Volume 3 Issue 2 - 2001 

Special Features

Stress in Horses
By Mary Ann Simonds

Stress can be good or bad depending upon the amount. A stressor is anything that the body perceives as stress and causes the body to react or change. In small amount this is Nature's way of helping a body adapt and change to its environment. When too much stress is perceived in too short a time, the body breaks down. Just like with people, stress can be perceived in a variety of forms from physical to mental and emotional. Often we only look at the physical stress on our equine athletes and not the emotional or mental stress. Mental and emotional stress in certain horses can be a far greater stressor than physical stress.

"Following", showing a strong response


Aromatherapy for Unusual Behaviours
By Lyn Palmer

There are many ways a horse communicates with us and one of the most negative ways is through what have come to be known as "vices" or stereotypical behaviours. Much research has been done into cribbing, windsucking and weaving and we are all aware of the pitfalls to the health and indeed forward sale, as these vices must be declared, for a horse that indulges in one of these behaviours.

At Home With Homeopathy

The Simplicity of Homoeopathy

By Tanya Nolte

Today's world of modern medicine and allopaths (medical doctors and veterinarians) require that a diagnosis of disease be made before drugs can be prescribed for treatment. However, even in these times of advanced technology, cases still present with undiagnosable conditions...

Case Histories

Gambi's Story - Part 2

By Cindy Kunkel

One of several abscesses that Gambi experienced throughout the healing process. An abscess is Nature's way of efficiently clearing out dead tissue.

1/1/00 Although Gambi made considerable progress over the last three months, we knew his rehabilitation was long term, probably two years or more. Many of Dr. Strasser's founder cases were sound in a few months, but Gambi's severe contraction, rotation, and dropped sole extended his rehabilitation. Gambi's positive attitude and healthy appetite showed he was in for the long haul. He was comfortable and responding to the trims and therapy. We were dedicated to work with him and make his recovery a success. We learned as we went and the photos within are of our progress, and not necessarily correct trimming. But we were going in the right direction and less-than-perfect was still enough.

Eclipse, Ginger, and Drummer at Best Friends
Photo by Jana de Peyer
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is the nation's largest no-kill refuge for abused and abandoned animals. Best Friends is home to never fewer than 1,800 cats, dogs, horses, rabbits and other wonderful creatures. Visit Best Friends Animal Sanctuary on the web at www.bestfriends.org
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Kanab, Utah 84741-5001; (435) 644-2001


Hiltrud Strasser, Dr. vet. med.
Sandy Bradley, DVM
Shawn Messonnier, DVM
W. Robert Cook, FRCVS, PhD
Tanya Nolte
Catherine Bird
Lyn Palmer
Kendy Allen
Kate Hester
Patti Duffy-Salmon
Mary Ann Simonds
Cindy Kunkel
Mike Scott
Ellen Warren
Dan Sumerel
Erica Stoton
Don Blazer
Marta Williams
Shelly Moore
Maggie Moyer
Milissa Farmer








Mary Ann Simonds and Neptune. Mary Ann is an equine behaviorist and natural health consultant, and one of the many things she teaches about is stress management for riders and horses.

Feature Article
What's in the Stars for You and Your Horse?
By Catherine Bird

Feed Facts and Fancies
Today's Grains
By Kate Hester


Kidz' Korner
A Summer to Remember

Touch Tips
Equispa Your Horse to Fitness
By Mike Scott


In Training
Mounting A Horse
By Ellen Ofstad

A Changed Human
By Dan Sumerel

Stable Environment
Equine Injuries
By Erica Stoton


Barn Buddies
Chiropractic Care for Your Cat
By Shawn Messonnier, DVM


Herbs for Health
Horse Herbs for Grazing
By Patti Duffy-Salmon


Stop Coggins Slaughter!
By Don Blazer


Expert Exchange
Hiltrud Strasser, Dr. vet. med.

Sandy Bradley, DVM


Silently Speaking... Messages through Animal Communications
Animal Elders
By Marta Williams

Molly McMule's 1001 Stall Stories
Horses of the Civil War


Do It Yourself!
Therapeutic Hoof Slippers
By Cindy Kunkel

Free-Choice Essential Oils
By Shelly Moore


Straight from the Horses Mouth
"Call me anything but late for dinner…"


For the Rider
The Thrill of Drill 
By Kendy Allen


Book Bits and Video 'Views
EquiTouch® Presents…
Basic Massage & Bodywork For Your Horse
By Kate Hester




Pony Express
Quarter's Rescue
By Milissa Farmer

Tteam Body Wraps
By Maggie Moyer


Creative Corral


Of Interest
Dr. Hiltrud Strasser Nominated to the American Farriers' Hall of Fame


From the Editor

Fear of CAVM