Mary D. Midkiff's Women & Horses Newseltter
Newsletter ~ March 2014 ~ Issue No. 209  
In This Issue
International Society of Rider Biomechanics
Behavior Problems Can Originate from Intestinal Discomfort
Horse I've Been Working With
Tip of the Month

The InBalance Horse

By Mary D. Midkiff

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Fitness, Performance and the Female Equestrian 

She Flies Without Wings

She Flies Without Wings       
Take the Emotional Stress Out of Your Horse's Life!!!
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InBalance HorseCalming the Anxious Horse...
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 Galloping horse animation

Hello Fellow Horse Lovers! 


I bet you are digging out from under the clothes, hats, boots, gloves, snow drifts, icicles and mud!!  It's been a rough winter for most of us and I appreciate your patience in getting news from me.

I'm going through a big change in my personal life and my focus has been on my future and getting through this winter!


I have missed talking with you and hearing from you and want to get the dialogue going once again.


In this issue we'll take a look at signs of intestinal discomfort and/or pain, some of the causes and how it can manifest into behavioral issues.  I'll also provide a few ways to handle this issue and remind you what to watch for.


Check out the International Society of Rider Biomechanics ISRB and make plans to attend their annual symposium in Lexington, KY in September.  I'll be there!  Also visit A well known ancient seed is now being held high for horse nutrition and healing.


In my Tips for the Month I have a few tried and true items which have worked for me this winter that I just must pass on!


And some photos of the horses I have been working with all winter that are now on their way to the next phase of their athletic careers.



I saw my first Meadowlark singing and sitting on the fence yesterday!!! Spring is right around the corner!!! 


A barn is a sanctuary in an unsettled world, a sheltered place where life's true priorities are clear  ~ Lauren Davis Barker

Horse Friends, enjoy the newsletter and let me hear from you.


Happy Riding!

Mary D. Midkiff  


Check Out The International Society of Rider Biomechanics

I was recently privileged to have spent an evening with ISRB president Colleen Kelly.  She is a world renowned instructor, judge, clinician, rider, speaker and leader in all things equestrian.

We connected on so many levels and I was truly honored to finally meet her in person. The ISRB is so valuable to so many and I am delighted that the future home of the organization will be at the Kentucky Horse Park!

I was thrilled to learn that the ISRB will be holding its 2014 annual symposium at the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. They are currently working on September dates.

There will be certification classes, teacher training classes, First Aid and Emergency Prep Clinics with international guest speakers.

The week will end with a Gala Evening Dinner, Ball and Awards Night featuring fun decorations and donations to Kentucky First Lady's Horses & Hope initiative.

Please mark your calendars and join in. Check out the ISRB website for updates and details.
Behavior Problems Can Originate from Intestinal Discomfort

This article leads me back to my warning over 2 years ago about the dreaded Yellow Foxtail weed.  It is becoming more and more invasive as we experience drought conditions followed by wet conditions.  Many hay farmers are looking for solutions to eradicate this particular variety of weed but have yet to solve the issue.

I couldn't help noticing this winter, while a batch of hay containing loads of thick stalks and the pesky Yellow Foxtail weed was being fed, how the horses became more cranky, more nervous and actually began bucking and kicking out behind.

Yellowfoxtail close up
Yellow Foxtail

When I first saw the hay, which can look harmless until you open up the bale and see the seed heads and stalks, I checked the horse's mouths and sure enough the ulcerated sores were starting to accumulate from the stickers of the foxtail seed head and the tough thick stalks of the plant.

I immediately began taking it out of the stall and replacing it with good hay or I would pick out the foxtail the best that I could.  But that still was not enough to keep the horses free of it.

I kept noticing how the horse's behavior was changing as they ingested this hay and it reminded me once again how most of horse's behavior issues are related to their internal systems.

Besides the mouth being uncomfortable with ulcers, the intestinal tract was the most affected especially in the cecum and small intestine which is located near the right hind flank of the horse.  Horses with an inflammation or "IBS" irritable bowel syndrome from ingesting weeds, sand, chemically treated grass or other irritants will begin by being fussy or restless. They will begin to pin their ears, become highly sensitive to touch and grooming, become distant and resistant to being handled. That condition if not handled right away will then turn into bad behavior issues.

The horse will not have any other way of acting or telling you they are very uncomfortable and when they move in certain ways the IBS hurts. With the foxtail stickers they will actually flinch when they are pricked in their colon.

A horse in this condition will not want to carry a bit, a saddle, have a girth tightened, have a rider mount or work where the IBS condition will always be on their mind and emotionally and physically causing trauma. They can become dangerous and may become a bucker, spooker or refuse to let you mount.

So before anyone gets hurt you can intervene and make sure the problem does not escalate to the horse becoming dangerous and demonstrating severe pain.  Always use The InBalance Horse essential oil blend every time you work with your horse to help your horse's nervous system especially while they are uncomfortable and in pain.

1) Take out foxtail seed heads:Take precautions by opening each bale of hay before it is fed and make sure there is no sign of yellow foxtail seed heads and thick stalks and sticks.
The soft green foxtail seed heads are fine and easily digested.

2)Throw away or give to ruminants: If you do find bales with these weeds throw them off to the side and give them to ruminant animals.

3) Check your horse's mouth for ulcers on the insides of the lips, gums and cheeks. Use an iodine/water (1 drop of pure iodine to 1 oz. of water ratio) drench and Campho-phenique on the ulcers for a few days until they soften and dissolve.

4) Immediately place 1 tablespoon of Epsom Salts in your horse's feed twice daily. You can also put the salts in the horse's water bucket. (You can use any Epsom Salts from a grocery or drug store). Do this for 10 days then reduce to 1 Tablespoon daily for 2 weeks until you see your horse return to calm, relaxed and happy status.

5) Also feed a probiotic. I like to use Blue Ridge Distribution natural Probiotic. But there are many on the market. Feed this supplement for at least 2 weeks while the enzymes are re balancing the gut.

6) And you can also add an ulcer aid or intestinal relaxant with herbs while the horse is healing for a few weeks. Remember you are working with healing the gut and the emotional state!


7) Another solution to this issue is to add Chia seeds to your horse's ration daily. Go To US Chia to learn all about chia grown in Kentucky and produced for the horse market. This seed goes a long way to alleviate any debris, inflammation or obstruction in the intestinal channels.  The minute the seeds hit moisture they turn into a gel and become like a bubble blob moving through the smooth muscles of the digestive tract.  They also contain more Omegas than fish or flax oil.  Give it a try. I love it for me and the horses!

8) If you can or if you have a professional that can help you use therapy.  Energy work will move energy from head to tail and ask the horse to help you move the muscling around the gut area. Horse's in pain and discomfort many times will shut down and become stagnate. We want the energy increased to flush and heighten the movement of the gut outward. I use dowsing and acupressure methods to do this with the horse and they always appreciate it greatly.

Once you have followed this protocol and the horse is not ingesting the irritant anymore your horse should become relaxed and happy to work again. The bucking, spooking, bad behavior and attitude will cease. But be sure to understand the horse needs to be told by you and reminded by you that he or she is okay now and they don't have to worry about being in pain anymore. If this behavior starts again you now know what to do.

NOTE: Always use The InBalance Horse essential oil blend every time you are with your horse.  The aromatherapy will balance and calm your horse's emotional state thus relaxing the intestinal muscles. If your horse is hypersensitive and emotionally unbalanced you may also use Bach Flower's Rescue Remedy. Put about half a dropper full of the tincture on the horse's tongue while you are grooming and this will alleviate the emotional memories and trauma.

Thank you for being observant and listening to your horse!

Mary's Training Horses

Dynazar is a beautiful two year old filly that I started and trained from last Summer through this February. She is owned by Jim and Jean Fletcher who bought her as a lifetime horse.  She has grown and developed easily and has moved on to her Florida training center. Watch for her at the races in the Fall!

Magic is the nickname I have given this yearling filly by Majesticperfection x Blondz Away. Because she has a chip in her right hock she will not be able to hold up to race training but instead is going to the highly acclaimed University of Kentucky equine program. Students will be working with her at 2 and 3 years of age then she will be bred. I have been working with her for a few months and she is healthy, strong, settled and has a good foundation of manners.  Good luck Magic!!

General Quickie, better known as GQ, came to me last Summer as a project horse.  He was 2 at the time and did not like or trust people, would not hold weight and was aggressive with men entering his stall.  Over time with a healthy non-sugar diet, lots of ground work, body and energy work and people who worked with him with patience, no agendas or judgements;  he came around to being an outstanding athlete.  He is now in full race training with Lon Wiggins at Oaklawn Park and doing very well.  We may see him at the races this Summer in Kentucky.
General Quickie
General Quickie

Son of a Sailor
was an unwanted, unnamed, unregistered Thoroughbred colt that was neglected for 13 months. He came to me as a late two year old with long mane, thick neck, high head carriage and a splayed out way of standing. He was very afraid of people and when I opened his stall door he kicked out at me with both hind legs. I knew I had to win his trust first and foremost. I will relay his story in an article to come out soon but for now as an update, he is doing so well, under saddle, happy and moving forward in training.
Healing Son of a Sailor
Son of a Sailor
Tip of the Month: Compression Socks and Magnet Blankets                        
Compression socks have kept my feet warm all winter!! Not one time did I even think about my feet. These socks are available through The Vermont Country Store Catalog and online at Vermont Country Store. There are several colors for women and men. They are worth the $29 price point as they deliver constant circulation to your legs and feet. They help with energy, balance and warmth without bulk. They are a "gotta have" for every winter.

I have a magnet blanket that I purchased from Schneider Saddlery over 8 years ago for $55 and it is still working wonders today. It is simply a fly sheet with strategically placed magnets on the acupuncture points from lower neck to tail. In the colder months I put it on the horse about 10 minutes before I groom and tack up. This gets all the muscles nice and warm and ready for work. This process alleviates lunging and long warm ups. After exercise, especially if it has been strenuous, I will also use it to cool down and keep muscles from getting cold and tight.

In the warmer months use it anytime you want to calm and soothe the horse for a few minutes and in cool down or next day therapy for sore muscles. Go to Schneiders for their catalog online.