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MAX AND OTTO

MAX AND OTTO-SHADOWING EACH OTHERThese two very misunderstood horses have become the very best of friends, and are like shadows to each other these days-even sharing food, which we are all so pleased to see..
It was a tricky start with Otto (white face) being extremely dominant to Max (with the darker face) and bullying him quite badly at first, but things have thankfully settled down now, and a beautiful friendship has blossomed between these two 17+hh giants.

Max was a bolting mess of stress and toxins upon arrival to the centre, making him very dangerous and unpredictable initially, but he has been through our rescue rehabilitation program himself, and has come out the other side of that as a happy and confident horse who now adores people, so it's absolutely fantastic to see that he has taken Otto under his wing, and is helping him through the program too.

LEARNING TO READ A HORSE'S ESSENCE....

After working with behaviourally challenging and trauma horses for all these years, experience in this area has taught me that science cannot explain everything surrounding horses.

Therefore "Essence" is not something you can see, or will hear your average horse trainer talking about.....but after lifestyle, diet, tack and saddle assessments, I have found it to be a very real and vital component of gaining success and trust with horses.

So what exactly is a horses "essence" and how can being able to read it help you become a better horse person?

EQUINE BEHAVIOUR STUDIES-AN ARTICLE ON WHAT IS GRASS AFFECTED?

It's the bad grass season time again, and I devote a huge proportion of my time to helping horses that are adversely affected by eating high sugar toxic grasses, and our horse welfare organisation gives free advice as well as hands on help to the people that are struggling to care for these horses thankfully to very successful results…..but we still see a lot of confusion over horses and grass in our challenging NZ conditions, so I wanted to talk about what being “grass affected” actually means for your horse and how to cope with it, as well as why we suffer so badly with it here in New Zealand?

TEN STEPS ON HOW TO TURN AROUND A TROUBLED HORSE: FEEL FREE TO SHARE STEP 1; PROVIDE A LOW SUGAR DIET:

TEN STEPS ON HOW TO TURN AROUND A TROUBLED HORSE: 
STEP 1; PROVIDE A LOW SUGAR DIET: 
Just like kids can display negative behaviours from eating high sugar foods, horses can also get high from sugars too......and unless you are running a winning racehorse or other high energy equine competitor, there really is no place for sugar high behaviour in most domestic horses.
In fact most horse owner/handlers don't recognise that lush green cow-grass is full of fructans, which are sugars, and it's these that play a major factor in behavioural problems with our horses.

THE AMAZING HEALING PROPERTIES OF VITAMIN C AND HORSES:

Case after case, we have seen the miracle of Vitamin C go to work to help to heal horses from a wide variety of conditions and ailments, over and over again, during the last ten years of running our horse rescue centre.


From wounds to disease and illnesses-to hoof abscesses and thrush, muscle and joint inflammation, to mud fever, to skin allergies and a whole array of dermatitic conditions, to eye problems, and stomach ulcers, to laminitis, to damaged tendons and ligaments, to conditions involving stress and colds, and every other ailment in horses in between.

HORSEMANSHIP JOURNEY'S

HOW DID I GET INTO THIS IS A QUESTION I AM ASKED OFTEN BY PEOPLE ABOUT MY UNIQUE APPROACH TO HORSES? 

It actually seems like it was a million years ago now.....but I had rescued a few dogs in my late teen as I have always loved animals, and this lead to me ending up with a wild pure bred American Timberwolf when I was in my early twenties and living back in the UK. 

I was dumped with this amazing but raw animal unexpectedly, and the human world was a place this innocent canine was just not capable of understanding.

MEET OTTO

Otto is a very big horse....who was donated to our centre last year, as he was suffering from some very challenging behaviours.....

He's absolutely gorgeous, as you can see....but his behaviour wasn't so nice at times....as he was scared and sceptical ..which made for some quite dangerous outburst...and big horses like this can do a serious amount of damage when they kick off, so it was not without risk that we took him on....However I have never believed in a bad horse....so we welcomed him to our big family here Natural Horse Nz.

MEET BALI AND LEARN ABOUT ISSUES WITH CHESTNUT HORSES...

MEET BALINI-or Bali for short....AND LEARN ABOUT WHY CHESTNUT HORSES HAVE IT SO BAD HERE IN NZ! Feel free to share to all NZ horse owners.

This is Bali, who arrived to us this afternoon....he's seen here in the photos meeting some other members of our herd....Otto and Max, our 2 heavyweight horses.

Bali was donated to us suffering from severe behavioural issues, and is the typical toxic Chestnut rescue horse, that we help people with the most here at Natural Horse NZ ....in fact we help Chestnuts coloured horses more than any other type of horse regardless of breed.

REHOMED 7 RESCUE HORSES THIS WEEK....

We spend a lot of our time behind the scenes liaising with people who want to give us horses for rescue, and with people who are looking for a horse...

Just last week we arranged for 7 horses to go to new homes

We donate minerals, toxin binders and feed, as well as send most of the horses to their new homes with a brand new rope halter and lead rope, and Bitless bridles and reins etc.....so we know the horses have correct and comfortable tack to set them up for success with their new families 

HAPPY XMAS TO TRACY FROM NEEMS:

This is Neems-who is one of our rescue horses....isn't he gorgeous.....

He's been here at the centre for a few years now, and is a permanent resident due to his extreme behaviours.......as unfortunately we have made very little progress with him as he is absolutely petrified of people, and sadly no matter how far we come with him, he quickly reverts back to his previous terrified state as soon as the halter is removed....so he is an intensely complex little fella with many issues.

There is no doubt about the abuse and harsh treatment this poor pony has received prior to coming here, as his behaviour is a direct reflection of just how harsh a life he has had,and the high trauma levels show just how much he has suffered in the hands of harsh handlers, as well as we have received a lot of reports from many people who knew of his tragic past too.