August 2019 – Mid Month Update

Holistic Horsekeeping
How to have a healthy happy horse.


  1. FAQ’s for a Fire Horse Temperament
  2. Learn More About Temperament Types


1. FAQ’s for a Fire Horse Temperament

Q. My Fire Horse is very physically sensitive to pain and irritation. Fly bites swell, injuries blow up into huge hematomas, and small scratches are very painful. Can you suggest ways to help Fire horses recover more quickly from physical irritations and symptoms.
A. Most Fire horses like baths so running cool water on minor irritations will help to cool the inflammation. Feeding blue green algae has a mild cooling effect on the overall system of the Fire horse and this helps calm down over reaction to insect bites. Blue green algae is also a wonderful antioxidant and provides foundational nutrition to encourage healing.

Q. My Fire mare can be very moody and often doesn’t want to be caught, especially if I haven’t worked with her on a regular basis. I’m not sure why she doesn’t want to be caught.
A. First, make sure you Fire horse is not in pain from something like a bad tooth or stomach ulcers. Fire horses can get their feelings hurt when they don’t get attention. Sometimes we are just not able to give them all the attention they want so you will have to make the time you can spend quality time and still be firm but understanding when she acts out. It is a good plan to provide digestive support to a Fire horse that is not receiving regular attention. Gastro Plus Pro or Aloe/slippery elm are good choices to prevent ulcers in a Fire horse that is under stress from lack of personal attention.

Q. We have been working with several Fire horses who have been roughly handled and are very sensitive and skittish. They don’t trust anyone and when asked to perform a task they often “overdo”. For instance, for a turn on the haunches, one horse often goes very fast but in poor form, as if to “get it over with” because of fear. How can we help restore a Fire horse’s confidence in this case.
A. In this case you have to become the solution instead of the problem. Make sure your requests are very clear and that your timing of when you ask for a move is in correct time with how the horse is moving his feet. Also reward each tiny step rather than expecting the whole movement to be perfect. Lots and lots of praise. Hemp oil can help support the nervous system and bring on a sense of contentment. This is a huge help to a horse that has had emotional stress and trauma.

All these issues can be prevented by feeding the Fire Horse Balance formula. This can be given daily until symptoms are relieved or given 5 days a month to maintain balance.

2. Learn More About Temperament Types

Caring for your horse according to his own individual needs starts with having an understanding of the type he is. In the Horse Harmony book you gain an understanding of the different temperament types and how best to work with and care for each. The sequel to Horse Harmony is Horse Harmony: The Feeding Guide that goes more into the nutritional needs of each temperament type. If you are looking to gain deeper insight into the personality of your horse, how to care for him or her based on individual needs, and how to work with or just get along with your horse better, this information is for you.

Here are some of the resources we have available to help you discover your horse’s temperament type and to help you establish a better relationship with your horse.
Introduction to Five Element Types and Temperaments
Horse Temperament Balancing Formulas
Horse Harmony Kindle book
Horse Harmony and Horse Harmony: The Feeding Guide paperback books, ebooks, and audios

If you need more help determining your horse’s temperament type, we have temperament consultants available to help you. And if you would like to learn even more and possibly become a temperament consultant yourself, there is an online class.

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This blog provides information based on my unique take on horse health and well being. The articles are based on experience of treating and working with horses for over 40 years. In most cases the articles are focused on an holistic approach to health and management. When conventional medicine offers good research or therapy, I share this information as well. Madalyn Ward, DVM