It takes someone with
When Helen contacted me in July 2018 the issues she outlined smacked of chronic mineral imbalances. Helen had tried to get advice from her vets but they could only recommend starting a list of expensive tests which needed to be carried out far from home. Layla’s reaction to being touched at her wither had prevented her being backed, now Helen needed to do something with this beautiful young horse but in spite of having excellent training
This is what Helen wrote to me after adopting our diet and management principles: “Very grateful to Calm Healthy Horses for their interest and help with my mare. She was unbacked, with no prospect of being
When touched there she twitched, shook, ran off, bucked, reared and rubbed her face on her legs frantically. She looked anxious, spooked, shied, bunny hopped in canter and threw her head if asked to do any
After two months on GrazeEzy,
Here are the Video Links to
‘Layla’ Before: https://youtu.be/SpATSsj_pII
Helen made amendments to her turnout area by
For those who are interested in more
Helens Update six months later February 2019
Over the winter
“When the drought broke last summer I had to put her back onto the ‘normal’ pasture and she regressed a bit. She’s been on winter grass over the winter and because it’s been mild the grass has been greener than usual for the time of year. I have not ridden her as I don’t consider her to be sufficiently ok at the moment.
I have kept her on the MVA vitamins and Grazeezy, simple bucket and soaked hay overnight when stabled. I took the attached video of her a couple of weeks ago.”
“You will see she is twitchy,
Layla’s is a very grass sensitive horse.
At one level some might say that the videos are not that dramatic. Less experienced people might have pushed on, and been encouraged to employ training aids and more work to ‘
I bought Layla as a
When she was three I began
She had a foal as a
A significant factor, which I did not
In the Spring of
When I watched the video back I could see head shaking and face rubbing
I sent the video to the vet, who had few suggestions. Euthanasia was mentioned as a solution due to the dangerous
The turning point came when I posted the video on a dressage forum and was pointed towards the Calm Health Horses website. The more I read, the more I was convinced the mineral imbalance it spoke of was her problem. I contacted Susan at CHH and received a great deal of advice and help for my mare, most of all I was given hope.
With the drought of 2018
For the first three
Then, after about six weeks she was hardly twitching at all. Twelve weeks in and the twitching stopped.
I started to work with her again, first with the tack that previously I had struggled to get on. She stood motionless whilst I put the breastplate