Laminitis is a painful disease that affects the hoofs of the horse. In medical terms, it is inflammation of the laminae (the soft tissues that attach the pedal or coffin bone to the hoof wall), which causes instability in the coffin bone and extreme pain.
Shoeing or shodding horses is a pretty common practice among horse owners. Horses have been wearing shoes for thousands of years. Some historians believe that we’ve been shoeing horses since the ancient Roman times.
Anyone who’s ever owned a horse will tell you they are the smartest animals in the world. However, skeptics will argue that prey animals like horses do not share the same level of intelligence as predatory animals like dogs, dolphins, and corvids.
Horses are remarkable creatures as proven by their luxurious manes, shiny pelts, and majestic hooves. Every part of a horse’s anatomy is inspiring and beautiful. There is one area that is of particular interest to horse owners, and that is the feet and hooves.
Hooves are a critical part of any horse and when something is not right, a negative ripple effect can occur. Some horses have become lame and others have even died from hoof issues. Conditioning and cleaning horse hooves involves taking proper care of this vital part.
When one talks about mental health treatments, the last thing that could possibly come to mind is horseback riding. Yet equine-assisted therapy is becoming a good therapeutic step that brings with it a myriad of benefits.
There are some issues
in life that are just hard to put into words. Some may feel stressed, worn
down, and desperate about certain life issues. Yet these may be hard to
verbalize and process on their own.
Caring for horses
requires more than love and care. Any individual in the equine industry
understands that your horse requires a routine and program to ensure maximum
health and performance, whether for recreational riding or professional
I don’t see Equi-Spa as simply a range of grooming and wellness products for horses. I see them as part of a larger lifestyle, one predicated on living in balance with nature. Where horses, humans, and the environment all coexist in harmony. That is why I want Equi-Spa to be more than just a product line; I aim to offer advice and guidance on holistic and natural approaches to horse care. Beyond just aromatherapy, I believe in other methods of caring for these beautiful animals. Continue reading More Than A Product
There are very few things in this world more magnificent than a precision groomed show horse. The shimmer of their coat, the flash of light off their tail, and their silky mane flowing in the wind. To create the same amazing results with grooming routine, try these products from Equi-Spa. Continue reading HOW TO: A Showcoat Shine
Each horse is truly one-of-a-kind and will have unique grooming and wellness needs. When people are first starting out with Equi-Spa products, they often ask me what they should buy. I usually have a wonderful conversation about their needs and what their horses are like. Once I get to know them a little better, I’ll make recommendations from there.
Human-tested, horse-approved is something you will often hear or read associated with Equi-Spa products, it’s one of our marketing slogans, but more importantly it’s something that speaks to the entire philosophy of how we develop our products. Continue reading Human-Tested. Horse-Approved
I didn’t start Equi-Spa to make money, I started because I had a bad reaction to an off-the-shelf horse-care product, and because I saw an incredible transformation in my own horses when I started using natural products.
What Is Chamomile?
Made from the flowering tops of the Matricaria recutita, chamomile is an effective remedy for a number of various ailments. chamomile is perhaps the world’s most soothing herb, helping to relieve anxiety and insomnia. Continue reading Why I love Chamomile
I love trivia and find that my mind can retain lots of information (of varying degrees of usefulness). I like to joke that I have a trivial mind. Recently I found Amazing Horse Facts and Trivia by Gary Mullen. I learned a ton of fun things about horses and wanted to take a moment to share some of my favorite facts from the book, as well as a few interesting trivia tidbits I’ve picked up over the years. Continue reading Equi-Facts – My Top 8 Facts About Horses
Humans have been using plants for healing for thousands of years, and aromatherapy is not just “perfume” or smells, there is a scientific basis for how and why it works for people and animals. Essential oils are basically purified or concentrated plant extracts, which is why, when applied correctly, they can have therapeutic benefits for a range of physical and mental issues. Continue reading Are Essential Oils Snake Oil?
There are a lot of products on the market making claims about their contents. One of the ones I see most frequently is all natural. The term really doesn’t mean anything from a manufacturing standpoint. Most ingredients are considered “natural” but that doesn’t mean they are healthy. Poison ivy is natural, so is arsenic. So a label claim of all natural isn’t enough to determine if a product is really the safest option for your horse. Continue reading Is All Natural really safe?