Bond with Horses

FIND THE CONNECTION

The Victimization of Equines

This is a difficult topic for me. As a survivor of abuse, I find triggers for my own anxiety in the mere thought of any being suffering demoralization, neglect or even worse, violence. Because I run a sanctuary for horses, I see the cost in the emotional, mental and physical bodies of the horses...

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Feed the Feet

Our horses rely upon the foundation of healthy hooves in the same way that a building relies upon its foundation – without a good one, everything above is compromised. We are acutely aware of this at Dharmahorse because most of the horses in Sanctuary have come to us with hoof issues to...

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Finding Confidence

I'm sitting here at midnight with the wind howling something awful outside! We had a Haboob come through at sundown, it blew in from the west; the wind now is from the east. Knowing that the horses in Sanctuary at both stable yards all have shelters with windbreaks helps my nerves... I'm...

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Respect for Horses

I’ve been thinking about all the things that we need to provide for horses. There is the obvious – food, water, shelter, health care – and then there are the “intangibles” like love, education, and RESPECT. A lot of people will talk about the horse having respect for humans. That respect for us...

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What is familiar is comforting

Horses are “creatures of habit”. With all of the wildfires and rescue efforts in the news lately, a serious fact of equine nature is being announced across the internet – horses that must be turned loose to escape the fires must be locked out of their barns or they will return to them. Horse...

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Women who sit with horses

There are lots of stories of "women who run" with different animals. There is a wlld-ness we can tap into with animals that connects us to the real, natural world and energies beyond the human pale. There is a quote I love: “I'm not interested in whether you've stood with the great; I'm...

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Healthy Neglect

Healthy neglect, that was something my Mum used to talk about a lot. She watched people over water their house plants, over water gardens, over feed pets and buy everything their children wanted. She always let me know I would have everything that I needed. She would support my dreams. But, she...

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Managing Pain in Horses

The obvious fact that makes the management of pain in an animal so difficult is the inability of the animal to actually tell us in words what is happening. We can certainly speculate with injuries and illness and know that a horse is hurting; even likely pinpoint the location of the pain. And...

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When Disease is Nearby

The horse’s body was designed to heal itself. The immune system is assaulted daily and it rises to each challenge, effectively suppressing invaders and restoring good health in most cases. It is when stress is introduced and the immune system cannot function at its peak that disease finds the...

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The Amazing Concept of the Heart Horse

Horses have a way of touching the human heart that is unique to their species. Because of their strength mixed with gentleness and centuries of connection to humanity, we have woven the tapestry of civilization together with them. A horse is massive and fragile; steady and quick moving; brave...

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