Sunday, July 27, 2008

Clearing emotional issues in horses

I'm often asked by clients what to do about old traumas. Many horses have come from abusive backgrounds, or had accidents, or even just the trauma of being ridden in badly-fitted tack. There are many things that can create emotional baggage in horses.

All of my horses have come out of circumstances that left emotional imprints behind. Here are some of the techniques and tools I have found useful.

Dynamite Relax spray used orally has helped my horses with old fears. It is not labeled for this use, but my experience has been that it helped my horses release their fears, and think rather than react in scary circumstances.

Dynamite Release spray used topically on the poll behind the ears where the crownpiece of the bridle sits.

I also use a lot of Linda Tellington-Jones TTouch and TTEAM for clearing out old behavior patterns and emotions. There is lots of great information on TTouch and TTEAM at TTouch can be used all over the body, and is especially helpful at the poll. The TTouch mouth work is also very helpful.

I have found that LifeWave Energy Patches placed on the poll, white patch on right and tan patch on left, are very calming for my horses. I had a spooky horse that quit spooking entirely on the trails wearing patches. Another horse of mine that normally was difficult about having his feet worked on settled completely wearing patches on his poll. While there is no information about using these patches on horses on the company website, you can read about the patch science at

I also use Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) on my horses and myself to release emotional issues. There is a free manual describing human EFT at
Here is a page devoted to EFT for animals

I have also used flower essences and worked with a radionics practitioner on emotional issues.

I will add to this list as I work with other modalities that anyone can easily learn and use.

Until next post, be well!

Copyright ©2016 Carrie Eastman.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or American Veterinary Medical Association, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult your veterinarian about any changes to your animal’s health program.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Supplements and diet for endurance & competetive trail horses

I have recently worked with several horse owners that compete in either endurance or competetive trail. I am also conditioning one of my older Arabian horses for competetive trail, and would like to compete in endurance with my young Arabian Lucky, once he is properly trained.
So, this seemed like a good time to write down my ideas on diet and nutrition for my own horses getting ready to compete.
I will be feeding as much grass hay as they can eat. Visit for good information about hay for horses. I may also add just a smidge of alfalfa, no more than 1 flake daily.
For grain, I am feeding Dynamite Pelleted Grain Ration. I have switched away from the plain corn/oats/barley mix, as so many grains these days aren't properly fertilized, have chemical residues and/or are genetically modified.
For extra energy, I add black oil sunflower seeds and Dynamite High Energy Supplement (HES). HES is made of whole cold extruded soybean, and is a great digestible fat source. I can carry HES with me in my saddlebags to feed along the trail for a snack.
I use the basic supplement program of regular Dynamite and 2-1, 1-1, izmine and NTM salt fed free choice. I also use DynaPro with every meal, and during competition.
I also make sure my horses at least do 30 days on Waiora Natural Cellular Defense every year, if not stay on a low maintenance dose. I believe heavy metals and other toxins are a problem for horses, and I know there is research that some heavy metals mimic important minerals and tie up the mineral receptor sites. has information about Natural Cellular Defense.
For joint support, I use either Dynamite Free & Easy joint supplement, or the new Dynamite OxEMega. The OxEMega does not have chondroitin or glucosamine, but really seems to improve joint health. Another joint support formula I have played with is a mixture of MSM, Yucca and Ester C (all Dynamite brand). Different horses do better on different supplements, so I play around to find the right one, or muscle test it. I will probably use the Free & Easy during the competition season, and OxEMega during the late fall/winter/early spring when there is no fresh grass.
I use the Dynamite DynaSpark electrolyte.
I am going to experiment with the Dynamite Pre-Race Pak fed for a few days prior to competition, as I've heard from other riders that it works really well . Beverly Gray (Hall of Fame Endurance Horse AA Omner), Potato Richardson (1998 and 2002 Tevis Cup Champion )and Kathy Richardson (2005 Tevis Cup Champion) all use it.
For hydration during a ride, I'm going to try soaking hay and also making sloppy timothy hay pellet mush, rather than using beet pulp. I'll also feed some HES soaked to make it sloppy.
I also will be using the LifeWave Energy Patches. as they help so much with blood oxygen levels and stamina. I use them on myself as well as my horses, and wouldn't be without them.
I will use Dynamite Miracle Clay orally before trailering to help with stomach acids and ulcers.
Last but not least, I make sure I have Dynamite Relax and Release sprays and carry them with me on the trail.
Note: Some folks question why I use so many Dynamite products. Well, I actually use several brands on my horses, my other animals, my family and my land. I go with whatever brand muscle tests well, and what works well when I use it. It just happens that Dynamite has an incredible product line, as well as admirable company ethics. I am very comfortable with their products, and trust that they don't offer anything with harmful ingredients or selfish motives. I know they won't poison my animals by outsourcing their processes or buying questionable ingredients from overseas. You can read more about the company at
Happy trails!

Copyright ©2016 Carrie Eastman.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or American Veterinary Medical Association, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult your veterinarian about any changes to your animal’s health program.