Mary D. Midkiff's Women & Horses Newseltter
Newsletter ~ June 2015~ Issue No. 216
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 

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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Hello Fellow Horse Lovers!


This month I wanted to focus on advancements in healing horse injuries and developmental issues.


I have been experiencing PRP therapy recently on the horses I train and wanted to share the results I have been seeing with this minimally invasive treatment.


Where I train our daily temperatures have gone straight into the 90s so I am concerned with salt and electrolytes in addition to boosting the probiotics. Weather everywhere doesn't seem to follow past patterns so you must be adaptable for your horses as their needs change.


Have fun in the early mornings and evenings when the heat is not as intense. Remember horses have a base temperature of 100-101 degrees and have a large body slow to dissipate heat and sweat.


Keep in touch and let me hear from you and your horses! 

Happy Riding and Connecting with your favorite horses!


Mary D. Midkiff  


Minimally Invasive Injury Treatments


In the horse industry everyone is concerned about time and money. We all know expense is at the top of the list of concerns when it comes to competition horses many times at the expense of the horses who need time to heal. Because we ask our horses to give their all when they compete, as with any athlete there are going to be injuries of varying degrees.


The treatments for injuries vary from oral/IV/IM meds, blisters, hot irons, frequent injections, tapping joints to drain and surgeries. Thankfully we have more options now than ever before in our approach to healing horses.


Over the past few years I have faced the decision of how to heal racing injuries and found PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) to be a very successful solution! Here are a few examples of my experience with PRP. 


1) For a two year old filly who had started doing speed work, she came back from her training one day with sore inflamed shins, which is basically shin splints to you and me. If you have ever had them you can relate to her level of sensitivity. I opted to try PRP, taking her own blood, spinning it down in a centrifuge and re-injecting the healthy platelets into her shins.


The filly was tranquilized to make sure she didn't move during the injections and it was quick and easy. My vet charged $600 for the whole procedure which includes both legs.


It was well worth it. The vet recommended 3 stall days and 3 walking days, after that it was up to me how I wanted to rehab.  I continued walking her in hand for 3 more days, jogged under saddle for week two, jogged and light galloping for week 3 and galloped normally for week 4. Then she was ready to resume full training with speed. We x-rayed again to make sure the shins were in good shape and they were.


2) My four year old filly had ankle surgery six months before, now she was back in full work. Before we took her to the races we decided to do the PRP treatment to make sure her ankles stayed solid. She has raced 4 times now finishing second in an open allowance race and her ankles remain cold and tight.  


The treatments are said to last 6 months which will take us through the 2015 season. I am thrilled with these results and the lack of invasive, painful, time and labor consuming therapies that we used to go through.

4 year old Playrockforme in fine form with PRP therapy.


3) Every time I have a horse that does have to have a surgery such as removing bone chips I follow up with PRP.  It speeds up the healing process and makes the area stronger than before with much less invasion to the horse's systems and health.


For all the details on PRP, Stem Cell and IRAP treatments go to the following link for the article: 


Tip of the Month: Prepare Against Uveitis
Now that the sun's rays are at their strongest be aware the damaging UV rays which can inflame and damage your horse's eyes leading to a condition known as Uveitis.  You may notice the horse shaking his head often, blinking or closing his eyes repeatedly, rubbing his head and eyes often and the eyes may actually appear cloudy or opaque.  If you notice any of these symptoms call your vet or an equine veterinary eye specialist right away.  Your horse may lose his vision and become neurological if you ignore this condition.

To prevent this from happening, keep your horses in fly masks anytime they are turned out during the daylight hours. Preferably turn your horses outside at night time only.  Keep your horse in a cool, well-shaded space during competitions and/or keep a fly mask on them when they are standing in the sun.  
Clinics by Mary Midkiff
If you are interested in holding a clinic or workshop, 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.