37 episodes

A unique podcast solely dedicated to the natural horse.
The information covered in each episode is based on thousands of success cases using natural health care,  practical wisdom, and science. Learn what horses need to live their best lives – body, mind, and spirit – and how diet, nutritional therapy, natural remedies, and holistic horse-keeping can work for your horse on all levels. Listen in to equip yourself with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions for your horse’s health with less stress, overwhelm, and confusion.

Healing Horses with Elisha Elisha Edwards

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A unique podcast solely dedicated to the natural horse.
The information covered in each episode is based on thousands of success cases using natural health care,  practical wisdom, and science. Learn what horses need to live their best lives – body, mind, and spirit – and how diet, nutritional therapy, natural remedies, and holistic horse-keeping can work for your horse on all levels. Listen in to equip yourself with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions for your horse’s health with less stress, overwhelm, and confusion.

    36: 5 Ways to Help Hormonal Mares Naturally

    36: 5 Ways to Help Hormonal Mares Naturally

    This week, we are shifting our focus to hormones in mares.
    Many horse owners are eager to learn how to manage hormonal mares and better understand their behavior. While the most intense symptoms of hormone changes tend to surface in spring, chronic issues can persist year-round, making them challenging to handle, as hormonal imbalances can significantly alter their brain chemistry, behavior, and well-being.
    As most women know, hormones are powerful and can cause severe symptoms. Unfortunately, horses cannot easily communicate what they are experiencing. So, today, I share tips on approaching hormonal issues with mares naturally and holistically.
    Introduction to Hormonal Imbalances in Horses
    Hormonal imbalances in horses, particularly mares and geldings, have become normalized in the industry. That has led to a lack of awareness about healthy hormone levels. The primary causes of hormone imbalances are stress, nutrient deficiencies, and toxicity, which disrupt homeostasis in the body.
    Seasonal Hormonal Changes
    In spring, increased daylight triggers hormonal changes in mares. Their eyes absorb more light, activating the endocrine system, including the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. The hypothalamus, known as the master gland, orchestrates these changes by stimulating various hormones in response to environmental factors such as temperature, fluid balance, hunger, and stress.
    Hypothalamus and Pituitary Gland Interaction
    The hypothalamus links the nervous and endocrine systems, receiving environmental information and eliciting a response by stimulating the pituitary gland with neural hormones. This complex interaction prepares mares for reproduction, producing follicle-stimulating and luteinizing hormones for estrogen and progesterone production in the ovaries.
    Estrus Cycle and Hormonal Symptoms
    A healthy mare experiences a 21-day estrus cycle, with ovulation around day 16 and heat lasting 4-6 days. However, many mares suffer from hormonal imbalances, leading to chronic heat cycles and symptoms such as uterine pain, colic, sweating, frequent urination, back pain, and general stiffness. These symptoms often go unrecognized as hormonal issues.
    Behavioral and Emotional Impact
    Hormonal imbalances also affect the behavior of mares, causing agitation, anger, depression, fatigue, and anxiety. That can impact their ability to cooperate with humans, making them unsafe and hard to handle. Recognizing and addressing the imbalances through nutrition and lifestyle adjustments can significantly improve their behavior and overall well-being.
    Conventional and Holistic Approaches
    While hormone replacement therapies are commonplace, they come with many side effects, including weight gain, uterine infections, and risks to human handlers. Medications like synthetic progesterone and medroxyprogesterone suppress estrus, but their risks often outweigh the benefits. A holistic approach focusing on diet, nutrition, and natural remedies is better for long-lasting results.
    The Role of Stress and Nutrition
    Stress significantly impacts hormonal balance, as elevated cortisol and insulin levels disrupt the physical equilibrium. Nutrient deficiencies, particularly vitamin B6 and magnesium, contribute to hormonal issues. Essential fatty acids, calcium, and Vitamin B12 will also support hormone regulation and overall health.
    Protein and Alfalfa
    Excessive protein intake can lead to behavioral and anxiety problems in horses. While protein is essential, horses do not require as much as some owners might think. Be cautious with alfalfa, a high-protein forage, and ensure it is relevant and appropriate for your horse.
    Commercial Feeds and Hormone Impact
    Commercial feeds can contain various...

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    35: The Chemistry of Stress in Horses

    35: The Chemistry of Stress in Horses

    We are currently experiencing an epidemic of stress-related conditions in horses, affecting virtually every aspect of their health. So, this week, we are focusing on ways to prevent or reduce stress in horses.
    When a horse becomes stressed, various physiological changes occur, exacerbating any health issues or challenges that may already exist.
    Join me as I explore why horses tend to get stressed, examining the biochemical processes that unfold when they do and how their organs respond, highlighting how these factors can ultimately lead to either the success or failure of their health.
    Categories of StressorsStressors in horses can be physical or emotional. Physical stressors include chronic illness, injuries, surgeries, pain, inflammation, high physical demands, and chronic hunger. Emotional stressors stem from the social nature of the horse. They may include weaning, grief, anger, frustration, loneliness due to confinement, and chronic hunger.
    Physical Stressors Chronic Illness and Injuries:Chronic illnesses place constant stress on the equine body as it struggles to restore balance. Injuries, such as pulled ligaments, broken bones, or muscle damage, require the body to activate resources to reduce inflammation and begin healing, which is a significant stressor.
    Surgeries and Pain:Surgeries are invasive and traumatic for the tissues of horses. Pain and inflammation, whether from injuries, food allergies, or high-sugar diets, create a constant state of low-grade stress, hindering tissue repair and allowing degenerative processes to take place.
    Performance and Chronic Hunger: High-performance physical demands can be stressful, so the necessary tools and resources are essential to help the horse recover. Horses are natural grazers, so chronic hunger can lead to chronic stress, affecting their physical and emotional well-being.
    Emotional Stressors Social Nature and Weaning: Horses are highly social beings with a strong emotional IQ. Weaning is a significant emotional stressor and is often the first traumatic event for a horse. Some horses adapt well, while others carry the trauma long into adulthood.
    Grief: Grief from losing herd mates, whether due to death or separation, can affect horses. They may exhibit signs of depression and a loss of zest for life, potentially leading to physical health issues like ulcers or laminitis.
    Anger, Frustration, and Loneliness: Poor human-horse relationships, where the horse feels misunderstood or unheard, can lead to frustration and anger. Loneliness, often due to confinement and lack of social interaction, is another emotional stressor that could affect their health.
    Impact of Stress on HorsesAs prey animals, horses have a pronounced and severe stress response hardwired for survival. This response, necessary for escaping predators, includes hypervigilance and neuroses. Genetic factors can influence their stress response, highlighting the importance of breeding calmer, less stressed horses to ensure better future generations.
    Fight, Flight, and FreezeThe natural stress response in horses is flight. However, in unnatural environments where fleeing is impossible, this energy has no outlet, leading to frustration, anger, and irritability. Chronic stress without release can result in shutdown and withdrawal, further compounding any existing health issues.
    Physiological Effects of StressStress significantly impacts the digestive system, reducing blood flow to vital organs, slowing gut motility, inhibiting nutrient absorption, and reducing digestive secretions. That can lead to malnutrition and colic. Chronic stress also increases acidity in the stomach,...

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    34: Improving your Horse's Emotional Health with Glenn Stewart

    34: Improving your Horse's Emotional Health with Glenn Stewart

    Stress is a significant concern for horses, as it influences countless aspects of their health and well-being. So, this week, I invited Glenn Stewart to join me to dive into the emotional health of horses. 
    Glenn works with wild horses. I have been following his travels across the globe for several years, doing clinics and working with horses and humans. He has been an invaluable resource in my quest to understand more about equine behavior and health within a natural environment. 
    Glenn is one of the premier horsemen in the world with four decades of experience, having worked with thousands of horses and 38 different breeds. He runs annual High & Wild camps at his ranch in Fort St. John, British Columbia, where he leads groups into the mountains to work with horses that have had very few interactions with humans. 
    Glenn has won many competitions, including the Cold Starting competition at the Horse Expo in Red Deer, Alberta. He became the 2021 champion at Road to the Horse in Alberta, Canada, and clinched the world championship title at the 2022 Road to the Horse in Lexington, Kentucky. 
    Join us as Glenn draws from his expertise and vast experience to explore the intricate relationship between stress and equine health.
    Understanding Stress in HorsesEven though stress in horses is not inherently harmful, excessive stress may harm them. Discomfort is necessary for growth in both humans and horses. Glenn notes that horses, being prey animals, find many things stressful, and the goal should be to build their confidence rather than shield them from all stress.
    Importance of BalanceIt is essential to find balance when working with horses. Protecting horses from all discomfort is as damaging as exposing them to constant stress. The key is to expose them to stress in a controlled, step-by-step manner to help them become calmer and more confident.
    Long-term Stress and Horse BehaviorSome may try to avoid putting their horses in stressful situations, believing it will keep them calm. Glenn counters this by explaining that long-term stress from constantly being protected can make horses more fearful. He believes that with proper training, any horse can build confidence and become calmer, regardless of their initial temperament.
    Keeping Horses Out of Self-Preservation ModeGlenn explains the importance of preventing horses from entering self-preservation mode, which occurs when they feel overly pressured and see no way out. Proper training involves showing horses that there is an answer to the pressure they face, encouraging them to think and remain calm.
    Mental and Emotional DevelopmentGlenn stresses the importance of mental and emotional development over physical fitness in horse training. He believes in building mental and emotional resilience in horses to prevent them from reacting adversely under stress.
    Misconceptions about Fast TrainingGlenn addresses the misconception that quick training is harmful. He argues that fast training can be beneficial and less stressful for the horse if done correctly. Prolonged confusion and slow training can lead to more stress and anxiety for the horse.
    Trust between Humans and HorsesTrust gets built through consistent, clear communication and handling. Horses need to know what humans expect of them and see their human owner as a reliable leader. Glenn emphasizes the importance of developing yourself before trying to train your horse.
    Training Approach in CompetitionsGlenn often waits to saddle or ride the horse in competitions, focusing instead on building trust. He explains that the goal is to get enough positive responses from the horse before proceeding to ensure the horse is mentally and

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    33: The 3 F's for Horses and their Health

    33: The 3 F's for Horses and their Health

    This week, we return to the basics of equine care to focus on the three Fs of fundamental requirements for a healthy horse.
    The three Fs stand for forage, friendship, and freedom. This concept has been around for quite some time as it effectively encapsulates all the principal necessities for any horse to thrive. 
    Join me as we dive into the importance of always focusing on these core pillars of horse health first to ensure all your horse's mental, physical, and emotional needs get met.
    Definition of NaturalNatural means something nature created, so it is not there due to human intervention. Applying a natural lifestyle to horses in a domestic setting is challenging because humans control almost every aspect of a horse's environment, including food, water, supplements, living quarters, social interactions, and freedom. That means what we often consider normal horse-keeping is not necessarily natural or best for the horse.
    Horse CommunicationHorses communicate their needs and discomforts through their behavior. Unruly, aggressive, or dangerous behavior often shows that a horse is unhappy with its environment, lifestyle, or treatment. Knowing about that and responding appropriately to the signs will help you have a better relationship with your horse and improve its well-being.
    Forage and Digestive HealthThe digestive systems of horses are supposed to have food constantly. In the wild, horses graze continuously, preventing digestive issues like ulcers and colic. Domestic horses need regular access to forage to mimic that natural state. Restricting food, especially for insulin-resistant and metabolic horses, can lead to stress and health problems. Slow feeders can help manage the amount and pace of their eating, reducing their stress and promoting health.
    Friendship and Social NeedsHorses are social animals, so they need companionship. Living in herds provides safety and fulfills their social needs. Horses deprived of social interactions can suffer from loneliness, depression, and stress. So, it is essential to allow horses to bond with other horses and ensure they have social opportunities, even if it means getting creative with their living arrangements.
    Freedom to MoveHorses need space to move naturally, which often gets restricted in domestic settings. Providing environments like track systems to encourage movement can help mimic their natural behavior. Movement is crucial for a horse's physical health, aiding their digestion, metabolism, and overall well-being.
    Practical AdjustmentsAdjusting your horse management to provide more natural conditions, even in limited spaces, can significantly impact the health of your horse and its happiness. That includes ensuring they have forage available, providing opportunities for social interactions, and allowing them the freedom to move. 
    Case Study on Insulin-Resistant HorseA case of an insulin-resistant horse with behavioral issues highlights the importance of the three Fs. Despite all efforts to manage his diet and health, his aggression and stress did not improve until he was allowed more freedom and given a more natural living environment. This case underscores the importance of addressing the horse's emotional and mental needs alongside its physical health.
    ConclusionHorses thrive when their natural behaviors and needs are respected. That includes having constant access to forage, social interactions, and the freedom to move. Domestic settings often restrict these natural behaviors, but making some adjustments to provide more natural conditions will usually lead to healthier and happier horses.
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    32: Using homeopathy to finish the case

    32: Using homeopathy to finish the case

    Even though homeopathy is the second-largest medicine system in the world, many people have never even heard of it.So, this week, I am focusing on using homeopathy to finish a case. 
    My inspiration for this topic came from an insightful documentary I recently watched called Introducing Homeopathy, covering the history and scientific foundations of homeopathy. It is a must-watch for anyone curious about this powerful yet often overlooked system of medicine. 
    Join me as we explore the wonders of homeopathy, revealing its effectiveness for managing toxicity in horses and addressing their chronic health issues.
    Documentary InsightsIntroducing Homeopathy provides a comprehensive examination of the history of homeopathy and its remarkable efficacy in addressing a diverse range of health conditions. Through in-depth discussions and insights from experts worldwide, including esteemed scientists and Nobel laureates, the documentary sheds light on the scientific foundation of homeopathy. It emphasizes the unique philosophy underlying the homeopathic approach to healing, showcasing numerous success stories highlighting its effectiveness in improving health and well-being.
    Optimal Timing for Homeopathy ApplicationsWe have recently covered cases highlighting the use of homeopathy for various aspects of equine health while also focusing on the importance of nutrition, stress management, and toxin removal for laying the groundwork for homeopathic remedies to achieve optimal results. That strategic approach recognizes the value of homeopathy as an energy-based medicine that relies on a clear and precise understanding of symptoms for accurately selecting the best remedy and maximizing its therapeutic potential.
    Illustrative Case Studies and ConsiderationsIn Introducing Homeopathy, the efficacy of homeopathy is illustrated vividly through various case studies that showcase its ability to complement and enhance efforts to strengthen immunity and detoxify the body. With conditions like chronic sinusitis or parasite infections, homeopathy significantly improves the outcomes. That highlights the importance of addressing fundamental health factors before integrating homeopathy into a treatment plan.
    Navigating Complexities and Overcoming ChallengesWhile homeopathy offers substantial benefits, challenges may arise, particularly in cases like laminitis with mechanical foot issues. In those situations, holistic interventions alongside homeopathy are essential for comprehensive care. It is crucial to approach homeopathy judiciously, particularly regarding complex and chronic health conditions, while also recognizing its potential to provide relief in acute scenarios like colic.
    Encouraging Continued Exploration and Understanding In conclusion, I encourage you, the listener, to delve deeper into the principles and applications of homeopathy by watching the documentary Introducing Homeopathy. By gaining a more comprehensive understanding of the role of homeopathy within a holistic treatment framework, you can optimize your health outcomes and achieve lasting wellness. 
    Through continuous exploration and education, you will learn about the benefits of homeopathy for us individuals and the broader healthcare community.
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    31: How and when to supplement your horse with selenium

    31: How and when to supplement your horse with selenium

    Over the past few weeks, I have covered equine metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and thyroid function. One of the minerals essential for many of those physical processes is selenium.
    So, today, I take a closer look at selenium, providing an in-depth analysis of this essential nutrient. 
    By understanding the role of selenium, recognizing signs of deficiency, and knowing when to supplement it, we can make more informed decisions for the health of our horses. Join us to learn all you need to know about selenium and the diet and lifestyle risk factors that could result in a selenium deficiency.
    An Overview of SeleniumSelenium is an antioxidant crucial for holistic equine health. Antioxidants like selenium scavenge free radicals, aiding detoxification and supporting the immune system. They are particularly beneficial for horses facing toxicity or immune challenges.
    Supplementation Duration and ImportanceWhile I do not recommend ongoing daily supplementation for all nutrients, selenium is an exception due to common deficiencies, especially for horses prone to equine metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance. It is best to start with intensive supplementation before transitioning to a maintenance regimen, typically three to four times weekly, to ensure optimal long-term selenium levels.
    The Roles and Benefits of SeleniumSelenium serves a range of functions beyond supporting the immune system, supporting healthy skin, hair, hooves, muscle function, and thyroid health. It is also crucial for metabolic balance and is particularly essential for working horses due to their higher demand.
    Deficiency Signs and RisksMany horses show deficiency symptoms due to inadequate selenium levels in their diet and environment. Signs of selenium deficiency include weakened hooves, skin issues, hair loss, fatigue, liver toxicity, poor immunity, muscle issues, and thyroid dysfunction. 
    Balancing Deficiency and Toxicity ConcernsWhile selenium toxicity has historically been a concern, deficiencies are far more common. Organic selenium forms like selenomethionine are safe and highly bioavailable, mitigating toxicity risks associated with inorganic forms like sodium selenite.
    Supplementation GuidelinesFor horses deficient in selenium, a loading dose of 2000 micrograms per day for a few weeks, followed by a maintenance dose of 1000 micrograms, works well. Dosages must be tailored to the requirements of each horse and monitored for optimal results.
    Long-term ConsiderationsGiven how common selenium deficiencies are and the critical importance of selenium for equine health, maintaining a regular supplementation routine that gets adjusted to suit the individual needs of each horse is prudent for their overall well-being.
    ConclusionUnderstanding the significance of selenium, recognizing signs of deficiency, choosing the appropriate form for supplementation, and implementing a tailored regimen are essential steps in optimizing equine health and performance. Regular monitoring and adjustments will ensure sustained benefits and support for equine health and vitality.
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Incredibly informative

This podcast is full of information. Thank you Elisha for sharing your knowledge and making our horses lives better for doing so.

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