Volume 2 Issue 8 - 2000

Special Features

Martha Olivo and the Strasser Trim - The Best Barefoot Trim, Bar None

It was a brisk but sunny morning in October and we gathered in anxious anticipation to listen to Martha. Some of us came to find out more about the Strasser trim and others came with foundered horses in need of proper hoof care. Not one of us left as the same person; we all learned a great deal and came away changed for the better.



Were Our Horses Drug Addicts?

By Catherine Bird

While reading veterinary texts from the late 1880’s and early 1900’s I began to see a theme. Veterinarians of that time relied heavily on the use of narcotics. Opium in several forms and cannabis were prescribed for common ailments.

Many texts refer to both opium and cannabis when dealing with illness of the horse. After reading up on the prescribing of these drugs, I began to wonder how a horse would have reacted to them in this time period. Drugs can affect the horse on many levels, and possibly the reliance on drugs such as opium and cannabis in the care of the horse may explain why we also had extreme training methods to control the ‘drug addicted’ horses.


Horse-Human Relationships - Improving Training By Assessing Your Horse

By Mary Ann Simonds

No two horses are alike, and yet we often try to use the same training techniques on horses with various learning styles. Although good horse educators do adapt their training techniques to fit the horse, far too many either decide the horse is "no good", or help the horse develop behavioral or physical problems. Most behavioral problems stem from misunderstandings between horse and rider. Many problems can be prevented if a little assessment of the horse is conducted prior to training.

Barn Buddies

Heartworm Prevention

By Erica Stoton

It's fall, and many parts of North America are pleasantly crisp and decorated with autumn colours. The onset of cooler weather has caused all but the most adventurous mosquitoes to lay low. This is welcome news for anyone who owns a dog as the threat of heartworm has decreased in the northern tier States and Canada at this time of the year. You can relax knowing that it will be some time before those dog-loving mosquitoes return again. However, the onset of cooler weather does not mean it is time to let your guard down in your war against this deadly parasite. Heartworm infestation is prevalent throughout North America. By late fall most northern areas of North America are mosquito free. Southern areas may still have some mosquitoes lurking. Although cold weather brings relief from the possibility of parasite transmission, it is never too late or too early to practise prevention.Catherine Bird

Happy Holidays from Natural Horse!




Colorado paints enjoying a sunny day.

At Home With Homeopathy

Treating Infertility in Stallions with Homeopathy and Other Alternative Therapies

By Cheyanne West

Humane Training

The One-Rein Stop Explained

By Kim Walnes


Feed Facts and Fancies

For the Horse and Rider. Basal temperature, Thyroid, and Nutrition

By Kate Hester


Straight From the Horse's Mouth

The Day the Mules Came



Essential Oil Therapy for Animals - The Scentsitive way to Well-Being

By Nayana Morag


Expert Exchange

Tanya Nolte on Homeopath


Do it Yourself!

Plastic Bag Soaks for Healthy Hooves

By Cindy Kunkel

Stable Environment

The Joys of Raising Weanlings

By Chris Brown

Ask Linsey

Question and Answer

By Linsey McLean



Emergency Bio-Energetic Medicine Cabinet for Shock

By Amy Snow and Nancy Zidonis

Massage Touch-Tips

Massage and Saddle Fit

By Mike Scott

Silently Speaking

Anne and Annie

By Susan Rifkin Ajamian

Case Histories

Personal Gain

By Debby Hadden

Kidz Korner

Giving to the Bit

By Michelle Labriola



Book Bits and Video Views

Horse Owners Guide To Natural Hoof Care - Creating the Perfect Hoof

By Jaime Jackson

Pony Express

Learning the Power of the Pen

By Becky Roberts


From the Editor



Creative Corral

Horse Tales

Molly McMule's 1001 Stall Stories


For the Rider

Horse Neglect and Abuse in America: Fact and Fiction

BY Kimball Lewis