December 2016 – Mid Month Update

December 2016 – Mid Month Update

Holistic Horsekeeping
How to have a healthy happy horse


In This Issue:
1. Pain – How it interferes with accurate typing
2. New Online Class For Horse Temperament Typing

1. Pain – How it interferes with accurate typing
Madalyn on horseA horse in pain is harder to type because the pain interferes with accurate typing. A horse in pain will not be his normal self. He will be more anxious, fearful, depressed or angry because he can’t control his pain and yet he is still asked to work. His behavior is now about defending himself and it does not represent who he really is when he is not in pain.

When you see an anxious horse you may think of a Fire temperament. Keep in mind, though, that ulcer pain in any temperament type can cause anxiety. These horses may carry their heads higher than normal, refuse to stand still, resist saddling or girthing and rush forward when being ridden.

GastroPlusPro is a great product to try on any horse showing excessive anxiety. GastroplusPro increases circulation to all sections of the horse’s digestive tract. Increased mucous production is another benefit which soothes and coats the gut providing pain relief. Giving a month treatment course may be needed to eliminate ulcer pain as a cause of anxiety before confirming a horse as a Fire type.

Fearfulness is a common Water horse behavior but a blocked rib can make a horse act afraid because he can’t take a deep breath without pain and shallow breathing will restrict oxygen to the brain. A horse that is not getting good oxygen to his brain will act nervous and tend to shy more easily. Osteopathic adjustment will free ribs that have become blocked in their normal movement. Many a horse has been cured of frequent shying by a proper rib adjustment.

The angry horse is often typed incorrectly as a Wood horse when pain is the real cause for his irritability. Sore muscles, neck or back pain are common reasons for a horse to show resentment towards being asked to work.

InjuryPro is a good product to give for muscle or connective tissue pain. InjuryPro contains herbal antioxidants to support healthy muscles and connective tissues but it does not mask pain like drugs. If musculoskeletal pain is causing irritability, the horse will become much happier after a month or so of treatment. Body work can also be a huge help with sore muscles.

The depressed or low ambition horse may be initially typed as an Earth temperament but once pain from chronic arthritic pain is addressed he will come to life and show his true self. Low grade laminitis can also be confused with laziness because it hurts the horse to move any faster than a walk.

JointPlus will support healthy joints. Adequan is an injectable product that can be given monthly to support healthy joints. Diet should be evaluated for any horse showing laminitis. Metabolic testing will determine if underlying hormone imbalances are setting the horse up for laminitis. While diet and hormone issues are being addressed products like LaminitisPlus or NitroPro will give the horse pain relief and support healing.

If your horse starts to behave in a way that is not normal for him there is a good chance he is in pain. Treat his pain and you will have your good horse back. The challenge is determining what is causing behavior in a horse you do not know well. Temperament typing can be a very beneficial tool to help to understand a horse but typing can be difficult if pain is causing behavior changes. You may want to treat for pain first and then type the horse.


2. New Online Class For Horse Temperament Typing
The new self-paced online course is open to anyone interested in learning more about the Horse Temperament Types. It was created to share information about the eleven Horse Temperament Types as explained by Madalyn Ward, DVM. Dr. Ward has been a pioneering voice in the field of holistic horse care for over two decades and she breaks new ground with the Horse Temperament Typing system. Her cutting edge casework now extends to helping horse lovers find their perfect equine match or better understand their current equine partner. If you want to learn more about determining the temperament type of your horses, this course is the one for you. You can sign up and find more information at

If studying Homeopathy or Nutrition is more up your alley, check out the Mentoring Program for one-on-one instruction with Madalyn Ward, DVM is a program customized to fit your holistic horse care learning needs.

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