Volume 5 Issue 3 - 2003

Stable Environment

Essential Oils Help Take the Stress Out of Weaning
By Frances Fitzgerald Cleveland

Flash enjoys the company of his friends while he goes through weaning. Separated but still within eyeshot, his mother mingles comfortably in the background with her herd.

It makes perfect “scents” to use essential oils during the weaning process. Weaning is something that is inevitable; it happens naturally in the wild. It does not have to be a dreaded process. If done consciously and considerately it can be an easy and stress free process. The key is preparedness.

Special Features

Deciphering Equine Fibromyalgia Syndrome (EFMS) - The Forgotten Fungus Among Us

EFMS can present in a wide variety of ways - the particular combination of symptoms will be dramatically different from one horse to the next.

By Brenda Bishop, VMD

While the subject of Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) in humans is confusing and poorly understood at best, it is even more so in horses. Different theories abound regarding every aspect of the condition, in particular its pathogenesis. Treatment can cover a wide range of approaches in people and more often than not is unsuccessful. A variety of symptom specific drugs are ultimately prescribed. It is interesting that horses with Equine Fibromyalgia Syndrome (EFMS) present with many of the exact same symptoms described by human patients. Furthermore, with regard to both species there exists a series of ongoing scientific arguments. Is FMS an autoimmune disease or an ATP (adenosine triphosphate) storage disease? Is FMS acquired or does it result from an inherited predisposition? Are the associated bacterial, viral and fungal infections primary or secondary? Whether the chicken or the egg came first, symptoms of EFMS in horses are subtle in the early stages, extreme in the later stages, easily recognizable, and in most cases easily treated with lasting good results.


In Training

An Interview with Craig Hamilton

Craig Hamilton, changed by one very special horse, is now enjoying helping people and horses build healthy relationships.

*How did you get started in horse and people training?

I started teaching roping clinics 23 years ago. I had achieved pro status in rodeo at the age of 16 and had roped my first steer from a horse at the age of 5. I knew at a very early age that one day I would be good enough that people would want me to show them how I had achieved that level and I would need to know how to teach as well as rope. So I first got my start at teaching by teaching myself how to teach by using the cowboys that worked for my father as guinea pigs.
I taught a lot of cowboys how to rope during my early teens and found that I sincerely enjoyed helping people help themselves.



Homeopathy and the Mineral Remedies
By Tanya Nolte

A homoeopathic remedy produced from a mineral substance is not the same as the crude or nutritional supplement form of the mineral. Homeopathic Silicea, one of the 12 tissue remedies, is a mineral remedy made from sand or quartz.

Homoeopathic remedies are made from substances that are sourced from three kingdoms: the plant, the animal, and the mineral kingdom. Minerals come from naturally occurring inorganic chemical elements as found in the ‘periodic table’, a table showing the chemical elements in order of their atomic number, and arranged to show the periodic nature of their properties. Not all elements are minerals. Elements are inorganic and take the form of metals, non-metals, metalloids, halogens, noble gases, and rare earth elements. Interactions of certain elements further produce salts, acids, sodas, ammonias, oxides, etc. Specific combinations of certain elements produce new substances.


There are always wonderful horses available to adopt at your local rescue. Please consider this source if you are looking for a horse. Meet Dandy, a 9-year-old 11-hand Welsh Circuit A show pony, one of the horses available at:
Another Chance 4 Horses Rescue and Placement.
166 Station Road
Bernville, PA 119506



Feed Facts and Fancies

Organic vs. Natural vs. Conventional Equine Feeds
By L.J. Creapeau

Feature Article

YEHA™ - Your Equine Holistic Alliance
By Elizabeth Harris


Energizing Oils - Essential Oils for the Unambitious
By Catherine Bird

In Essence

Frankincense (Boswellia Carterii)
By Nayana Morag

For the Rider

Training the Natural Way

By Heike Bean

Barn Buddies

Getting the Fat Off
By Shawn Messonnier, DVM

Pony Express

A Good Horse
By Dan Sumerel


From the Editor

An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Straight from the Horses Mouth

Another Year Wiser

Case Histories

A Case of Equine Mineral Toxicosis
By Tanya Nolte

Book Bits and Video Views
Kidz' Korner


Brenda Bishop, VMD
Shawn Messonnier, DVM
Tanya Nolte
Heike Bean
Craig Hamilton
Nayana Morag
Catherine Bird
Elizabeth Harris
Frances Fitzgerald Cleveland
L.J. Creapeau
Lara Sheidy
Dan Sumerel