As the year and the decade change, I pause to reflect on what has passed and what I hope for the future. I do this with a deep sense of gratitude. This is a learned behavior for me, as I … Continue reading
In June I began riding an aged (20 year old) Hanoverian gelding. He is very cool, sweet and deserving. He began to show his age due to lack of regular exercise. His owner is a busy Mom that can only ride once or twice a week so his body condition started to reveal this.
Gus had developed a fiber belly, lost his top line and had ribs and hip points showing. As a former equine nutritionist (do we ever stop being one?), I felt the need to see if we could improve on these things. Top line is developed through exercise conditioning and protein. Fiber bellies are evidence of not enough protein. The rest of his body condition could be attributed to unbalanced diet and exercise conditioning. Continue reading
6 Symbolic Meanings Of Autumn That Remind Us How Amazing This Season Really Is
Thinking about autumn can bring about some pleasant (happy) thoughts. There are so many ways to welcome the new season. I am personally looking forward cooler weather riding and diving into my fall craft projects. Of course, I will also be snuggling up with a cozy blanket, some good books for fall reading, and a cup of hot tea. Talk about a dream come true!
However, the symbolic meaning of autumn is more profound than you think. Ancient cultures, science, and astrology have associated many aspects of this beautiful season to human life. These symbolic associations are powerful reminders that Mother Nature has an incredible influence on our lives. Continue reading
The rise and craze of CBD oil has erupted like a giant volcano! For all of you that are interested in CBD but have not yet familiarized yourself with it, this blog post is for you. I know it can be very confusing! When I was researching which products and lines I wanted to bring into Horse Hippie, my head was spinning!
Let’s start with the basics….
What is CBD? and how is it different from marijuana?
First and foremost, hemp and marijuana are not the same thing. While often mistakenly used interchangeably, these terms are referring to two different plants entirely. Both hemp and marijuana are part of the Cannabis family, but they have different uses and ways of cultivation that are easily mixed up.
Three years ago I was a presenter at the Horse Expo in Pomona, California. I had a Horse Hippie booth and gave presentations on Eco-Friendly Horse Care, DIY Ideas for the Horse Owner, and Alternative Methods for Equine Ulcers.
I met many interesting horse people at this expo (it WAS California after all) but I really connected with one in particular. Shelly Black is a native Californian where she lives with her rescued fur family of: 3 horses, 1 donkey, 4 dogs, 4 cats, and 2 cockatiels. She has been in the equine industry and holistic health industry nearly all her life.
There are two areas involved in mental health for aging equestrians; the physical side of brain health and the emotional component of mental health. I will cover the three ways to keep your brain healthy including:
C) Connecting on a Spiritual Level
Eating right and exercising your heart, limbs, etc. is important, but equally important is staying mentally sharp. Your brain is like other muscles in older age – use it or lose it! Continue reading
Believe it or not, 80% of your success when it comes to getting healthy will depend on your diet.
Diet is a four letter word to many but it doesn’t have to mean restriction. Unfortunately our society has associated the word with some sort of restrictive meal plan. BUT remember….
A diet is just what you eat. Plain and simple. Just think of your horse. When you discuss his “diet” with your vet or riding buddies you are just describing what he eats!
I honestly cannot stress the importance of this enough. You cannot feel like you are restricting yourself or you will never succeed in your goal to eat healthy.