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Leading a Colorful Life

Leading a Colorful Life

Leading a colorful life is the theme of our Horse Hippie Fall Happy Box but some may ask, "What does it even mean to lead or live a colorful life?"

To me it means to be brave, wide open to possibility, willing to experience life fully, and to be yourself without caring what others think.

This is hard. Really hard. In a world that starts conditioning us how “to be” from an early age, being bold, messy, emotional, and fully alive, goes against those restraints. When we are loud we are shushed. When we are brave or we are bold we are criticized as being "too much".

It’s a tough row to hoe.

This concept is very close to your relationship with your horse and your riding. Every rider wants to feel brave in the saddle, to ride wide open (whatever that might mean to you), to be able to experience your horse fully, and to be able to not care what others think about how you do it.

Horses are also conditioned on how to “be” in their relationships with people through the type of training we use. They fear failure only because we have taught them to avoid punishment. They do more for us because they want a reward. It’s very black and white for them. Action/Reaction. There is no awareness of form, looks, or comparison to others. We are the ones that care about results, looks and awards.

For the last 10 years, when I could ride, I have been riding green horses. Due to financial reasons it is all I could afford. Many of them were not my own, but I was determined to ride so I found a way.

Green horses are wonderful but they do not necessarily encourage confidence in an older rider. As I have aged and my riding ability has diminished some, my confidence to handle typical green horse behavior (spooking, tripping, not understanding) has started to diminish as well. I didn’t have a choice about what I could ride, so I kept riding, but with every green horse misstep my fear increased and my confidence decreased.

Fast forward to now. I am still riding other people’s horses but I have been blessed with riding a “made” horse. Unfortunately, all the years of riding these greenies has carried over so now I overthink ….everything.

I have been conditioned by my past experiences to lack confidence in myself or to have confidence in my current horse. Let me assure you, he is a machine. He’s a point-and-shoot kind of guy. It’s me that’s in my head, not Carter. He just reacts to the present moment, with what I give him.

This ends up being interesting as he KNOWS what he’s supposed to do and how to do it correctly. So when I ask wrong, or question his knowledge, he gets a bit irritated. If he could talk he’d say, “Just hang on, I’ve got this.”

I am so honored to ride such an incredible horse, and I so WANT to be able to ride in a “colorful” way, so I am taking it back to basics, for me. To find my confidence, for him.

And that’s Okay. As long as I’m trying. As long as I’m willing. I will conquer my fear. I will find my bold “colors” and wear them.

It can be scary to be brave enough to make mistakes. To put yourself out there. To admit you need to change. People are quick to judge you. To criticize your efforts and magnify your shortcomings. Do. It. Anyway.

Do it for YOU.

We don’t grow if we aren’t challenged. So challenge yourself to step outside your comfort zone and live your boldest, most colorful life.

If you would like to see what’s in the colorful Horse Hippie Fall Happy Box….

Peace and good rides,

Laura

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Meditation to Calm & Restore

Meditation to Calm & Restore

So, I did a thing...... I figured that during this crazy time we are living through, that many people might be dealing with some stress and anxiety. I am big on meditation, it grounds me, centers me, and helps me connect to the Source of all the good stuff. I decided to record a simple, 8 minute guided meditation for anyone that might need some de-stressing. To listen for yourself, CLICK HERE Hope you like it. Hope it helps some. Be well, stay safe, and Neighmaste'

~Laura The Horse Hippie

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Horse Hippie Has A Podcast!

Horse Hippie Has A Podcast!

Many of you have indicated that you would like to HEAR the Morning Mantras. So, I listened and now you can! Here is the link on iTunes. It's a great way to start your day -- listen on the way to work, while you are cleaning stalls, or any time you need a positive message.

Peace and good rides (and listening),

Laura

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Make 2020 a Year of Gratitude and Horses

Make 2020 a Year of Gratitude and Horses

As the year and the decade change, I pause to reflect on what has passed and what I hope for the future. I do this with a deep sense of gratitude. This is a learned behavior for me, as I used to operate more from a sense of anxiety and over-planning. I was convinced I could control things. I have made a conscientious effort to find my attitude of gratitude and being around horses has helped. It's not surprising to learn that our brain and heart energies operate on different wave lengths. When we come from a place of anxiety or lacking, our brain waves and heart waves work against each other. However, when we become intentional and focus on gratitude, our heart waves and brain waves actually begin to match up and mirror one another. Needless to say, this is good for both our mental and physical health. Believe me, I know it can be hard to feel grateful when you are struggling. I have also learned that, even in our darkest hours, there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for. But, you have to work at it. You have to look at the world half full. You have to focus on what is RIGHT in your world, not what is wrong. Keeping a gratitude journal can help. Just jot down 5 things each night that you are grateful for. It can actually re-wire your brain! Another way I find my attitude of gratitude is through animals, especially horses. How can horses help us find and operate from a place of gratitude?

1) Horses are very authentic. They don't have a false narrative. They are who they are. We tend to create false selves so people will like us, or we will fit in. We forget that we are all perfectly imperfect.

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When we accept (and love) ourselves for who we are, we stop comparing ourselves to others, we stop living from a place of less-than, or lack. When we set aside our false selves we can turn to the pure goodness that is at our core. We can see that we are enough; just. as. we. are.

When we are grateful for who we are, we see how important we are to each other, as humanity, a family, a company, a herd. The inferiority or other unhealthy feelings about our relationships disappear. This is how horses operate. The don't beat themselves up for being smaller, heavier or a different breed. They are what they are. They accept other horses the same way. Of course there are herd dynamics, but this is not based on looks, wealth, or other superficial judgments, it's based on need. Horses need a social hierarchy to survive (in the wild) and this keeps things within the herd calm and safe. Horse Hippie 2) Horses accept us as we are. They could care less about what we look like, what car we drive, or how much money we have. They connect to us on an energy level. If you are operating from a place of gratitude your energy will be attractive to them. If you are trying to connect from a place of lack, (which is a very low vibration), you will not find it easy to connect with them or others. Young woman with horse

I am grateful for this bit of self-awareness that horses offer to me. Where am I operating from? 3) Horses are very generous. They offer themselves to us to do what we may. I am constantly amazed by how much they will endure, and forgive. Horses can teach us a thing about that. They are of service, both physically and spiritually. One of the best ways to find gratitude is to be of service to others.

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4) Horses are present, in the now. They operate in the present moment. They don't have regrets about past mistakes, nor worries about the future. They don't get caught up in drama, or hold grudges. They encourage us to slow down, stop, and notice. Notice what good things are unfolding directly in front of us. That can draw us to being grateful. Every year I choose a word to live by. In 2017 my life had been very stressful with the death of my mother and lots of change, so in January of 2018 I chose "perseverance." It was my mantra. At the beginning of 2019 I chose "gratitude", as we had overcome the hurdles and I was so thankful. As I reflect back on 2019, I am certain that my attitude helped me stay in a place that attracted more goodness. More things to be grateful for. Who knows, maybe I'll use it again in 2020. Wishing you good vibes and good rides from a place of gratitude, Laura image1-2 (2)

Product Review: Equinety

Product Review: Equinety
In June I began riding an aged (20 year old) Hanoverian gelding. He is very cool, sweet and deserving. He began to show his age due to lack of regular exercise. His owner is a busy Mom that can only ride once or twice a week so his body condition started to reveal this. Gus had developed a fiber belly, lost his top line and had ribs and hip points showing. As a former equine nutritionist (do we ever stop being one?), I felt the need to see if we could improve on these things. Top line is developed through exercise conditioning and protein. Fiber bellies are evidence of not enough protein. The rest of his body condition could be attributed to unbalanced diet and exercise conditioning. After evaluating his current diet, I decided to add more fat to his diet, as well as more protein via a supplement. Since I write a popular blog, I get offers to do product reviews on a regular basis. So I wrote to Equinety. According to their website, the benefits of Equinety included:
  • Improve muscle support for strength and recovery
  • Stronger Collagen for healthier coat and bones
  • Maximize performance with cell regeneration
  • Calmer & More Focused
  • Less stressed & faster recovery

Since we were dealing with a protein issue, a lack of muscle tone, and would be increasing his exercise for conditioning, I liked the idea of adding an amino acid supplement to his diet. Equinety has a terrific Amino Acid profile: AA Profile Amino acids are the building block of muscle and bone. Think of them as the foundation of a house. Every other thing is built on them. If a horse is lacking in amino acids (or at least the essential three) it's difficult for the body to re-build after work. This is magnified in an older horse as their body is already in decline, PLUS they only absorb about 60% of the nutrients they consume. That's why most Senior feeds have 14% protein (some higher). To read more about amino acids check out my other blog The Equine Nutrition Nerd This is Gus on the day we added Equinety to his diet. You can see his lack of topline and muscle in his hind end. Also, his big belly and ribs. We added one scoop of Equinety to his diet daily. I also began to teach Gus long-and-low stretches under saddle, and began to do "carrot exercises" to help with his topline. I took pictures after two weeks and, as you can see below, we started to see some improvement in his topline. With the change in diet, (more fat and protein), his fiber belly was improving. After another two weeks (4 weeks in all) we assessed his condition. His attitude was terrific. His stamina had improved under saddle, his coat was amazing, and his muscle tone had improved. We kept Gus on the product for a total of 45 days. At the end of the trial I could definitely see an improvement in all the areas we had hoped to address. Of course, we had also changed his diet and exercise protocol, but I am certain that Equinety contributed to his ability to develop his topline and sustained exercise sessions. (He is wet in these pictures but you can see how much his topline has improved and he has filled out his belly. I will give this product two thumbs up. At about $1.00/day the cost is not prohibitive. And in the case of an older horse, injured horse, or one in a highly demanding discipline, the benefits far outweigh the minimal cost.

Here is the link to their website for more info and to order >> Equinety

Peace and good rides,

Laura

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Everything You Need to Know About CBD

Everything You Need to Know About CBD

The rise and craze of CBD oil has erupted like a giant volcano! For all of you that are interested in CBD but have not yet familiarized yourself with it, this blog post is for you. I know it can be very confusing! When I was researching which products and lines I wanted to bring into Horse Hippie, my head was spinning! Let's start with the basics....

What is CBD? and how is it different from marijuana?

First and foremost, hemp and marijuana are not the same thing. While often mistakenly used interchangeably, these terms are referring to two different plants entirely. Both hemp and marijuana are part of the Cannabis family, but they have different uses and ways of cultivation that are easily mixed up. CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. While CBD is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), by itself it does not cause a “high.” Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and causes the sensation of getting “high” that’s often associated with marijuana. However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. You can get CBD with THC but only in states where marijuana is legal. The CBD compound is one of more than 100 other compounds called phyto cannabinoids found within the hemp plant. More on that in a minute... Back to the basics. You might know that you have 12 systems in your body, well all mammals do, but anyway, they are:
  1. Nervous
  2. Renal
  3. Digestive
  4. Muscular/Skeletal
  5. Lymphatic/Immune
  6. Cardiovascular
  7. Reproductive
  8. Sensory
  9. Respiratory
  10. Endocrine
  11. Exocrine
  12. Endocannabinoid

Most people have heard of the first 11 but lately, everyone is talking about number 12.

What is the Endocannabinoid System? Discovered in the 1990’s by Israeli researcher Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a biological system that exists in all mammals as well as other types of animals. The main purpose of the ECS is to maintain homeostasis in the body, and as such it plays an important role in many of the body’s other systems including the nervous system, digestive system, immune system, endocrine, respiratory system and others. From the nervous system to the musculoskeletal system, we have more cannabinoid receptors that are multi-functional regulators in the human body than any other system. The body produces endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system.

What is the difference between cannabinoids and phytocannabinoids? Cannabinoids are a diverse class of chemical compounds that occur naturally in the body (endocannabinoids). In contrast, phytocannabinoids are the primary chemical compounds found in all cannabis plants. Research has shown that introducing external phytocannabinoids, like those naturally occurring in hemp plants, could be useful to support a variety of health issues.

What is the Hemp plant in CBD products and is it legal? Industrial hemp is classified as the non-psychoactive cannabis sativa plant and is grown legally in over 25 states under the Federal Farm Bill Section 7606. Industrial hemp plants must be inspected and certified as such by the state in which they are grown. Hemp-derived supplements are treated like any other supplement. Despite the laws regulating production, these supplements are legal to purchase and use in all 50 states, and no travel restrictions exist. Hemp-derived supplements are also safe for children and legal to give them. (As with any supplement, adult supervision is advised.) As for your horse, according to researchers at Kentucky Equine Research (KER) Hemp oil contains Omega-3 fatty acids, which are known for their health benefits. The nervous system of both mature and immature horses also benefits from Omega-3’s, as supplementation decreases stress, improves learning and cognition, and staves off the development of stereotypic behaviors, such as cribbing.” Unfortunately, the CBD products are listed as a banned substance for horses under USEF and FEI rules in recognized competitive events, so if you plan to compete in those, these are a no-no.

How do you use CBD products? You must first decide on the delivery method that is best for you. Extracts of CBD—either from marijuana or hemp are sold as an oil or in tinctures. For humans you can also get CBD via a transdermal patch, capsule, sublingual spray, gel, cream, or vapor. Some contain pure CBD extract ( tincture, capsule, edible or salve). Each has it's benefits but most people decide based on preference of how they want to take the products. Do you mind the taste? Do you prefer capsules? Are you just looking for topical relief? How much a person takes depends on their needs and a serving size depends on the delivery method. A therapeutic dose is generally speaking, 5 to 10 mg per dose. For tincture use, you use a bulb to take the tincture because it is in a liquid form. You depress the bulb of the dropper once (the dropper itself will fill about halfway) for a single serving. A single capsule or gummie also equals one serving. It's generally recommended that you begin with one serving in the morning and the evening. Try it for a few days and increase mindfully as appropriate. Salves are used on your skin and can be used on an as needed basis. In your pets (which include horses) the products are dosed by body weight. For dogs 1 mg CBD per 10 lbs of animal weight. (Example serving: a 30 lb. dog would need .75 ml serving). This can be applied to the food or in a treat. In horses it is usually (25 mg CBD) per 250 lbs of animal weight. (Example serving: a 1000 lb. horse would need 4 ml per serving.) The product comes with a dose syringe. There are also CBD horse treats out there as well. Depositphotos_1684615_original.jpg What is Full Spectrum and Why is it so Important? Agricultural hemp is an incredible plant that contains over 100 different phytonutrients and phytocannabinoids. And the best way to benefit from this amazing bounty of nature is to utilize as much of the plant as possible in a finished product. Only full-spectrum hemp oil can deliver the “entourage effect” which refers to the combined effect of the phytocannabinoids, and the other compounds like terpenes, and flavonoids, found in the hemp plant, working together in synergy in your body as a result. How Can I Be Sure I'm Getting What I'm Paying For? Over the last few years, the market for CBD hemp oil, hemp tinctures and other hemp products has growth at an incredible pace. This rapid growth means it’s easier than ever to find and order CBD products online, creating more options for consumers. However, it also means that there’s been a significant rise in the sale of CBD products that, for all intents and purposes, just aren’t worth the money. A 2017 JAMA paper reported that almost 70 percent of all CBD products sold online do not contain the amount of CBD stated on the label. If you’re searching for high quality CBD hemp products, it’s important to know what to look for. Below, are three key features that you should look out for when buying hemp oil, hemp tinctures and other products to make sure you only ever get the best quality and value for your money.

  1. One of the first things you should look for in hemp oil, tincture and other hemp products is the use of hemp grown with organic and sustainable farming practices. Not all hemp is equal. Some plants are better for fabrics or rope, and some is better for its abundance of phytonutrients and compounds which impact your wellness.
  2. Another thing to check for is the infusion process. To produce hemp oil tinctures, hemp plants need to be infused into MCT oil, allowing you to easily consume the phytonutrients as an end user. To save money, many inferior hemp oil manufacturers use a cheap, simple process that can affect the therapeutic value of the phytonutrients. The end result is oil or tincture that’s less effective than it should be, giving you suboptimal results.
  3. The last thing to be careful of is that the product contains the amount of phytonutrients that are listed on the label. Some companies fall very short here. Other products might contain the nutrients but lack the bioavailability necessary for your body to be able to put them to use, resulting in few, if any, positive effects.
How Do I Know It's Safe AND Effective? Hemp oil must be analyzed to certify that it’s pure, free from harmful toxins and able to provide the claimed benefits. As with many natural products, the properties of full-spectrum hemp oil can vary immensely from producer to producer. Before you buy hemp oil, learn what to look out for. Common hemp tests Hemp oil is usually tested by third-party labs – companies not related to the producer. After testing, the labs issue a Certificate of Analysis, or CoA. And while CoAs by different labs often look different, each usually includes:
  • Potency testing
  • Pesticide testing
  • Microbiological testing
  • Terpene profiling
  • Residual solvents testing
The first test – Potency testing – determines the levels of cannabinoids in the product. Hemp oil contains over 100 cannabinoids that have been identified in the plant. Each cannabinoid has a different effect on the endocannabinoid system in our bodies. And so, each one can have different beneficial aspects. It’s important to know the levels to determine the potency of the full-spectrum hemp oil. The next test is Pesticide testing. Even when grown organically, certain pesticides may be used on hemp plants. The same pesticides that help the hemp survive and flourish could make you extremely ill in high concentrations, That’s why it’s so important to test for them. The is Microbiological testing is done to make sure there is no mold or harmful bacteria on the hemp that was used to make the hemp oil. Any pathogens that are present on the plants can easily get inside the body and have a negative effect on your health. Terpene testing: Terpenes are what gives hemp oil the distinctive color and flavor unique to each strain of the plant. It is from the terpenes that we get flavors like mint, berry, citrus or pine. And they are also believed to have beneficial effects on health. The last test that will be done will look for any Residual solvents. Many producers use concentrations of solvents like hexane, ethanol, propane, carbon dioxide or acetone in the process which can lead to some very serious health issues. As you can tell, a lab test for a hemp oil product provides a lot of insight. What is the Shelf Life of CBD Products? Depending on your storage conditions, most CBD oil will last up to two years on the shelf. After that the taste might be affected. What benefits can I expect from using CBD? There are numerous reasons that people (and animals) are using CBD products including pain management, anxiety and depression, heart health, and sleep disturbances. Studies have shown that CBD may help reduce chronic pain by impacting endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters Improvement in anxiety and depression appear to be linked to CBD’s ability to act on the brain’s receptors for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and social behavior. Recent research has linked CBD with several benefits for the heart and circulatory system, including the ability to lower high blood pressure. This could be related to it's affect on anxiety and also inflammation. Are there any side effects? CBD products are safe for most people and there are very few, if any, potential side effects. The vast majority of people take them without ever experiencing any unpleasant effects at all, and the rare few who do will most likely experience only minor symptoms such as mild stomach upset or dry mouth. These can be relieved by taking with food and drinking plenty of water. CBD is known to interact with several medications, so before you start using CBD oil, discuss it with your doctor to ensure your safety and avoid potentially harmful interactions. According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.” Whew! That's a lot to digest! Thanks for sticking with me! With all that being said, which products did I decide to add to HorseHippieCBD.com? For humans I chose Essence of Well Being. They are well known for their long history of essential oils so are very good at the oil extraction process. I also love that they are in control of the product from farm to shelf, use third party testing, and offer a variety of ways to consume. I added their CBD tinctures, CBD creams, and the CBD gummies to my shop. IMG_3543

Essence of Well Being CBD begins with certified organic hemp. Expert extraction is done via advanced ethanol processes which guarantee native terpenes remain intact. Their extraction partner located in Denver, Colorado has developed an industry first extraction that maintains detectable levels of CBG. They finish the product with a choice of flavors in a stable MCT oil base.

I also added the Essence of Well Being CBD creams. Their cream base is naturally crafted in their Santa Fe facility. Decades of experience and organic chemistry expertise delivers a gentle, environmentally friendly cream base. This base is expertly homogenized into nano particles which are easily absorbed. Adding organically grown CBD into this nano blending process guarantee an even, effective dose at every use. IMG_3546 IMG_3547 So if you are interested in trying some SAFE &EFFECTIVE CBD products contact me and we can get you started. If you'd like to try some for your horse, I recommend Silver Lining Herbs products. Peace and good rides,

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Why Horse Hippie Loves Fair Trade

Why Horse Hippie Loves Fair Trade

 

It always surprises me when a customer asks, "Why don't you just sell US made goods and support America?" It used to rub me the wrong way, but now I see it as an opportunity to educate. To spread the word about Fair Trade and the way it can benefit ALL of us. As a hippie, I believe in love. Love for our planet, and love for each other. Period. There are no restrictions on this. I hope we ALL make it. As a white female born in America, I also am aware of how, this simple fact, has allowed me a life free from the struggles that so many others face. Others, through no fault of their own, are not as blessed.

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I have been lucky enough to travel to other countries. To witness mothers with babies on their backs selling their amazing beaded necklaces along a busy street. To watch the street vendor weave hats from palm leaves to sell to the tourists for pennies. Struggling to feed their families.
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Because of this, I feel compelled to help relieve that struggle as best I can, with what I have. And what I have, is the choice to purchase my goods ethically. When I started Horse Hippie I knew I wanted to represent women artists. To empower women, to help them rise and thrive. I also knew I wanted to work with Fair Trade companies, especially those that employ women, and utilize re-purposed materials.
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As consumers, we have a choice in deciding the kind of world we want to live in. Do we want to support companies that exploit their workers? Companies that care more about their profits than their people or our planet? Based on the simple idea that the products we buy and sell are connected to the livelihoods of others, fair trade is a way to make a conscious choice for a better world. For everyone. Shopping Fair Trade means taking a stand for a system that treats everyone with respect. We don't have to worry about these things in the US. The US artists I represent don't worry about the conditions they work in, getting a fair price for their products, or what they do with their profits. These choices are in their hands. Not so much for artists in developing countries. That's where Fair Trade comes in. Assuring that the artisans in these countries have safe working conditions, that they are paid a living wage, and that they can choose what they do with their profits.

Fair Anita The women behind Fair Anita

In the process of sourcing the Fair Trade products for Horse Hippie, I have met many of the owners of these Fair Trade companies. Many are women that traveled while in school and saw the conditions in these countries, saw the quality of the products, and decided to do something to help.

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Many of these companies are small, and work closely with the artisans; designing and creating, and offering micro loans, so that the artists can be in control. It's a win/win situation. We get beautiful products and the comfort of knowing they were not made on the backs of children, or women in sweat shops. The artists get freedom from poverty, the choice to grow their communities, and empowerment. Here are a few of the companies I work with. I encourage you to go to their websites and see the faces behind them. Watch the video (sorry about the ads) and hear the story from the young woman behind Fair Anita and why she travels the globe. Read the story behind Wakami that changed lives in rural Guatemala. See the artisans making the goods, and how the purchase of a bag from Rice Love can feed a family. The Fair Trade movement is growing and it warms my heart. I hope you will be touched by their stories and support Fair Trade. Peace and good rides,

Laura

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Solutions for Your Bitchy Mare

Solutions for Your Bitchy Mare

Three years ago I was a presenter at the Horse Expo in Pomona, California. I had a Horse Hippie booth and gave presentations on Eco-Friendly Horse Care, DIY Ideas for the Horse Owner, and Alternative Methods for Equine Ulcers. I met many interesting horse people at this expo (it WAS California after all) but I really connected with one in particular. Shelly Black is a native Californian where she lives with her rescued fur family of: 3 horses, 1 donkey, 4 dogs, 4 cats, and 2 cockatiels. She has been in the equine industry and holistic health industry nearly all her life.

Shelly hung out at my booth all weekend. Picking my brain about natural horse care. We talked about what kind of harmful substances horses were being treated with for showing, racing, and breeding. We were both horrified by how common the use of Regumate and Medroxy was. We agreed it was time that horses had a safe alternative for balancing their reproductive cycles. Fast forward three years, and BOY! has Shelly been busy! I think her product is soooo needed AND effective that, after helping her with product testing, I asked her for an interview for my blog.

  • So, you have created an innovative new equine calming cream called Serene By Nature – what exactly is it?

Serene by Nature nutraceutical cream is the FIRST-EVER BIO-IDENTICAL endocrine-balancing support for equines. This unique metabolic formula was created to intrinsically support equines during their regular seasonal cycles, which may benefit their attitude, performance, focus, and trainability as well as allowing for successful breeding.

  • So why would my horse need Serene by Nature cream?
In today’s equine world, there are many man-made pollutants and stresses that can cause imbalances in the natural reproductive cycles and endocrine systems. Such imbalances can cause a ton of negative symptoms in behavior and overall health. Horses who suffer from anxiety, bad attitudes, spookiness, and lack of focus may benefit from Serene By Nature cream.
  • Was there a clinical trial for Serene by Nature?
Yes, in 2016 seven mares participated in the study, and six of those horses were under the guidance of Dr. Joyce Harman. Saliva testing kits for hormones were provided by Dr. Jean Dodds, testing each mare a total of 4 times over the course of the study. The study ran for 3 estrous cycles, and the Serene by Nature cream was applied once daily for 15 days out of each 21 day estrous cycle. The saliva samples were taken before the start of the Serene by Nature cream application and after the completion of each 15 day cycle. Daily logs were kept for each horse. The results were favorable. The saliva tests confirmed the balancing of hormones and the daily logs showed each mare not only responding in a positive manner, but improving with each subsequent cycle of Serene by Nature cream usage.
  • Why not just put my horse on Regumate or Medroxy?
Regumate and Medroxy are synthetic drugs that require a prescription and are not bio-identical, in other words: not naturally existing in horses. The long-term side effects for horses given these drugs are unknown. It is important to note that there ARE known dangerous side effects to humans who come in contact with Regumate, including possible miscarriage for pregnant women.
  • If my issue is just to calm my horse, how is Serene by Nature cream different from herbal feed supplements for calming?
Herbal feed supplements may be beneficial in calming horses and aiding moody mares, but they usually contain herbs that will not pass compliance tests with USEF or FEI. Serene by Nature does not contain any herbs, and is the safe and sensible choice for competing horses.
  • Why a topical cream for a horse?
Natural progesterone is not meant to go through the digestive tract and, in fact, would lose 90% efficacy before even being utilized by the body. Topical application provides a delivery system where the body can have complete absorption at the cellular level within minutes.
  • How safe is Serene by Nature cream?
The active ingredient is Mexican Wild Yams and has been used by women as a topical cream for over 30 years. No known negative side effects or drug interactions have been reported. The bio-identical molecular structure of the steroid hormones is the same in humans as it is in animals and plants and Serene by Nature cream.
  • Is Serene by Nature cream harmful to humans?
The active ingredient in our cream is bio-identical to the progesterone found in the human body. If the cream comes in contact with your skin, simply wash off with soap and water. Though the cream is not a danger to humans, it is at the concentrated level for a horse and, therefore, should not be used by humans.
  • Can Serene by Nature be used on geldings and stallions?
Yes. The application amount is approximately 1/4 teaspoon once a day, for 25 days out of each month. Serene by Nature cream may help to restore and maintain your horse’s natural balance.
  • How long until I see results?
Many horses may show attitude improvements within the first week. Most mares show an improved mood within the first 21-day cycle. Mares who are really out of balance may take as long as three cycles to see results. Balancing the body naturally means giving it the time it needs to heal itself.
  • Are there similar products available for the ladies who ride horses?

Yes. Similar products have been available for women for over 30 years. Get yours at: www.progestnet.com To order Serene by Nature click here >> ORDER For more information about Serene By Nature, check out this article in Holistic Horse Magazine Shelly operates SereneByNature, Ticks-Off and HealthyHorseHolisticHandbook. Currently Shelly is creating a fun (and ongoing) Youtube video story of the gentling and training of her adopted feral Oak Creek Wild Horse, Justin Morgan. Be sure to check Shelly out on Facebook and please share this with all your horse loving friends and family!

Peace and Good Rides, Laura 

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Horse Hippie Happie Box is Here!!

Horse Hippie Happie Box is Here!!

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I've been working tirelessly on 3 new projects for 2019; a subscription box, a skin care line with equestrians (or anyone that spends a lot of time outdoors) in mind. and a daily gratitude journal (coming in September) I'm so happy to announce our HORSE HIPPIE HAPPIE BOX is ready to order! The HAPPIE BOX is a carefully curated collection of my favorite handmade and Fair Trade products that are sure to make you happy! Each box is worth more than $150 but cost only $49.95!! Yup, you read that right.... You can buy by the season (one box) or subscribe for the year (the best option). If you subscribe you will get to pick sizes, scents and other ways to tailor your box each season PLUS you save $$$$$ What's In A Happie Box


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Dear Last Year, THANK YOU. Hello New Year, I'm Ready.

Dear Last Year, THANK YOU. Hello New Year, I'm Ready.

I don't know about you, but many-a-year on New Year's Eve I have been soooo ready to see the previous year go. I was so focused on getting the heck out of that year that I forget the value it offered. The lessons I learned. In other years, which were filled with good things, I found myself offering gratitude rather than good riddance. Then I realized, the New Year's Eves when I felt grateful set me up for a wonderful transition into the new year. My energy was positive, focused on all the good stuff, rather than negative.

I noticed when I was vibrating from energy generated from gratitude, I was more likely to set new year intentions worded in a positive way, which I now understand lifts my energy vibration to a place where the Universe (or God if you prefer) can actually hear it. When I said good-bye to the previous year with, "I'm so glad THAT'S over!" or "Nothing good happened last year", I kept my energy too low for the intentions I was setting to be heard. Intention is much more powerful when it comes from a place of contentment than if it arises from a sense of lack or need. So now we know where to start setting our New Year intentions; from a place of gratitude. From a higher vibration, one that can be heard. Setting intentions is a powerful tool for helping us achieve happiness and fulfillment. For reaching our goals in alignment with who we are. They provide us with insight (a road map) to our values, aspirations, and purpose and allow us to live in the present moment while still aiming towards new achievements.

Intentions aren't to be confused with goals. They are about who you want to be, what you wish to contribute to the world, and how you choose to touch the lives of others. Goal setting is a great way to understand what we want, to create a plan, and to help us stay on track to get things done. As you can see, intentions and goals go hand in hand.

For example, if my goal is: "I want to reach $250,000 in sales this year" my intention is to reach that goal while showing acts of kindness, and opening myself to any possibility to bring joy into the life of another. Of course I could reach my goal through other deceptive ways, but they would not be inline with my truest self. Crafting powerful New Year intentions starts with recognizing things that align with your life’s values, aspirations, and purpose. An intention holds little power if there isn’t a valuable reason for why you want to achieve it. Be sure to write down your thoughts as you follow these steps to creating intentions that will add meaning to your life while you reach your goals.

How to Set Intentions with your Goals:

  1. Decide what truly matters to you. Your values drive the actions in your life and recognizing what they are will help you find fulfillment. This is where the power of intention lies.

  2. Write down at least five things that truly matter to you. Some examples may be spirituality, happiness, kindness, wisdom, or health.

  3. Explore the many areas of your life that need an upgrade. Intentions should encompass more than one aspect of life, to ensure personal growth reaches its full potential. Consider how you can improve your relationships, career, social life, spirituality, health, and community.

  4. Be specific and thoughtful. When you are setting an intention for each of your goals, be VERY specific about what you want to achieve, by when, and why you want to achieve it. Be sure to think about what you need to do to accomplish these goals and what might prevent you from achieving them.

  5. Let go of the outcome. Your higher self knows that everything is all right and will be all right, even without knowing the timing or the details of what will happen. Attachment is based on fear and insecurity, while detachment is based on the unquestioning belief in the power of your true Self. Don’t listen to the voice that says that you have to be in charge, that your obsessive attention is the only way to get anything done.

  6. Face Your Fears. The biggest obstacle to manifesting your intentions is fear and limited belief. These are actually blocking your energy. Don't ignore them, address them. Give your fears attention by asking questions that will support the parts of you that are afraid: "If I don’t manifest my intention, I’m afraid that…" "If I manifest my intention, I’m afraid that…"

  7. Stay centered and refuse to be influenced by other people’s doubts or criticisms. YOU know what matters (to you) and that's all that matters.

  8. Act as if your intentions have already manifested. This is by far the hardest one. Intentions manifest in alignment with your present energy. You must feel the sense of gratitude, feel the state of alignment within your heart that you are worthy of what you desire, NOW. Most people think they should feel this WHEN they get it. Remember, everything is energy. So exuding positive, grateful energy for what you have been given (even if it's not there yet) sends the most powerful message.

So let's apply this to a common New Year's Eve resolution or goal, losing weight. Just for the record I hate this one but many people set it on New Year's Eve so let's use it. Your goal would be to lose 20 pounds. Your intention would be to do it eating healthy food, adding exercise and being kind to yourself in the process. *Note: These are just examples...replace these with your own answers*

  1. What truly matters- Do I want to be skinny or healthy? Why do I want to lose weight?

  2. Write down 5 things- I want health, happiness, I want to be able to play with my grand kids, be able to ride my horse....

  3. Explore the areas- If I feel healthier I will be more social, not get as tired at work, feel sexier towards my husband....

  4. Be specific- I will lose the weight in 4 months. I will eat 1,200 calories/ day of fruit, veggies and lean meat, I will walk three times per week for 30 minutes, I will do weights twice a week for 20 minutes, etc. I will say only positive, kind things to myself.

  5. Let go of the outcome- I know that you cannot force it. I have to do the work purposefully, and without doubt it will work over time.

  6. Face your fears- Ask yourself "If I don't lose the weight.....?" What's your worst fear? List it. Then address it! Squash it down.

  7. Stay centered- I will not let anyone else distract me from my goal.

  8. Act as if you already lost the weight. I LOVE how great I feel! I am happy every time I finish my walk, eat healthy, sleep well....

DO ALL THIS WITH AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE... for the wonder of your current body and the deep sense of connection that comes from this. The best time to set intentions and set goals is after meditation, when you are closer to your true self and the Divine. Your head is clear.

When you are setting your intentions, you can incorporate a journal, a vision board, healing stones and crystals into the process. Using vision boards can help you fine tune your intentions and path. When using stones and crystals, find the stones that align with your desires and wear a piece of jewelry everyday to remind you of your intentions. You can also place the crystal on top of your written intentions, every time you see it you will think about your intentions. Crystals also help to magnify your intentions and goals, constantly putting them out into the Universe so they can manifest themselves much quicker.

The important thing to remember when setting intentions is that they help create the present moment, not the future. Intentions bring you in line with the reason why you want to accomplish your goals. They help create value in your life by providing motivation to achieve the "good feels" in the moment to manifest your goals in the future. They keep your vibration (energy) positive, at the frequency God can hear. Here's to the new year! May you manifest all you desire in life!

Peace and good rides,

Laura

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