Friday, February 27, 2009

Another piece of the Lucky puzzle

From the time I was a toddler, I dreamed of being friends with horses. Dreamed of a partnership - a horse that wanted to be ridden, wanted to learn and teach and explore.
I'm realizing that all horses are capable of such a partnership - they are just waiting for us to let go of agendas and force and listen.
So, while Lucky and I have recently accomplished much with our riding, even going without a bridle or halter, I am still sensing a separation, a skepticism, and a lack of trust between us.
I realized that parnership can't be coerced or bought. Treats don't produce partners.
A partner has the right to say no, to have ideas about the direction the learning will take.
So once again, I've backed away a bit from training to think things over and do some research.

I found a bunch of great information and more new teachers.
Stina Herberg's website on St Vincent in the Caribbean. Stina is working with a herd of rescued horses at liberty using Carolyn's principles. Stina has posted many amazing vidoes of her life with these horses.
A collaboration between Mark Rashid, Linda Kohanov, Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling, Alexander Nevzorov and Carolyn Resnick, Anna Twinney, Kathy Pike, Kim McElroy, Liz Mittan Ryan and Stormy May. Excellent forum!

Which circles me back around to Lucky, and the other horses in the herd here. I've decided to go through the Waterhole Rituals with the herd, following the guidance of Carolyn Resnick. So, you can find me every day sitting in the pasture, just meditating/thinking/watching and letting the horses observe me. Nothing more until they decide to approach and become pests with their attention.
So far, I've learned that when they focus on something, if I focus on it, study it thoroughly and then sigh and relax, the horses also sigh and relax. I've also learned that Lucky watches me more than the others, rarely removing his attention from me. Poco, my oldest and dearest friend in the herd, also surprised me by watching me quite a bit, even though he's knows me 20 years. So, we'll see what happens next.

Until next time, be well and happy!
Carrie and the Oak Hill herd
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Monday, February 9, 2009

partnership with Lucky

A few weeks back I posted about my first rides with Lucky. While I was thrilled to be on him and starting our journey, something still felt "off". I sensed skepticism and mistrust from him, and felt like he was holding himself apart.
Because of these feelings, I continued my search for new ways to be with him. I have explored all sorts of "natural horsemanship" techniques over the years, and am a TTEAM Practitioner-in-training myself. All of these techniques still felt like the horse was dominated, albeit usually in a kind way. I still dreamed of the possibility of a true partnership with no demands, only mutual learning and guidance. I remember reading in The Tao of Equus and Riding Between The Worlds about working with horses without any dominance, just kind leadership. I read about a ranch where the horses chose each day which would be ridden, and would present themselves to be saddled.
Then I met Kim Walnes Watching her teach, having the opportunity to meet her equine partner Guideon, renewed my faith in a kinder, gentler partnership. And suddenly, all sorts of trainers and resources began appearing on my radar. Trainers that could work with stallions at liberty, with mares in heat present. A man riding a horse, doing airs above ground that were the horse's idea, with only a neck rope and a saddle.
So, today I decided to apply some Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to my relationship with Lucky. You can learn more about EFT at In a nutshell, EFT involves tapping on specific points on your body to clear emotional baggage and replace the baggage with positive programming on a cellular level. During the tapping statements are made. I use positive statements only, following the principles of Conscious Language
With EFT, you can surrogate tap for an animal. I trust the flow, and add the statements as they pop into my consciousness. Each of these statements was a round of tapping. Here is what we tapped today:
I am one with Lucky
Lucky is one with me
I understand Lucky’s emotions
I find Joy with Lucky
I find peace with Lucky
I am peace with Lucky
I have adventure with Lucky
I explore trails with Lucky in safety and joy
We move in harmony
Lucky and I are friends
I love and nurture all my horses
I cherish Poco and spend quality time with him (my note: Poco jumped in here, feeling left out)

Stopped and pictured myself riding down the trail happy and joyous on Lucky. Felt fear in myself. More tapping…

I face my fears with Lucky
I choose Trust
I choose trust with Lucky
I am courage with Lucky
I feel Lucky’s energy
I share Lucky’s energy
I feel Lucky’s excitement
I share Lucky’s excitement
I remember the fun of an energized horse
I enjoy a courageous energized horse (started feeling sad)
I love a courageous energized horse (lots of sadness)

At this point I realized the sadness was over Buck, my first horse. He was a very energetic and yet calm horse. He could poke along, or be like sitting on controlled dynamite. We did everything from trails, to riding in traffic, to open jumpers and hunt seat. He died young, of colic. I still had some unresolved sadness about the way I was taught to treat jumpers, and how patient he was over the treatment.

More tapping:
I choose forgiveness
I am forgiveness
Forgiveness is love

(felt a sudden release of the emotions)

At this point I ended the EFT session. I was surprised by where the tapping had taken me, when my goal was a closer relationship with Lucky.

So, later today, I took Poco and Ben out for a leisurely trail ride, then called Lucky. For the first time, he walked right up and was positive about me putting on the halter. With just the rope halter I mounted bareback. Just stood and scratched and rubbed and did TTouches on him. I explored where he liked to be scratched. Gave him hugs, rubbed behind his ears, fed him treats. I got one huge wave of sadness, when I rubbed my legs against his sides. He reached around to sniff my boots, and I got an impression about spurs. He licked and chewed and sighed, sniffed as much of my legs and boots as he could reach, nibbled on me, and stood quietly. This is the same horse who came off the racetrack, that bucked when ridden by a trainer, that danced and pranced and refused to stand the last time I rode him. After about 10 minutes, I picked up the reins. He turned and backed and leg yielded with the lightest of touches on the first try. After about 10 minutes, I felt we had done enough and slid off. Throughout the entire session, I had his full attention with a positive, curious attitude. I got a very clear impression that he wants a bigger challenge next time, and will try whatever I suggest. I'm quite excited to see where the journey leads next, and plan to use the EFT more to address any additional issues that arise.

So, the journey continues...

Until next time, be well and happy!

Carrie & Lucky

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

What is in my first aid kit

Here are the contents of my first aid kit, for all my animals and the family also:
Dynamite Relax - oral spray for trauma
Dynamite Release - topical spray for pain, energy blocks
Yunan Pao powder - to control bleeding
Dynamite Liquid Trace Minerals - for bleeding orally and topically, and for some infections
Dynamite Solace - colloidal silver for infection and illness
Dynamite Miracle Clay - topical poultice and orally for toxin ingestion
Dynamite DynaPro - prebioticactivated charcoal - for toxin ingestionhoof trimmers
Dynamite Tea Tree Oil - topical for fungus, infections
sterile saline
various size syringes - for oral drenching as well as injections (I keep an extra large tipped one for giving clay orally)
Dynamite Wound Salve
Dynamite Wound Wash
Waiora Natural Cellular Defense - pH balancer, toxin remover
Waiora Agarigold - immune system balancer
homeopathic Arnica
topical Arnica
aloe vera gel
Dynamite Herbal Green - alkalizing and increases Vit K if an animal ingests a blood thinner

I also suggesting getting a basic homeopathic first aid kit, and Rescue Remedy.

There are other brands for some of these items besides Dynamite. However, as I really trust their product quality, I stick with their products where I can.


PS - Some conditions are true emergencies. None of the above suggestions should be substituted for proper medical care in an emergency. When in doubt, consult your vet or doctor.

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.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Why I feed Dynamite Pelleted Grain Ration to my horses, goats and chickens...

Pelleted Grain Ration (PGR) is the cleanest feed you are going to find out there. Although there are not enough certified organic sources of grain around to use that exclusively, Dynamite does check the grains for pesticides and herbicides, nitrates, and other toxins. Just having a clean, chemical-free feed does amazing things for animals, because they are so susceptible to chemical toxins. Feed store employees may be spraying toxic pesticides on and around bags of feed to get rid of insects, and don't think it doesn't go right through the woven plastic bags! Even bleaches such as methyl mercury, and fumigants used in the storage bins and mills can have tremendous adverse effects on animals. Dynamite® uses only diatomaceous earth for pest control in their mills, and no chemical-fortified feeds or those with urea are produced on site, in order to avoid potential cross contamination. The whole milling process goes thru a visual inspection by 6 to 7 people; dust and broken grains are removed by a special vacuum process before pelleting begins, so you are assured of full value for your dollar. Dynamite's commitment to buy direct from local growers and to avoid GMO grains means unparalleled quality.

Regarding quality control and freshness, 90% of Dynamite ingredients are less than 30 days old, and many are less than 2 weeks old. This is a level of freshness unheard of in the feed industry. In over 30 years Dynamite has never had a positive aflotoxin test.

The last point to consider, is that the mix is always the same. The majority of manufacturers use "least cost" formulations: that is, they will use more of whatever grain is cheaper on the commodities market that week. You have Jim Zamzow's (Dynamite's founder) pledge: Dynamite will never use "least cost" The PGR formulas are the same always. Dynamite has total control over the PGR, start to finish, in their own mills (the only chemical free mill in the country, by the way!).

Dynamite will also never apologize for the cost of quality - an increasingly educated and sophisticated marketplace will gladly pay for optimum results! You always have the option to become Dynamite® Distributors, purchase at wholesale and earn money sharing the feed while providing their friends and their area with the best holistic grain ration in the world!

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.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

About environmental toxins...

Having worked as an environmental regulator for 14 years, this is a topic dear to my heart. Even 20 years ago, this was not a major concern. Today, things are different.

You can go to to see a 9 minute video on the issue. Or just google on toxins or heavy metals.

Our animals are exposed to lead in the air from exhaust, pesticides and herbicides that blow in from neighboring farms, aluminum in galvanized stock tanks, ethoxyquin in black rubber buckets and feed tubs, mercury in the air and forage from energy production, and the list goes on. Any feed or hay produced these days, even organically, will have a toxin load from airborn fallout and rainwater.These toxins build up in the body over time, and are not easy to spot. This non-acute or non-lethal exposure affects all the body systems and is passed to offspring through mother's milk, as well as actually affecting the DNA.Possible symptoms include: allergies, agression/behavioral disorders, anemia, bone & joint disorders, cancer, diabetes, infertility, skin problems,thyroid problems, infections and birth defects. This exposure is why all my animals and my family get regular liver cleanses and also heavy metal cleanses. The liver does not recognize and filter out all the heavy metals.

Historically, chelation therapy was considered the best way to remove the metals. However, it was mainly used on people, is very expensive, and can be risky. There is now another approach available. Zeolites are a naturally occuring crystalline mineral found in rock deposits and formed by volcanic activity. Zeolites attract and bind toxic particles such as heavy metals, radioactive particles and certain other toxins. Zeolites have also been shown to help balance blood sugar levels, balance the body's pH and support healthy immune function. Several forms of zeolite are commercially available. I use the Waiora Natural Cellular Defense, because they have the cleanest, and thus most cost-effective product.I also use clay and herbs to cleanse the liver and digestive tract of my animals several times a year. There are many good products out there. I have been very happy with Dynamite's Miracle Clay and also their Herbal Tonic.I especially make sure to do a cleanse before breeding season starts, as I want my kids conceived from the cleanest genetic stock possible.

Please contact me if you have more questions about toxins and my experiences with detoxification.
You can see the Dynamite Miracle Clay and Herbal Tonic at
You can see the Waiora Natural Cellular Defense zeolite at

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.