Category Archives: Acute Health Issues

RIGHT or LEFT? Let the HORSE CHOOSE.

“Horses, as with humans, have preferences and it is best to allow your horse to choose their essential oil; they will generally indicate to you what they need if you listen and observe. Offer the essential oil to them to smell. “If the horse has an imbalance in the physical sense, it will probably use its right nostril first. If the problem is more emotionally based, the horse will use its left nostril first. The right nostril is linked to the side of the brain, which governs the horse’s functions. The left nostril is linked to the right side of the brain, which governs the intuitive side. When we are working with horses we want them in their left-brain where they will be thinking not reacting instinctively, which they do if in their right-brain. If the horse is interested it will move the required nostril over the oil and inhale. If it is not interested the horse will move away.” Any essential oils that your horse turns away from put aside for that day. When using aromatherapy with animals or people it is always best to respect and trust the individuals desires and inner wisdom.”

–Judy Andrews

Food Therapy for a Healthy Horse

Digestive Enzymes, Hydration and the Gut are key to a happy and healthy horse, with the addation of some seasonal whole foods you can help mainatin a good balance.

Read more:  http://www.equineherbalist.ie/blog/87-food-therapy-for-a-healthy-horse.html

FOR AN EQUINE SPECIFIC BASE DIET (for general, healthy horse)
GO HERE:

http://www.tierneymissionbelize.org/thepenzancehorse/BASICDIETHANDOUT.pdf

Gwen can help you personally tailor a diet for YOUR HORSE, individually, to address whatever health challenges your horse might be having. Please email to:  gwen.santagate@gmail.com to inquire.

BRUISED HOOVES???

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I’ve seen alot of inquiries lately from people who are wondering what is that weird red spot on their horse’s sole?  And some showing red on the wall of the hoof.

Well, a red spot USUALLY means the horse has bruised his hoof somehow …

Stepped on a rock or some other hard object causing a bruise on its sole.

A hoof bruise isn’t too much different than you or I bruising.

A bruise can also occur if the horse hits something or something hits the outside wall of the hoof. Or, if there is damage to the laminae at the coronary band causing a bleed of some sort. These kinds of bruises will readily be apparent on white hooves.

So, what IS a bruise?

Basically, a bruise, also called a contusion, forms because the soft tissues of the foot have been damaged. Some hooves bruise easily, whereas others may have tougher soles that are better conditioned than others. When these soft tissues in the hoof are injured, small veins and capillaries (the tiniest blood vessels) break. Blood leaks out of the damaged vessels to form the ‘bruise’.

Sometimes, most times actually, the hoof, the body is able to metabolize the blood cells and no one is the wiser for it.

Other times, however, the bruise will be severe enough that the hoof will form a protective pocket around it and develop an abscess. In the photo above we see an abscess that has vented (finger pointing to vented abscess) as well as a bruise (blue arrow).

An abscess can cause a sound horse to become dreadfully lame overnight – seemingly without cause.  In fact, a horse that does go lame like that overnight is usually suspected of developing an abscess.

Contrary to much thought about horse shoes preventing such injuries, if the shoes do not also have pads to them then a horse can just as easily bruise its hooves when shod as when barefoot. You can see the bruising on either side of the frog in the photo of the shod horse above.

Barefooted horses, that are well conditioned to the environment, will grow thick calluses to protect the soles.  But they can still be injured, somehow, from a strike on the coronary band or hoof wall.

If the bruise is not severe and not causing any lameness then one can pretty much just let the horse go its own way. But, if the bruise is causing some discomfort, it can be indicative of an abscess brewing. The body may reabsorb it in short time or one may have to help the abscess develop fully to vent. Some veterinarians choose to knife out the abscess; I’ve found over the years that abscesses will vent themselves without surgical intervention with homeopathy, some essential oils and soaking – allowing the horse to move around as he or she wishes. Then, once the abscess has burst, appropriate care is given in the way of further soaking, possible poulticing and bandaging with either medication or essential oils and, again, a different homeopathic remedy than used for the un-vented abscess.

We all hate to see our horses in any sort of discomfort or downright pain. We all want to take that pain away. Sometimes that is necessary for treatment and other times its best to let nature take its course.

With barefooted horses, whose hooves are well callused and conditioned, it may take some time for a brewing abscess to fully develop and, as such, may need some intervention. But mainly, for a simple bruised sore or a bruised wall, just allow the horse to be a horse.

Horses and hooves are amazing self-healers. I think sometimes we humans like to micro-manage and cause MORE problems.

Oh, by the way, meant to mention, also … concerning the use of a NSAID for pain? If the horse has an abscess then the pain reliever is just not going to do anything much at all for the horse. The abscess will remain painful until it has burst and released the pressure inside the hoof capsule. It is the pressure that causes the pain.  That is another tell-tale sign that your horse’s bruise is developing into a full abscess.

Again, soaking in some epsom salt water or activated charcoal water will help soften the sole a bit. If the body is not going to reabsorb the bruise and abscess then the softened sole will allow its departure.

Many times, in addition to bruised soles and walls, bruising will become apparent around the white line after a laminitic attack or, even during, an active laminitic situation. This blood is evident in the white line as the bruise will ‘grow down’ with the hoof growth. The horse may never have even exhibited any sort of clinical symptoms, as is the case with the first stage of Laminitis – the Developmental Stage. The old bruise/blood in the white line, coupled with a few rings in the hoof that have ‘grown down’ the wall, tells of a laminitic episode that happened sortly before the observation. In an active phase of laminitis, Stage 2 or Stage 3 (Founder), there will be blood evident in the white line and rings will be still developing at the coronary band. This situation is far more dire than sole bruising or small abscess and MUST be taken care of quickly and correctly.

Bruising and abscessing don’t have to be major events when they are recognized for what they are and are treated appropriately.

If you’re not sure what is causing your horse’s lameness, or you’re not sure if you’re looking at a bruised sole or something else, always consult your veterinarian or hoofcare provider.

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Gwenyth Browning Jones Santagate is the best-selling author of 10 Secrets to Healthy Hooves as well as a noted author for various international equine publications including The Horses Hoof, Equine Wellness, Natural Horse Planet as well as a contributing author for the 2001 United States Federal Mounted Border Patrol Training Manual. For the last 37+ years, she has maintained healthy hooves with natural trimming on thousands of horses and specialized in pathological rehabilitation hoofcare for the last 20 years. She and her husband John keep a small herd of their own equine in SW Florida and continue to offer consults for horses in need. You can email to Gwen — gwen.santagate@gmail.com or telephone in the US (23)-573-9687. For further information please click here:  www.thepenzancehorse.com/2012/RESUME.pdf

 

LIVE, ONLINE COURSE with Gwenyth Santagate begins Sept. 13, 2017. For more information and to register (limited reserved spots) go here:  http://www.integrativehorsecourses.com/online-classes.html

 

 

NATURAL HOOFCARE!!!

 

A couple more spots left … grab yours before they’re all gone!
Penzance’s NATURAL #HOOFCARE is concerned with all aspects of equine hooves, and is developed for horse owners as well as those who wish to pursue HOOFCARE as a career. Anyone who wants to learn extensive information on the topics of healthy, barefooted horses and their hooves are encouraged to explore this course.

MODULE I: The Lifestyle of the Natural Horse
MODULE 2: Functional Anatomy & Physiology
MODULE 3: Equine Natural Nutrition – Feeding the Hooves
MODULE 4: Handling the Equine Utilizing PPT
MODULE 5: Pathologies Part I
MODULE 6: Pathologies Part II
MODULE 7: Alternative & Complementary Hoof Healthcare
MODULE 8: The Business End of Hoofcare
MODULE 9: The Trim – Step-by-Step Review
MODULE 10: Review and Final Exam

http://www.integrativehorsecourses.com/online-classes.html

For further information or questions please contact me, gwen.santagate@gmail.com

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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.   

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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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

SPECIAL SPRING OFFERING! WOW!

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 !
—————————————–
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.”

 

NATURAL HOOFCARE LIVE ONLINE AGAIN!

FREE “10 Secrets to Healthy Hooves” E-book AND 4 videos with REGISTRATION to our NHC101 LIVE course .. .Yep, LIVE online course is back again. Starting MARCH 15TH. Register HERE: http://integrativehorsecourses.com/online-classes.html

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APPOINTMENTS NOW ACCEPTED

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Are you facing challenges with your horse?
Would you like a stronger connection with your horse?

Do you have a horse that is balky, pushy, spooky, unfocused, or unable to perform at his highest standard?

Do you have a horse that suffers from PTSD from a former situation and you’re not sure how to handle it?

Do you have a phobic horse? i.e. claustrophobic, won’t load on trailer, scared of flags, whips, buggies, doesn’t want to be touched, won’t allow hooves to be handled, head shy, ear shy, what-have-you?

I’ve worked and studied with some of the best horsemanship masters and lived with horses of all ages, breeds, and disciplines for over 50 years. I can help you overcome these obstacles with your horse in a gentle, ‘natural’ and positive manner-one that is strongly effective and understood by the horse AND … you.

Serving the Lee, Charlotte and Collier, Glades and Hendry counties.

I will help you using PENZANCE horses on my farm in Cape Coral or will travel to your farm to teach you how to form an incredible bond and connection with your own horse and how to overcome the challenges you’re presently facing.

Now accepting appointments for 2016. Please contact me through email: gwen.santagate@gmail.com
or by phone: 239-573-9687.

Available for demos and workshops for your club or equine organization and offering Consultations, Natural Hoofcare, Homeopathy, Herbal, Essential Oils and Bodywork for rehabilitation and well-being. You can find me here:

(239) 573-9687 or through email: gwen.santagate@gmail.com