Your Mane Blows in
By Leslie Morán
Here in Nevada when driving
in certain areas, away from the city where fewer people live, I am
often gifted with seeing the wild mustangs foraging. I notice the
new colts each spring and recognize the posture of the herd, arranged
in subtle defensive positions.
Although I have never had a horse
of my own, I have an understanding of the range of relationships possible
between such a powerful creature and a fragile human. I sense the
importance of a rider having skill and authority tempered with patience
and compassion. I have felt the range of emotions horses are capable
of shifting through. And I know the levels of commitment and dedication,
between horse and rider, which can be reached to achieve the loftiest
of their goals. Having a relationship with a horse is unlike any other
type of human-animal bond.
As with any individual nutrition plays
a key role in the physical and emotional health and well-being of
horses. When discussing equine nutrition from a holistic perspective
very little research has been done and there is a lack of published
materials on this topic. Recognizing that there is a need for information
on this subject to be made available is one of the reasons I offer
the US Animal Equine products for sale on this Web site. Although
the foundation of every natural health care plan revolves around feeding
a natural well-balanced diet this can be a challenge for those who
care for horses. Feed manufacturers often use the cheapest ingredients
available which equates to feeds and grains having poor nutritional
content. This puts even more emphasis on the importance of feeding
horses high quality well-formulated nutritional supplements.
Being able to feed organic whenever
possible offers benefits similar to those received by people and parrots.
For a more detailed explanation please see "Why Feed Organic?"
on the Articles page of
this Web site. Although this article appeared in a parrot magazine
the information it contains can be extrapolated to include horses.
The information documenting the adverse health effects of pesticides
in people comes from the report, "Pesticides and Human Health",1.
published by the Physicians for Social Responsibility and Californians
for Pesticide Reform. 2 . Certain pesticides
are known to disrupt the endocrine system in humans and in animals.
Glands of the endocrine system include thyroid, parathyroid, pituitary,
pancreas, adrenals, and gonads. Research has shown that chemical pesticides
tend to accumulate in fatty tissues, have an accumulative effect on
the body and can remain there for years before breaking down.
Although organic feed for horses is
slowly becoming more available persistent caretakers can seek out
organic bulk sources of whole grains - oats, barley, and corn. Holistic
equine veterinarian Joyce Harman, D.V.M., suggests a blend of 20 percent
large cracked or rolled corn, 30 percent steamed rolled barley, and
45 percent oats, either large race horse oats or crimped.
Pure water is such an important nutrient
for all of us. Whenever possible ensure that the quality of water
your horses receive is safe for human consumption. If the water they
have access to has been chemically treated by a local water company
look into being able to filter it. I realize that in many situations
this may be completely impractical. However, being aware of the importance
of providing your horses fresh - pesticide and contaminant free -
drinking water may help you be able to bring this into fruition.
Traits We All Share
Working as closely as I have with
my own animals has led me to recognize certain characteristics, which
we all share. Regardless of the species, each individual has a desire
to feel safe, to be loved, and to have all their basic needs met.
These characteristics exist in the tiniest bird to the largest whale.
Family is important to us all, whether we travel in a herd, a pack,
a flock, a pod, or a pride. Family helps provide each of us, animal
and human, with a sense of safety and belonging. What really matters
is that we are together.
We all benefit from the relationships
we have with each other and the animals we love. When choosing to
use a natural approach when caring for them you can help prevent illness,
maintain good health, and help them be as happy as possible. This
natural approach also helps us align with methods that are in harmony
with the earth and the nature of life itself. Using natural methods
help nurture and support the natural healing and regeneration processes
already present within the animals and yourself. When the process
of life is strengthened using natural methods the results we typically
see are good health, balanced emotions, happy personalities, and a
high level of well-being. ____________________________________________________________________________
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2. www. igc.org/cpr