Caring for Older Horses: Arthritis, Mobility, Nutrition, and Hooves

In this episode of Holistic Horseworks Talks, April Love shares helpful practices for caring for older horses. She offers information not only about supporting the symptoms of arthritis but even more importantly, preventative measures to keep it at bay for as long as possible. April also shares many other useful tips for aging equines such as choosing healthy feed to keep on weight, the importance of daily stretching, and even hoof care.

Improper Saddle Fit Can Have Far-Reaching Effects on Your Horse!

Does your saddle fit properly?  I invite you to go out to your horse and tie them, standing on a level surface.  Next, stand on a stool or bucket five to ten feet behind them.  Notice the alignment of the horse’s body.  Is one side of the rump higher than the other? ...

Learn What Is Wrong With Your Horse, From Your Horse

If you cannot get someone to come out to do bodywork on your horse, you can learn how to do it yourself at home or a clinic. Live help is so challenging to find these days. Some clinicians want you to buy their DVD or package and then — Good luck! I can help you...

Your horse is wounded! Quick, what do you do?

What’s the first thing you should do to clean an equine wound? How about the second? And aftercare? Learn what I’ve used to care for horse wounds quickly and successfully in the past, as well as what not to do.

Maintaining Healthy Weight in Older Horses with Vegan Fat Sources

In this episode, our founder, April Love, shares valuable information on maintaining the well-being of older horses, focusing on a simple recipe for a vegan fat source. The discussion delves into practical tips for horses with missing teeth, difficulty gaining weight, and the importance of identifying and addressing insulin resistance.

Tips to Tune-Up Your Horse in Spring

As the vibrant colors of spring emerge and the weather warms, horse owners are gearing up to provide their equine companions with the care they need for the season ahead. Here are some essential spring tune-up tips to keep your horse happy, healthy, and ready for action.

Why won’t my horse pick up its hoof?

In this episode of Holistic Horseworks Talks, April, addresses a question about a horse that refuses to pick up one of its hooves. If the horse is avoiding putting weight on one hoof, the focus should be on understanding why it’s uncomfortable shifting its weight rather than forcing the hoof to be lifted.

Learn how to tell where the lameness originated

 When your horse is lame, you will watch him move to figure out where he hurts. However, what you see, may not always be the result of the actual cause of the issue. I see a lot of horses and the owner will say “he's off on the left hind,” and I will say, “No, it's...

5 Myths about Winter Horse Care

Freezing temperatures and snow bring several misconceptions on how we care for our horses. In this article, April Love examines five common winter horse care myths, and what horse owners need to know. Let’s take a look at some commonly held misconceptions. “It's cold,...

How does your horse’s environment affect their mood?

In this episode of Holistic Horseworks Talks, host April Love delves into the often unseen environmental factors that can significantly affect a horse’s behavior, mineral assimilation, and overall immune system.
Through insightful anecdotes and practical advice, April sheds light on how power lines, water sources, and even natural elements like trees out in the pasture can impact a horse’s well-being.

Horses Grieve, Too. How to Help Them.

Horses Grieve, Too. How to Help Them.

In this episode of Holistic Horseworks Talks, April offers guidance on helping your horse cope with the loss of a pasture mate. Horse’s herd is their family, and the absence of a companion can be deeply distressing. While it’s natural to want to replace the lost companion immediately, April suggests giving your horse space to grieve and process their emotions.

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Why won’t my horse pick up its hoof?

Why won’t my horse pick up its hoof?

In this episode of Holistic Horseworks Talks, April, addresses a question about a horse that refuses to pick up one of its hooves. If the horse is avoiding putting weight on one hoof, the focus should be on understanding why it’s uncomfortable shifting its weight rather than forcing the hoof to be lifted.

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Do you have a “Moody Mare?”

Do you have a “Moody Mare?”

In this episode of Holistic Horseworks Talks, April Love discusses ways to handle moodiness in mares during the summer when they are cycling. The main concern is that the moody behavior may affect interactions with other horses, and impact performance at horse shows or events. By understanding the mare’s specific needs, balancing her hormonal system, and addressing any physical discomfort, it becomes possible to improve her behavior and overall well-being. Similar to humans, horses can become irritable when in pain.

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Young Horses With Cow-Hocked Posture

Young Horses With Cow-Hocked Posture

A cow-hocked horse refers to a conformational issue where the horse’s hocks are positioned closer together than normal when viewed from the rear. We’ll explore why this happens and discuss ways to address and prevent such issues for a healthier, sound, and rideable horse.

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Black Horses That Fade Out in Summer

Black Horses That Fade Out in Summer

Does your black horse fade to brown in the summer? In this episode of Holistic Horseworks Talks, April discusses how the color change is likely due to a copper deficiency in the horse’s diet. She suggests feeding the horse Dynamite Liquid Trace Minerals once a week to provide the necessary copper and prevent the fading of its black coat.

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April’s Interview on Bookish Talk

April’s Interview on Bookish Talk

Although I spend a lot of time caring for horses, I really care about people, too. I believe that by helping the owner, in turn you are helping the horse! A lot of the techniques in my equine courses and offerings rely on sensitive energy work, but when we are bogged down by so many burdens, old...

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You can potty-train your horse, here’s how

You can potty-train your horse, here’s how

Wouldn't it be nice if your horse put all his manure in a nice pile for you? In this episode of Holistic Horseworks Talks, I talk about my own personal horse journey. Among the things I learned, by accident was that you can potty train horses! It is much easier to pick up the poop when it's all in...

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Learn What Is Wrong With Your Horse, From Your Horse

Learn What Is Wrong With Your Horse, From Your Horse

If you cannot get someone to come out to do bodywork on your horse, you can learn how to do it yourself at home or a clinic. Live help is so challenging to find these days. Some clinicians want you to buy their DVD or package and then — Good luck! I can help you through all the steps and you can...

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Learn how to tell where the lameness originated

Learn how to tell where the lameness originated

 When your horse is lame, you will watch him move to figure out where he hurts. However, what you see, may not always be the result of the actual cause of the issue. I see a lot of horses and the owner will say “he's off on the left hind,” and I will say, “No, it's actually the right front.” It is...

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Healthier alternatives to chemical paste wormers

Healthier alternatives to chemical paste wormers

Many internal parasites are building up resistance to chemical paste wormers, so how can you control parasites naturally? Remember, the paste wormers available on the market are poison! There are other ways to keep the horse healthy so they do not pick up parasites in the first place. I prefer the...

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