Sunday, November 20, 2016

There was grooming, and now there is gentle grooming - a brand new tool takes the horse world by storm!

If you have not heard yet, I discovered StripHair Gentle Groomers last spring and loved them so much, I brought them into Eastern Canada. I am the proud owner of three greys and I totally love my Striphair groomers! So does Pat Parelli, as you can see in this great demo he gave while teaching a masterclass in Markham, Ontario this summer.

Check out how easily it cleans up this grey pony, while providing a nice massage. The horses love it and you won't believe how slick, shiny and smooth the coat will be after only a few groomings. Works just as well on winter coats and wet, muddy horses. No blades, no harsh edges, and doubles up as a lovely massage tool.

I will have kits in stock ready to ship in time for Christmas. Check out our time limited promotion below! You can have them shipped anywhere in Canada, details and testimonials on my StripHair page:

What's not to love?

For a limited time only, all kits will be shipped gift wrapped with festive tissue paper inside a "Betty Red" organza bag and gift tag, a NO EXTRA CHARGE.  Only while quantities last!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

If you are clipping the horse's 'whiskers' or vibrissae, you are essentially depriving him of an essential sensory organ needed for his safety and ability to detect food and other things in his environment. Did you know that each vibrissae is associated to a distinct part of the horse's brain?

From Evidence Based Horsemanship:

Did you know that horse whiskers actually have a name and a distinct purpose? They're actually sensory organs called "vibrissae."
They act as feelers for the horse and help protect vital areas like eyes, ears and lips by detecting things which may be in the horse's blind spots or too close for visual focus. While it may look pretty to clip these whiskers, you're actually increasing the risk of trauma to the face by removing these important sensors.
Want to learn more about how they send messages to the brain? Martin Black and Dr. Peters talk all about it in Evidence-Based Horsemanship.

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Natural Horse Daily Supplement is now available in pelleted form!

Yes, it has been a while coming, but the custom made Natural Horse Supplement is now available as pellets or powder!

Pellets are easier to feed, especially if you are not soaking hay cubes; they can be fed by hand if necessary. Both formulas contain the essential daily Selenium dose your horses need to maintain their health if they are on a forage based diet.  Eastern soils are devoid of this key mineral, and you might have seen reports of horses and ponies dying as a result of lacking Selenium.

The supplement is also loaded with other key trace minerals needed to optimize your horse's health.  I have also added salt, to promote hydration, and flax for the Omega-3.  Other than specialized supplements your horse may need for joint support, this is a complete formula for horses on a hay diet.  Only top quality ingredients are used, I keep a close eye on it!

The supplement is SAFE for horses with metabolic syndromes, Cushings or insulin resistant.

I could not find a suitable formula on the market, so I did a ton of research and finally created my own.  This is what I feed my horses daily, in addition to hay and water, and they are thriving!

Check out the order page for pricing, ingredients and quantities.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

I found this great post on the Good Horsemanship Facebook page, which explains in simple terms how the horse's digestive system works and offers a great visual of how much stomach acid horses produce in a day! As you can see, it is important to ensure that horses have free choice access to forage (hay) throughout the day and night. For easy keepers, slow feeder nets are a great solution to slow down the eating and still ensure they always have something to digest.  I actually find them useful for all my horses, easy keeper or not, as they help reduce waste and keeps them busy.  I just use larger 2 inch hole nets for horses that don't need to lose weight.
Hay consumption should be measured by weight, not volume or amounts of flakes, as the size and density of bales can vary greatly, even within a single crop.  Hay consumption will increase in colder temperatures (every 5 degrees under -5C), since the digestive process also acts a 'fuel' for the horse's metabolism, helping maintain internal temperature.  Basically, horses should never run out of hay or pasture, and will actually self-regulate their intake if it is always avalable (unless they have a metabolic condition which suppresses the insulin response mechanism).  Last but not least, giving horses free choice access to forage makes for much happier horses and significantly reduces anxiety and stress at feeding time.  We should all learn how to feed horses like horses!

How's this for a visual you won't soon forgot? This is how much stomach acid a horse's body produces each day. Two standard buckets full.Why does this matter to you? Your chosen feeding practices can have a direct impact on whether this naturally occurring stomach acid is useful, healthy, and beneficial to the horse's well-being, or not.Here's how: Horses only produce saliva when they chew, and the more the horse chews, the more saliva is produced. In fact, if you allow your horse access to forage ad-lib (how he has evolved to eat), the horse will produce two buckets of acid-buffering saliva every day.On the other hand, horses who are fed set feedings (with fasting in between) have greatly limited chew time, and therefore don't produce this volume of saliva. The horse's stomach is relatively small, and only lined with a protective coating on the lower 2/3's. Excess and 'unemployed' acid can splash up onto the unprotected top 1/3, resulting in pain, ulcers, and psychological distress for the horse - all possible causes for aggression at feeding time.Regardless of the amount of chew time a horse has each day, his body still produces these two buckets of stomach acid - 1.5 liters every hour, 24 hours a day. Given that we are the ones with the thumbs, and we control turn out, feeding schedules etc. it is solely up to us to ensure the horse has the option to chew as nature intended.What can you do to increase your horse's chew time, balancing out these buckets so-to-speak?And watch how you carry those!
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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Season's Greetings and a Happy New Year! Voeux pour le Temps des Fêtes!

Wishing all of you a fabulous Holiday season with friends and loved ones, and all the best for the New Year. May it bring you joy, heath and success, however you may define it.  Thank you to everyone who has been part of my journey this year, it was an honor to walk with you!  See you in 2016!

Keep it natural!  Naturally yours,

Geneviève Benoit

Je vous souhaite un merveilleux Temps des Fêtes remplie de belles rencontres et de joyeux moments en bonne compagnie.  Que 2016 vous apporte joie, santé et prospérité, ainsi que la réalisation de vos rêves les plus fous!  Merci à tous ceux qui ont fait partie de mon année, ce fut un plaisir de cheminer avec vous!

Que le cheval soit avec vous!  Naturellement vôtre,

Geneviève Benoit

Monday, November 9, 2015

Managing hay by using slow feeding nets

I have already posted about the benefits of using slow feeding nets to manage hay consumption with horses that are overweight, confined to a stall or that may just need to have something to forage on all day and all night if hay distribution is limited throughout the day.

For my previous post and a great article on the documented benefits of using slow feeders, click here.

Lately I have been experimenting with ground level hay nets, ones that can contain a whole square bale and be left on the ground to allow horses to eat in a more natural position, that is, with their heads down.  Having moved to a new location, the owners and I were concerned about managing hay consumption throughout the day and ensuring that the horses would not run out if we were not able to feed several times a day.  We both wanted to avoid having to rake and dispose of a lot of wasted hay that the horses would no longer eat once it had been trampled or soiled.  The other concern was preservation of the pasture.  It is not uncommon to see whole sections of pasture footing destroyed by feeding daily in the same spots or area, unless you have enough space to move the horses and allow sections of the fields to rest and recover over time.  On small properties, this is not an option.

This great hay net has a large opening and large enough holes (1,5 inches), which is important since our horses really do not need to be slimmed down at this point.  This size or even a 2 inch opening allows them to eat quite easily but prevents most of the wastage that we currently see when hay is just thrown on the ground or placed in a bin.  We have all seen how horses will simply pull the hay out of the bin or trough and spread it around to eat!

This net opens wide and is easy to roll over a bale.  Once it is filled, the draw string quickly closes the opening and with an ingenious little fastener, will stay closed without having to tie a knot.  Since it is not looped, the tail end can be left to drag on the ground or tucked back into the net.  So far the horses have adapted very well to it and I find it very convenient.  It can also be moved daily so that we are not always feeding in the same place.

Slow feeding nets or bags provide your horse with the best feeding method while minimizing wastage.  Horses and other equines are grazes who need to eat constantly day and night for optimal health and digestion.  Their bodies are not made to be starved for several hours a day, and their small stomachs are not made to handle large quantities of feed all at once.  The use of a slow feeder ensures that the horses have free choice access to forage throughout the day and mimic the grazing pattern.  Veterinarians, equine nutritionists and scientific studies recommend this type of feeding system.

Warning:  Hay nets should not be used on the ground if your horses are shod.  They are however very safe for barefoot horses.  If your horses wear shoes, the nets should be hung to prevent catching the net on a shoe.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Performing an assessment to identify the source of pain or discomfort in our animals

One the first things we learn in our Photonic Heath training is to perform an assessment to trouble shoot the location of the animal's pain or problem.  

If you are a Photonic Health user, the first thing you should consider before red lighting your pet, is doing an assessment, a step that is often overlooked.

An assessment is a vital part of the success of the Photonic Light session. 
Why is this so important? When our loved ones , both furry and not so furry don’t look or feel well, instinctive nature kicks in. We do what we know to fix them-to help them feel better. We do this in a variety of ways. Usually our first hurdle is to determine what the core problem is, then we troubleshoot from there. Our not so furry loved ones can verbalize what hurts or what is bothering them, which provides us valuable information that allows us to nurse them back to health. Where as our furry loved ones only have a limited ability to communicate with us. When a horse bucks, pins it’s ears back, kicks out when the farrier is trimming him, or flinches when we brush him, (this applies to dogs, cats, cows, goats, ect.) we sometimes discard this as the them being crabby, sassy, mean, or disrespectful. But is that really the truth? If you have a pet that does any of these, it is important to delve further into the root cause of the behavior-what is he trying to tell us that he cannot verbalize. This is where your assessment will come into play. It will allow you to identify areas of concern you may have not known existed otherwise. Listed below is the video link giving basic instruction on how to preform an assessment on both the horse and dog. These will apply to all four legged creatures. Here are a couple of videos from Photonic Health explaining how to assess your pets prior to red lighting. 


For more information, click on Photonic Health 

You enjoyed this post?  Let us know by posting a comment below and feel free to share with your friends!  Geneviève Benoit offers seminars and workshops on natural horse management, as well as on using Photonic Therapy and Essential Oils.  Contact us for more info and to set one up.