Volume 1 Issue 3


Table of Contents


Allergies: Scratching the surface or going for the cure?


Homeopathy is based on the principle "like is cured by like", recognized in ancient times by Hippocrates. Rediscovered by Samuel Hahnemann in the 1800's, homeopathic treatment works with rather than against the body's own natural healing abilities and efforts to regain health. A very close similarity between the remedy and the symptoms of the disease is the key to successful treatment. The ingredient in the homeopathic remedy is given in an extremely dilute form so it does not cause unwanted side effects. This allows for safe treatment of disease by stimulating and accelerating the body's natural healing forces without causing further problems or side effects.

Allergies are a very common problem and many animals today suffer from them. Horses are no exception. The preservatives in feeds, poor quality of feeds, chemicals in medications, an unnatural environment, and the excessive use of vaccines, antibiotics and cortisone-like drugs have all helped to create severe allergy problems by causing an imbalance or weakness in the body.


Humane Training

Develop Lightness on the Ground that will Carry Over to your Mounted Work

by Bill Dorrance and Leslie Desmond


Life itself, along with the desire and ability to move, is the source of lightness.

Part one of a two-part article, adapted from "True Horsemanship Through Feel"

Copyright © 1998 Bill Dorrance and Leslie Desmond

This article was published in the July 1998 issue of The Sentinel, The Voice of the Horse Industry in the Midwest, an award-winning member of the American Horse Publications with over 23,000 subscribers in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, and Iowa.

Note: To the extent practical, Bill's conversational style of teaching is preserved throughout the book and in this article. Where clarification might help the reader understand his explanation of a concept and use of terms, Leslie has filled in. In the book manuscript, her contributions will be in parentheses. In this article there is no visible distinction between their voices.

If you want to experience lightness and true collection when you ride your horse, then you must prepare the horse to understand what you expect from him. The easiest way to achieve this is to develop his respect and responsiveness to your feel, and to preserve in the horse the lightness that he was born with. Lightness is the foundation of willingness and the hallmark of true collection, but much of this is often destroyed in the horse in the course of routine handling on the ground before a saddle is ever placed on his back.




The Role of Essential Oils in Equine Dermatitis and Mange


By Alix Loch

We are fortunate to live in the picturesque Lowveld region of South Africa with its vast open spaces, rolling hills and lush sub-tropical vegetation. Not far from our property wild horses still roam free in the veld. Closer to home, there are riding stables where the horses live about as idyllic a life as any of our equine friends could dream of. However, there is one major problem in this paradise - the summer midges who cause mange of the Sweet Itch variety. Come mid-summer, outbreaks of mange flare up amongst those horses and ponies who are hypersensitive to the protein in the saliva of the biting culicoides midge. There appears to be a strong hereditary factor in this susceptibility. The horses, who suffer from this reaction, constantly rub their manes and tails against trees, fences and walls. This can cause bald patches, open sores and thickening of the skin. Owners and grooms struggle to control this annoying problem with all sorts of heavy duty, mainstream preparations. Many of these are quite abrasive to the coat.






Developing Lightness