All posts by Gwenyth Santagate

Get Rid of the Muffin Top!

Is your #horse a little pudgy? Well, the same #diet for humans to lose a few pounds works for horses, too! ESPECIALLY horses! (But leave out the meat in the horse’s diet! *grin*)

FEED RAW, FRESH FORAGES and toss out the processed stuff. Grass Hay 24/7, ‘salad’ once a day, raw, naturally chelated minerals, salt, water … and that’s it! KISS! Your horse that needs to gain weight will and the horse that needs to lose weight will.

IF other factors are correctly in place, as well …

Just like with humans — processed foods and supplements cause the “muffin tops” … well, ‘girthy’ horses and ‘cresty’ horses — those extra fat pads are their ‘muffin top’ … think about it. Then holler at me if you’d like to know more.   

Meditating with Your Horse for Healing

Meditating with Your Horse for Healing

Natural Horse Magazine, April, May June 2013
Photo © Lexie Cataldo

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.

This quote by Thich Nhat Hanh is a great reminder of the power of meditation, especially when I am with my horse and he is not feeling well. It sounds so simple, and yet in the midst of a health crisis it’s not always so easy to remember to breathe. Recently my older, retired Quarter horse, Shawnee, had fallen and was standing on three legs when I arrived, groaning with each shift of his weight. As I waited for the vet to arrive, I knew that worrying and fretting would not help either of us. I stood with him, breathed and practiced the earth and sky meditation (see below) for about an hour. By the end of the meditation, he was putting weight on the leg, his eyes looked much brighter, and he began to graze and look for treats in my pockets—he was feeling much better! After an exam, my vet determined we should just wait and see, and so I have been spending time in quiet meditation and stillness with him every day as he recovers. I can feel this time between us helping both of us—he always seems to walk a bit easier afterwards and I am feeling much less worried about him. Isn’t it amazing that just a simple meditation can have such profound healing effects? How can this be?

Sharing a Healing Space

I think the simplest answer is that we are all, in essence, made up of energy. And when we tap into this deeper energetic space there can be a shifting and moving back into balance. Meditation creates a peaceful space that can support a reharmonizing and rebalancing on all levels of being—not only our own, but also any being that chooses to share in this space with us.

John Novak says in his book, Lessons in Meditation, “In meditation, effort must be applied in a direction opposite to what we are used to. Our “effort” must be to relax ever more deeply.  We must ultimately release the tension from both our muscles and our thoughts.  When we relax so deeply that we are able to internalize the energy of the senses, the mind becomes focused and a tremendous flow of energy is awakened.  …  Meditation is a continuous process, and can be said to have three stages: relaxation, interiorization, and expansion.”

When we meditate, first we relax, then we internalize and stabilize this quiet inner space, and then, slowly, this space expands outwards to help those around us. It’s so gentle, but also so powerful. By practicing some simple meditative techniques with your horse, you can begin to see healing results almost immediately!

Exercise to Get Relaxed, Open to the Flow, and Expand:

The Earth and Sky Meditation

Explanation–The Power of Earth and Sky

In Japanese symbolism, earth and sky represent the two opposite aspects of the greater energetic whole that make up the universe, and the more that we can connect to earth and sky within ourselves, the more we can remember our inner nature of energetic connection and oneness with all things. In many spiritual traditions, the heart is considered the seat of the soul, the center of one’s being, where the earth and sky energies come together. It is in our hearts where our deepest healing can occur. The heart is also associated with love, and when we come from a place of love and compassion, we can more easily support our horses to heal.

Tips: Practice this exercise while standing several feet from your horse, arms at your sides, eyes open with a soft gaze downward about 3 feet in front of you. Allow your horse to move freely as he or she wishes. Allow 30-60 minutes of time.

Directions:

Take a deep breath. Let it out slowly. Take another deep breath. Let it out slowly. Imagine that all of your stresses from the day can release from you with each exhale. Breathe in. Exhale slowly. Allow yourself to let go of all your concerns and just be aware of your breath.

Imagine there are roots coming down from the base of your spine. These roots stretch far down into the earth, grounding you. Feel yourself stable, grounded, part of the earth, just as if you were a beautiful tree. Imagine that the grounding energy of the earth can flow up these roots into your heart center, giving you stability and peace. For several minutes, breathe deeply as earth energy flows within your being. Feel peace and calm coming upward from the earth and flowing within your whole body, each breath anchoring you more strongly and deeply into earth’s power and stability.

Now imagine that the expansive, creative energy of the sky is flowing down into your crown chakra. It is a beautiful shower of light and healing, which brings with it spiritual and intuitive wisdom, and all things good and positive. It flows from your crown at the top of your head, into your heart. Bringing this bright spiritual energy into your heart allows it to open and expand. Within your heart is all the highest love, compassion and harmony that exists in the universe. Feel earth and sky energy mingling in your heart center, your heart getting brighter and brighter. Imagine earth energy coming up and sky energy coming down, mixing together and flowing out until you feel the beautiful light shining at your heart begin to expand within your whole being.

Feel your heart shining brighter with each inhale, and expanding wider and wider all around you with each exhale. Feel your heart expanding out your skin, into your aura, into the area around you, and infinitely out into the universe. Feel that with each breath you can also expand love compassion and harmony outward, creating a space that your horse can step into if he or she wishes. As you stand in this peaceful beautiful light that you have created with your mind and breath, simply invite your horse into the space. You can do so directly with your voice, silently in your mind, or as subtlely as a quiet intention to share your heart. Simply stand with your horse in this peaceful space and observe the response.

Typical Equine Responses:

Relaxation:

When meditating with your horse, one of the first signs of response showing that your horse is connecting to you will be of relaxation. Your horse may lick and chew, sigh, breathe deeply, yawn, or even lower his head and fall asleep. As we go deeper and internalize this quiet stillness in our inner being, our energy becomes more stable and the flow of healing energy within us deepens. The deeper into relaxation we go, the deeper our horse will go.

Healing:

The quiet space of meditation is also the ideal space to support self-healing, so besides relaxation, our horses can also show signs of healing physically and emotionally. Sore areas can show improvement in mobility and lessening of pain, behaviors such a cribbing can lessen, anxiety can lessen and so on. We aren’t “doing” the healing, but by supporting a relaxing space for our horse, we are helping them to find healing within themselves.

Connection:
When we ask our horses to share the quiet space of meditation with us, it creates a new space for communication and understanding between us. In turn, we can see a deepening of our bond in every aspect of our interaction with them—on the ground, while riding, just being with them. You will find that you understand your horse better and are more in tune with what he or she needs to be happy.

Horses as Meditation Teachers:
A lot of my students have told me, “I’m not much good at meditating.” Yes, and probably they’ve only tried it while alone, so I tell them, “Well just try it with your horse.” It’s amazing, but they find when they are standing in the field with their horses, it is much easier to quiet their minds and enter the meditative realm. I think this is because horses already are experienced meditators, so when we share their space, they actually help us!

 

For it is the horse’s gift

To connect us with heaven

And our own footsteps.

-Ronnie Sweet

This quote is a beautiful description of the healing wisdom that horses share with the humans in their lives. Horses embody a yin and yang harmony between earth and sky. They are so perfectly at home and grounded on the earth, in tune with mother nature, and yet they are also so sensitive to deeper forces—those spiritual, intuitive, and subtle energies which we can tune into in order to heal. I believe it is the horse’s ability to be at once perfectly present in their bodies, as well as perfectly attuned to spiritual realms, which causes them to capture our hearts so deeply. When we find a way to meet them in this deep and quiet space of earth and sky, I believe all things are possible.

Natural Horse Magazine, April, May June 2013

Photo © Lexie Cataldo

Note from PENZANCE:  Adding appropriate blends of essential oils to your time of meditation can enhance the effects tremendously! 

Your Horse’s HERB GARDEN

Growing your horses’ HERB GARDENS?  Awesome!

Planting and maintaining your own garden has many benefits; however, the dirt-stained hands you get from gardening are far from ideal. This easy-to-make Gardener’s Hand Soap exfoliates, cleanses, and moisturizes all in one use!


Ingredients:

1/2 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons liquid castile soap
1 teaspoon almond oil
7 drops Clary Sage
5 drops of Melaleuca

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, add all ingredients and stir until smooth and combined.
  2. Pour into air-tight container and keep next to sink for easy use.
  3. To use, grab a handful of soap and scrub at your dirt-covered hands. After you’re done, your hands will be clean, soft, and exfoliated.

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Feeding Your Horses Hooves

The natural horse that lives in the wild is a magnificent example of how nature truly takes care of its own. In this post we’re going to examine how the “natural” horse is hard-wired to stay healthy through diet …  Let’s take a close look at what kind of feed and nutrition is exampled by nature for Equus caballus –     Horses are designed to survive on forage.   What is forage? Grasses, seeds, roots, nuts, tree bark, leaves, cacti, flowers, herbs, weeds, and shrubs. Depending on where in t…    READ MORE

SPRINGTIME on the FARM!

oooooooo — Yum!  Until someone comes up with “Eau d’Equine”, this might be a great, chemical-free body fragrance to substitute!

MAKE YOUR OWN  “PassionFruit” in a rollerbottle wear it as a perfume. I love it! Equal parts of Passion/Grapefruit fill remainder of rollerbottle with fractionated coconut oil.

Great way to end up a hard day on the spring-time farm … relax in a soft, Epsom-salt bath then roll on your “Passionfruit” … Enjoy!

(Just be careful if you wear this out to the barn with the horses — they may want to lick you from head to toe!)  😉

The MOST Important …

 

“The rear of the hoof is possibly THE most important area for determining the health of the hoof. Bowker remarked that he kept trying to look elsewhere, but no matter what he did, it all kept coming back to the rear of the hoof! ”  —

READ MORE:  https://www.thehorseshoof.com/Art_Bowker.html

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About Us

 

PENZANCE is obsessive about offering EXCELLENCE in our HORSE COURSES while, at the same time, keeping them affordable and easily digestible for students of all levels. This means a student may be just getting into the equine world or may have lived most of his or her life with horses. There?s always something new to learn at every level!

 

WHAT STUDENTS SAY ABOUT PENZANCE & GWENYTH SANTAGATE:

 

Jen Kalb
Therapist/Consultant at Intuitive Harmony
Gwen is a superb teacher who provides detailed and accurate educational information in a creative and user-friendly format that is a value for the price. I have recommended Gwen’s classes to several individuals and will continue to do so.
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Kim Wende
CEO | Passionate Horsemanship | Positive Reinforcement | Clicker Training Horses | Equine Iridology
Gwenyth’s classes are great and filled with very helpful information. Gwenyth is a wealth of knowledge and is very willing to help you out.
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Annamaria Paul
Manager at Bose
Gwen is a wonderful teacher. When I first got my horse Jigs, he was pushy and didn’t listen. After a few sessions with her, he became a barn favorite for his good manner and sunny personality.
Gwen trained me I think, not JIGS :). I highly reccomend her.
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Erin Celia
Sales Support at Guardian Life Insurance: Independent Natural Hoofcare Practitioner
I Was Lucky enough to find Gwenyth and her farm when I was seeking out education on hoof care and trimming.
I enjoyed the workshop , her farm, feel I learned a great deal about the equine hoof.
I would recommend taken any of the courses Gwen offers.
you can’t go wrong!
Erin Celia
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Claudia Garner
Helping horse owners to make healthy decisions for their equine friends
Gwen is an innovative horse professional with the capability of thinking outside the box. She has a broad perspective and knowledge of holistic equine health. We definitely need more people like her in this time and age.
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Brian Reid
Owner, Horses Know the Way Home
Gwen,
What impresses me about you is, you look not only at the hoof but the whole horse and the whole horse environment. Who is the owner and where does the horse live and how are they treated and fed.
You stay on top of the the latest research and you follow up with pertinent information in a very timely fashion.
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JOCELYNE, Quebec CAN
“… If it weren’t for you Gwen, my passion for horses would not have grown to what it is today.  I started my online lessons with Gwen in 2008 and have taken many lessons with her. She really knows her stuff. My horse is healthy. My other horse, Corado, died of cancer at 18. He may not have lived as long if it weren’t for Gwen. Both of my horses never colicked, their feet were absolutely amazing (with Gwen’s guidance), never lame.  … After 5 years of following Gwen’s method, I have proof that she knows her stuff (and if she doesn’t she’ll find the information).  Love you Gwen. From Québec Canada”
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RONN, New York :
Hi Gwen,
     I first came to you because of my need to get ‘ real “ answers  about natural hoof care.  Your original Penzance website led me to enroll in your class Natural Hoof Care 101. I knew absolutely nothing at that time and had a horse that had recently foundered.
     After working with you I working with you, I came away with the confidence that I had made the right decision to keep my horse as natural as possible, regardless of domestication.
     I feel that overall your reasoning has been solid throughout the years and that is why I still call upon you as one of my two ” go to ” mentors regarding anything hoof. The other is K C LaPierre.  Beyond the hoof, especially respecting nutrition, Gwen– u da girl !
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JOAN, FL : ”My life and the health and vitality of all my animals has been forever transformed for the better.  Thanks Gwen for all you give to all of us.  You are a gifted healer and teacher.”
—————————————-
MA : Thank you Gwen, for your inspiring articles and ideas. Together with Mark Rashid, you are one of the greatest horsepersons of recent times.
—————————————-
VANESSA, NH :
“I would entrust the care and well-being of any horse, sound or lame, healthy or sick, troubled or at peace, to Gwen Santagate. I give her my highest recommendation because she is one of the most honest, wisest,  and most circumspect people I have ever met. She goes the extra mile (or ten) for the horse’s sake and makes every animal’s total well-being her top priority. My horse recommends her, too -four hooves up! –  because, thanks to her, and her alone, he is alive and well.”
—————————————

Jen Kalb

Therapist/Consultant at Intuitive Harmony

Gwen is a superb teacher who provides detailed and accurate educational information in a creative and user-friendly format that is a value for the price. I have recommended Gwen’s classes to several individuals and will continue to do so.

———————————————-

Kim Wende

CEO | Passionate Horsemanship | Positive Reinforcement | Clicker Training Horses | Equine Iridology

Gwenyth’s classes are great and filled with very helpful information. Gwenyth is a wealth of knowledge and is very willing to help you out.

———————————————-

Annamaria Paul

Manager at Bose

Gwen is a wonderful teacher. When I first got my horse Jigs, he was pushy and didn’t listen. After a few sessions with her, he became a barn favorite for his good manner and sunny personality. 

Gwen trained me I think, not JIGS :). I highly reccomend her.

——————————————–

Erin Celia

Sales Support at Guardian Life Insurance: Independent Natural Hoofcare Practitioner

I Was Lucky enough to find Gwenyth and her farm when I was seeking out education on hoof care and trimming. 

I enjoyed the workshop , her farm, feel I learned a great deal about the equine hoof. 

I would recommend taken any of the courses Gwen offers. 

you can’t go wrong! 

Erin Celia

——————————————–

Claudia Garner

Helping horse owners to make healthy decisions for their equine friends

Gwen is an innovative horse professional with the capability of thinking outside the box. She has a broad perspective and knowledge of holistic equine health. We definitely need more people like her in this time and age.

——————————————-

Brian Reid

Owner, Horses Know the Way Home

Gwen, 

What impresses me about you is, you look not only at the hoof but the whole horse and the whole horse environment. Who is the owner and where does the horse live and how are they treated and fed. 

You stay on top of the the latest research and you follow up with pertinent information in a very timely fashion. 

——————————————–

JOCELYNE, Quebec CAN 

“… If it weren’t for you Gwen, my passion for horses would not have grown to what it is today.  I started my online lessons with Gwen in 2008 and have taken many lessons with her. She really knows her stuff. My horse is healthy. My other horse, Corado, died of cancer at 18. He may not have lived as long if it weren’t for Gwen. Both of my horses never colicked, their feet were absolutely amazing (with Gwen’s guidance), never lame.  … After 5 years of following Gwen’s method, I have proof that she knows her stuff (and if she doesn’t she’ll find the information).  Love you Gwen. From Québec Canada”

——————————————-

RONN, New York :

Hi Gwen,

     I first came to you because of my need to get ‘ real “ answers  about natural hoof care.  Your original Penzance website led me to enroll in your class Natural Hoof Care 101. I knew absolutely nothing at that time and had a horse that had recently foundered.

     After working with you I working with you, I came away with the confidence that I had made the right decision to keep my horse as natural as possible, regardless of domestication.

     I feel that overall your reasoning has been solid throughout the years and that is why I still call upon you as one of my two ” go to ” mentors regarding anything hoof. The other is K C LaPierre.  Beyond the hoof, especially respecting nutrition, Gwen– u da girl !

—————————————–

JOAN, FL : ”My life and the health and vitality of all my animals has been forever transformed for the better.  Thanks Gwen for all you give to all of us.  You are a gifted healer and teacher.”

—————————————-

MA : Thank you Gwen, for your inspiring articles and ideas. Together with Mark Rashid, you are one of the greatest horsepersons of recent times.

—————————————-

VANESSA, NH :

“I would entrust the care and well-being of any horse, sound or lame, healthy or sick, troubled or at peace, to Gwen Santagate. I give her my highest recommendation because she is one of the most honest, wisest,  and most circumspect people I have ever met. She goes the extra mile (or ten) for the horse’s sake and makes every animal’s total well-being her top priority. My horse recommends her, too -four hooves up! –  because, thanks to her, and her alone, he is alive and well.”

 

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Aroma Touch for Horses

doterra-aromatouch-technique-kit-w-coconut-oil-new-sealed-free-shipping-7099b0ff081190de896d42f32953107bWell, people rave about Aroma Touch … they LOVE getting a good massage using several different doTERRA oils.

Guess what?

HORSES love it too!

If you have a horse that you think would enjoy a great, relaxing, refreshing and restorative light massage with oils that have all sorts of effective qualities (from relaxation to circulation to resolving the occasional inflammation from workouts etc.) … take a look at the oils that are used.

aromatouch_technique_oils

If you need help with the order in which to apply the oils or even someone to help you find the doTERRA OILS, talk to me!  I can help you get them at wholesale costs as well as help you find what YOUR horse might love the best!

Or, you can go directly to my online store and purchase the Aroma Therapy Kit or the singular oils and blends!

Just click here!  >> MY DOTERRA OILS