|Posted by Andrea Flanagan on May 30, 2011 at 6:32 AM|
Things happen for a reason. I am a strong believer of this. My interest of aromatherapy began on a personal level, on a human level, never considered applying aromatherapy to my pets. But along came Johnny! Funny how things happen for a reason! We purchased Johnny our Australian Stockhorse gelding for our daughter, Maggie. I knew he would be high maintenance yet that first contact, when you meet eye to eye and get a sense, that first contact made my mind up. We needed him and he needed us. He needed that individual attention he was craving at the trail riding school we purchased him from. He was that kind of horse that needed to feel secure and loved. We needed him because he was going to be the perfect teacher for my daughter to learn to ride. But he was skinny, had a skin condition, was going to take alot of work to bring him back to condition, not to mention the poor feet condition. What was I thinking??!!
My Zen Shampoo for Horses was created for Johnny. I wanted to try a natural shampoo that would soothe his irritated skin (that seemed more due to stress than anything external so to deal with the emotional reasons) and to help heal the physical soreness and irritation. By the end of the first wash I could see his stiffness to our attention start to relax and his head drop. Each wash saw his skin improve and he started to enjoy each session as if he realised the benefit of having a bath.
I also started to try Lavender with him when getting his feet trimmed. He seemed to dislike having his back legs picked up and the first visit lasted 1 hour of which most of that was getting the back feet trimmed. But around the 3rd visit when I introduced Lavender to him on a cotton pad he started to inhale the essential oil and within minutes was totally relaxed and happy to have his back legs picked up and feet trimmed. I now use Lavender as his oil of choice for moments when he gets stressed or anxious and he has started to accept me as someone who is not going to hurt him but hopefully help him.