Thursday, February 28, 2013

Forever horses....not burger meat!

Pictured are 3 members in my herd. They are my forever horses and always have a home with me on my farm. I make it a practice to tell each of them how grateful I am to have them in my life and reassure them that they always have a home with me unless they choose otherwise. All 3 of these horses were given to me "free." All 3 came to me with "issues" and have been "project" horses.

Kopper Top the cute red bay arabian, entered my life first. He was 15 years young (he's 20 now). "green broke" and the previous owner was afraid to ride him out on the trail and didn't trust him (timid rider+green "spunky" horse=potential fail). She "rescued" him when he was 5 and used him as a babysitter to the TB foals. She no longer had use for him and was afraid to ride him and lucky for me, I was "looking" for a red bay Arabian gelding and all the stars aligned. I got him back under saddle and he was becoming a phenomenal trail/riding partner. He is not under saddle at the moment because we are working through Lyme. He is our farm clown and a joy to be around! He's also our little Napoleon. I think he's absolutely GORGEOUS!

Leggo My Fuego is the chestnut Arabian in the middle. He was also "free." I "found" him on Craigslist. He was a bit over 4 and had "space" issues and just plain lack of manners. He was barely started. The 2 young girls that had him got him as a 3-4 month old and essentially treated him as a pet or "big dog." (cute rude foals turn into not so cute potentially dangerous 800+ pound horses) To give them credit they did the best they could and took him as far as they knew. They were both going off to college and he was too much for them to handle. He's an incorrigible scamp who is smart as a whip and will be my main partner once I finish his training. We have plans for CTR and eventually racing (endurance). Isn't he adorable?

Precocious Leader aka Dusty is the dark bay OTTB. He came to me when he was 18years young (he will be 21). He raced for 8 years. He was another "free" horse. Unlike the other 2, Dusty came to me sane and trained under saddle. His previous owner did wonderful by him, got him off the track and worked to make him a wonderful, beginner friendly trail partner. Dusty didn't have a "human" to call his own and was sent out and used on occasion to "babysit" lonely horses. She wanted to find him a place where he would have a stable home and "job" and be loved. Dusty's only issues are his insecurities and his cribbing. We are working through both and I feel they are emotionally based. Doesn't he have the kindest face??

All of these guys found their way to me in at least one of the listed ways below. All 3 had the potential to end up in a "not so good" place given these circumstances. Do your horses a service... Train them, love them, tend to their emotional, physical, and behavioral concerns.

I'd love to read your stories! Please feel free to post photos and share your horse(s) "story."~**Inez

I read this on the Angel's Acres Rescue page and thought how fitting it was to many of the horses who have found their way to us in similar instances. 


Hello: Due to the high volume of calls we have been receiving, please listen closely to the following options and choose the one that best describes you or your situation:

Press 1 if you have a 22 year old horse that you can no longer afford and you need to find the horse a new home
right away.

Press 2 if you are moving today and need to immediately place your five horses due to your home foreclosure. 

Press 3 if you have three horses, had a baby and want to get rid of your horses because you are the only person in the world to have a baby and horses at the same time.

Press 4 if you just got a brand new so cute colt and your old horse is having problems adjusting so you want to get rid of the old one right away.

Press 5 if your little colt has grown up and is no longer small and
cute and you want to trade it in for a new model, one that doesn't strike and rear.

Press 6 if you want an unpaid volunteer to come to your home TODAY and pick up the horse you no longer want.

Press 7 if you have been feeding and caring for a "stray" or abandoned horse for the last three years, are moving and suddenly determine it's not your horse.

Press 8 if your horse is sick and needs a vet but you need the money for your vacation.

Press 9 if you are elderly and want to adopt a cute pony who is not active and is going to outlive you.

Press 10 if your relative has died and you don't want to care for
their elderly horse because it doesn't fit your lifestyle.

Press 11 if you are calling at 6 a.m. to make sure you wake me up
before I have to go to work so you can drop a horse off on your way to work.

Press 12 to leave us an anonymous garbled message, letting us know you have left a horse in our pasture in the middle of January, which is in fact, better than just leaving the horse with no message.

Press 13 if you are going to get angry because we are not going to take your horse that you have had for fifteen years, because it is not our responsibility.

Press 14 if you are going to threaten to take your ten year old horse to be auction, wolf center or euthanized because I won't take it.

Press 15 if you're going to get angry because we won't take in the 22 yr old show horse your daughter used to ride and now she has lost interest and you no longer want to pay for because she is off to college and you cannot sell him for any money whatsoever. 

Press 16 if you want one of our PERFECTLY trained, bombproof, kid friendly horses that we have an abundance of.

Press 17 if you want us to take your horse that has a slight
aggression problem, i.e. has only bitten a few people and kicked the hell out of the barn's horses. 

Press 18 if you have already called once asking us to take your 30 yr old horse with ringbone to "donate" to us, and been told no, to keep it yourself till it dies, but thought you would get a different person this time with a different answer.

Press 19 if you want us to use space that would go to an emaciated horse from animal control to board your personal horse while you are on vacation, free of charge,
of course.

Press 20 if it is Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve or Easter morning and you want to come to the ranch to "see what we got". 

Press 21 if you have bought your children a shetland pony colt for Easter and it is now Christmas, injured two of your three children and is no longer cute.

Press 22 if you want us to take your stallion who has already had
twenty babies, but you can't geld him because it is against your religion.

Press 23 if you're lying about where the starved and emaciated horse came from that just showed up in your yard a week ago tied to the fence. I guess you don't think we check with animal control officials? 

Press 24 if your horse you got from the Fallon feedlot or auction is biting, kicking and charging you but you are not willing to accept the responsibility and get it trained not to do so. 

Press 25 if your three year old stallion has broken down fences five times this year and impregnated all your mares, but you just haven't gotten around to having him gelded.

Press 26 if you think we have nice green lush pastures and gorgeous barns to be able to care for your donated horse for retirement for life and you do not want to pay for any of that. 

Press 27 if you have done "everything" to try and train your horse and have had no success but you don't want to be the leader and enforce basic stay out of my space rules because it
is cruel to the horse. 

Press 28 if you rescued a horse from auction, feedlot or a private home and you cannot afford to take care of it, feed it, get vet care for it, rehabilitate it and find it a home yourself.

Press 29 if you need a horse immediately and cannot wait because today is your 7 yr old daughter's birthday and you forgot when she was born.

Press 30 if your horses coat doesn't match your new barn and you
need a different color or breed.

Press 31 if your new love doesn't like your horse and you are too
spineless to get rid of the new love (who will dump you in the next month anyway) instead of the horse.

Press 32 if you went through all these 'options' and didn't hear
enough. This press will connect you to the sounds of tears being
shed by me who is holding a discarded old horse I nursed back to health for a year while the vet mercifully frees him from the grief of missing his family.

~Author Unknown, but much appreciated

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Let sleeping horses lie.....

How many of you see horses "down" and go into a slight "panic" and/or rush out to "get them up" only to find out they were just trying to take a nice nap??  I know I have! The last time I was in a "panic" was shortly after Dusty joined our herd in 2010 (he is the dark bay "standing watch" over the others as they rest in the included photo).


The conversation went something like this:



[open scene- it's "dark" and I see the silhouette of the newest horse laying flat out on the snow in the field]


Me (rushing out to field in snow in "office" clothes"):  "Oh. My. Gosh!! DUSTY!!! I'm coming!!


((arrive at prone horse))


Me ((nudging said horse)): "Dusty! Are you okay?!?"


((bends down to listen for "gut" sounds, instead hear something that sounds suspiciously like snoring))


Dusty ((raises head and opens one eye~~I SWEAR it had a sarcastic gleam in it~~as if to say)): "Listen Lady!! Do you MIND?!?!?!?!  I was just falling into some MUCH needed REMs!!!"


Me ((realizing he was sleeping and I woke him up)):  "Oh Dear!! My mistake! Apologies! Apologies! Please go back to sleep! I didn't mean to interrupt your dream about Zenyatta!"


[[end scene]]


In my defense, I normally wouldn't have worried so except:

·         Dusty had just joined our herd

·         I had just put a new ((netted)) round bale out

·         It was dark and snowy

·         It was also "dinner" time when all 5 of my hungry hippos… errrr.. I mean horses, are usually lined up at the fence

Which brings me to the topic at hand:

Did you know that horses can become sleep deprived and must lie down for REM sleep???

Unlike humans, horses do not need continuous, unbroken periods of sleep, they need approximately 2.5 hours of sleep in a 24-hour period. On average, most occurs in 15 minutes increments.  Horses MUST lie down for about an hour every few days to reach their minimum REM sleep requirements.  If a horse does not lie down to get his much needed REM sleep he can become sleep deprived and suffer from narcolepsy. Horses will not lay down if they are not secure in their environment, or if they are in pain (interesting tidbit, ulcers may prevent your horse from laying down for his much needed REM sleep. The stomach acid will irritate the ulcer, and the horse will stand rather than endure that pain).   Horses sleep better in groups, often times, if the lead horse lays down, the herd will follow his/her example. Typically, one horse will stay awake and "stand guard" (as is shown in the included photo), it really depends on the situation and how comfortable and secure the horses are with the environment. I have had my whole herd lay down with 3 laying recumbent and one upright.

Is your horse sleep deprived? The following link will take you to a few videos of horses who have sleep disorders.


I'd love to read some of your stories! Please feel to share and comment! ~**Inez

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Essential oils! Are you ready??

Are you interested in Essential Oils?  You've probably "heard" me talk about how much I love incorporating the use of therapeutic grade essential oils (EO) and aromatherapy into my work with animals (and humans).  They are a staple in my healing "toolkit." . Contrary to what some may believe, not all essential oil brands are created equal.  In fact, it is the discrepancy in quality that leads to some of the negative information about their use that we receive.   I will only use and trust Young Living Essential Oil's.  The degree of quality and "seed to seal" guarantee has earned my faith in them. I can literally "smell" and feel the difference between Young Living brand and "other" common store brands.  As with other types of healing modalities, it is important to understand and educate yourself in their use.  Learn what properties each EO has and how best to utilize that oil. Personally, I will not use, apply, diffuse, or ingest any brand other than Young Living. This is especially important if you have cats in your home, they are particularly sensitive to chemical influence.  It is of utmost importance that the EO's I use are safe as well as effective. I've witnessed the difference these oils have made, both physically as well as emotionally in whoever is being treated.

If you are interested, and/or have questions please feel free to contact me.  


If you are not a member - please read on for important details about becoming a member. You will want to SAVE this message, or I can message it to you, for future reference.

Becoming a member of Young Living (YL) is pretty straight forward. There are 2 types of memberships described below. If you decide to become a Young Living member just go to my website, or Young Living's website, ,  and enter my member number, 1322730.

Most people are familiar with Costco or Sam's Clubs which are the largest two membership warehouse clubs in the world. Costco is the fifth largest general retailer in the United States. Like Costco, Young Living offers different levels of membership. The level with the most benefits is called Independent Distributor. 

As a Distributor you will join a FANTASTIC Up/Down Line "Team." This will include a ton of educational materials, videos, information, and Facebook group.  It is literally an extensive resource for information and training, communication, and support.  I LOVE this team! There is always a ton of information to be shared (webinars, teleseminars, group posts, etc) and any questions answered expeditiously. We have quite a few phenomenal and knowledgeable members!

Here's a brief synopsis of the 2 different membership levels. 


With this option, you will pay wholesale for all of your Young Living Products. Benefits include a 24% savings on all products. There is NO requirement to make a monthly purchase, but there is a one-time fee ($40.00) in order to setup the wholesale account. Please Note: Costco members have an annual fee - Young Living members have a one-time (no annual) fee.


With this option, you will pay full price for all Young Living Products - up to 35% more than Distributors. Benefits include FREE sign up, and there is NO requirement to distribute products OR make a monthly purchase. You will receive email announcements of company product specials including buy one – get one free opportunities.

If you are ready to become a member:

Email  me:
Online - You will need a Young Living Membership number and password to order online. If you don't have a number - you will be asked to become a member (select one of the 2 types described above) before you place an order. Go ahead and sign up online if you like. When you sign up, you will be asked for Enroller and Sponsor numbers. Just use mine! My number is 1322730 and I am always here to help you with any questions you may have. 

February has a "bonus" incentive to join.  That's a $40 credit added to your account! There's only 9 days left... don't you think it's time to "start living" with safe, healthy, and natural methods??

For more information contact:
Inez Donmoyer
YL# 1322730

"science" of raw feeding (?)

As animal caretakers become more informed, it's interesting to see how "science" is distorted and hand-picked selections are skewed.
I feed Prey Model. Balance is key. Unfortunate that the AVMA is really only out to line the pockets of big industry and not about the well being of the animal. You can see this in a wide variety of where they stand ad what they support. From their protocols to over vaccinate to the "debate" on the effectiveness of homeopathy. One really needs to look no farther than their sponsors and learn "who" it is that is funding their programs and "research."
The following blog delves a little deeper:

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Cribbing!!! Are there holistic ways to help??

Cribbing: how often is this thought of as a nuisance, bothersome habit, and something unable to change without using some sort of restrictive device, surgery, or collar? I've even had a dentist tell me that some vets & dentists will put contraptions in the horses mouth (cribbing rings) to stop the behavior inflicting great pain in the process. There are a number of theories and misconceptions involved around this behavior. Natural Horse magazine recently put out an article about (holistic) cures for cribbing that for me was a breath of fresh air. If you get a moment, check it out! I've linked it here for your convenience.

Monday, February 18, 2013

My path of the horse.......

I know many of you, like myself, are deeply connected to animals, more specifically, the horse. These last few years I've begun to look deeper into how I can truly *BE*" with the horse.  How can I *be* with them in a way that honors them? In partnership. True partnership. Partnership that does not rely on tools and gimmicks. Partnership that is not forced, or about brute control.  Partnership that includes the horse wanting to also *be* with me. 

Recently, while working on teaching my young Arabian, Fuego, to trailer load, a friend (and phenomenal trainer that was assisting me that day), David Beard, said something to me that really hit my core. What he said was really quite simple.


He said, "There is NEVER any reason to EVER beat a horse.  Patience and trust is what's needed. He is going to look to you for support and guidance, to see if you are worried, to see if he can trust you. He is going to look for consistency and support.  All he really wants is peace."


David may not have even realized how deep his words reached me that day.  It is a theme that resonates with me and that has come up time and time again as I have journeyed on this path of horsemanship.  I have been witness to so many instances where the horse is "forced" into submission via fear and pain. I have watched how some treat their horses, the physical abuse they have used (be it through severe bits and yanking, whipping, spurring, tight nosebands, tying down, draw reins, and even punching between the ears).  I think of how I was initially taught to be with and "train" horses.  I think of the times in my past that I was hard on the mouth, or would "smack" my horse for "being stubborn." I am not proud of those moments. They were a learning curve for me based on how I was taught and told from a young age.  I am not proud, I am learning though.


My "awakening" started in 1996, I was blessed with my first horse as an adult that I was solely responsible for.  Kasey Lee, an OTTB, that was severely underweight and had trust concerns.  Kasey was my first teacher. To gain his trust and love I began taking him for walks, as one would a dog.  I wanted him to know that I would walk beside him and be with him, asking nothing from him but his companionship.  Quite a few folks scoffed at this practice and teased me, often telling me I was supposed to be "on" the horse riding him, not walking beside him.  They chided me saying I was spoiling him when, really, what I was seeking was connection and partnership.   I then went to the "1st annual World Horse Expo" and sat in on a John Lyons clinic.  WOW!! That blew my world! It opened up a whole new avenue and paradigm on how to train and be with horses. It was so different then how I was originally indoctrinated.  From John Lyons I discovered Craig Cameron, with his infectious laugh, down home humor, and straight talking ways, then away I went, learning, reading, devouring, all that I could from similar clinicians (before some of them went "Hollywood", Pat Parelli, Kenny Harlow, Clinton Anderson) to Buck Brannaman, Ray Hunt, Tom Dorrance, Mark Rashid, Klaus Hempling, Alexander Nevzorov, and the list goes on………………………………………….


I am still learning and there is much work to do… primarily in myself.  I am an endless work in progress.  If you get a chance, watch the below linked documentary.  It is a beautiful depiction of one woman (Stormy May) and her personal journey.  It is also a mirror to what many of us are currently journeying through.  I know much of this documentary is very similar to my current journey and path.  Enjoy! ~**Inez



"'The Path of the Horse' documentary explores the future of horse-human relationships. Join former horse trainer Stormy May as she travels the world to interview today's leading horsemanship teachers and visionaries; Alexander Nevzorov, Klaus Hempfling, Linda Kohanov, Mark Rashid, Carolyn Resnick, and equine artist Kim McElroy."


Friday, February 8, 2013

I think I'll plant a medicinal herb garden for my horses!

With spring knocking on our door, I've been thinking about planting a medicinal herb garden for my horses.  I've already started mint and have Echinacea that I will be planting within the next couple of months, both will go around where my beloved Lightning Bug is buried in their dry lot.  I love the idea of my equines self treating when necessary.  Dandelions are already pretty plentiful. I also hope to plant calendula and chamomile.  Around the house I will likely plant catnip, citronella, mint, and meadowsweet.  I believe they are all known to keep certain insects (ticks, fleas, mosquitos) at bay.  Have you ever considered planting an herb garden specifically for your equines?  Please share, and comment! I'd love to read some of the ideas you may have..... 

((here's a great article by Holistic Horse about planting a medicinal herb garden for your horse))

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Creating a Healing Team: preventative care for your animal.

"It's time we give preventive healthcare recognition as a vital part of animal health and maintaining the human-animal bond."
^^ Yes!!^^ It's about time to consider preventative care as part of maintaining wellness as well as the human-animal bond. What is preventative care? Keeping the vital force alive and healthy. I say the foundation to this is nutrition. Species appropriate nutrition (no cereals, processed, GMO feeds, or grains for the carnivores). Once proper nutrition is in place, you continue to place your building blocks. Vaccinate the least! Understand what it is that you are injecting, what's in these vaccines, what are the adverse effects, read the vaccine insert, do your homework, and inform yourself.  Avoid overusing pharmaceuticals like antibiotics, steroids, and "parasite preventatives." Do away with toxic chemicals such as topical flea/tick products, wormers, and sprays.  These items often challenge the animals immune system and are toxic to them leading to other issues down the road.  Cats in particular are VERY sensitive to chemicals (get rid of that air "freshener!" It's hurting your animals).  As these toxins build up in your animal companion's body, the more taxed the immune system will be.  Interact with your pet.  Engage in play and training sessions.  Keep their mind and their body happy and stimulated.
Have a healing team in place.  A network of practitioners you can call on. Sound expensive?? It really isn't! Sometimes you will find one person who has all, or a majority of these skills. For example, for the animals in my care, they have an acupuncturist, a holistic vet, a homeopathic vet, and me. My horses also have an equine dentist and hoof care practitioner.  The holistic vet also performs chiropractic work, TCM, herbal, and cranial sacral. The homeopathic vet knows conventional methods and is fluent in other holistic methods such as reiki, flower essences, and dowsing.  I'm fortunate that I am able to bring massage/bodywork, acupressure, cold laser, crystals, energy work, herbal, and essential oils.  This isn't to say that you will need them all at the same time, but have them in place in the event a concern comes up so that you aren't scrambling at the last minute. Know who to call.  When I am stumped, I have experts who I trust and respect on the "team" that I can call and confer with (both of the vets have been phenomenal for me to bounce ideas off of so that I can treat many issues myself).  Integrative/holistic modalities are not a "last resort" option only to pull out when the chips are down and your conventional vet has no answers.  They are a great resource of support that will help tend the animal's needs BEFORE the crisis happens.  They are an essential part of preventative care.  What might this team look like?
·        Holistic/integrative/homeopathic vet
·         Massage/bodyworker
·         Energy healer/Reiki practitioner
·         Chiropractor
·         Acupuncturist/acupressurist
·         Aromatherapist
·         Nutritionist
·         Animal intuitive

  • ((if you have horses, having an equine dentist and hoof care practitioner on board is also imperative))
There are a bevy of other practitioners and modalities you can incorporate, like: herbal medicine, TCM, cold laser, crania-sacral, crystals, flower essences, the list goes on.  Knowing who you can call will save you time and stress in the event of crisis.  Take a proactive approach to the health of those in your care.  This is the difference between merely surviving vs vibrantly thriving.

Dr. Becker has an insightful article discussing pet disease prevention.