There is so much to think about when it comes to caring for our horses, in this issue, we look at hydration for horses through the practice of Equine Nutritional Hydrotherapy (ENH).
The practice of ENH encourages not only the use of natural whole food nutrition, but it must allow for an increase in the hindgut reservoir of fluid available for the horse to use, as and when required. This is now proving to be an invaluable resource for veterinarians within the clinical environment both in the UK and in Europe.
Franklin Levinson asks us to consider the amount and speed of information that we expect our horses to cope with. Too much information, energy, provided too fast confuses horses and, when they are confused, they become afraid. When they are, they cannot readily comply with requests made.
On a similar note, Equi-Ability discusses the impact our emotions have on our horses: "Our emotions are inextricably linked with our horse, and how we feel impacts directly on how well placed our horse is to learn. Based on this, the better we know ourselves and are aware of our emotional responses, the better we can support our horses in new ventures. We are less likely to block our equine partners by attributing a problem to them, when in fact it is our doing."
In this issue’s training articles, Alessia Pagani helps us to direct the feet, with timing and feel "when you are in time with those feet, you can slow them down, speed them up and you can stop them before they get into trouble."