includes a horse program that teaches basic horse-handling and riding skills in a curriculum designed to encourage the girls to overcome fears, understand assertiveness and embrace new adventures. I volunteered as one of a team of instructors at camp in 2008 and it's a very worthwhile program doing good work.

Volunteer instructors are needed to join the team for the June 10-21, 2009, camp. If you're interested, email Laurie Jurs or phone her at (520) 625-8808 (Preferred) or (520) 730-3456 or email Nancy Williams or phone her at (520) 398-2469 (preferred) or (520) 247-2872.