Articles In this Issue:
Search and Rescue Dogs
by Randi Peters
What kind of dog makes a good rescue dog? Actually, any dog could—maybe even your dog. Breed is usually not important; the training of the dog is what really counts. He needs to know his job and do it well, while at the same time be able to work kindly and obediently with handlers and other people, other dogs, and perhaps horses. Some situations require more than one SAR dog while others don't.
If you've ever wondered whether there might be a place for your dog in the world of search and rescue, this is an article you don't want to miss. Randi Peters, together with Vicki Wooters of Search & Rescue Dogs of Pennsylvania, provides a comprehensive overview of different types of SAR dogs and enumerates the attributes necessary for success in this most worthy mission.
Hay Preservatives: 5 Ingredients You Need To Know About
by Monique Warren
Hay is a whole food, right? It is if naturally cured prior to baling, otherwise it contains preservatives, which may have adverse effects on you and your horse's health.
Unfortunately, our horse's number one source of nutrition doesn't come with an ingredient label. If you've never considered that your hay might contain something other than, well, hay, read on as Monique Warren, creator of the Hay Pillow®, relays the top five preservatives commonly found in horse quality forage and explains which hay is most likely to contain them.
by Carole Lynn Carrick
When we think of harvest time, we usually conjure up visions of autumn, with its colorful leaves and bright orange pumpkins, bright red apples and crisp, cool air. Many plants mature during those months when the temperature begins to cool, signaling the approach of winter. Either they prepare seeds with sufficient nutrients to allow them to grow, or they build up nutrient stores of their own in order to survive those cold, dark months. In either case, the product of their labors is also available for us to share.
New to foraging? No worries. Author Carole Lynn Carrick shares general guidelines for a successful gathering, a basic harvest calendar, and more to help you get started.
FOR THE RIDER
Balanced Horsemanship with T'ai Chi
by Adam Burns
For over 3,000 years the Chinese have been studying the laws and way of Mother Nature (Daoism). One of the main principles they discovered was the dual forces of yin and yang. These two opposing, controlling and reflecting forces are shown in the T'ai Chi symbol.
T'ai Chi is recognized as being extremely useful as a cross training exercise for sports such as golf, tennis, skating, etc., and in our case it is helpful to horse people who are looking to improve their horsemanship. Follow along as T'ai Chi teacher and horse trainer Adam Burns explains why this ancient practice deserves a place in your barn.
Bodily Applications of Essential Oils
by Nayana Morag
DO IT YOURSELF
How to Safely Check Your Horse's Mouth
by Susan Ajamian
A Tragic Story with a Happy Ending: Patterns of Chinese Herbalism and Laboratory Blood Work
by Dr. Joseph Thomas
FEED FACTS AND FANCIES
Read Before You Feed…Seaweed and Iodine
by Susan Domizi
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Equestrian Aid Foundation Helps Horse People in Need
by Carrie Wirth
HERBS FOR HEALTH
Lyme Disease: A Proven Way to Control It and Maintain Your Horse's Immune System
by Dutch Henry
NUTRITIONAL KNOW HOW
Let Your Animals Teach You Nutrition
by Richard J. Holliday, DVM
Help Lisa Ross-Williams Heal her Breast Cancer
Riding the Mare
by Harold Ray Miller
POST TO POST
What changes have you seen in the horse world over the past ten years that pertain to natural/ holistic care and training?
PROFILES IN PLANTS
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
by Katharine Lark Chrisley, NHC, RMT
by Katharine Lark Chrisley, NHC, RMT
Letters from Readers