Thursday, February 28, 2013
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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!"
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
If you are interested, and/or have questions please feel free to contact me.
HOW TO ENROLL WITH YOUNG LIVING:
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, www.UnicornDreamsFarm.com(links) or Young Living's website,https://www.youngliving.org/ , 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: Inez@unicorndreamsfarm.com
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??
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
Monday, February 18, 2013
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
((here's a great article by Holistic Horse about planting a medicinal herb garden for your horse))
Thursday, February 7, 2013
- ((if you have horses, having an equine dentist and hoof care practitioner on board is also imperative))