Volume 1 Issue 1
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"The highest ideal of therapy is to restore health rapidly, gently, permanently; to remove and destroy the whole disease in the shortest, surest, least harmful way, according to clearly comprehensible principles." -- Dr. Samuel Hahnemann --
Like Cures Like
Homeopathy is a form of medicine based on the law of similars, or the principle that "like cures like". When substances are given to healthy people, they produce symptoms, and when they are given to people or animals with the same symptoms, they will stimulate the body to heal itself. For instance, an onion causes burning, watering eyes. The homeopathic remedy Allium cepa, made from the onion, relieves the burning, watering eyes of a cold, especially when accompanied by the characteristic symptom of burning nasal discharge.
WARM HANDS FOR COLD BACKS
Relax and Warm Up - Before You Get On
Frozen hoof prints litter the pastures. The sun glares as biting winds sting your cheeks and icy droplets cling to steaming wet muzzles. Once again the wintertime is upon us, the season that is perhaps the most challenging for the horse enthusiast.
This is the time of year when your bed feels extra warm and chores are extra hard. Sometimes it's difficult to be motivated---even riding your beloved horse can feel more like a duty than a joy.
Fortunately, there are a few steps that can be taken to ease the chilly transition from the stable to the arena. Here is a pre-ride warm up that will rid your horse of some of those wintry morning kinks before you start your work out. Remember: every good ride starts with a good warm up!
Bearing in mind that your horse needs to stay warm as you prepare for your ride, make sure that you always cover your horse with a heavy cooler on cold days. Warm muscles are relaxed muscles. Rearrange the cooler as you groom, keeping your horse covered as much as possible. I personally prefer wool coolers to fleece, as fleece tends to conduct static electricity (making your little session much more shocking than relaxing.)
Back Talk from Janet
You've watched others do it - travel halfway across the arena in a perfectly straight line without dilly-dallying, nice and smooth, no head-tossing, and backwards. You've tried it yourself, and your horse just doesn't get it. His head comes up, he wanders this way and that with each backward step, some steps are quick, and some steps are slow and short. Then there are times when he won't stop backing. What's a rider to do?
"Groundwork," says Janet Williamson, trainer for Elliott Arabians in Bastrop, Texas, "is where it starts." A firm believer in round pen training, Janet works all her colts using a combination of methods learned during her thirty some years of training and working with trainers.