Hoof Challenges in Horses:
I’ve been working with Jessica Lynn and her horses, including Destinee, since 2008. I’m part of her very expansive healing team, so sometimes consistency is not in the cards with Destiny but I go with the flow on that process. Jessica uses all kinds of healing modalities on her pets including essential oils, photonic lights, supplements, special feeds, massage, acupuncture, herb, enzymes, homeopathics, vaccine nosodes, chiropractics, energy work, allopathic medicines, natural and medicinal wormers (as needed of course) and she also communicates with Lydia Hiby.
Destiny Rose, a 10 year old female Arab cross, has been a problem child for quite a while. She didn’t want to come out into this world so Jessica actually pulled her from her mother’s birth canal. Destinee was born and raised in California and had been quite healthy for her first three years but has been on a BUNCH of supplements much of her life. She first became my patient (being a veterinarian I can say that for animals) in November of 2008. After her third year she developed quite a few challenges including fungal issues, fly bite problems, allergies, muscle ties and laminitis. Her feet were often sore and her hooves very soft. Destinee actually has lost her hoof once. It just sloughed off! Can you imagine that? Ouch! A constant stream of foot attention was needed. Jessica had her in boots often with various treatments in direct contact with the feet.
Over the years I’ve balanced out Jessica’s horses foods, figured out the exact timings for worming, dental procedures and vaccines, had Jessica get Destinee special foods like dandelion greens, yarrow powder, safflower oil, myrrh gum powder (for her fungal issues) and rutin for her circulation issues which were affecting her hooves. We’ve also tested out which specific boots or slippers to use on the hooves and tested out the percentage of effectiveness of each foot and general pain levels. We have even figured out new products to use on her that other clients had used with success for thrush (No Thrush Powder) which Jessica eventually decided to offer to her own clients online through her website (www.earthsongranch.com) because it worked so well.
Now, I’m not a horse-trained veterinarian, but I do believe in what my Guides give for advice. Jessica (fortunately) also believes in their guidance but asks lots of extra questions to get increased clarification which often helps us all. The last time we updated Destinee, the Guides told Jessica that she needed to take off the protective boots after two weeks. That didn’t make sense to Jessica so she didn’t do it. One afternoon shortly after that two week period Jessica emailed in concern saying that Destinee didn’t look any better even though she had been following the program diligently. She was concerned that she was getting too much sugar in her diet, as there had been times when I had suggested things for Destinee which made Jessica cringe (knowing all that she knows) but she follows through, one being that Destinee needed 3 cups of whole re-cleaned oats for 2 months. Jessica suspected that Destinee is a Insulin Resistant/Metabolic prone horse so this went against all the current advice out in the “horse world.” She went ahead and fed the oats, but was worried that with the oats, carrots, and apples as well as other fruits the guides said Destinee needed it may be causing what seemed to be going on! Each horse is an individual, and some of the IR/Metabolic horses may in fact need oats!
Since I’ve been doing this work for over 17 years, I try not to freak out when people tell me things are worse even though they are following the program (secretly I do always question and wonder and worry). When this happens it’s time to ask more questions. . .so we set up an appointment to review Destinee’s case.
Upon reviewing the case, the Guides said Destinee was getting better—so how come Jessica is not seeing this, I wondered. We determined that Jessica had not removed the boots (Soft Riders) so re-clarified that suggestion. “Destinee IS getting better,” they said, “and she’s healing from the inside out which is why it’s not apparent.” Well, we just had to go with what the Guides told us at that time, so Jessica made a call to her long-term bare foot professional for her to come do a trim and evaluation. The next day I got this email from Jessica.
“You were so right when you said the other day the hoof was healing from the inside out and that is what it is doing. There is now strength in the walls and the heels to hold her up, and she has been up and about today. Marci is coming back on Wednesday so we can trim some more… wanted to be a bit conservative! Denice, don’t ever doubt your abilities. You are awesome — you got everything right on. We just had to go with a different trim. When Marci (Destinee’s natural hoof care practitioner and consultant) saw all the strength in the feet after all this time she started to cry.”
Why do I question these things after all these years of working with the Guides? It just is so comforting to get that validation. It keeps me going and makes me feel safe as I continue to tread into waters I’m not totally comfortable with.
I’m sure if you sign up for Jessica’s newsletter she will keep you current on how Destinee is doing. I feel good and very blessed to be able to know that a cell is a cell is a cell—no matter if it’s a horse, human, dog, cat, iguana or even a plant cell. All the cell wants to do is be happy so it can function properly and give the living thing a great life. If we give the body or living thing what it needs, it responds in kind.
I’m sure if you sign up for Jessica’s newsletter (http://earthsongranch.com/viewContent.asp?idpage=57) or go to her Facebook page she will keep you current on how Destinee is doing. I feel good and very blessed to be able to know that a cell is a cell is a cell—no matter if it’s a horse, human, dog, cat, iguana or even a plant cell. All the cell wants to do is be happy so it can function properly and give the living thing a great life. If we give the body or living thing what it needs, it responds in kind.
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