Equine Tea Time
Have you ever struggled to get your horse to drink enough water after exercise, while traveling or during very hot or cold weather? Is your horse ever grabby or rude when you bring food? Do you have concerns using food as a training aid due to your horse’s weight problems? By dissolving various types of horse feed products in water, you can create an enticing equine “tea” that brings health benefits and can be used as a training aid. Here I will share with you ideas about the benefits of using tea and some of my favorite recipes. If you have an interest, you can experiment further and discover your own.
The importance of good hydration for equine health was driven home to me last summer. My thirty two year old Arab gelding, Frankie, began having difficulty getting up after he rolled, [one of his favorite things to do]. The problem was getting worse and he frequently required assistance to get on his feet. He even had a chaffed “bum” from rocking back and forth in his attempts to stand. One afternoon, during a bad heat wave, I was completely unable to get him up. Absolutely distraught, I called my husband and brother to come help and they were finally successful. Frankie has been part of our family since he was seven. He is so sweet and respectful that we’ve allowed him to roam where he pleases as our “barn manager”, warmly greeting everyone who comes here.
Though he always has access to fresh water and a salt block, I was told he still might be weak because he was dehydrated or low on electrolytes. Humans begin having diminished thirst sensation starting at age fifty and it progressively declines with age. Maybe horses experience the same loss.
I began offering a delicious tea twice a day to entice him to drink. He loved it and would happily gulp down a big bucket! What a difference it has made in his ability to get up after a roll. He still has to rock a few times, however, he gets up on his own and he doesn’t have sores on his rear anymore! Now he gets tea once a day and during really hot or cold weather, he might get one in the morning and one at night.
A chunky Icelandic mare named “Una” helped me to fully appreciate the advantages of tea as a training aid. Una’s pushy and dominate behavior had escalated to the point that her owner could no longer ride her. She couldn’t even lead her up the driveway on her ranch. The little mare is very smart and loves food. Like most Icelandic’s, she is a super easy keeper. Her owner had understandable concerns regarding the use of food in training.
By using flavored water made with a low carbohydrate pellet food, I was able to increase the number of requests and reward interactions without dangerously elevating her caloric intake. It also addressed her desire to shove her nose in the bucket and rudely snatch a mouthful of food, savoring every morsel of her ill gotten gains. Hard to snatch a mouthful of tea! As soon as she swallowed, she was looking for the next time she could earn permission to have some. What a star student little Una turned into! She really wanted to figure out what the requirements were during our sessions so she could score the most sips. Instead of mowing people over, she was looking to please. The respect she gained around the tea has translated into a much more manageable and tractable attitude.
Equine tea is easy to make. I will share some products that my horses really love, however, don’t limit your tea creations to these concoctions. It’s fun to use your imagination and experiment.
Check out this article “Maintaining Hydration in Horses”
Here is a video with Robin explaining the recipe for the Equine Tea
and how to use it during training.
Robin Gates was injured last week and is in need of your love and prayers
This is a time for thanks, healing and gratefulness. I want to thank everyone that has supported Robin on her need for financial help. Your support at this time will help with her expenses for surgery and hospitalization which are beyond anyone’s ability to pay. I know this one, for I am in the same boat with my mother. For everyone that has supported Robin she has a long way to go and will need a lot of care going forward. I want to suggest to everyone to make monthly donations as this is going to be a long journey back to a full recovery for Robin.
The good work that Robin and myself have done around the world for the development of self realization with horses through the love of horses is in no way lucrative. We do what we do because it is in our hearts to bring more harmony to the world of horses and humans.
For all of you who have supported Robin with your love, prayers and meditations – it has had an immeasurable value.
The power of sending healing energy and love reminds me of what I learned about Elephants giving birth in captivity. Their story emphasizes how valuable the support of our friends can be. Elephants for years in captivity had only still births and it was learned later on that the reason this was true was that elephants needed their girlfriends around them while giving birth. The elephant community helps the mothers in labor and ever since this was discovered, elephants now have babies in captivity easily because the zoos now leave the elephants together at the time of birth. What I heard is that the pregnant elephant’s girlfriends will circle around her closely and moan and weave back and forth all though the birthing process. This gives the mother strength to give birth to a healthy baby. Robin has a large support system of friends and I know we have made a diffrence in her healing process and helped guide the hands of her surgeon. We have experienced the power of group healing.
I spoke to Robin today and I could tell she was able to speak to me though a strong energy that is not owned by any of us. It was beautiful.
My part in all this was that when Robin went into surgery, by the way it took 10 hours, I stayed up all night until I was told that she was out of surgery the next day. I felt her pain, like the elephants supporting their pregnant friend. I was there in my heart with and for Robin. Robin is a strong person because of her practice of gratitude and her love of life and horses. Nothing is going to hold her down long and all of your love for her is sending her healing energy in her time of need. Thank you!
Above is a blog from Robin which is the formula of her tea that you all have been waiting for. If you want to learn more about the details of Robin’s injuries, check out the link below for the details and while you are there it would be appreciated if you could leave a donation to keep the love growing.
We may all need this kind of support at some time in our lives and it may become the wave of the future that many can help the individual from the computer friends we have made. Linda salinas told me a story about her daughter. Her daughter was at a party with her mother and was told by a friend that she loved her mother too much and her daughter replied that you can never love anyone too much.
What I leaned from horses is that they know something that does not come that easily for humans and that is when the community needs to support the individual over the community’s needs and laws and when the individual needs to support his community over his own needs. This is the time to help our dear friend. Thank you and hugs to you all.
Here is a link to help Robin