Supporting Horse’s Emotional Wellness During Moves

My horse Gracie is the very definition of an easy-keeper. She gains weight just looking at grass. She’s currently in a paddock with horses that are not easy-keepers. The owner of the barn called me the other day to suggest moving Gracie to another paddock with other easy-keepers. They would have less access to pasture (they are let out for a shorter time) and less hay. I was ecstatic to hear this! 

Gracie is very attached to her herdmates (which won’t surprise any horse people), so it will be stressful on all the horses. There are currently four horses in the herd. One is leaving as she is pregnant and is being sent to a place that specializes in care for expectant (horse) mothers. They are going to move Gracie at that time and bring another horse in her place. 

When something in the herd changes, it can be very stressful on the entire herd. One way I plan to support Gracie’s emotional well-being will be to wear a diffuser necklace with either Stress Away or Peace and Calming essential oil blends on it. I will also put a few drops in my hands and let Gracie inhale the scent from both nostrils. The good news is the rest of the herd will benefit as I walk around with one of those blends on my diffuser necklace!

How do we know that essential oils can support a horse’s emotional well-being? Because essential oils impact the amygdala, the emotional center of the brain and part of the limbic system which controls heart rate, respiration, hormones, etc. And if you’ve read my book you know that horses have the largest amygdala of any domesticated animal! You can now buy a copy of my book from my website or from Life Science Publishing (I’ll give you a tip: It’s currently less expensive from LSP!).

I’m so grateful for the emotional support I can provide my horses thanks to essential oils. Are you using essential oils with your horses yet? If not, what are you waiting for? 

 

Kristen Hall
Helping Horses Overcome Trauma

Some horses have had an easy life since the day they were born. Others were not so lucky.

My horse Seven was one of the unlucky ones.

He had a piece of wood lodged near his stifle joint for over a year and a half before I got him. It took two surgeries to find the wood and take it out.⠀⠀

I am happy to report that he has recovered physically as well as emotionally.

Being injured for a long time is certainly very traumatic for a horse. I used a lot of essential oils, including Trauma Life, to help my horse heal emotionally.

Healing takes time. But now I’m proud to say Seven is a good citizen of the barn now.

Please note, when using Trauma Life around a horse, it’s important to stay with the horse for the first 30 minutes. If the horse’s trauma is related to abandonment, you don’t want to risk re-traumatizing your horse by walking away while he’s processing his emotions.

And yes, we know horses have emotions because of the existence and size of their amygdala, the emotional center of the brain!

This is the piece of wood that was found near Seven’s stifle joint during the second surgery on his leg. 

This is the piece of wood that was found near Seven’s stifle joint during the second surgery on his leg. 

Kristen Hall
‘Tis the Season

No essential oil blog worth its salt would forget to talk about Frankincense in the month of December! As everyone knows, Frankincense - along with Gold and Myrhh - was brought as a gift for the baby Jesus. Frankincense comes from trees in the Boswellia family.  Frankincense essential oil comes from distilling the resin tapped from the bark of the tree.

Frankincense is wonderful to use on yourself. There are many great recipes on Pinterest and on various blogs for DIY skincare using this oil. In addition, it can be used neat (non-diluted) on blemishes on most skin types. Rumor has it that warts and skin tags aren’t fans of Frankincense. It’s also great for anxiety - think of it as a way to restore a spiritual connection to God or the Universe. 

It has many great benefits for your horse, too. Of course, if you wear it on a diffuser necklace around your horse, you and your horse will get the aromatic benefits. Your horse will also benefit from its skin-healing properties, so be sure to keep this in your tack locker for bug bites and other blemishes that horses sometimes deal with. 

When horses are grieving (yes, of course horses grieve!), it can be comforting when diffused in the barn.  

Kristen Hall