- Savvy Horse Girl
- North Lawrence, New York, United States
- I can be described as lover of life, an animal lover, and lover of education. I am constantly striving for knowledge and learning opportunities. I've been around horses my entire life. I enjoy working with horses and their human partners through natural horsemanship philosophies, natural balance bare foot hoof care, reiki, red-light therapy, essential oils, aromatherapy, crystal healing, chromotherapy, flower essences, and more. I am a Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Teacher who offers treatments for people, horses, dogs, cats, and other creatures great and small. I also teach Reiki classes for those interested in learning how to treat themselves, their loved ones, and even their animals! Natural Horse Lover Farm is located in Northern New York between the St. Lawrence River and Adirondack Mountains. Heaven on Earth. naturalhorseloverfarm.com
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Monday, December 23, 2013
My 16 year old dog Daisy has been struggling with having an appetite. Tonight, I treated her (petting method) with YL Peppermint Essential Oil. The verdict is that it worked very well (and she smelled like a candy cane). Daisy ate better than she has in weeks, I wish I had thought of using this treatment sooner! It is sometimes difficult to help an older dog and this is one of many alternative therapies I have been using to help her live comfortably.
If you are interested in learning about how essential oils can positively impact you, your family, and your animals, let me know!
Thursday, December 19, 2013
My kind and generous library staff gave me a Parelli Natural Horsemanship gift certificate for Christmas...They sure know me! I feel loved. Now what to buy? There are many things that I am interested in. I believe however that I'll be purchasing the Rider Biomechanics DVD Set. I will report back once I make my purchase and give you a review!
Friday, December 13, 2013
I am so happy to share that we finally got Weight Watchers at work. If you recall, about two year ago I was losing weight, feeling great, and looking pretty good too....until I hurt my back and many other things in life interfered with my focus and I let it all happen with the unfortunate result of being back to square one. Today, I registered for Weight Watchers at Work. The University hasn't had WW in many, many years (long before I ever worked there) and we are finally able to hold a meeting! I am ready, excited, and have a lot of work to do. For me, being healthy seriously impacts everything in my life (mental, physical, and emotional well being) including my horsemanship as these are the qualities one needs to be successful in horsemanship, mental, physical, and emotional fitness (thanks to Pat Parelli for pointing this out years ago). I am not getting any younger and I have to finally put an end to my current predicament and get my body back! Wish me luck!
Thursday, December 12, 2013
The use of Reiki and essential oils is a fabulous combination of alternative therapy for your horse. I share with you here, a nice blog post about horses and the Reiki principles called, "The 5 precepts of Reiki as horses live them: how we can learn from them and help them" by Kate from Healing for Horses.
As you read, she talks about the Reiki Principles (Affirmations) in the more Western sense as opposed to the original Eastern teachings. To learn more about the differences, check out this page from the Halls of Reiki on The Reiki Principles.
Here are the Reiki Principles & Affirmations I Use Daily
Just for today, I will let go of worry.
Just for today, I will give thanks for my many blessings.
Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
Just for today, I will be kind to my neighbor and every living thing.
Just for today, I will let go of negative thoughts and trust in the Universe.
Should you want to know more about either subject, please let me know! And, remember, I am running a holiday special on myYoung Living with Savvy Horse Girl page that includes a free equine (or other animal) consultation.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Rick and I talked a great deal about this and realized for the expense of replacing chemical-laden products we use with Young Living Essential Oils and other YL products as similar in cost with the added benefit of going natural and less toxic in our lives. I even received a great booklet called , "The Chemical Free Home" by Melissa M. Poepping, CNHP from my YL Sponsor in the mail yesterday that has great home remedies using essential oils....it was a fun read! The goal for Rick and I is to change all that we do in our lives towards a more natural method whether it be for ourselves or our animals. We typically live one with nature already but have recognized many things that we can still change. We also know that it is time for both of us to lose weight, eat healthier, and exercise...it all fits.
(If you were wondering, I have ordered Young Living's V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex, Slique Essence, Goldenrod Essential Oil, and Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste.)
As an update on use, last night I put Valor Essential Oil on Daisy again and she is doing remarkably well. I have been able to discontinue the use of a pain medication that has serious side-effects with great success. I monitor her closely however and do believe that there is a place for holistic and modern medicine - sometimes they need to marry in the treatment, sometimes not. I used PanAway Essential Oil on Rick's thumb again. It flared up after a hard day's work, otherwise, he has been fine since the original treatment several days ago. He reported that it is still sore but better and asked for another treatment tonight. I also used Peace & Calming Essential Oil on myself before bed and slept great until the smoke detector battery died and started beeping! I wonder why this always happens in the middle of the night?!
As for the horses, I have not experimented much yet. Frankly, the temperatures have been really cold and work has been hectic as the University just finished dead week and is not into finals week. I have ideas and plans though and will keep you posted, of course!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Then recently, the timing was right, new things going on in my life, new interests in alternative therapies and philosophies, everything kept pointing into the essential oils direction again and I decided to just take a leap of faith. I typically try to be natural in my life and with my animals but this new urgency was strong and I knew it was time to make a decision. I did a great deal of research about essential oils and companies, spoke to many people about them, and knew that I could truly only decide for myself. So, I took the plunge and signed up as a Young Living Distributor.
The proof and excitement is in actually using them. The investment in my mind was significant in dollars ($150 for the Premium Starter Kit - which is actually an awesome deal because the items separately would cost far more actually but still, it was an investment). That said, it was worth far more in value (knowing what I know now, I'd have paid far more actually). I plan to sign up for the Essential Rewards Program next as Rick and I really want to use more essential oils and less chemicals in our lives. We are already spending the money but will now spend it towards a more natural approach to healthier living on all levels - and it is shipped direct - I love online shopping! The goal is to eventually have a home inventory and one for the barn...this will take time so for now, I'll share between the two locations!
As always, I love to share, it must be the extrovert in me! I have been making daily posts of my experiences with YLEO on my YLFB page Young Living with Savvy Horse Girl. Last night I used Valor on my old dog Daisy (16 yeard old) and she really liked it. She is arthritic, struggles with her appetite, but still has spunk. On myself, I used Peace & Calming again and I slept great...been doing this for days with great success...and this is news worthy as I am a bit of an insomniac.
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Monday, December 09, 2013
Extended Holiday Special for Horse Lovers - If you sign up and purchase the Young Living Premium Starter Kit before January 31st, 2014, you will receive a *free equine informational consultation on the use of essential oils in your barn and with your horses! (This can be applied to other animals if you don't have a horse.) *I can provide you with information but understand that I cannot recommend, prescribe, or diagnose for you. You have to make these decisions for yourself and/or with your veterinarian.
For more information contact me and or go to my YL website. https://www.youngliving.org/savvyhorsegirl of my Young Living Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/younglivingsavvyhorsegirl
Should you have additional alternative and holistic interests, please let me know. Topics covered by Natural Horse Lover Farm include but are not limited to: natural horsemanship, Equine Reiki (and Reiki for other animals), and many other alternative training philosophies and healing methodologies.
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I used Peace & Calming before bed two nights in a row and slept like a rock. For me, this is incredible because I often struggle with a good night's rest. My mind races and is working constantly which is not always a good thing! Now, this is not to say that the dogs didn't get me up in the middle of the night but, I was able to let them out, put a few logs in the wood stove, and go back to bed without any trouble.There is nothing like trying to live a busy life with a career, horse farm, and other obligations on no sleep--trust me, sleep is vital!
Rick used it once in the middle of the night on my suggestion when his mind was racing about all kinds of projects going on at the farm. It allowed him to relax and fall back asleep so it helped him a great deal too.
If you struggle with sleep, I recommend trying it. A drop on the bottom of each foot and a drop on each shoulder should do the trick. It is available as a single oil purchase or in the Premium Starter Kit (which is how I'd recommend getting it because the value of that kit is amazing). Young Living also has other oils and supplements for sleep, there are many options!
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Sunday, December 08, 2013
I just finished a very successful online session with LBE/LBI, QH Mare, Lola. She has been idle since her accident and really in need of major hands on time. It is a bit akin to starting over at this point but that's okay. She started out like a fire-breathing dragon and ended like a partner. (I also think she is in heat...she was winking at us.)
My strategy was strong and clear leadership using the Parelli Patterns. Running the horse in circles like many would have clearly was not a path for this occasion or this horse. Rick observed and noted at first she looked super scary but throughout there was noticeable change, lots of licking and chewing, lots of try, and a nicely ended session.
We have a lot of work to do...thank goodness for the indoor, the temp is pretty nice in there, atmosphere bright and airy, and the footing is fabulous.
Monday, December 02, 2013
Tonight, I topically applied YL Lavender Essential Oil on my neck. It is a great relaxation oil and helps with stress management among other things. I have a tendency to have difficulty sleeping and decided this would be a great addition to... my nighttime rituals. Anyhow, I took the dogs upstairs for bedtime (they all sleep with me - a Great Dane named Morgan, two Min-Pins named Annie and Daisy, and an Italian Greyhound named Sid). I decided to do a Reiki session with them before we got totally settled. Well, they also inadvertently got an aromatherapy session as well because of the oil I had just placed on myself! They all seemed to enjoy everything but most especially my dog Annie who is the wild one of the pack....how interesting and wonderful... she really relaxes with Reiki, the response is truly significant and incredible (she is the one I used Reiki on for her leg which has not bothered her at all in some time now)....I have to try this oil and Reiki out in the barn with the horses!http://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/essential-oils/singles/lavender-essential-oil
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There are times when people criticize Parelli Natural Horsemanship as nothing but a bunch of games that are irrelevant to real life situations. Of course, these folks are wrong but arguing the point is often futile. As you have read in previous posts, you must lead by example and people will then ask relevant questions even if they don't realize that they are truly interested in these so-called silly games! These games translate to everything - working with your horse on the ground, riding, and emergency situations to name a few! My whole point of this post is not to debate the issue but to share a success.
The Squeeze Game is the 7th game in Parelli's list of games and is a purpose game. This game can be a challenge and very rewarding when it is won. In an article written by Pat Parelli, he notes, when talking about the Squeeze Game "Horses, by nature, are claustrophobic. They are instinctively afraid of small or tight spaces because these areas usually spell disaster for prey animals. The Squeeze Game teaches your horse to become calmer, smarter and braver, and to squeeze through narrow spots without concern."
The reason why this and the other games are so important in building a language with your horse in your quest for a great relationship is that you just never know when the game (or skill achieved by playing it) will come in handy. As you all know, I live in the north and we have snow! Over the last week, there was a storm that yielded lots of very heavy snow that turned into ice. To cut to the point, two of the three dutch doors would only open half way (if that after my best attempts at removing the white stuff) and I couldn't get the ice off the ground to remedy the situation no matter how hard I tried. Now, I could turn them all out through the one dutch door that opened widely and of course return them all the same way but I saw this as an opportunity to test our relationship, test the horses' confidence, and test our squeeze game!
Fosse is the lucky one with a completely workable door. Whiskey's door barely opens half way and there is a snow drift aside it to add another obstacle. Lola has the same situation as Whiskey with the addition of being near the fence adding more of a squeezed feeling for her (not to mention she is rather large compared to the Arabians). And, all around is chunky, bumpy, icy and snow terrain - not ideal at all. During the daytime, they are put out of these doors at liberty and returned at night, in the dark. There is one dim light in the barn and for Whiskey it is perfect due to its placement, Lola however (and Fosse for that matter) are pretty much entering their stalls in the dark.
I am proud to say that all horses have been entering and exiting, at liberty, just fine despite the situation. I initially had to cue Whiskey and Lola to proceed and they did. At first, Lola was a bit reluctant but she trusted me enough to try. Had Whiskey and Lola not worked with me in the past and had we not had the connection that we have, and confidence of course, I'd say I'd have a problem on my hands (and have memories of many horses in the past that would have refused to enter). Remember, the horse's hierarchy of needs dictates that they need safety above all and even with that, they need to have confidence to perform the task (this is akin to trailer loading by the way if you hadn't made the connection). So, through wind, sleet, snow, rain and hail; through barely open entrances in the dark of night, and with no equipment attached, I am able to get my horses in and out of the barn and move them around with no difficulty at all....thank you Pat Parelli.
P.S. The lighting situation is looking bright....stay tuned!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
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Monday, November 18, 2013
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Friday, November 15, 2013
As I wrote before, Morgan has been my Reiki focus since the beginning. This is a difficult thing, in the infancy stages that I am in, to know it is always working and the feedback from the one receiving Reiki is truly helpful. Tonight, Morgan was fine, rambunctious, goofy, and normal. She went to the barn with me and then back to the house for some relaxation. After awhile, Rick brought to my attention that something was wrong with her. I looked up from my iPhone (I was playing a game) and saw she was standing close to the wall, near the woodstove, staring down, nose dripping and out of sorts, truly distressed. I took her to get a drink of water and she was sulking, clearly feeling really yucky, and not herself. She did not want to go outside, did not want to drink, and held her head low. There was nothing obvious I could do so I coaxed her onto the couch next to me for observation. She was acting depressed and sick. I decided that I would give her a treatment of Reiki because it cannot hurt, and send intentional energy and thoughts of love and comfort. After several minutes, she laid down peacefully, her nose stopped running, she looked brighter, and seemed relieved. She then took a short nap with me. She is better now.
I also gave Annie more Reiki on her leg. She was having issues again, I suspect this will be a recurring theme. It is likely she will get arthritis in that leg due to the severity of the original injury. Anyhow, she loves it and sits quietly and comfortably, falls asleep, and when she has had enough looks at me and leaves in a peaceful way (not her normal manic way). She is not limping or favoring the leg anymore tonight, I guess her treatment helped too.
Reiki also helps the one giving it as you also receive. I've had a bit of a tough day and not the happiest feelings. Even I feel better and renewed....thank you Reiki.
Reiki is not a replacement for modern medicine but it certainly is a great arrow in my quiver. I am thankful to be learning this method of spiritual healing. The image above is the Reiki principles. Clearly, they are in line with my own.
The image is from an article I just read called, "The Difference Between Essential Oils and Flower Essences" written on the website, Before Its News. Please read the article as it is clear and concise and just what I needed! (Please note, I only liked the article, not the seemingly politically charged, right-winged slant on the website. I am a liberal Democrat and proud of it.)
I have been doing a great deal of soul searching and learning lately, looking at alternatives to the norm and looking to expand the mission while retaining the principles and goals of Natural Horse Lover Farm. I have been involved with natural philosophies regarding training and care for years but there is much more out there to learn and after Lola's freak accident, the Universe has awaken my senses and it is calling to me to open my mind. My only concern is that as one still living in "the lonely barn" since relocating, I'll be doing all this cool stuff by myself, well not quite, Rick and the critters are going for the ride too! LOL Breaking into the area with new-age alternative horse-related philosophies has proven to be near impossible--at least I have you all, my readers!
So,as you know, I've been delving into Reiki, healing crystals are on the list as is red-light therapy, And, from the post photo, so are essential oils and flower essences (among other things). I had an experience with the flower essences when we moved and were gearing up to transport Whiskey, Fosse, and Mini-me (a miniature horse I used to have who now lives happily with a young girl and her family) from Virginia to New York. My friend used the flower therapies and asked if she could give Whiskey flower essences. I agreed as he is a very emotionally challenged horse and knowing he faced days on the road, I thought it surely could not hurt. Not only did he load without any issues, he was perfectly fine for the trip. Keep in mind, this was December and the horses ended up stuck at a truck stop in a storm for days - not unloaded, but safe and fine in the hauler's goose neck trailer).The mini horse was fine too - he was traveling in a box-style stall with Whiskey. Fosse, not so much....he could have used the essences I think but at the time, I lacked knowledge and we all thought Whiskey would have the problem. Fosse would not load, and by the time he reached the destination was reported to have wobbly legs, be all ruffled from sweating up, and was a wreck - poor fella--and I was not there to comfort him. I did send Ulcer Guard for all of the horses as a precaution. I don't know what brand she used but it seems Bach is the leader in the flower essences industry and I plan to use their products.
I have also been exposed to essential oils from Young Living and dōTERRA. Both appear to be of high, therapeutic quality. In doing a great deal of research on the topic, I've decided that Young Living is a better fit for our farm, especially because many of my Parelli contacts (including Parelli Inc.) have been using the product for years which helps give me a strong base for information and experience. I do have however, a new friend who is a dōTERRA representative (the aromatherapist coming to the farm on December 7th). What I love about her is that she is more interested in giving information about how to use essential oils for therapy and far less concerned about which label people chose, noting that therapeutic grade is highly desired and that people have to chose the right pathway for them - she is a very enlightened person with whom I have great respect. I attended a equine essential oils webinar last night that she held and the information was excellent and not a sales pitch - very refreshing and awesome.
If you are looking into essential oils and/or flower essences, all I have to say is do your homework and follow your heart. Personally, I like the idea of using both as they seem to address very different levels of concern. Until next time...
Monday, November 11, 2013
Good Evening my wonderful readers. Today was interesting and not once, not even once, did I feel feelings of frustration or aggravation. I was never upset and never felt negative feelings at any level, never felt impacted by stress, not once and this is a surprise.
Today, my husband did not feel well, I woke up a little later than normal, my Blazer broke down on the way to work, in an intersection, I sat through a major budget meeting with my colleagues (deans and directors), led by my Sr. VP/Provost boss... and watched others get really upset, yelling, sighs of frustration, the works. I then had to deal with major issues with our integrated library system, pull together a presentation in an hour and a half for a grant proposal presentation this afternoon, etc., etc. I credit feeling more balanced to my new dedication to Reiki.
When I got home, I had to clean the barn and decided to do Reiki to each horse. Fosse my Arabian gelding, left-brained-extrovert, seemed skeptical and fearful, I used approach and retreat but ultimately decided to leave him be for now. Whiskey my half-Arabian gelding, right-brained-introvert, seemed calm and appreciative, I was unclear when we were done but needed to move on. Finally, Lola my Quarter Horse mare, left-brained-introvert/extrovert, seemed appreciative, I concentrated on her leg, she was the only one clear about when we were done.
In any event, I still don't always know if I am harnessing "the power" but, I just keep at it. Are you ready for level 2 yet? I feel like I am craving more information!
Saturday, November 09, 2013
Looking for a horse fix as winter approaches? Come to Natural Horse Lover Farm and join other horse lovers on December 7th to learn from Certified Aromatherapist Laura Kelland-May about the benefits of aromatherapy and essential oils with your equine partner!
For more information, please see the flyer or contact me!
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Friday, November 08, 2013
I've been working hard to bring in Reiki in my life and I think I am making progress. Each time I feel a bit more competent, confident, and comfortable. I also feel more at peace in my life, something I truly have needed and I thank you all for this.
An observation I've made is that Morgan is constantly licking my arms and legs. She has never done this with such insistence. She has always licked my face and is affectionate but this is something different. A bit hard to explain.
Several months ago my dog Annie severely hyper flexed her leg in the wrong direction and eventually the vet said is was simply a sprain. At the time I thought it was broken but radiographs proved otherwise. This was a terribly painful injury. For some reason however, it has started hurting her again and there has been swelling. Perhaps a bit of overuse and the weather although I am not certain. I doubt there is anything that can be done by the vet. I have given her a Tramadol (1/4 of a 50mg tab) which helps with pain and swelling. I also gave her Reike tonight and I think I felt the heat energy from my hands. I hope it helps. If you have the strength, perhaps you can all send her some healing energy too. Thank you.
Above is a photo of her when she originally injured her leg.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
I realize that I didn't tell you all too much about my Reiki class experience yet. If you are not familiar with Reiki, it is about harnessing the Universal Life Force Energy in its purest form. You can do a great deal of research on the subject and I recommend networking with people practicing Reiki or find a Reiki Master. The attunement process was truly transformational. I walked in a skeptic, I left with more questions than I went in with, I now am a sponge for knowledge and believe.
I am trying to practice a bit each night. That said, it must be a professional hazard (remember, academic library director here) but I am inclined to feel like I need a checklist of things to do to start doing Reiki! I am still a bit lost but trying. I am always so afraid to be making a mistake or something. Morgan (my Great Dane) has been my guinea pig and seems receptive and responsive...I think! I came across this article and wanted to share. Sometimes I feel the energy flow and other times, I feel like it is gone.
Rick is funny. I asked if he'd ever let me do Reiki on him. He had an eyeball ache. He said maybe. Then I said I could do it at a distance but I would never do it without permission. He said I could do it at a distance if I wanted to. So, I called upon my guides, angels, etc. and felt a tingling in my hands- he said maybe they were falling asleep! LOL I beamed him Reike but not for long as he interrupted me asking about breakfast. He hadn't realized that I was doing it then. I walked over to him and was talking but positioned my hands to beam him in a covert way...he said I can see you hands and we both started laughing. I don 't think it did much good and he is truly not receptive but, we did have a fun moment and it was all worth it for that. He said in such a genuine way that he loved me. He is such a kind person. I told him this is a real thing and reminded him of my medical practitioner colleague at the University, Reike master and that I wasn't a kook. He responded with an, "I know and I love you."
I really feel the desire to learn more and have a level 2 class soon.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Saturday, November 02, 2013
My day started out with major sleep deprivation. I had a terrible time sleeping, probably because I was afraid I would not wake up or something. Anyhow, I left at 6:30am and drove 2.5 hours to the Ottawa, Ontario, Canada region. The class was small, there were four of us and the instructor. Everyone was very nice and welcoming. When I arrived, I was about 10 minutes late, anxious, and they all felt it. They reassured me and also said they were just starting.
We spent time in the barn learning about the theory and process. The instructor was very open to question and skepticism, a lot from and by me. As a person who believes in science, I have a hard time having faith in things I cannot easily see. That said, with the experience I had with Lola, because I use energy when playing with my horses, I believe Reiki found me and I needed to be there. The attunement process and overall experience was fascinating, emotional, and something I am still processing and not ready to share fully, with anyone. We were able to perform Reiki on the host farm's horses and I saw a difference in the horse I worked with. I used my Parelli principles and the Reiki principles in a complementary manner. The horse owner remarked seeing a difference in all of the horses after the session.
For the future, I will continue to learn more and practice Reiki. The group plans to get together on a regular basis and pursue furthering our development with Reiki 2 and 3. I am also open to hosting Reiki events at my farm.
By the way, I did some Reiki on my dogs, bird, and cat tonight. Some were more receptive than others, how interesting. (Rick is supportive or my learning, or me hosting events, thinks it is weird, does not understand at all and I feel strange trying to talk about it. So, I have decided to just keep it primarily to myself as a private thing I do.)
Friday, November 01, 2013
These photos have been taken over the past few weeks. Rick has been busy expanding the big field! Our goal is to have a training pond, picnic area, dressage arena, jumping course, and obstacle course playground out there. The horses will also use it as a turnout, how exciting. Enjoy...