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Thank you!

Just wanted to share this. Received today .. just moments ago. It truly does warm my heart! …

ME: The BEST supplement for hooves is 1. as much movement the horse can get in a 24/7 period of time and 2. RAW FORAGE … supplement 24/7 hay/grazing with fresh veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds. THAT feeds the immune system and will strengthen new hoof growth like you’ve never seen before!

LAURA O: I learned this from you 20 years ago, Gwen and since then I’ve grown a garden just for them every year. Also, as part of the movement plan/rehab, we go for walks or I gather things to feed them. The grass is greener on the other side of the fence and have realized that horses really do love new ground! It’s done wonders for Promenade Walks as well. I’ll start off with coaxing and discomfort and I’ll be thinking enough, maybe we should go back, but then I get 200’ down the road, the ears prick forward, the heel first landings begin and suddenly I’m being dragged forward. With a balanced diet, the trees are no longer getting chewed on any more either. No composting bin needed either. The veggie trimmings that are safe, go straight to the barn. I’ll do a hay test every year, but that’s just a small part of it. What I don’t know, they tell me



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

13 Things Good Horsemen Don’t Do …

Gwen and J.C.’s Bubba 1998

Inspired from http://www.businessinsider.com/mentally-strong-people-2015-11 … “13 things mentally strong people don’t do” …


1. They don’t waste time feeling sorry for themselves. …

A good horseman is so focused on the horse there’s no room to feel sorry for ones self.

2. They don’t give away their power. …

A good horseman shares the ‘power’ with the horse.

3. They don’t shy away from change. …

A good horseman is afraid to change things up when something isn’t ‘working’.

4. They don’t focus on things they can’t control. …

Good horsemanship just simply isn’t anything about control.

5. They don’t worry about pleasing everyone. …

A good horseman worries only about pleasing his horse.

6. They don’t fear taking calculated risks. …

A good horseman encourages his horse to take what may seem like a ‘risk’ and helps him through the scary spots.

7. They don’t dwell on the past. …

Horses don’t … so why should the horseman? A good horseman stays in the moment .. with the horse.

8. They don’t make the same mistakes over and over. …

Nope … good horsemen learn from their own mistakes.

9. They don’t resent other people’s success. …

Neither do good Leaders and Friends. Both of which a good horseman strives to be with his horse.

10. They don’t give up after the first failure.

No such thing as a failure except the failure to learn from something that goes awry.

11. They don’t fear alone time.

Alone time is sometimes the very best time with the horse!

12. They don’t feel the world owes them anything. …

and a good horseman doesn’t feel his horse owes him anything either. In fact, the good horseman feel he owes his horse his very best!

13. They don’t expect immediate results. …

Relationships take time; Partnerships even longer time to nourish, cherish, develop … A good horseman ALWAYS takes the time the HORSE needs.