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April 2015 – Mid Month Update

April 2015 – Mid Month Update

Holistic Horsekeeping
How to have a healthy happy horse

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In This Issue:

1. Horse Temperament Typing – A case study of Canelo
2. Mentoring Program at Holistic Horsekeeping

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1. Horse Temperament Typing – A case study of Canelo
Madalyn on horseOne of the best ways to learn horse temperament typing is to look at a case study. Here is a conversation between Canelo and animal communicator, Debra Denker. See if you can guess his type after reading the whole conversation.

Conversation with Canelo, 15 yr old, mustang gelding
By Debra Denker  August 8, 2014

D: Hello, Canelo?
C: Hmmm. I hear you clearly. I don’t see you or smell you.

D: I am far away, but I may meet you someday in person. Right now I am very far away. Let me send a scent to your nostrils.
C: Okay, so you are okay. You are friendly with animals of many species. I have a lot to say. I am happy that you are talking to me.

D: How are you in general?
C: I can’t complain. I’m grateful for my life, my Mom. She is a good director, good at telling me what she wants.

D: She is concerned about how you are feeling, if you have any pain.
C: Well, I am not constantly in pain. But I get a little achy here and there if I move wrong or stand in one place too long. So I try not to.

D: Where is the pain?
C: What you would call shoulders and hips. It feels hot and achy there.
D: What about your feet?
C: A little. Not so much the feet as the shoulders and hips. If it hurts there, then I can trip a little.
D: Your legs—front and back?
C: What you would call knees are a little sore. I don’t like to complain too much, because Mom is so kind, and life is so good.

D: Mom is wondering if you had pain in your legs before this summer?
C: Let me think…there has been a little pain, gradually, for some seasons. Mostly shoulders and hips, not the actual legs.
D: Why didn’t you let Mom know?
C: (horse shrug) I didn’t want to complain. I thought it would get better on its own. And sometimes it is almost better, and sometimes, well, a little painful.

D: Would it hurt your legs to get into a horse trailer now?
C: Maybe. But it’s not unbearable. I could do it, if needed. I might just have to go a little slow. It’s the upward motion that is hard. Too much up or too much down. Anything too steep.
D: Did it hurt you before, and you just didn’t say anything?
C: It was a little hard, but nothing I couldn’t bear, so I just didn’t want to complain. I don’t like complaining. I am so much happier here than ever before in my life, I think it is bad form to complain.
D: I understand what you are saying. You are very grateful, and Mom knows that. But in order for her to help you, you have to let her know what is going on. That is not complaining, that is just telling her what is going on.

D: She has a big question about the shoes on your front feet. She had them put on to protect your feet against the stones in the mountains…
C: (laughs) That is natural.
D: Soon after, you started stumbling on rides, on the way back. Are the shoes helping or hurting?
C: I hate to tell you. I find them annoying. I don’t see how they help. I don’t like the sound of them either.
D: So are you wishing for them to be taken off?
C: Is this my choice?
D: Yes, I think so. Your mom is asking. She had them put on for a good reason, to protect your hooves.
C: I don’t think my hooves need protecting. It is only mountain stones. I can pick my way around the worst stones.
D: So you would prefer to take them off?
C: If it is up to me, and if it won’t damage my hooves to take them off, let’s get rid of the things.
D: Okay. I’m sure she can get them taken off.
C: It will be a weight off of my hooves.

D: Mom is wondering why you walk slowly going home from a ride.
C: I kind of hate to go back. I like being out. I like being ridden, by the right people only. So I am not eager to go back.
D: It’s not because your feet or legs or hips and shoulders hurt, is it?
C: No. I can ignore that, or overcome it. Walking when I am being ridden makes me feel better too. Most ways of moving are good. Actually what you call a trot is a little annoying, irritating to my feet and shoulders.
D: Mom is really sorry that you have been having pain, especially if you have had pains for a while and not said anything.
C: I didn’t want to be a bother.
D: That is very kind-hearted of you. But your Mom wants to take care of you. She is choosing that. She wants you to know that she will do whatever it takes to get you feeling better again, and being well and healthy.
C: She is a kind director, and I have love and respect for her. Thank you. I know she wants the best for me, and I appreciate her giving me choices in this matter. She respects me, and I like that.

D: Okay, I think we have enough information to go on, okay?
C: Thank you for all your trouble. I am relieved that something can be done. I can live with some minor pain, but if I don’t have to it will be a lot better.
D: Good night, Canelo. Sweet dreams.
C: I will have sweet dreams. You too. Good night.

Questions to help you type Canelo
Is he a high energy, level energy or low energy horse?
Where is his pain located?
Does Canelo have a low, medium or high pain threshold?
Does Canelo have a low, medium or high work ethic?
What does Canelo like about his person, Judy?

My take on Canelo
Canelo is a medium energy horse. His pain is mostly up high, mainly his shoulders. Lifting his front legs is hard for him suggesting blockage along the Lung or Large Intestine meridians.
Canelo has a high pain threshold and does not mind working despite being in pain.
Canelo has a very strong work ethic.
Canelo likes Judy because she wants to take care of him. He respects her for that and feels she also has respect for him. Mutual respect is important to him.
Metal or Metal/Earth (YangMing)

2. Mentoring Program at Holistic Horsekeeping
At Holistic Horsekeeping we have presented lots of information on holistic horse care, nutrition, and five element temperament typing over the years to educate those interested in these areas. If you are ready now to take this education to a whole new level, the Mentoring Program at Holistic Horsekeeping may be for you. This program offers a six month intensive training on a one on one basis with Madalyn Ward, DVM. in one of the following areas or a combination of the three.
•    Homeopathy Mentoring Course – Beyond Arnica
•    Horse Nutrition Mentoring Course – Using foods to heal
•    Horse Temperament Mentoring Course – Know your horse

For more information on this unique educational opportunity, see the Mentoring Program on our website.

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