Mary D. Midkiff's Women & Horses Newseltter
Newsle    Newsletter ~ March/April 2012~ Issue No. 114
In This Issue
The Focused Horse DVD
The InBalance Horse Oil Blend
Natural Reactions
Tip of the Month: Glands in Springtime
Swift Taylor's First Race
Letters from You
Jimmy Developing Nicely
Spring Benefits of The InBalance Horse oil blend
Radio Show
April 17, 2012 

Please tune in to hear Mary Midkiff on The Kim Baker Radio Show on April 17th at 3:05 EST. You can listen online here:

By Mary D. Midkiff

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All the steps you need to use The InBalance Horse oil blend, mouth massage and acupressure!
5 steps to maximizing preparing, training and enjoying horses.

"The Focused Horse" 26 minute DVD includes demonstrations showing steps on how to apply and use "The InBalance Horse" essential oil blend aromatherapy, massage and acupressure techniques to calm and focus your horse, and English and Western saddle fit specific to the female equestrian.
$10 plus shipping and handling 
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Fitness, Performance & the Female Equestrian

Fitness, Performance and the Female Equestrian 

She Flies Without Wings

She Flies Without Wings       
Take the Emotional Stress Out of Your Horse's Life!!!
The InBalance Horse Essential Oil Blend for Horses
We have added Sweet Almond Oil to the blend speeding up the absorption rate; and it resists freezing!
InBalance HorseCalming the Anxious Horse...
with aromatherapy and the analgesic affects of this essential oil blend.

Time after time, horse after horse, horse owners and handlers are experiencing the magic results of The InBalance Horse essential blend for horses.  

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I'd love to come work with you and your horses and find out what we can create to build your partnerships.
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Natural Reactions


Most of North America has experienced a mild winter and very early Spring this year. We have no idea how the insects, grasses, trees and our horses are going to react or be affected. I have noticed the horses around the farm are shedding in unusual patterns. Some have let go of all of their coats but most are slick through the shoulders and neck but still thick coated over the topline, croup and around the barrel. These horses were not blanketed over the winter so this is not a protected blanket pattern. In other words they are not convinced we are done with cold nights or even a possible frost.

With the early heat and rapid grass and weed growth we need to be extra careful that our horses are not unnecessarily stressed during exercise and make sure they are drinking plenty of water. You may even want to start your electrolytes now and add a probiotic to your supplementation.

At this time of the year, long walks up and down hills if possible, are the best way to get you and your horse in shape. After a couple of weeks you can add in trotting or gaiting and build sets of 5-10 minute intervals with the walks. Add in lateral work in the field, on the trail or in the arena whenever you can for flexibility and create a connection with your horse to listen more closely to all of your aids or cues.

Remember that coming off a winter vacation or even light winter work, your horse's tendons and ligaments will need a bit of time to adapt to out door riding surfaces again. Going from soft indoor surfaces to hard outside ground or hard frozen ground to soft grass surfaces takes time for adjustment and to build strength. Again your long walks and building sets will take care of this transition.

Swift Taylor ran in her first race on March 23 at Gulfstream Park in Florida. See the story below!


The InBalance Horse Oil Blend 


I hope you will follow from newsletter to newsletter insights, observations, questions and solutions to numerous inquiries around horses and the world they live in. The resources, web links, experts, books and articles listed here will give you lots of options to pursue.


The Women & Horses newsletter stands for all horse and pony breeds, as well as donkeys and mules, all disciplines and uses of the horse and wild horses.


Past newsletters have been archived on the web site for you to check out anytime and I'm always open to receiving your inquires via email.



Mary D. Midkiff 

Mary D. Midkiff

Equestrian Resources


Tip of the Month:
Managing Glands in Springtime
Springtime is a time when the glands are in heavy work. Allergens cause inflammation and the glands are the filters and clearing house for dealing with these invaders. Especially this year with the rapid growth of plant life releasing sugar earlier than usual and loads of pollen and particulates flying. The salivary parotid glands are located just behind the throat latch area and can become overloaded and congested Swollen salivary glands
during heavy pollen releases which creates a traffic jam in the lymph system. The swelling can be isolated to the glands or actually swell the cheeks, throat and guteral pouch and fill down toward the chin between the jaw bones. Once one system slows down others do too. 
Please understand I am not talking about a reaction to disease such as strangles, a respiratory infection, a tumor or an abscess. The first time you see this area swell take the horse's temperature and look for other symptoms of disease and infection. Notice if the swelling is related to grazing time or is seasonal this will give you information about your horse's glandular health.
My horse Redge has always had this issue and I have seen it in many warmbloods. Some horses may get a slight swelling in the glands, others like Redge, come in from pasture looking like a chipmunk with loaded cheeks and a swollen throat. I call it a grass malaise - sleepy eyes, lowering the head, slowly walking and mentally tired.
So many vets in our early years together recommended allergy shots or keep him inside. Finally Dr. Jack Easley told me he has seen this in many horses and it was just a physiologically dysfunctional gland and grazing issue. This condition is certainly worse during high allergen times. But allergy meds did not stop, or lessen his condition. I discovered through Dr. Bruce Jackson that iodine works really well in supporting and clearing the thyroid and surrounding glands. With this knowledge and massage techniques I have been able to manage Redge's swollen gland issue and do everything we want to do. 
What works with Redge is to limit his pasture time to 4-6 hours daily, dose him (30ccs or more) with an iodine drench when he comes in from pasture, massage the guteral pouch, "milk" the glands with my fingers to get them draining, clean his nose out with a damp cloth and use my "The InBalance Horse" oil blend to help his sinuses.
This process gets the glands and lymph system activated for drainage and movement. Redge helps me out by yawning and yawning and shaking his head and neck once or twice to break up the log jam. Once I have finished grooming him his bridle fits nicely, the swelling has gone way down, his energy has returned and he is ready for exercise. By the time I finish riding him he is back to normal and very happy.

*By the way, the swelling will happen even if you grass muzzle them. It's the mixture of the grazing motion of the jaw, the physiological construction of the glands and related systems and the rich Spring grasses, trees and weeds combined. You could try a dry lot situation for turn out which would probably help. But those are few and far between here in the bluegrass country.  Everything is emerald green this time of year!

  Swift Taylor Runs in Her First Race

ST Paddock 3.23.12
Swift Taylor remains calm and within herself amidst all the noise and action in the paddock before the race.
ST 3.23.12 Post Parade
She explores the new feeling of being in front of lots of people and seems to enjoy the attention! She behaved like a pro.
ST Palm Meadows
I check in with her after the race and we have some special quiet time together.

Swift Taylor broke out of the gate a bit slow, and her experienced jockey did not push her but let her find her way into the race. This was a very short sprint race so the speed horses were up front and she stayed near the back of the pack. Coming around the turn the jockey tipped her out away from the rail and asked her to run. She took off and came to the wire flying. She was 6th beaten 4 lengths. There were a group of horses at the end and she caught them but the finish came up too quickly. She kept running in the gallop out and was ready for more. 


Swift Taylor is bred for long distance (1 mile or more) and she was looking for it. Her next race will be longer so she has a chance to show what she does best. This was a very good beginning for her and she loved it. Thanks to John Ward and his team for taking such good care of her and training her to be well prepared for her first start.


John Ward is now the new executive director for the Kentucky Racing Commission and within this job is not allowed to train horses. So we have moved her to trainers Leigh and Arnaud Delacour's barn at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, MD. She is a NY bred filly so we will be shipping her from the quiet expansive training center to NY for her races.


Wish her the best. She is showing all of us what is possible!


Letters from You: Experiences with The InBalance Horse oil blend 


"I love the effect your balanced horse oil has had on my horse and donkey!"

~ P. Booras  


"I've been trying the oil blend. It's interesting. The 13 year old Arabian mare was resistant, at first, even to cleaning her nose. I just kept working with her, she'd throw her head, she's not mean, just a little right brained from time to time, very smart horse though. She foundered, spring grass, four years ago, on a dry lot and takes Equine Performance magnesium.


Last night, it was late, I brought her down to the dry lot, to do her feet it's been wet, wanted to clean and treat them. When I finished with her feet, I got the oil. She was pretty good, let me clean her nose, is getting better all the time, sometimes she'll raise her head, each side is a different horse, you know, not the easiest horse, not a warm blood or Quarter horse, she wouldn't be for everybody. I like her, we work it out, somehow. 


It was real quiet, late, 10:30, she'd eaten. I rubbed the outside of her muzzle then got the oil. She did really good, after I finished with the oil, she started going to sleep. Standing by me, at the door, her head started dropping, bobbed, she was so still, especially for her. Her eyes were heavy, she looked like she was in a trance. I stood there with her for 15 minutes, watching her zone out. That is huge for this horse. 


Her eyes were open, but droopy, she stood like a rock, I think she was dozing or meditating. She usually would have been alone and in her shed by that time, so she was probably ready to go to sleep, the late hour probably encouraged quietness, but it was so special to see her do that. I know the oil caused the effect.


The old Arabian gelding, 31, actually "asked" for the oil once, he came over and sniffed the bottle, stood there. He's a poster horse for getting his nose cleaned and rubbed, loves it. 


These are my two companion horses, animals that keep me healthy, exercised and active. I just had my yearly blood work done. I'd never be as healthy as I am if it weren't for them!  I always think there is more to horses than we understand."



~ W. Cardella, Yukon, OK



My Friend Jimmy - Developing Nicely as an Athlete
Jimmy Bradshaw training 4.12
My Friend Jimmy
Swift Taylor's brother My Friend Jimmy left in February to go to Randy Bradshaw's training center in Florida.

Jimmy is coming along nicely and looks to be in very good health. This photo was taken the first week of April. I'm so proud of him too!

Jimmy, as you may remember, is a big handsome gelding.  He is moving along nicely in his training and learning how to use his body and carry a rider. I will provide you with updates on his career as we move forward.

All of my horses have been brought along since they were yearlings with The InBalance Horse oil blend and organic nutrition along with my training program.  Give me a call or send me an email to talk about how I can help you with your horses.
The InBalance Horse
Oil Blend
  • Helps block pheromones and sexual triggers
  • Calms down excitable horses that have been off work
  • Works as an insecticide around the face and ears
  • Aids in clearing and opening up irritated nasal passages
  • Focuses horse's mind on you and your training
  • Keeps muzzle and nostrils soft when using grazing muzzle
  • Speeds up the release response when massaging swollen glands
clean nostrils
Massage oil blend into nostrils, around the muzzle and over upper gums.