Editor's Postcard

Fine Tuning a State of Wellness

Fine Tuning a State of Wellness
Catherine Madera

How Are You Affecting Your Horse?

by Catherine Madera


Eli in a happy place. Photo credit Jess Bircham

As I’ve embraced naturpathic remedies for myself, relying less and less on drugs and anything that compartmentalizes health, I’ve become more interested in holistic health for my horse. Mind, body, and spirit cannot be separated. They constantly affect one another and either aid in wellness or take away from it. Horses are very sensitive creatures and I often ponder how their mind influences their body, and visa versa.

Once, I had a gifted equine chiropractor work on a horse that we used temporarily. Unbeknownst to the practitioner, this particular animal had suffered an injury early in life to the left side of its face. The chiropractor simply spoke of feeling a negative “energy” on that side, so much so that it made his own arm weak. I was told to regularly put one hand on this horse’s wither and one just under its left ear, a human electrical current of sorts, and “think only happy thoughts” as a healing exercise. “Wow,” I thought later, time to start singing Kum Ba Yah and hug some trees. No way was anybody going to catch me doing that! Later, after reading about acupuncture points on the horse, I got curious and gave it a try (making sure nobody was around). This exercise proved relaxing to the horse and it is something I now do with my very sensitive stallion, Eli. He always lowers his head, yawns, and will sometimes just hang his head by my side in total relaxation. What do I think about? Paddling a long board along the coast of Maui, a favorite happy memory.

What’s my point in sharing this (admittedly weird) story? Your state of mind—your fears, anger, unresolved conflict AND happy thoughts—profoundly affect your horse. Make a commitment to not only physical wellness, but mental and spiritual health, too.

Enjoy the magazine this month. On page 6 learn how SciencePure can improve your horse’s physical wellness and as for equine mental/emotional health? Try visualizing Hawaii…Eli likes it. Email me at editor@nwhorsesource.com.

Ride Well!


Published October 2013 Issue

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Editor's Postcard
Catherine Madera

Catherine Madera attended Walla Walla University in Eastern Washington where she majored in communications/journalism. After winning a national competition for Guideposts Magazine in 2004, Catherine concentrated on non-fiction inspirational stories. Since then, she has published numerous personal and ghosted stories for Guideposts and their affiliate publications. Catherine has published in many regional and national magazines/newspapers and her work is included in several anthologies. She specializes in equine-related topics and profiles and serves as editor of The Northwest Horse Source. In 2010 Catherine’s non-fiction story, A Hero’s Work, received the Merial Human-Animal Bond award given by American Horse Publications. She has also authored three works of fiction and provides editing/writing assistance through Word Horse Writing Services.

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