Sunday, December 12, 2010

My feelings about TTEAM & natural horsemanship

I recently had a student ask me about the differences between TTEAM and natural horsemanship. As I mulled over her questions later than night, I got to thinking about why I had chosen TTEAM, and why I returned to TTEAM after exploring some popular natural horsemanship methods. This is my personal view on the approaches, and my view continues to evolve.

Natural horsemanship techniques typically rely on a combination of desensitizing, habituation, dominance and repetition.

Taking each of these components, lets take a closer look. Desensitizing equals removing sensitivity. Horses see, hear, smell, feel and sense much more than most people. Desensitizing is considered desirable in natural horsemanship because the process produces a calmer, less reactive horse. Personally, I value my horse’s superior senses and depend on my horse to notice things I wouldn’t. I also recognize that there will always be new and potentially scary situations in life, no matter how many objects and situations I would desensitize my horse to. So the question is whether teaching a horse not to react is better than teaching a horse to think through new situations. Another question is whether or not you prefer to depend on your horse’s senses to supplement your own.

Habituation. Habituation is the same as desensitizing.

Dominance is another common theme in natural horsemanship. Become the herd leader. Move your horse’s feet. Drive your horse. Send your horse on a circle in the round pen until he surrenders and joins up. If your horse refuses a request, turn up the pressure. Here I would ask, if you are building a relationship with someone, do you choose to have one person dominate the relationship, to lead without question? How would you feel in a relationship where your partner made all your decisions? How would it feel to not be allowed to say “no”? Can there be true partnership if one partner is not allowed to say “no”? How willing and eager can a horse be, without freedom to choose?

Repetition. I frequently see horses being drilled. Folks drill for 3 reasons that I can see – to reinforce a point, to perfect an exercise or to punish. Once an activity is learned, is there truly a benefit to repeating the lesson?

Another observation I have made about several natural horsemanship techniques is the gap between what is said and what is done. Using gentle words does not translate to gentle actions. I suggest paying attention to what is actually being done, and how the horse is reacting. For example: a carrot stick, a wand, a whip, a crop are all names for similar tools. If the tool is used to tap annoyingly until the horse moves away, or used to cause discomfort or pain, does a warm fuzzy name change the outcome? Pay attention to the obvious – your horse will tell you his/her feelings about the techniques and tools.

I am not suggesting that we anthropomorphize horses. Horses are horses – people are people. I am however suggesting that horses are capable of thought and feeling, and that partnership is only possible when the thoughts, feelings and boundaries of both parties are honored.

Allowing for our differences also means learning each other’s language. Would you deal with someone who spoke a different language than yours by shouting? By forcing? By repeating over and over? By creating discomfort and waiting for the person to fumble around until by accident they got the answer and relieved the discomfort? Or would you take the time to explain your request in a variety of ways until understood?

Brainwaves can be a good indicator of how a horse is responding to a given technique or interaction. Informal studies over the years using Electroencephalograms (EEGs) have shown beta, alpha, theta and delta brainwaves occurring together in both hemispheres during TTouch. TTEAM Ground obstacles produced beta brainwaves, indicative of analytical thinking. EEGs during petting, stroking, brushing and rest did not produce the mix of all 4 types of brainwaves in both hemispheres. These results suggest that the non-habitual movements and touches of TTEAM produce thinking horses and true learning.

With my horses, natural horsemanship techniques produced obedience, and horses that were subtly unhappy with the work and not as interested in spending time with me when given a choice. TTEAM produced calm, curious, trusting interested partners. So when someone asks me how TTEAM is different from other popular techniques, my answer is that for me TTEAM is about respectful willing partnership, conscious thought, and the right to say “no”.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Time With The Herd

I trimmed all 4 horses tonight. I generally trim every week or two, and I've started trimming them loose in the pasture. I find that they are all more cooperative when I allow them freedom to stand without a halter. Another change I made is I return a hoof whenever they pull it away, rather than holding on and insisting I be allowed to finish. I find the more I am willing to let go and offer freedom, the more they trust me to hold their hooves. Trimming has become very fast and easy approached this way. I can get all 4 done in about 45 minutes. I'm finding their hooves are much healthier on this frequent trim schedule.
Foster provided a learning experience tonight. He stood for his front feet, and walked away when I started his hinds. I found that he was mistrustful and thought the process would hurt. I did put him in a halter and lead, although I still allowed him to circle and step away when he chose. I figured out that I could rest his hind toe on my steel-toed boot and trim from the bottom while he stood comfortably. While I worked, Lucky stood behind Foster with his nose by my hands, watching me work and inspecting the results. By the end of the session, Foster was relaxed again. I'll be curious to see whether I can trim him loose next session.

I found this link on Facebook today. This is an excellent step-by-step description of a barefoot trim.

I also spent time with Lucky tonight. I brought his halter, lead and wand out in the field, without an agenda for our session. He started to walk away from me, so I put down the lead and wand. I approached, greeted him, and retreated. In a minute, I approached and greeted again. As soon as he showed reluctance, I backed out of his space. The third time I showed him the halter after greeting him, let him sniff it, then backed away before he could leave. When I lifted the halter to approach a 4th time, he came to me first and allowed me to put the halter on.
I chose to reward his willingness to stay with me by focusing on fun and pleasant bodywork. I spent several minutes just doing TTEAM TTouches, mainly connected clouded leopard, all over his body in a slow steady rhythm. I finished just standing in a grounding position, one hand on his chest and one on his back behind his withers.
Of course, while I was doing all of this, Foster was watching, nibbling, sniffing and just generally being a jealous pest. Foster loves attention and petting, and follows anyone with a brush or who even looks willing to give some scratches. Lucky took a break to chase Foster down the field before returning to me to resume our time together.
We watched the sun set together.
What a great way to wrap up a chilly evening outside.

Happy Holidays!

2010 has been a great year.

We had a succesful kidding season with several first-time moms producing lovely kids. Doelings and whethers went to several farms in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Our holiday contest winner from December 2009 took home 2 lovely whethers - congratulations Dianne!

7 Fainting Acres Gandalf joined our buck herd from down south.

We experimented with hay feeders and hay racks and came up with some goat-safe economical designs.

All our goats came through the year in good health, with no major illnesses & no vet bills.

The blog and eNewsletter were born and continue to grow. The website evolved & we added shopping options and more details on the breeding stock.

We watched & learned at a sanctioned show in Reading, Pennsylvania.  We plan to show there in 2011.

Our goats discovered that horses enjoy making them faint. Many thanks to my hubby's horse Foster for pulling this prank safely!

Our Facebook following grew to more than 300!  I appreciate all of you who helped make that happen!

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With cold weather upon us...
I found plans online to build solar stock tank heaters from simple materials you can get at any hardware store.
These plans are for a full-size stock tank. The plans should be adaptable to smaller goat stock tanks or even water buckets. I plan to build some in 2011 and will post the results.

Thank you for being part of our farm! Have a fantastic holiday and Happy New Year!

Carrie & the goat herd

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Beyond The Spook - Returning to Calmness & Courage (updated Nov 2015)

Previously,  I discussed a variety of techniques to prevent anxiety and spooks in horses (and their riders).

This post covers what to do during and after a spook. My inspiration for this article was a recent twilight ride on my normally brave and calm gelding Poco. Headed down the road, we were suddenly confronted by a loose steer from a neighbors farm. The steer stared us down, then actually ran into the road. After I got us both safely home, I sat down to mull over the incident, what I could have done differently or better, and how to help him deal with future steer encounters. As I worked through the situation, I realized there are a set of principles that I have developed over the years that guide my reactions in spook situations.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Surviving Rhododendron poisoning

Last year the goats escaped and got into the rhododendrons. While the entire herd munched leaves and buds, only 2 got sick. They were vomiting green frothy foam and could not keep down any sort of food, or water. Both goats survived the experience, and were normal within 48 hours. I handled the poisoning by syringing a mixture of montmorillonite clay, activated charcoal, prebiotic and zeolite. I gave only a couple CCs at a time, every 15-30 minutes, then less often as the symptoms improved. I also gave homeopathic Nux Vomica.
As we still have rhododendrons on the property, I keep all these items on hand in my first aid kit just in case. You can find homeopathic remedies at your local health food store or online at Washington Homeopathics.
Here are a couple reference links I found useful. There are several remedies mentioned in the case study. The names are abbreviated. These would be useful to keep on hand in an emergency kit.

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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, October 26, 2010

Goats & Copper supplementation

I frequently get questions about copper and goats.  This is a topic of much debate and discussion, and there has been less research than on the copper needs of sheep, cattle and horses.  In Europe, copper needs for dairy goats have been established.

Here are some key points I have found out about copper.  I am not listing all the various citations after each point.  You can google the topics and find citations to back up any of these statements, unless otherwise indicated:
  • The form of copper is critical.  Copper oxides are very hard to absorb and use.  Copper sulfates are more absorbable.  Copper proteinate is even more absorbable.  Copper amino acid chelate is the most absorbable.  Amino acid chelated copper also catalyzes the uptake of the more unabsorbable forms.
  • Other minerals can inhibit or enable copper uptake.  What you feed the copper with is just as important as the copper itself, and this includes your water, pasture, hay and grain.
  • Iron is a copper inhibitor.  If you live in an area of high iron soil, you are more likely to need additional copper.
  • Goats need more copper than sheep.  Feeding a supplement designed for sheep will lead to copper deficiency and health issues.
  • Goats likely need as much copper as cattle, possibly more.
  • Copper has the potential to accumulate in the liver, and if the animal is stressed, release suddenly causing a severe health crisis.
Some thoughts on the research establishing copper requirements in goats:
  • The research should consider the form the copper is in, as some forms are more likely to accumulate rather than flush from the body.
  • Mineral interactions are so complex, can one mineral truly be isolated in a study?
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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.
Here are several links I found:

So, all of this being said, what I have chosen to do at Oak Hill for our goats is based on all of the information above, plus anecdotal information from various goat keepers, combined with muscle testing to tailor the nutrition to my herd and environment.  At Oak Hill, I have 2 basic feed programs - one for animals that are breeding, pregnant or lactating and one for the resting season and whethers.
Here is an older blog post on the subject.  Please see my annual calendar for details.

I use my favorite product line because the minerals are amino acid chelated, and because the company is a family owned and operated business with great ethics and a moneyback guarantee on their products.  I use their horse products for my goats, in smaller amounts, as well as their livestock products.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA or AVMA, and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult your veterinarian about any changes to your goat’s health program.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Love is in the air...or is that eau de rutting buck?

Winky & Tonka
The bucks are in full rut, and fall breeding season is underway. Oak Hill Tonka, being the youngest buck, has never experienced breeding season before. Periwinkle, on the other hand, has been around the block a few times. So Winky and Tonka are spending the next few months bunking together, while Winky hopefully shows Tonka the ropes.

Tonka was quite enthusiastic and persistent when it came to his cousins a few months back.  Now faced with a full-grown doe, he has suddenly become shy.  When I first put them together, Winky was in full heat.  She stood at the fence, ignored Tonka, and called plaintively across 2 pens to our lead buck Dreamer.  They are sharing hay now so she has at least decided Tonka is good company.  I'll give them a few heat cycles, and if Tonka is still reluctant Winky will get either Dreamer or Gandalf.

Meanwhile, Carlotta has been bred to Cocoa Puff, as that cross has produced really spectacular peacocks (Harley and Tonka) with good size and conformation.  If she conceived, the kids will be here in March.

Astro (left rear), Harley (right rear) & Chickadee
Chickadee and Harley are both in with Astro.  If the peacock coloring breeds true, they should both have marbled-blue-eyed peacock polled kids.  I'm crossing my fingers and visualizing like crazy.

Astro smelling his women

Mimosa will be bred to Cocoa Puff in the next few weeks, Chryssy to Gandalf, and Truffle to Dreamer.

Until next post, may you always be upwind of the bucks.

Carrie & the Oak Hill gang

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fall musings

(me & my brother riding Thistle)

As Halloween and the first killing frost suddenly seem just around the corner, I get to thinking about the past year. That includes the blog. I looked back over the old posts, and realized I've shared a lot about techniques, and science, training and facilities and nutrition, and not so much about life here at Oak Hill and my own personal journey with my animals. It occurs to me that perhaps people read newsletters to learn facts, and read blogs to learn about the person behind the newsletters & facts.

So this is me. (with Pandy, our first dog)

I feel like I was born loving animals and the outdoors. All my earliest drawings were horses or other animals. I thought I'd be a jockey, then a vet, then I got interested in wildlife science and planned to go into endangered carnivore restoration. I spent some time working with wolves in North Carolina, finished college, spent some time working on shad (an endangered migratory fish) restoration and finally ended up working for a government environmental agency. I was out in the woods a lot. As a kid, I lived near a nature reserve and used to head out alone, for hours at a time. I knew all the dirt roads and deer trails, built little camps and hides, explored the old ruins and ponds. In elementary school, my girlfriends and I used to sneak off the playground to play on the trails in the woods behind the school. The trees in my yard each held seats or treehouses, sometimes both. I spent summers camping in New Hampshire and at the family farm in eastern shore Maryland.

(top to bottom: New Hampshire, the pet snake, Whitey & Thumper)

So I've come to realize that the seeds of my present life were planted a long time ago. Which brings me to the present, a sunny fall day in my dream house on a few acres of hilly Pennsylvania land.

This past year has brought many changes to Oak Hill. We lost PonyPony in April, Fearless (our border collie) at the end of the summer. They both died at home, peacefully, after very long lives. The fainting goat herd has grown, and so has the chicken flock. I'm happy to be able to share eggs with my parents and my hay grower. We're making progress on self-sufficiency. I have plans to milk a few of our does this coming spring. Our garden grew larger this year, and I'm grateful for the abundance of fresh veggies we've had all summer. And the zuchinni that continues to produce, and produce, and produce...

I've got plans, and some of the materials, to add cold frames sometime next year for fall 2011 crops.

We're putting in a woodstove this fall, and hope to do most of our heating with passive solar and the stove this winter. With 20 years of deadfall around the place, we should have plenty of wood this winter to warm our compact home.

The pastures and runways continue to evolve. I may have one more round of soil tests to post this fall, then I'll be taking a break from that project until the cold kills off the underbrush the goats can't reach. You can read about the pastures/runways at
I found plans in a magazine for passive solar stock tank heaters. I believe I can adapt them for smaller buckets, and will eventually build some for all the livestock. Watch for posts when I do.
Until next Friday, be well & happy!

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.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tips For Endurance & Competitive Trail Horses

As many of my clients have endurance or competetive trail horses, I have gathered together all the tips I have found over the years into one program.

For the off season/winter:
My favorite pelleted grain ration or organic corn/oats/barley to maintain the desired energy level.
Cold extruded soybean pellets and/or black oil sunflower seeds and/or Standlee hay pellets to maintain weight.
Free choice grass hay and pasture.
My favorite chelated mineral and vitamin supplements, either the regular, the plus, or the deluxe combination product - each horse is different, so either muscle test for the best option or contact me for suggestions.
Free choice calcium phosphorus, in both 1:1 and 2:1 ratios.
Free choice naturally chelated trace minerals with fulvic acid
Free choice loose unbleached plain salt (this one or Redmond)
For joint support:
This brand name combination product
A mix of yucca and MSM and vitamin C with added bioflavenoids (equal amounts by weight).
Prebiotic with every meal
Clay/diatomaceous earth/digestive aid mix  (1 tsp) in the evening meal

During Training:
Same as the off season, with some adjustments.
The amounts of topdressed multivitamin/mineral  will be adjusted as the work load increases and as green grass becomes available in the spring. Muscle test, or ask me for suggestions.
The grain and fatty feeds will need to be increased to maintain energy and weight.
I offer electrolytes mixed with water in addition to plain water on hot days and after training.
Topically, I use clay for a poultice on the legs, or wherever I find heat on the body.
Increase the vitamin C with bioflaveoids
I also spray on a flower essence blend on hot spots.
I use homeopathic arnica for any bruises/sprains/strains

Prior to a race:
Same program as the training program, except for the following changes.
Stop the yucca a week prior and during the race.
Stop the brand name joint product mentioned above a week prior and during the race.
3 days before the race start this (skip this for competitive trail).

During the race:
Offer cold extruded soybean pellets (see link above) as a snack along the trail and in camp
Lifewave Energy Patches are a non-transdermal patch you apply to acupuncture points to increase stamina. Contact me for placement suggestions.
Spray a flower essence blend around the coronet bands.

In general, each horse is different and muscle testing or working with a health practitioner can help you adjust the program to suit your horse.
I suggest monitoring your horse's selenium levels. Horses in hard work and/or taking sulfur products (MSM) may need extra selenium.
Regular bodywork such as chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, accupressure and bio energy work may all helpful. I personally feel cranio-sacral and bio energy work are the most helpful, at least for my horses.
For mental and emotional health, learn Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or find a practitioner. This is a very very valuable tool.

Finally, you are part of the partnership. Pay attention to your own health. Take good quality supplements, use electrolytes and drink enough during competition, work on your own mental and emotional issues - stay fit and healthy for your equine partner.

Happy healthy 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.

Monday, July 26, 2010

A summer evening with the animals...

Spent some time with the goats & horses tonight. Just being.

I sat down in the goat pen for a visit. Guy decided I needed sloppy goat kisses in my ear, then burped at me. He does that almost every time - maybe some sort of goatie joke? Almost all the does came over for a scratch and to say hello. Princess, the shy doeling, even came over to sniff my fingers and Moonshadow followed her mom over to check me out. Perhaps it's time to coin the phrase "conscious goatmanship", as the TTEAM and conscious horsemanship work wonders with the goats as well.

I brought a brush and comb and headed out into the horse pasture. Left it up to Poco and Ben to decide the agenda.

They allowed me to do a few back exercises, comb out some mane tangles, scratch the itchy spots.

I was careful to honor their choices and allow them to move away from the activities as they chose. They both seemed to appreciate the attention, and jogged over for treats later, willing to leave the lush green grass to say hello.

I also spent some time with Lucky, and Foster over in the paddock paradise runway. I was tempted to have an agenda - very tempted. Years of lessons and training goals - versus just allowing the relationship to happen. I ended up just standing with the 2 of them and hunting horse flies. Lucky learned quickly to stand still when the flies landed and keep his tail quiet, so I could kill the fly. Something shifted further in our relationship, just standing and swatting flies. Feels like he is starting to appreciate me and see value in our friendship. He followed me willingly away from Foster and out of the field, so we mutually decided to go for a stroll on this lovely summer evening. We wandered down our country rode, stopping while Lucky ate the best patches of grass, watching the cows over the hill. I held the lead rope totally slack and he kept pace with me comfortably. On the way home, we stopped to chat with a neighbor until Lucky snorted a bug up his nose. Oops! A bit of dancing and then he insisted it was time to go home - NOW. Even then, he was just excited rather than pushy or nasty, and he responded to my gentle request to slow down and was willing to tow me up the hill holding onto his mane. (Did I mention we have a very, very steep hill...)

What a lovely way to enjoy a summer sunset, hanging out with the horses.
Until next time, wishing you peace and rosy sunsets!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Foster and DSLD

DSLD is short for Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis. My husband's horse Foster has DSLD. Foster is a 13 year old Clydesdale/Appendix Quarter Horse cross gelding. He came to us overweight with pasterns that were horizontal at rest. Initially, he also was unable to canter normally; instead he would bunny hop with both rear legs moving together.

Over the last 3 years Foster has made significant progress. His pasterns have come up and he is able to canter normally, even throwing in a buck now and then. Foster still has enlarged, calcified fetlocks, slower-than-normal hoof growth, and persistent flares in his rear hooves. Foster also still cribs, and has some challenges maintaining his weight.

Over the last couple years I have had various questions about what has made a difference for Foster. I decided to collect all the tidbits on DSLD that I could find and post them here, as well as post about Foster's lifestyle.

What Foster eats most days:

  • 4 cups of rolled barley

  • Timothy hay

  • pasture grass

  • Regular formula Dynamite vitamin/mineral supplement or Dynamite TNT

  • Dynamite 1-1 and 2-1 calcium-phosphorus mixes fed free choice

  • Dynamite Izmine mineral fed free choice

  • Dynamite NTM salt fed free choice

  • Dynamite Free & Easy joint supplement
  • Lifevantage Protandim (1 tablet daily)

Foster's diet changes periodically, including spring and fall cleanses. Go to our 6/8/09 post for more details.

Other folks I know with DSLD horses have felt their horses also did well eating:

Dynamite TNT (instead of Regular Dynamite)

Dynamite MSM

Devil's Claw

Dynamite Hiscorbadyne (Ester C plus bioflavenoids, which is included in Free & Easy)

Dynamite products can be purchased at
Protandim can be found at

DSLD horses appear to do better on low-sugar/low-carb diets. Most folks avoid grain and are careful about their pasture and hay. has good information about low-carb forages. Be aware that some grasses listed at safergrass could be genetically modified.

I am very careful about Foster's feet. Foster is barefoot, and has a mustang trim with rolled toes. I suggest finding a hoof care practitioner trained to do what are commonly called mustang or natural barefoot trims. I have a collection of barefoot trimming links on my website.

I found that keeping Foster turned out to move around is very important. He has a run-in shed rather than a stall, and and access to pasture and exercise trails/tracks.

Some folks use bute to relieve the pain of this condition. I have read that bute might inhibit collagen formation. As I also have read that bute could contribute to ulcer formation, I have chosen to avoid bute for pain relief for Foster.

There is an excellent website with a collection of DSLD information at

A google search revealed that many people have fed a Chinese herb called Jiaogulan to horses with DSLD. There are some published papers on using this herb - you can find the research at the angelfire website above. I found suggested feeding amounts listed on a blog entry.

"Older horses - 1/2 tsp twice a day

Younger horses - 3/4 tsp twice a day

Give twice daily, 20 minutes before feeding anything in the morning, preferably at least an hour between dosing in the afternoon/evening and when the horse last ate. Again, do not feed for 20 minutes after the second dose of the day.

Signs an effective dose has been reached include:

-pinker gum color

-brighter more alert attitude

-more energy

-improved comfort

If these signs are not seen within 3 days, increase the dose in 1/4 tsp increments"

(This is a quote from a blog entry. Please consult your vet about these dosages.) is a source of bulk Jiaogulan

A google search also revealed that some folks feed Arginine Alpha Ketoglutarate (AAKG), an amino acid Arginine. They fed 3-4 grams per 500 lbs bodyweight. Please consult your vet about this feed item.

I have not fed either AAKG or Jiaogulan to Foster. I am not a veterinarian. The information above is not intended to treat or diagnose. I am simply sharing the results of my web search for other folks' experiences with DSLD. I strongly suggest you consult with your health care practitioner before trying any of these ideas. Herbs and supplements can interact with each other and other drugs. Please - be careful and work with a knowledgeable professional.

I have read about vibrational remedies prepared by Carolyn Libby. I believe these are similar to homeopathy. Her website is Carolyn's own horse had DSLD. Foster has not yet tried her remedies.

Another person reported improvements in her DSLD horse after using an acuscope.

Until next post, may you be happy and healthy!

Foster & Carrie and the other critters at Oak Hill

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.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Dynamite HumiZyme arrived today!

Today my neighbor very kindly delivered my barrel of HumiZyme. I'll be taking soil samples this spring then applying the HumiZyme. I have quite a pasture To Do List this spring:
Clear and fence the rest of the runways
Soil tests for all 3 pastures
Research and purchase a tow-behind fertilizer sprayer
Get the 1960's John Deere running to tow the sprayer

The fainting goat kids have started arriving to fund the equipment upgrades and repairs. Love those goats!

The middle pasture that was fertilized last fall with Dynamite products and a bit of natural salt has significantly more grass growth this spring. Very interesting - I'm excited to see what the soil tests show. I've already had enough forage growing to cut the goat hay consumption in half this spring.

Spring has sprung!

Carrie and the critters at Oak Hill

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Spring at Oak Hill!

With the warmer weather, I've gone back to playing with Lucky using Carolyn Resnick's Waterhole Rituals and some TTEAM/TTouch . So far, Lucky and I have done sharing territory, saying hello, taking territory, leading from behind and have just started magnetic connection. I've also been mixing in TTouch to make my time with him really fun and relaxing. I also use bladder meridian sweeps and some of Dr. Golob's body exercises. Lucky seems very receptive and curious, mixed with the occasional mild challenge. He responds to the TTouch with lots and lots of yawning, licking and chewing. He is still protective of his ears, and reluctant about tail work. He was great about picking up his feet and letting me do leg circles.

Poco and Ben have lost a lot of muscle tone over the winter. I'm experimenting with a combination of Dr. Golob's techniques, TTEAM ground obstacles and short periods of longing on a hillside to bring them back, playing for just 10-15 minutes at a time daily. Both of them have switched over to a diet of mainly hay pellets, as they are unable to chew much hay at this point. I use well-soaked timothy, orchardgrass and timothy/alfalfa pellets from Standlee in Idaho. Of course, they get their Dynamite vitamins also.

Meanwhile, with the arrival of spring, I'm counting down the days until goat kidding starts. Carlotta (above) is due the first week of April, with our other does kidding every week or so through May. You can follow the goat antics on Twitter or Facebook. Just go to for links and updates.
Spring is also time to finish up the runways to create our own version of a paddock paradise. You can read more about paddock paradise principles at I'll be taking more soil samples and doing our spring pasture fertilizing as well. You can follow all the pasture changes at our sister blog,

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Happy New Year!

After some time off to finish projects before winter, and for the holidays, I'm back playing with the horses and goats.

Carolyn Resnick is offering a free winter course, which I've added to my play sessions. Watch for new posts about her Waterhole Rituals and the new exercises.
I'm also playing with the goats, teaching them some basic requests such as stand, back, no.

Looking forward to a new year and new lessons with the critters!

Be well, and warm,


Pastures resting until spring 2010

The ground is frozen solid and covered with snow. The pastures are resting and regenerating until spring.
Come spring, I will be:

Meanwhile, the new fence charger works wonderfully and easily deters the goats and horses, even through their thick winter fur.
Happy New Year! Stay warm!