Ask ten people watching a horse and rider work through a training challenge and you will hear ten different detailed descriptions with a solution, all valid. If you ask vets it’s the same thing. Everyone responds with that which is immediately on their mind, the latest research or current hot topic they are exploring. I chime in with what is most appropriate and current on my mind at the given time. The filters of experience mean more towards understanding the other nine opinions, than drawing from the middle of the reservoir of options.
The quest for a solution to one challenge at a time is the heart of riding, as it is the major part of the entire journey taken together with a horse. Given this, if one person solves it with mechanical analysis and another uses a mental or emotional approach, the aim is the same: to move beyond that question and on to the next one.
I work things out in an organic and fluid way. Solidly grounded, I continue evolving my way as new knowledge is acquired. First (a), finding a way to rule out internal, metabolic problems. First (b), at the same time working on the physical or mechanical question. While it is a slow path to equine excellence I don’t mind, I am in it for life. The horse matters more to me than the time. A charming discovery is watching a horse and rider continue to train as they work it out and see the improvement spiral higher. When that happens the bond strengthens into deeper understanding with greater respect and communication.
Viewing health as fundamentally the assimilation of nutrients and the elimination of wastes, with all systems working in synergy my grounding is about, clearing flow. Soundness is health, and while unsoundness happens from a trauma of some kind, first the inner systems were not working in sync. Which is why I ask, what can be done for this horse to help it move towards soundness from within as well as its movement. As a business model I seek to empower rather than to impose. Bodies are able to make remarkable recoveries when they are given the right tools, innate intelligence is awesome.
My current focus is ratcheting up soundness with original Himalayan salt. It moved to high priority status because it’s on sale at my trusted source. Being rather expensive there is a temptation to buy a lesser quality. This is one of those things where the source of the product makes a huge difference. And it’s one of trust because we cannot see the difference with our eyes. Recently placing an order I discovered its sale prices. I am meticulous about value (and budgets).
If you like Himalayan salt ropes in your horses stall do you use it yourself too? The site, linked on my sidebar, is not only for people. While the company does not sell the salt licks for animals, I use the salt stones to make a salt sole for the horses that I dose them with daily. There is a lot of information available at the site. If you do visit them via my link I may get a little commission, thank you so much. You can visit them directly if you prefer. I encourage you to suss out the best Himalayan salt for you and your animals!
I also keep Himalayan salt on ropes and in large blocks from the feed store around if they want to have a lick. It is my primary array of minerals after all. Being that it is made by nature with 84 trace minerals in the proportions from whence life evolved makes for a happy DNA, they say. The scary thing is, local chunks of road salt can be taken and sold as Himalayan salt because it looks the same. And if you don’t know the source it may have some heavy metals and toxic minerals in it if it is untested.
I stocked up at the great pricing specials. Delicious and nutritious, oh boy, more ways to feel great! Knowing what ten different people see watching a rider work through a solution helps the other nine watching work it out for themselves with more facets to ponder. It’s part of polishing the diamond that is riding.