Essential Oils for Horses –
A Source Book for Practitioners and Owners

By Carole Faith
© Carole Faith 2002
ISBN 1-57076-231-7
Trafalgar Square Publishing
Howe Hill Road
No. Pomfret, VT 05053
800-423-4525
www.trafalgar squarebooks.com
Hardcover, 8” x 10”, 220 pages
Approx $35 US

“Essential Oils for Horses” is an amazingly informative and comprehensive guide that includes not only aromatherapy and how to use it, but much more. Carole’s book covers the nature of essential oils, their history, how and why they are used for horses, safety guidelines for their use, making blends and a starter kit, where to find the oils, where to get more information about aromatherapy, how to use essential oils with massage, massage and hands-on techniques and tips, stretching, and more.

The author’s tone is sensitive and caring while knowledgeable, and presents throughout this text that each horse is different, each person and situation are different, and there is always more to learn, therefore this book is to be used as a guide from which the reader can glean a foundation and fine-tune it accordingly. “Essential Oils for Horses” has 16 chapters packed with useful and valid information, including beautiful color photographs and other helpful graphics. There is a handy conversion chart of US and UK measurements, a bibliography, a helpful index, and a chapter on essential oil terminology.

Carole shares her experience with the clarity and joy that enable and encourage the reader to get right into it. “Essential Oils for Horses” is very user-friendly, is for the horse, is enjoyable to read, and contains an enormous amount of valuable information. For the aromatherapy beginner or the practitioner, this is a book that all will be very thankful to have.


 

What Horses Teach Us… Life’s Lessons Learned From Our Equine Friends
By Glenn Dromgoole
© 2002 Glenn Dromgoole
ISBN 1-57223-579-9
Published by Willow Creek Press
PO Box 147
Minocqua, WI 54548
800-850-9453
www.willowcreekpress.com
Hardcover, 6” x 6”, 96 pages
Approx. $15 US

“What Horses Teach Us” is a lighthearted collection of sayings and expressions matched to beautiful photographs of horses. Each page presents a one-liner accompanied by one well-chosen, colorful photo.

Humorously grouped into chapters such as “Getting Along with Others”, “On Personal Development”, and “On Health”, the pages provoke thought, stimulate the senses, and tickle the funny bone. Mares and foals, working ranch horses, competitive horses, and horses with other animals are part of this exceptional photo collection that captured many precious moments. This endearing little book makes a great gift, for anybody. Be sure to get one for yourself!



A Natural Beginning…
With Pat Parelli, Cheyenne, & Frontier

© 2002 Parelli Natural Horse-Man-Ship
PO Box 3729
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
800-642-3335
970-731-9400
www.parelli.com
56 minutes
Approx. $30 US

Experts have found that right after birth is a critical learning period for the newborn foal, and by joining in on the learning process, we can teach important lessons to the newborn that will last a lifetime. It is called imprinting.

In “A Natural Beginning”, Pat Parelli imprints Frontier, a newborn foal, while narrating to the viewer what he is doing and why. The mare, Cheyenne, trusts Pat and lets him handle Frontier without worry, though Pat cautions that some mares may not allow it. Pat describes and demonstrates what one should do during imprinting to properly teach the foal much of what it will need to know later in life in its partnerships with humans. He explains the time frame for imprinting, as differentiated from that of early learning, and how to make the most of this important learning window. Pat credits this imprinting method to Robert M. Miller, DVM, who wrote the book, “Imprint Training”.

The importance of doing imprinting correctly is stressed, explaining that what you teach in this time after birth lasts a lifetime, so it is essential to teach the foal the right things, and in the right way - using love, language and leadership, which is how the mare naturally teaches the foal.

Everything Pat does with the foal he does lovingly and with care, interacting and bonding with the foal – and in harmony with the mare and foal bonding. Pat clearly demonstrates that imprinting is a very natural process that allows a human to become part of the horse family. Pat also discusses how to avoid having a foal become a disrespectful barnyard pet.

This professionally produced video is very informative, naturally, and covers everything from the foal’s first sights, sounds, and feels, and the first attempts to get up, through to guiding the foal with the mare following along. Insets of footage of the same mare and foal at a later time are used to demonstrate and verify that what Pat is doing while imprinting the newborn foal is truly what the mare naturally does to teach the foal. Occasional banners across the bottom of the screen appropriately note the times of this foal’s progressive accomplishments, such as the first attempts at standing and nursing, the first nap, when meconium is passed, etc. and other important newborn facts.

This video is heartwarming and is an absolute pleasure to view; it can be viewed over and over, and should be, before attempting to imprint a foal. Pat stresses that it is essential to have experience with the Parelli Natural Horse-Man-Ship program and to try it with several horses first before attempting imprinting. “A Natural Beginning” is a must for the expectant owner, and for anyone who loves horses.

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