Volume 3 Issue 6 - 2001

Special Feature

The Driving Game
By Pat Parelli

This is the third in a series examining the Parelli Natural HorseoManoShip (PNH) Seven Games and their role in establishing leadership as well as building a language between you and a horse... any horse.

For The Rider

The Healing Horse
By Kate Hester

The modern medical establishment has come to recognize and embrace something that horse people have appreciated for centuries - the healing power of the horse. The therapeutic benefits of riding were recognized as early as 400 BC, but the general acceptance of riding as therapy is relatively recent.

In 1952, Liz Hartel of Denmark won the silver medal for Grand Prix Dressage at the Helsinki Olympics - an achievement all the more remarkable because Ms. Hartel was a polio victim, who rehabilitated herself from a wheelchair by riding. This event is generally regarded as the catalyst for the formation of therapeutic riding centers in Europe. Before long there were therapeutic riding centers in North America as well.


Touch Tips

The Equine Touch® - In Harmony with the Universe

Relatively new in the field of complementary animal modalities, The Equine Touch, simple to learn and profound in its results, has already achieved credibility with horse owners, riders, trainers, equine therapists, equine chiropractors and veterinarians the world over.

Feature Article

Skin Problems! What Are Your Alternatives?
By Frances Fitzgerald Cleveland

A horse's skin breathes, radiates, flutters at your touch and protects. It signals you that there are imbalances within its system - internally or externally. So how will you treat these imbalances? One way is a holistic approach. Why? Well, let's look at the horse's skin first.

The horse's skin is its largest organ, ranging from 12 to 24% of the animal's weight, depending on age. There are three major layers that make up the skin. These various cellular and tissue components consist of the epidermis, dermis and subcutis.


The Happy Heart Hippotherapy program, owned and operated by Uniquestri Ltd., was founded in 1986 by Lorna Cane and friends Nancy Owen and Marj Peart. The Happy Heart horses are proud to have been the keepers of dreams for many adults and children since then.

Happy Heart Hippotherapy
Uniquestri, Ltd.
RR 2
Kingston, Ontario
Canada K7L 5H6


Ivana Ruddock, MVDr
Jock Ruddock
Sabine Kells
Hiltrud Strasser, DrVetMed
Erica Stoton
Pat Parelli
Catherine Bird
Leslie Desmond
Susan Rifkin Ajamian
Karen Anderson
Frances Fitzgerald Cleveland
Tanya Nolte
Shelly Moore
Kate Hester
Nayana Morag
Debra Wolf
Pam Brownlie
Tina Nawrocki
W. Robert Cook, FRCVS, PhD
Allen Schoen, DVM, MS
Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD, MS
Joyce Harman, DVM, MRCVS
Madalyn Ward, DVM




The Hansler Family and Saunders Dixon of Thorncroft Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Malvern, PA. Clockwise from lower left: Megan Hansler, Saunders Dixon, Ted, Mark, Liz, David, and Thomas Hansler, and 101, the horse. Read more in For the Ride

In Essence
A Series on Various Essential Oils for Animals
By Nayana Morag

In Training
On the Bit
By Leslie Desmond

Remedy for an Icelandic Horse
Part 2 - Finding The Remedy

By Tanya Nolte

The Magic of Water
By Catherine Bird

Case Histories
Serendipity (finding good things not sought for) at the Ranch
By Pam Brownlie

Barn Buddies

Feed Facts and Fancies
All Natural -The Perfect Equine Diet
By Erica Stoton


A Research Review on the Bit
With Dr. W. Robert Cook

Molly McMule's 1001 Stall Stories


Silently Speaking
For the Love of Horses
By Susan Rifkin Ajamian

Straight from the Horses Mouth
These Boots Were Made for Walkin'

Kidz Korner

Creative Corral




From the Editor
Fad vs Trend

Stable Environment
The Training and Rehabilitation of Sydney
By Shelly Moore

Book Bits

Physical Therapy and Massage for the Horse, 2nd ed.
By Jean-Marie Denoix and Jean-Pierre Pailloux
Reviewed by Karen Anderson


Video 'Views

T'AI CHI - An Ancient Art for Horsemen
By Sara and Michael Stenson
Reviewed by Karen Anderson


Expert Exchange
Dr. Strasser and Sabine Kells on Hoofcare

Pony Express

In Memory of Joan Terry
CHASE - Challenged Horsemen and Special Equestrians

By Debra Wolf