Welcome to the first blog of Equine Equilibrium! As the name entails, the goal of my practice and teaching is to promote balance in the horse. While the modalities I employ are primarily targeted at the body of the horse, I have come to believe that physical balance is closely interrelated to emotional balance.
I felt it most appropriate to include a picture of my horse, Tomax al Surat, in his prime as a 14 yr old stallion. Good health and happiness cannot be easily artificially developed; when I look at this photo what I notice most is his superb physical condition and air of stallion pride. This picture adequately captured a happy and healthy horse-a horse in balance. Today, as an elder statesman of nearly 27, he has lost some of his physical condition but his demeanor is still that of being proud and strong. He continues to make me laugh as he "runs the show" on our farm here in southwest Montana.
In my work, I come across horses living in imbalance all too frequently-- too much work, or not enough. Not enough turn out, or not enough hay. Too much grain, or not enough attention paid to little warning signs of declining mental and physical function. Too many demands, and sometimes, not enough. Too much love, or too little. I struggle like most everyone else to achieve the right balance in care-giving between my busy life and my horses. My own journey with my horses have been some of my greatest lessons.
Often, when things are out of balance in care and training, despite their owner's best intentions, the horse's health suffers, and they are often prone to injury. One of my primary goals-that I believe sets Equine Equilibrium apart- is my goal of empowering owners to help achieve better balance in their horse's lives, allowing their emotional and physical health thrive.
Over the next few months there will be some exciting changes at Equine Equilibrium- including some new online resources to assist horse owners with achieving a better, more balanced caregiving relationship with their beloved horses.
I love hearing from horse owners- what are your own concerns with balance in your horses?