All Blog Posts Tagged 'natural' (84)

Turbo Herbal Medicine

As a natural health practitioner, I have a wide variety of modalities to choose from when making recommendations for my clients, my family, and my animals.  Sometimes I select an herb or two.  Other times I may use a homeopathic remedy.  But what I turn to more than anything are therapeutic-grade essential…


Added by Patti Bartsch, Ph.D. on August 15, 2012 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Horse Agility at Infinity Farm.

Think of it as a trip to the amusement park- with your horse.

I didn’t start out doing Natural Horsemanship. I started out before that phrase was invented.  Like a lot of us, I used voice commands while lunging and required good ground manners. I did the rest from my saddle; riding was my thing.

To tell…


Added by Anna Blake on March 16, 2012 at 8:17am — 2 Comments

5 Natural Ways to Fight a Cold or Flu

As people continue to live unhealthy lifestyles; eating processed foods, drinking lots of soda and coffee, and not getting enough rest, the more people are experiencing bouts with a cold or flu.  Here are some simple, natural ways to fight these pesky bugs!

1)  Alkalize!  Pathogens (germs) thrive in an…


Added by Patti Bartsch, Ph.D. on January 25, 2012 at 10:36pm — No Comments

A New Way

Horses are my life. As a person who is deeply involved in all aspects of the horse on a daily basis, I strive for a connection with each of them and work at understanding and communicating in a way that is fair, humane and encourages trust and connection. This stuff doesn't happen overnight (necessarily) - it…


Added by Horse Play on December 23, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Upcoming Events for Horse Play Oct 2011

Horse Play Events - October 2011

October 1,… Continue

Added by Horse Play on September 28, 2011 at 10:21am — 1 Comment

"Healthy" is a Big Fat Lie!

By Patti Bartsch, M.A., Ph.D. ~

Ok, well maybe "lie" is a little on the strong side but intentional misconception hits it right on the head! Most of my coaching clients tell me that they eat "pretty…


Added by Patti Bartsch, Ph.D. on August 23, 2011 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Mid-Summer news from horse Play 2011











The Running Horse

A Bi-monthly Newsletter from Horse Play…


Added by Horse Play on August 3, 2011 at 11:22am — No Comments

Early Summer News from Horse Play

The Running Horse 

A Bi-monthly Newsletter from Horse Play 

Special Issue – Early Summer 2011 

Horse Play 

EIN: 05-0506340 




Message from Aidan – the Alpha Mare 


Nom, nom, nom, nom, nom -… Continue

Added by Horse Play on June 30, 2011 at 8:24am — No Comments

Million Dollar Question

     My last post asked, “What Do You Want?”  Perhaps coincidentally, in her blog today fellow member Jackie Cochran posted “Well Horse, What Do YOU Want?” Now, isn’t that the million dollar question!  Safety, comfort and play, says Pat Parelli.  Yes, and we should always first rule out physical discomfort when faced with undesired behaviors.  But figuring out exactly how much play, challenge, fun, and rest your particular horse prefers isn’t always easy.

Added by Jamie B on June 19, 2011 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

What do you want?

Wednesday I saw a tornado.  Up close, while trapped in my car on an elevated stretch of highway in Springfield, Mass. Scary!  Funny what a random lethal event does to your head.  It’s clarifying

My sister, a fellow agnostic, asked me if I prayed.  The question took me off guard, and its answer surprised me a bit: I didn’t.  I’d wondered if this was “it”, and then thought, why not?  I don’t live in the area, just happened to be there at that moment as I traveled to Vermont for…


Added by Jamie B on June 5, 2011 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Road to the Ride

Inspired by the "Road to the Horse 2011" on DVD which arrived last week, I've decided to implement an intensive training program to get Brody ready to be ridden.  Brody's been with us almost one year now, and he came to us with a suspensory injury.  But the vet came last week for Brody's vaccinations, and gave the go ahead to climb on and ride. Woohoo!


Brody may be physically ready to be ridden, but mentally and emotionally he is not.  (And, of course, there is the…


Added by Jamie B on May 30, 2011 at 7:29pm — No Comments


"Respect is appropriate response to pressure."  I heard Pat Parelli say this once, and the ring of its truth is undeniable.  Whether working on the ground or in the saddle, a horse's appropriate response to pressure is essential to any activity.  Brody definitely needs (re)education on this!


Maybe lack of cooperation is his passive-aggressive platform for establishing dominance, or maybe I haven't been consistent enough in establishing my expectations and requiring him to…


Added by Jamie B on May 22, 2011 at 8:56pm — 3 Comments

Part 3 is here! (So excited)

The story of how a horse goes from a second chance pony, into an inspirational life changing horse.


Navara's story. Tell me what you think so far. I hope you enjoy

Added by Ayesha on May 18, 2011 at 3:37am — No Comments

My Space

I really want to focus on strengthening my leadership, so that eventually I can safely ride Brody and take him out on the road.  Here's how I worked to establish my physical space with Brody this week.


First, Brody did not want to be haltered, especially once he caught sight of the rope and stick.  So I swung the halter towards his hindquarters and got him moving off whenever he started stepping away from me.  When Brody wheeled to face me, I turned my back to him and stand…


Added by Jamie B on May 15, 2011 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Back in the Blogosphere!

So good to be back after a very long winter!  I've been freshening up my groundwork skills, reviewing Parelli and catching up on all the Downunder Horsemanship (Clinton Anderson) episodes I recorded from RFD-TV.  Yesterday I decided to get back in the paddock for a first session, and I was amazed at how much Brody remembered, particularly changing direction on a circle.  We seemed to have just about picked up where we left off.  I decided to keep it short and vary the exercises a…


Added by Jamie B on May 8, 2011 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Horse Play News March-April 2011


The Running Horse 

A Bi-monthly Newsletter from Horse Play

March - April 2011

Horse Play

EIN: 05-0506340



Message from Aidan – the Alpha Mare



Added by Horse Play on March 23, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Horse Play News Jan - Feb 2011

The Running Horse

A Bi-monthly Newsletter from Horse Play…


Added by Horse Play on January 21, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Holistic Health for Equestrians - Body, Mind, and Spirit

For a while now, I have been talking with and…


Added by Patti Bartsch, Ph.D. on January 13, 2011 at 1:27pm — No Comments

Simple Things Can Work Wonders

Sometimes the simple things work wonders with horses. This is another story I want to share with you about how I caught a horse that was uncatchable. It was during my first job in La Jolla, California where I was hired to handle a large training center of hunters and jumpers. What they like to do in some of these training centers is to play a little joke on you on the first day that you arrive. It’s a way of breaking ice and getting to know… Continue

Added by Carolyn Resnick on January 12, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Change the Frame of a Horses Mind to Overcome Resistance

The story I’m about to share with you will be practical information for those of you who really know how to use the Waterhole Rituals ™and who have trained a few horses with them. For those of you that haven’t, let it be “food for thought” for the future as you grow as horsemen and women. I want people to think about what is going on in their horse’s mind. No one should try the strategy I am going to share with you unless they…

Added by Carolyn Resnick on December 29, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

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