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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

Happy New Year!

May your new year be filled with love, beauty, happiness, and horses!
Have a safe and wonderful holiday.
From all of us at Natural Horse Lover Farm.

Monday, December 23, 2013

My dog smells like a candy cane!

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

People Know What I Like!

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

Time to Get My Body Back - WW Here I Come!

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

Reiki Principles and Horses

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 anger.
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

We are living life happily and naturally...or at least are working on it!

I am really excited because I've signed up for the Young Living Essential Rewards Program. In short, it ensures that I will always have YL products on hand, shipping is cheaper, and of course, I LOVE the freedom of online shopping! What is surprising and amazing is that I have the flexibility to change what is ordered each month and the date it is shipped - total flexibility! As an added bonus, with these automatic orders, I will be earning free products too. I want to build a house supply and a barn supply. I didn't do this at first but after using the products from my YL Premium Starter Kit, it became a no-brainer for Rick and I to enroll. There were several starter kits but the value of the premium one made sense to us and allowed for the most experimentation and discovery. I want you to understand, we have not gone into any of the lightly but we have seen differences and benefits for ourselves and our animals and you know me, I have to share!

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

A new us - why essential oils!?

You have probable noticed a major interest and excitement from me regarding Young Living's Essential Oils. It is true, I am hooked or shall I say we - my husband and animals are also enjoying the benefits. I have to say that we all are really and truly feeling great mentally and physically and loving this new avenue for health and wellness. You can CLICK HERE to learn more about essential oils so I won't bother to go into that level of detail here but know that all essential oils are not equal (please go read the information at the link). I have thought about using them for years, especially when I realized many people in the Parelli Natural Horsemanship community were doing so. But that wasn't enough for me.

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.

Let me know if you have questions or need help! Sign-up (if you want to) and order using Sponsor and Enroller ID #1565607. CLICK TO SIGN UP HERE

Monday, December 09, 2013

Extended Holiday Special for Horse Lovers

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.

Natural Horse Lover Farm Website

A Peaceful Sleep is Important

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!

Let me know if you have questions or need help! Sign-up and order using Sponsor and Enroller ID #1565607. CLICK TO SIGN UP HERE 

Sunday, December 08, 2013

From Fire to Friend

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

Lavender, Reiki, and Doggies!

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

The Animal Desk Reference by Melissa Shelton DVM

I just purchased this eBook, The Animal Desk Reference by Melissa Shelton DVM- a must have for those using Young Living Essential Oils and other Young Living Products! If you are interested in a copy, buy today, the last day of her Black Friday sale! http://oilyvet.com/Black_Friday.html (It also comes in a print version but is more expensive.) This was the only Black Friday purchase I made and I did it today, online, no craziness! 

If you are ready to sign-up and start using Young Living Essential Oils, let me know and I can assist you! CLICK TO SIGN UP HERE and order using Sponsor and Enroller ID #1565607.

Putting Principles and Playtime to Purpose

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!