Vibrational Remedies and Performance Horses - Assorted
Non-drug water-based formulas known as "vibrational essences", "energy remedies", "flower essences", and/or "structured waters" are currently being tested and used around the world with humans to control mental and emotional stress disorders. Although scientific understanding of these remedies is based on quantum physics, there is little knowledge and research available on the use of these non-drug remedies in animals. Most research has been conducted on people and historically there is almost 80 years of data available. These subtle energy formulas are easily administered through the water or even topically to horses.
Over 400 case studies have been conducted by the author using various blends of vibrational remedies for assisting in reducing mental and emotional stress in horses. In the early clinical studies, flower essences with proven research on humans were used and purchased from various essence manufacturers. Later clinical studies used only vibrational remedies made by the author. This ensured quality control of the remedies and eliminated outside influences.
A horse owner, trainer, rider or veterinarian contacted the author regarding a behavioral condition they wished to improve in their horse. Most conditions related to one of six areas of concern including: 1) nervousness and lack of ability to focus at shows or events, 2) issues around separation from offspring, horse friends and/or stable, 3) lack of trust and cooperation when working with people, 4) fear of known or unknown situations, objects or events, 5) lack of understanding and limited ability to process and accomplish desired training tasks, and 6) repeated injury and/or failure to respond to physical treatment of injuries or disorders.
Vibrational essences were blended to meet each horse's major issues. Most of the essences used had human research to support their use, or had shown success in previous cases on the same issue with horses. Vibrational remedies were made by placing several drops of the "stock" essences into 2 oz. of distilled water with 33% brandy. The blends were administered into the horse's water 1-2 times a day. Behavioral observations were made by the owner, trainer or rider and reported back to the author. A success rate of 85% of all case studies was required for the blend to be considered a success in treating the behavior. The results were determined by the owner, trainer, rider or veterinarian and in most cases reported to the author.
Results and Discussion
Vibrational remedies are difficult for the western medical mind to understand, because chemically they may be diluted to show no trace amount of physical substance. These "energy essences" instead reflect the "blueprint" for the substance and seem to affect the electrical pathways of the body. They appear to work with the body's "biorhythms" and their effectiveness seems to increase with frequency of use, not amount of dose. Once the behavior is corrected, the horse does not seem to need to continue using the essences. Presented below are a sample of case studies demonstrating the uses of these vibrational formulas to assist in a variety of situations we face in managing performance horses. For the following cases, the vibrational remedies known as "flower essences", which are similar to homeopathic remedies, were made or purchased by the author.
Case 1 - 6 year old TB mare. Owner complained mare was very nervous and prone to rear and fall over from time to time. Owner considered mare unpredictable. Veterinary evaluation showed no abnormalities or physical concerns. Horse was given "Relax and Focus" and "Courage and Confidence" blends together 1-2 times a day in water for 3 weeks. Owner noticed changes after two days and said the mare seemed less nervous and more calm to ride. By the end of the first week, the mare stopped spooking and seemed to focus more on her work. After 3 weeks the owner discontinued use, as she felt the mare was fine. She has only used the blend at horse shows to help the mare stay calm.
Case 2 - 7 year old TB gelding. Horse raced well until 3 years old, then was purchased for dressage and jumping. The horse was kind and had a good attitude for work. One day, after loading into a trailer that was too small, the horse would not go into another trailer. After several unsuccessful tries and the horse "shutting down" with nervousness, the owner left the trailer in the pasture with food. After two days the horse stopped trying to even eat and was seen by the author with head hanging down in a corner of the pasture alone. The horse showed no signs of rebellion about loading, but rather indicated a loss of memory function as to how to get into the trailer. The horse was given three doses of the "Training Blend" applied orally with water in the mouth with a squirt gun at 2 minute intervals. The horse was led up to the trailer and walked right in without any resistance.
Case 3 - 2 year old Arabian stallion. Owner and veterinarian considered the horse "unsafe" as it would strike, bite and mount people. A chain over the nose and the use of a whip did not help owner with control, but rather caused more "game playing" including striking and rearing. Horse was given "Cooperation Blend" in water 1-2 times a day for 4 weeks Owner was also advised to carry a squirt bottle filled with water and the remedy and to squirt the horse in the mouth if he tried to push her space. Owner noticed change in horse the second day while feeding. Owner indicated that the horse did not try and run her off or bite at her while feeding, but stood watching her feed. Leading became much easier, with only oral "mouthy" behaviors and no biting, striking or rearing after several days on the remedy. Within two weeks, the horse had a friendly, but playful attitude and was no longer considered "unsafe" to handle.
Case 4 - 12 year old 1/2 Connemara mare. Horse had difficulties flying from Australia to Canada and owner was moving back to Australia. Horse would become very nervous and rock the plane. The owner was concerned that her horse would have to be severely sedated to fly the long distance from Canada to Los Angeles and then to Sydney. Owner started horse on "Separation - Travel", "Confidence & Courage" and "Relax and Focus" blends. She combined all three blends as she felt her horse had issues matching all the blends. One week before travel the horse was given the combination formula in her drinking water 1-2 times a day. Veterinarians in LA and Sydney were notified of the need to have the horse on the formula and administer a dose in LA. The horse was given no sedative, but did wear a North pole Natural Vibrations magnetic head band part of the time. The owner called upon arrival to Sydney and was excited. She said, "the vets in Sydney quarantine had never seen a horse come off of a plane from such a long trip and show no signs of stress." Owner rode with her horse and said the horse was almost calmer on the plane than she was in her stall at home. Horse has settled into her new home very well and seems to be more relaxed than before.
Case 5 - Topical application on hunters and jumpers at horse shows - 8 horses from different barns and competing at different levels and sports were given "Balance Blend" of essences and essential oils. The oils of jojoba, Vitamin E and olive provide a carrier oil for the essences. The blend was applied topically on the nose or noseband of the horses prior to competition. At the end of two weeks, after daily application of the blend just prior to competition, all eight horses were champions or reserved champions in their associated division. Also, a "top hunter" would not enter the arena for the championship round as the wind was blowing. The rider/trainer was going to scratch the horse from competition until one drop of Balance was placed on the horse's nose. The horse then entered the arena and put in a good round to end up as Reserve Hunter Champion.
Many variables exist in these case studies, but owners, trainer, and riders seem to support the use of these remedies, as the results are often obvious and quick to the people who "know" their horses. Vibrational remedies may be difficult to understand, but the results seen in the horses are obvious. Although variables exist in all clinical case studies, the results of the presented studies as well as others can be verified by outside qualified people. Whether these non-drug remedies can be physically substantiated or not, the results of their use should open the door to further investigation, as they are safe, show no contraindications, and are allowed at almost all types of competitions.
Mary Ann Simonds is an equine behaviorist and natural health consultant. She writes, gives clinics and lectures on stress management for riders and horses. She can be contacted at Wisdom Stone Farm, 17101 NE 40th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98686, (360) 573-1958, Email Mary Ann Simonds.