Mary D. Midkiff's Women & Horses Newseltter
Newsletter ~ March 2015~ Issue No. 213
In This Issue

The InBalance Horse

By Mary D. Midkiff

DVD 100 px
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.  

Links to Helpful Websites:


Go to Saddles for Women on the website to get a free DVD with saddle fit information!


Clinics by Mary Midkiff: 
Inquiries - please contact me at [email protected] or call 502-552-1195 and we can tailor a clinic to fit your needs.

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

Hello Fellow Horse Lovers! 


Wherever you are I hope you and your horse(s) are doing well. For a great part of the U.S. we have had a crazy winter of record snow and freezing temperatures as south as Florida. I always think about how the horses fare when these dramatic changes in the weather make an impact.


Just as a reminder, when the horse's activity level goes down the amount of grain they are getting should decrease also.  The amount of hay and water remain consistent.


If you can get hot water to your horses I have found they love it.  I was so surprised this winter when I would carry a bucket of hot water to fill up their stall buckets.  They would almost knock me over to get at the fresh hot water.  Even though their stall buckets were not frozen, they seem to prefer the hot over the cold.


Even today when it was 46 they still preferred the fresh hot water.


We are all anxious to get out and stretch in the sunshine and fresh air. The air is feeling softer without the bite of winter.


Let's all get prepared for the active horse sport season ahead!


Happy Riding!


Mary D. Midkiff  



Ulcers: Signs and Solutions

Ulcers in horses, particularly in high stress horse sports, are a common issue.  We are seeing ulcers now in foals who are starting life already compromised.


These early ulcers typically come from the mother's malnourishment, toxic condition of the organs, stress from a weak immune system and agricultural products in the hay, grass and grain the mother ingests.


As humans cut corners to feed and feed producers use pesticides, herbicides, and toxic chemicals to increase yield and ward off insects and disease, ulcers in our young horses are the result.

As they become weanlings and yearlings they are heavily vaccinated and wormed further causing the digestive and gastric system to be over-taxed and damaged.  All of this happens even before they go into work!


Once we begin their training process we can literally make or break their future.  If managed we can help them overcome a rough beginning and focus our attention on their growth, gut health, clean food, air/space/light, and make sure they get plenty of attention from us as well as time to mature.


The good news is this is all doable but it is up to you to set up your approach knowing ulcers are always lurking in the background.  Here are a few signs to watch for but every horse acts out in their own way.


Familiarize yourself with signs of ulcers in your own horses:


  1. Anger/irritability/ears flat back
  2. Grinding teeth/ baring teeth
  3. Depression
  4. Sensitive on the sides of the barrel/abdomen
  5. Typically more pain on the right side
  6. Backing off feed/not finishing feed
  7. Sulking
  8. Kicking at you
  9. Condition deteriorates
  10. Tucked up abdomen

In other words, don't expect a horse with ulcers to want to work, be happy about work or even be happy to do the simplest things.




1) Acute or onset ulcers (for example after a hard workout, show, race, event you notice symptoms) are ulcers that may have been small but now irritated, swollen, bleeding and painful. Call your vet and get medication started immediately. Give your horse a laxative, succulent diet with plenty of water mixed in.  You will want to give meals that are easy to digest and move smoothly through the fore and hind gut.  Takes a minimum of 14 days to heal on medication followed by decreasing doses of maintenance medications. You may continue exercise through this process but for at least the first week take it easy and walk.


2) Chronic ulcers are those that are always present but symptoms come and go with irritation and inflammation.  Most horses have some form of chronic ulcers. For these horses I would recommend herbs, probiotics and Epsom salts as well as a wet feed with no sugar and as clean/certified organic as possible.


I have a plan for each horse as I get to know them. One horse who demonstrates some irritability but is generally pleasant and willing I may give 1 tablespoon of Epsom salts twice per day for 10 days, then stop and see how he or she does.


Another horse may be more severe and I will give medications then follow up with ulcer calming herbs and a week of Epsom salts slowly decreasing the amount given.  And provide a probiotic when stressed or traveling.


Many horses, like people, ulcerate with mental and emotional stress. Physical stress to a point is healthy and normal to equine athletes but the mental stress associated with health neglect (they all need regular dental, fecal tests and hoof trimming), poor handling and management , abusive training, cheap food loaded with sugar and toxins, unhealthy smelly, dark, tight environments and overall neglect is what typically triggers and perpetuates ulcers.


Ulcers can also be a secondary or subsequent problem from sickness, disease and injury. (I will just say poor fitting saddles and bad riding can also contribute!)


Create your program around your horse's gut and mental health and you will have a very happy stable full of willing athletes.


Thank you for your consideration.  They deserve internal well-being.

Tip of the Month: Light Changes, Mares Cycle
In the northern hemisphere we have now entered the breeding season for horses.  The increase of light affects the retina of the horse which triggers the pituitary gland which releases FSH (follicle stimulating hormones) which activate the ovaries.


Mares typically cycle every 21-28 days just like women.  I keep my competition mares on hormonal herbs to balance their highs and lows.  Most are manageable with balancing help.  A few mares require Regumate which will stop their painful cycles so they can compete.  Or you can allow your mare to cycle naturally and base your riding schedule around her uncomfortable days.  Some mares go into estrus and out for 4-5 days others may last for 8-10 days.