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For more detailed stories of owners' success with these and other problems go to the Horse Breather articles
J'ai decouvert Equine Breathing par le plus grand des hasards alors que je desesperais a trouver quoi que ce soit pr calmer le headshaking de Lulu, elle encensait au travail et elle commençait a le faire au pré. J'ai commencé la technique du 1N qui a été efficace a petite dose mais qui nous a soulage le premier été... ensuite les crises ont empiréées ne laissant pas de réépis l'hiver.
Je me suis decidee a investir dans un All Weather n'y croyant que faiblement.... et ma vie a litteralement changéée, il aura fallu 3mois pour que les crises diminuent de plus de moitiéé et 6mois pour quelles disparaissent. Clare ma aidéé a mettre en place un programme personnaliséé et a suivi la progression. Je n'arrive pas a y croire mais j'ai maintenant une jument qui respire normalement et surtout que ne se deplace plus les cervicales chaque jour. Bref je remercie Equine Breathing pour m'avoir donner la solution qui a changé la vie de ma jument et qui m'a permis de retrouver le gout de monter
Auriane, Lyon, France
The difference in my anxious, nippy, PRE rescue (horse) with 10 days of Equine Breathing is amazing. He is so much calmer and more confident, both with me and with the other 2 horses. and the nipping has almost disappeared. The change really is remarkable and I am thrilled.
I am much more careful about my breathing as well, and feel as if my lungs are 2 sizes bigger - all work and walks now done with a firmly closed mouth! And it is so interesting that closed mouth breathing, even when really working hard, leaves you feeling calm, while mouth breathing, even with big gulps of air just leaves you feeling breathless in comparison.
EB is such an simple technique, I must admit I was doubtful when I started but I am a complete convert now. I would recommend EB to anyone!
Abigail, Bouilland, France
Just to let you know that my horse (Bill) loves his sessions of Equine Breathing ~ He relaxes so quickly. Thanks Clare for sharing Equine Breathing with us ~ I am so glad to have found you ~ It's amazing how something so simple can have such profound & positive effects.
I have felt the benefits from using the Comfort Breather, I seem to be more relaxed & have more energy.
Alison, Cheshire UK
Headshaking:- Perso entre le nose-net et le AW, ça a changé la vie de mon cheval, je fais comme Clare conseille et ça marche. (enfin j'espère que ça va continuer ainsi !), mon peperre porte le AW pendant 12 heures et je le monte qu'avec le nose-net... j'ai retrouvé mon cheval comme avant, il est heureux de travailler, j'en ai d'ailleurs fait les frais jeudi, il m'a bien posé !!!!!!!!! mais j'en suis ravie car il ne souffre plus !!!!! franchement je te conseille vivement d'essayer, tiens nous au jus...
Séverine, Fleury La Montagne France
Three years ago Fliss started Equine Breathing with Kitty who was diagnosed with COPD and suffered bad lethargy. The vet's prognosis was that Kitty's allergic response would increase with age and her condition continue to worsen resulting in extreme asthma attacks.
Hope you are keeping well and still doing a wonderful job of bringing relief to many owners and horses!
Kitty is still off the drugs and most impressively of all has even coped with a week or so of being stabled 24/7 due to a foot abscess, no mean feat given her previous form :-)
The fact she's coped with some time in her stable means I can be a bit braver on days when it's really hot or wet and perhaps stable her for a half day if it's really nasty. For the first time in years Liam and I are having a properly holiday, even going abroad!, and I feel so much better about leaving her than I ever would have - all thanks to you and I am truly grateful.
Kitty was full of beans tonight and came over, cantering and bucking for her dinner and telling me off for being late - lovely to see.
Fliss, Gloucestershire UK
I just had to tell you what a difference just working on my own breathing has done in just a short while. I have been working on the tips in your article and this morning I needed to trim Carrick's hooves and normally she needs to keep taking her feet back many times during the trimming but today she did not - in fact I needed more rests than she did! I kept my mouth shut the whole time. It made it so easy - I can only assume the difference was my breathing and the effect it has had on me already. Then I did some Equine Breathing with her and she was very happy and relaxed throughout. A really lovely morning. I feel it was such a success for really such a simple basic thing to do.
Victoria, Wiltshire UK
Lorraine's mare had been head shaking for nearly 2 years and was unrideable.
Delilah is a different horse since using the breather and to see that she is no longer suffering with this distressing condition is wonderful.
…had a lovely hack (on Saturday), went out again on Sunday, again had a symptom free relaxed hack. Delilah is now out late afternoon, all night and in during the day. She is wearing the AW in her stable during the day and I hear she is very relaxed. Yesterday it was lovely so I took her for a short hack on our own, again she was symptom free and very relaxed. This is a monumental improvement, this time last year she was unrideable and in a huge amount of discomfort.
Lorraine, Gloucestershire UK
Just to update you on the Equine Breathers and Sam.
I have ridden Sam throughout the summer and have not had any double breathing from him and his recovery from canter work is a lot quicker now; 5/6 minutes instead of 30mins. Now getting into training for winter time with view to getting back into endurance rides in the spring 2012.
Last weekend we had a naughty but nice experience of Sam bolting off across the New Forest for half a mile in canter …..Not even a heavy breathe, no sweating - unbelievable.
Pauline, Hampshire, UK
I must admit since Ted has had the All Weather Breather he seems to have more energy, he shows off in the field. Schooling is better and his body shape has changed for the better. He has muscled up. He has just been given the all clear from the back lady. I have started some of the parelli in hand level one exercises with him. He wears the all weather breather Monday to Friday in the field. Thanks for your help and support
Denise, Rugby, UK
November 2010 - 1N video on youtube
Russian horse owner Sasha started Equine Breathing to help her horse Caramel who has an allergic cough. She used the free instructions to do 1N and posted a video of her session which can be seen on this youtube link. Sasha shows good technique with a lovely calm, patient and quiet demeanour. She and Caramel seem to enjoy the session and if they continue with 1N Caramel will probably go even more deeply relaxed.
I bought the all weather breather at ‘Your Horse Live’ for my coloured cob Teddy as he had a bad cough . i had booked the vet to call out on Wed (3 days later) but decided to postpone the visit and give your breather a chance. Well I am glad I did. Teddy has not coughed up any gunk out side his stable since, and although he does cough during ridden exercise it is no where near as bad. He seemed more focused as well. My friends on the yard can't believe the difference either. A big thank you to you Claire, the natural approach is always the better one as far as I am concerned.
Denise, Rugby, UK
I do only have good news for you - isn't that great? Nelly seems to be getting better every day - there is no coughing any more since 2 weeks. I do a bit of walking and horsemanship exercises 3 days a week for approx. 1 h and she likes it. As I wrote above - there is no coughing any more, but something new -> she yawns, chews and pokes her tongue out while walking. I have never seen that before. Nelly definitely relaxes while walking - her head is very low, sometimes she even touches the ground with her upper lip while walking! In addition, she is very attentive and responds to every little sign I give her! She breathes slowly and gentle! Her breathing afterwards is very good. She breathes slowly without any noises!!!!! She still has her All Weather breather on continously and I will not change that. So above all - Equine Breathing is and will always be on our minds! :-). I feel very very happy how everything developed!
For more on how Nelly recovered from chronic severe respiratory problems click here
Yesterday I really shouldnt have ridden .(chest and throat awful ).. but I so love to take Jack out , that off we set.. jack was absolutely full on ready to go ... he felt very powerful and alot of horse under me .. and as we crossed the road the thought did occur that perhaps I should return home... well I carried on , my arms ached and my whole upper body had no torque or posture at all .. and whilst Jack isnt heavy in his mouth at all I was having to summon all the strength I had to ride in a very basic way. UNTIL .... thoughts took me back to the tips in Horse Breather 42 and 43 and I really concentrated on my breathing . Slowly all my tension left my arms , my chest eased and I tried to hum out the air so it was as slow as possible , like you had written.... jack responded ... the pace kept the same but he became light in my hand and softer through his whole frame . I sat there riding him (doing an extra loop of forest ride as it was so good !) and thought to myself if only more people could realise it can be like this , by only changing their breathing !!!!!!!!!!!!
Natalie, Hampshire UK
I watched Doobie deteriorate over 5 years of owning him to the point where the EPSM symptoms were very advanced and it was extremely distressing for him. He was difficult and sometimes dangerous to handle . Two months of use of the The All Weather Breather has changed my horse’s life, the muscle tightness, stiff legged gait, tension, colic and aggression have gone. He is like a normal horse enjoying herd life. I’ve never really known the true horse inside his diseased body and I am so excited about the future. For more details click here
Jackie, Bristol, UK
I have been sleeping with my mouth taped every night – including the night on the plane, and I have been finding that my sleeping is more restful, deeper, no coughing and I wake feeling refreshed in the morning. I think that I have more energy too during the day. So, even though I have been sure that I do not open my mouth during the night, I must be doing so. Lots of comments about wearing the “breather” as I went to gym and used the mask so as to not cough, which, with the exertion, I’m sure that I would have been doing. I have been wearing the mask when walking the dogs and driving the car. And when we went out for supper last night, although the comments about how I was going to eat with a mask on occasioned lots of mirth. I just say that it helps me not to cough, and since no-one around wants to get sick from me coughing on them, I think they are quite relieved! I just cannot get over how comforting wearing the mask and the tape are. It’s like being held.
Merle, South Africa
Today the new pony went out with the herd. When she arrived her and Starlight bonded very quickly. Starlight has spent most of the day keeping the rest of the herd away from the pony. When I went to bring Starlight in she was neighing and kicking her stable door - very upset that she was not with the pony. She did not have the breather on today as it was the day off. I thought “What shall I do? I know …” I put the Equine Breather on and let her out on line to re-establish my leadership. I was so surprised, it took only about 10 mins and she was so relaxed. I brought her back in and tied her up and groomed her and rasped her feet. Fantastic ! I did want to share this with you and to share with other people.
Jackie, Bristol, UK
5 November 2009
The boys are doing v well with their breathing - no excess mucus - itching has decreased dramatically and their coats are lovely and soft and shiny - they look so well. Jack is now seemingly pain free with his sinus 's - he now loves having his face massaged gently and I can touch his ears with no problem. He still has itchy nostrils after a session but he looks so much more relaxed. Poor thing I never even thought he had blocked sinus's - so glad we are doing the breathing. Need the All Weather Breathers as the weather has now gone v wet and the Grazing breathers get v wet v quickly. Will let you know how we get on - plan to use both types of breathers according to weather. My breathing is coming on slowly - I can tell when I have gone back to breathing though my mouth - my stomach aches, dry mouth and feel drained!!! Its a work in progress.
Linda, Southport UK
12 September 2009
We have had no rain, other than a few brief showers, since last year in June and we have no grass growing, lots of dust and very dry conditions. Dr. Boots the 22 yr old TB was doing ok on grass hay - but then it was gone (and scarce this year too) and I started him on bits of alfalfa hay ...and between that and the dryness and dusty-ness has aggravated his COPD quite badly in the last couple of weeks... I treat him herbally and homeopathically but nothing seems to be working too well. He was coughing a very deep cough and passing air (anally) just standing...and heaving quite strenuously. After putting on the Grazing Breather (after he tried to rub it off) his breathing seemed to calm down... he only coughed once this evening... and trotted in from the field (quickly) with no cough or wheeze (he had it on all evening while grazing) The heave line on his abdomen seems to be not so pronounced and is not being used as long or protractedly as it was earlier today. His breathing is still shallow and quick but is definitely different than before. So he will use it until he doesn't need it or until it rains. 5 September Boots is doing much better....I have some Bronchial herbs and a special Homeopathic Dust for him and it seems to be doing the trick for him as well as the Grazing Breather... He certainly doesn't mind it on.... but is rather rough on it. I am sure that the GB - has contributed to his feeling much better and I will continue to use it. His breathing is much more normal (for an old heavey horse) and his coughing is very minimal (tonight anyway) I am a firm believer that the GB has helped Boots overcome this distressing time.
Maureen, Alberta Canada
26 August 2009
Some time ago I bought your booklet on Equine Breathing and started 1N with a new horse, an 18 year old Connemara x TB mare (Tamdhu). Over the last 8 months we have got rid of the shoes, grown new hooves, disposed of the rugs and she has adapted to living out 24/7. She has changed from being grumpy and bossy to pleasant and calm. Elder daughter has been working with the youngster (4 in September) and this evening I rode Tamdhu and daughter rode Millie - just a walk down a stony track, round a small circle and back up again. Millie is doing well and has been very calm, never had any trouble putting on a saddle and bridle etc. So we had a little trot for the last stretch home which Millie found, possibly, exciting (?) and for the first time ever bucked and bronc-ed three times, the third time daughter came off. Millie charged off, Tamdhu also panicked but luckily for me never races off. I cut up the side track to our house and Millie, on noticing, turned and followed. After daughter had picked herself up we took the ponies into the round pen and she climbed back on, walked and trotted, etc. Whilst she was doing that, Tam stood so close to me and pressed her nostril against my bare arm and just stood there. I could feel the pressure from her, it seemed to be she was deliberately seeking to do 1N on herself. I couldn't believe it. So when she eased away I did a bit more on the other nostril for her. I presume the antics from Millie had unsettled her? Would like to hear your views on this. Anyway, it reminded me about 1N which has been pushed to the back of my mind with work load so tonight I got back on your website and am going through all your articles.
The Grazing Breathers are fantastic - we are all going to enjoy these - did first session yesterday evening. Teach took to it like a duck to water - when I removed it this morning he followed me from the top of the field to the gate and stood as if to say 'I want more' Jack kept trying to get it off with his legs, on me, on the ground - so we do his sessions supervised so that I can move him when he is doing that and leave him be when he is grazing. His session this morning was much better - very little trying to dislodge it. And we did a session in the stable with him in the Grazing Breather and what a difference - he loved it and will soon be looking for the sessions and the Grazing Breather as Teach is doing. Both are now off antihistamines and are only a little itchy - will be interesting to see what happens, if anything, ie clearing. I think Jack has major blocks in his sinus's - that seems to be his main problem - his sarcoid has dropped off since we have been doing the 1N so I have high hopes that his sinus's will be clear and possibly pain free very soon. Teach and Jacks relationship has changed - Teach is much more pleasant to Jack - he never was brutal to him but always moved him on or away from me - last week I stood in the field with both of them by me stroking there noses - I was ecstatic. All visitors to the yard remark on how chilled and laid back my 2 are - they are more confident and as a result are becoming happier. I have treated my self to the Asthma dvd to learn more for me. We will all be breathing properly by the end of it all. Thank you - so glad you developed this technique and I will pass the message on when I can.
Linda, Southport UK
Claire, thank you SO MUCH for getting this information out and into the hands of those of us who need it. I'm sure it will help the horses I work with, but, in just one day, I can tell this is going to be life-changing for me. In just concentrating on breathing through my nose, after a very busy day that would have had me wiped out and crabby, I came home HAPPY :-). I lunged my filly with ME doing nose breathing, and I could tell she knew something was different.
Thanks for your prompt reply. My horse started with a snotty nose 10 days ago - no temp - does not look or act ill - but also a minor cough with it. I soak all hay and haylage - all I can think of at the moment is that there is v little grass on the winter grazing and it has been v dry - therefore lots of mud. He is a little better with anti histamines but thought there could be a better way forward. Have been practising the 1N method according to the video on your website. Has a v dramatic affect on lowering his adrenalin levels - have another pony and have started it on him too. Both relax have a sneeze occasionally and seem to have less snot!!! Always a good thing. Now I just need to learn how to breathe properly!!! I definitely over breathe. Just done 40 mins long lining my boy and tried to keep my mouth closed - out of breathe very quickly. Looking forward to seeing the results in my boys and myself. Need to find the time to get it rolling for me - as usual I come last. Shouldnt cause if I dont get it right then they will just continue to mimic me!!! PS Have just mucked out both stables with my mouth shut and dont feel as tired
Thanks, Linda, Southport UK
3 October 2008
Trudi in Australia started Equine Breathing with her elderly pony in April. Oakey had always gained weight in spring and Trudi had to resort to a grazing muzzle. This spring after 8 months of Equine Breathing, things are very different – Oakey is 100kg lighter without use of the “abhorred grazing muzzle”.continued...>>
I have just put them in a new field and the spring grass is quite long and lush looking so I am watching with interest as to whether I will have to get out the abhorred grazing muzzle if the thick cresty neck appears but I am not sure it will be needed this spring. It is only four days that they have been in the new (very lush) field but he can put weight on faster than the speed of light. He’s 458 kg’s by the weigh tape which is about 50kg lighter than he was last year at this time and he just doesn’t seem to eat so methodically and with such apparent starvation at the moment? I am guessing this is a direct result of the breathing. Each day makes me more confident that the grazing muzzle will gather dust this spring or if I do pull it out it will be for a very short time, this time last year he was VERY fat weighing in at around 520kg. I am watching him carefully as the rain and warmth are getting the grass really popping.
12 November 2008
I measured Oakey with the weigh tape and he has lost weight!! This I can’t believe but know to be true judging by the hole the girth did up on. He certainly looks superb and feels great and he measures a svelte 426 kg on the weight tape.
To read more click here
Trudi, Victoria, Australia
I have tried your breathing techniques on a couple of occasions for my self and it really works. I trimmed one of my horses that always is a restless soul and walks away and pulls her leg away. This time, with me controlling my breathing and not talking to her, the whole thing was done really quickly and she just stood there. What a difference. And also I tried it when I went to a dance class at the gym. I was sweaty and hot at the end but when the session was finished my breathing was back to normal almost straight away and I wasn't tired. Wow! thanks for sharing these ideas with us
Derby's symptoms were breathing difficulties, a persistent cough, no energy, head shaking and his immune system always seemed to be down. "He was such an adrenaline junky and had been since I got him. He also had nearly all the symptoms described for horses that breathe wrongly" (in “Over breathing signs to look for” in issue 4 of ‘Horse Breather’ eg dislikes being groomed ).I have to say I have a new horse or a normal horse now. No one would know it is the same horse at all. There have been a ton of improvements.
Roni Leaf, BC Canada
Read Roni's account of how she got these improvements using 1N - click here
Having searched for years Natalie despaired of finding a way to help her horse recover from post viral lethargy, poor immune response, over weight and irritability - see entry below, July 08. After 3 months of using a Grazing Breather Natalie reported the following.
I would never have believed that by using something that on the face of it looks such a basic item could change a horses whole being , I see it as a totally holistic change to him.. mind body and spirit ! ..his behaviour, attitude to work, overall physiology show that the Grazing Breather has undoubtedly.. in my opinion been 100% effective. I have to pinch myself that he DOES have energy now.. and a vitality.. which he hasn’t had for 5 years and I never thought he could get back.
Natalie Lascelles, Hampshire, UK
Click here to read how Natalie achieved this
My pony who suffers from Sweet Itch during the hot weather was finding it a particularly bad day and was rubbing her left shoulder very intensively against one of the fence posts. This was a determined scratch that was done at a 45 degree angle with one front leg crossed under the other. I moved her from the post a couple of times but she immediately went back. The Grazing Breather was put on and she returned to the post to resume her scratching. However the remarkable thing was that she arrived at the post (probably 10 sec after the breather was fitted) and suddenly realised she no longer wanted to scratch. She wandered off and started grazing. The immediate effect the breather had on her was quite noticeable. Her condition has improved no end since starting the breathing and I hope that in time she won’t feel the sunny days to be a problem as they have been in the past.Rose, Hampshire, UK
Having searched for years Natalie despaired of finding a way to help her horse recover from post viral lethargy, poor immune response, over weight and irritability . After starting Equine Breathing she emailed; "I can’t tell you how much you are helping me and Jack and feel that I have found the lifeline I have been searching for... I feel like I am 'seeing' a different horse under my very nose each time I go to the farm.. and each new day I wonder what has in store for us both ... :-) "Natalie Lascelles Hampshire, UK
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16 April 2008
I use the Grazing Breather on several of my horses who were wary of human contact around the head area. One mare in particular who has breathing problems and head shaking during the spring and summer really enjoys wearing the grazing breather and relaxes completely when it's on. In fact she even walked over to the fence when I was putting it on another pony and seemed to ask to wear it herself. I did put it on her and she walked off and went to sleep. Her headshaking has improved immensely as has her general demeanour around the other horses. Where she previously had been grumpy and aggressive , she is now much calmer and doesn't react to every situation as if it was a life threatening situation.
Jane, Hampshire, UK
Puzzle has recently arrived on my yard and with more than a few issues!!! Puzzle is a delightful 16.1 chestnut wbxtb type and he told me in no uncertain terms from the very beginning that life made him pretty anxious . I left him with the herd for about 2 weeks to chill and make friends and then began very gentle groundwork with him (he has been backed but no one has been on him for 3 years) To begin with everything made him scared, cross or both but we took it all slowly. We were in the round pen and he wasn't listening and his energy levels were sky high when I suddenly thought of you. We quietly began 1N and after a short while his breathing relaxed. We both stood there enjoying our moment together and by the end of it his head was lowered and he was the most relaxed I'd seen him. Now we regularly have a little bit of this special time together and I'm convinced he looks forward to it. (I know I do :-) . So thank you from Puzzle and myself for showing him how to breath again.
Rosemary at NagTrader
I'm sure you've already considered the potential for performance horses, but although I've never been remotely competitive, I've noticed a big reduction in her recovery times after hard work. I should imagine that it would work wonders for endurance rider's mounts, or the vetting gate after a cross-country phase in eventing. I always considered Sadie to be very fit - especially for her age, but now she seems super-fit!
Pauline, Liverpool UK
Trudi decided to use Equine Breathing to help her 14 year old Thoroughbred PJ. Trudi bought PJ (an ex racehorse) 12 weeks ago and is very pleased with him overall but found he had one problem - separation anxiety - as she explains below.
"The only problem I have with him is that when I take his paddock buddy out for a ride without him he gets very stressed. This can range from running the fence line and just getting lathered up while neighing out loudly (think screaming!!) to just standing at the gate and singing out a little bit. At the moment I put him in a small yard and give him a little feed to try to distract him but it doesn’t have the effect I would like ie: that he puts his head down and just eats. At the moment I go out for no more than 10 minutes and then back again, I have tried coming and going but that just seems to escalate the situation." ..."I did the 1N technique for the first time last night and was impressed with the change in him just in that short time. I did two sessions of 5 minutes on each nostril and then when I took him back to the paddock his buddy nickered out (Oakey doesn’t suffer from any anxiety about being left behind and it is rare for him to even say hello like that), normally PJ would light up a little in the sense that his ears would come forward and he would look at Oakey but this time he just marched along beside me with his head well below his wither height and this lovely relaxed look in his eye. I also noticed that at the end of the second 10 minutes I could get him to lower his head almost to the ground which is something that just wasn’t possible before, he always seemed to get so far down then he would pull his head right up as if he felt much safer with it high (which of course he would). A pleasant result, so far. I will keep it up and look forward to a generally more relaxed calm horse."
Trudi, Victoria, Australia
Update 2 weeks later; "Yesterday (and the day before) I managed to do 30 minutes 1N with him and then took Oakey for a little walk, PJ didn't make a sound and when I came back I could barely wake him as he rested at the gate!! He didn't greet Oakey as he normally does when he comes back into view or anything. Quite amazing!"
Let me introduce you to our 12.2 show pony "Fairy". She is the most beautiful little pony, everyone loves her....BUT....she can be so much trouble we don't know where to start! When left in her stable she rears and starts to get very upset. She tries to barge out of the stable when we go in and generally quite unruly. When ridden she runs away in her paces and then when she's had enough she shakes her head so violently that she begins to nap and nothing more can be done with her. When I try to lead her she will throw her head at me, which if my daughter leads her can cause a nasty head butt. All this leads to a sad day at the stables, it doesn't make owning a pony fun. I have owned this pony since she was two and have always loved and cared for her, where have I gone wrong? We have had up 4 other ponies since getting her with no problems at all with them. Fairy is 14yrs now and after my daughter’s disastrous ride last night and your article I thought why not give it a go...what have we got to lose?Can we please be involved in your trial. We would love to record her behaviour to see if they improve. But after 12 years of silly behaviour she'll be a hard nut to crack!!
Jane S, UK
Jane sent a second email a few days later: I read (the 1N participant’s info pack) with interest and would love to give it a go. I did try it the other day and the first 5 mins she was trying to bite me and was trying to toss her head to move my hand away, the second 5 mins on the other nostril was similar but then the third 5 mins back on the first nostril was much better. At the end of the thirty mins her head was down by my knees!! I was nearly falling asleep with her! Now I know it must take a good few sessions before you notice any changes, but she was different after the first. We walked in and out of the stable and she didn't try and barge us out of the way....coincidence? I don't know.. because she's never done that before! So yes we want to give it a real go and will start next week.
Pauline and Lin started doing 1N 3 months ago with their 10 year old Connemara x TB, Sam. Three years ago Sam was diagnosed with allergic airway disease following a viral infection. Despite treatment and careful management Sam continued to have breathing difficulties (double respiratory movement and heaves) that were at times distressing and even life threatening.
“Lin and I are extremely happy with the results to date. We couldn’t believe how well Sam has continued to improve. Completing endurance set speed ride in June and no ill effects and then training days attended are things we would not have even contemplated this time last year. Great isn’t it! Mates at the yard can’t believe how well he has improved both physically and mentally over the past 3 months. We are now accompanying others out on forest rides and hacking regularly, which we would not have done before due to Sam’s breathing difficulties. Its difficult to believe that what you can see is happening and how quickly progress was made even though Sam has had a few set backs due to outside interventions ie annual jabs, picked up virus from field. He is still continuing to improve and this winter will tell us more.”
Pauline and Lin, Hampshire, UK
Equine Breathing is an astonishing, impressive and powerful healing method. It has certainly done a lot for Skruven (20 year old Shetland pony). And in a very subtle way it also does a lot for those who use the method on their horses.
Ulrike Hermelin, SHP Sweden
Following use of the Equine Breather for sweet itch ; "I am very pleased, had tried all sorts of lotions etc and was getting to the point where I did not want her suffering any further so I was contemplating having her put to sleep. Now she is itch free and she started to recover from the first day.
Debbie, Berkshire, UK
Kingscliffe is making good progress with his rope phobia and general wariness/spookiness . He is now back to being a friendly, laid-back character. His brother is regaining his coltishness and vibrancy and the quality of his hooves has improved really well in the last month.
Wendy, Oxon, UK
Following use of the Equine Breather for chronic cough that failed to clear up with conventional treatment; "I genuinely believe that the Equine Breather healed my pony, when medication was unable to help"
read more Horse Breather issue 3
17 November 2006
First of all thank you very much for your extremely interesting lecture. It all makes so much sense to me. You see, I have been practicing Hatha yoga since almost 20 years now, and have also been doing pranayama - breathing techniques. This morning I trimmed a couple of customer horses . One of them, a six months old filly has really been a problem - very insecure, hopping and fiddling around all the time. After almost giving up I thought that I'll try 1N on her. And it worked! I am so impressed! She immediately became relaxed, almost fell asleep, and for the first time I could lift her hooves and trim them in peace. She did not once pull them away from me. I did it on the other horses as well, and they reacted with lots of snorting, runny noses, yawning and, well, actually farting! I would like to learn everything about the technique, as soon as possible. Do you give courses?
Ulrike Hermelin, SHP Sweden
Mies Kloos has an event horse that is competed internationally by her daughter Ellen. For more details see Horse Breather 22 September 06
"...... Although Miss Galena was in very good shape, there were still some problems that we never could solve. Because of her stomach and gut problems , she was a bad eater. Furthermore she was a medium wind sucker , always reacted very irritated when groomed or saddled and had a permanent nose rash . Miss Galena has a heavy working schedule so we decided to implement it on a very extensive basis, monitoring her carefully and keeping her under close supervision of my vet. Within a couple of weeks we already saw some noticeable improvements: Her fitness improved and she seemed happier and was more attentive at what was going on. Her recuperation time after a heavy training was faster and also her heart rate went down more rapidly after a cross country. In Holland the horses heart rates are checked before and within 10 minutes after a cross country, so I was able to document this improvement: before I started the breathing programme, she had a heart rate of 72 to 75 beats per minute, 10 minutes after finishing a cross country. Now she had around 60. Furthermore her nose rash vanished, she reacted less irritated when groomed and saddled and even her wind sucking seemed less. After about 3 months the most astonishing result started showing itself: her eating improved. Miss Galena always had trouble digesting the high quality food that is ideal for a high performance. Now slowly she started to eat more and more and she also reacted impatiently and hungrily during feeding time. I can fully conform that even a strong and healthy horse can benefit from equine breathing."
Something I noticed today which I thought was quite amazing. I put the breather on Megan then worked on Cas cleaning her up etc and doing Equine Touch for an hour then put the Breather on her. There were a lot of horse flies about and she ran over to me in the field to get me to scratch her belly like she usually does but here is the odd thing. While she had the breather on she hardly swished her tail she did twitch her body at times but the strangest thing was that the horse flies went for me and Megan. Only the odd one flew round Cas and most didn’t settle on her. My conclusion is that when we are worried about something or get stressed then we give off some sort of scent which in turn attracts either danger or flies in Calico’s case. mind you Megan was the same when she had it on. Not many flies either.
Equine Breathing has undoubtedly helped Jack. I know the head shaking symptoms would, at times, have shown themselves in a more severe manner if I had not been doing Equine Breathing. The symptoms so far this year appear to be less severe and less frequent. When they are present I am able to lessen them or even to stop them by doing 1N . 1N is definitely effective. I feel this has to benefit every horse with or without problems, the relaxation alone is great. If you can relax your own mind it can give you a peaceful rest too. I have no hesitation in saying it is worth the effort. I would certainly recommend it to others, particularly those who have tried and failed with more conventional methods as at that time they are usually more ready to take on a larger commitment. It makes you think it is almost too simple to be effective. People ask - if it is free, can it really be any good. YES it can and YES it is. But you need patience and commitment. It's (Equine Breathing is) mystical to the non-science based average Joe! I am very happy with the overall results at the trial end. 1N has proved to me that it does work. My dilemma is not whether to continue to breathe – there is absolutely no question about my not doing so, I couldn’t allow Jack to go backwards, but how to better manage things so that I can continue with EB. I also want to start on my other cob. He is highly-strung and nervy, (the field boss!) I did a few minutes on him at the weekend and he relaxed really well. The obvious answer is to buy an Equine Breather.
March 2006Mike Hollingworth is a barefoot trimmer in Yorkshire, UK with 200 horses on his books. He is also an equine Bowen therapist.
"I have just started using the breathing technique in conjunction with my trim clients on some horses that would rather play come dancing when they are having there feet trimmed, I have to say that the results so far are very favourable as I know you would expect. I would rather spend 10 minutes calming the horses down prior to trimming than may be spend an hour or so struggling with the horses during trimming. I will let you know how I do with this as I work on it more, but it is looking good." For details on Mike’s practice email email Mike
Ellie has recently completed an 8 week 1N trial with her Icelandic pony Bjork. Bjork had a distressing, chronic, constant, unilateral nasal discharge and developed hay fever, a hay allergy and cough on exercise . Bjork also had runny eyes and had become lethargic . After 8 weeks of 1N Ellie commented;
“I noticed a profound effect of the 1N breathing on Bjork right from day 1. She is almost over the discharge, though not completely yet. She barely has any discharge now when she is resting and the discharge she gets after exercise has gone from green and frothy to a slight white discharge.The other main difference I saw in her was her energy level throughout the 2 month period. At first, she was lethargic, but as her symptoms improved, she got more and more sprightly. Not only did 1N treat the main physical symptoms but Bjork has become calmer, happier, less nippy (in fact not at all, though I’d like to wait until her seasons start again to be sure!). Bjork is in a good mood all the time now and seems very content with life. She has had her smile back for a while now, and that coupled with her nose pretty much better, is filling me with joy!I have found Equine Breathing an easy thing to do. I enjoy that quiet time spent with Bjork and love the fact that she really seems to enjoy our sessions. Sometimes it can be difficult to fit all the sessions in, but I have actually welcomed the breathing as something to do on those dark nights after work when you don’t feel like much else. It’s a great thing for the winter as you know you’re doing something positive even though you’re not always exercising. I am mostly able to find the space and time to do it.”Ellie, Edinburgh
I have been using the Equine Breathers so regularly as possible, but last week only about 60 minutes per day. First my stallion did´nt like it, he tried to move his nostrils all the time, but now he is standing quite quiet with it. I have not had vet to examine after using this, but I think the breathing of stallion is some better. Quite good it isn´t yet, but I am planning to continue with that 60 minutes per day. Do you think it is ok? Anyway he feels happier as earlier. The other horse had also something in his breathing and when I began with the Breather he was coughing out some mucus and I think he is better now. But I can see many times that he really is overbreathing. Thank you very much for the advices. I have noticed that it is also a good moment to be with horses. ps. the video is very good!
Pauline's mare Sadie recently sustained an injury which required surgery. Pauline wrote, "The vet is really "sold" on your equine breathing now. she commented on how brilliantly sadie breathed all through the anaesthetic, and was amazed that post-op her chest was clear as a bell , apparently older horses (- and frequently younger ones too) usually get a lot of fluid on the lungs."
Pauline, Liverpool, UK
Nicola Bebb Holistic Equine Consultant writes
"I have used Equine Breathing with some clients horses (I need to order a Breather from you) with great results, particularly a mare that is on long term box rest and was getting extremely upset ! The mare had been on box rest for few weeks before I saw her, she was used to living out and wasn't coping at all with confinement. It was also unfortunate that she was stabled very close to some stallions which she tried to get to when they were bought past her box. In general she was extremely hyper and very unsettled and sometimes too dangerous for the owner to be in the box with her. I went and saw this lady and worked with her using a host of techniques. One of the techniques I showed her was Equine Breathing, despite the initial objections the horse really enjoyed the breathing technique and was beautifully calm and relaxed afterwards. The owner has continued with all the exercises that we explored on the day including Equine Breathing and the mare although still on box rest several months later is significantly calmer and easier to deal with. the owner has also remarked that she has found that the exercises including Equine Breathing have really improved the bond between them."
Sam is a veterinary homeopath, classical riding instructor and dressage judge
" Firstly thank you for spending time explaining this technique to me. It was much appreciated. Because I am always looking for ways to improve the lives of the Animals I deal with, and your Equine Breathing technique seemed simple and down to earth, I was happy to put up both your articles on the Horse website but I really did want to test it out for myself. As I mentioned to you I was working on some health issues on 2 Stallions and at your suggestion, I thought I'd try the 1N method so downloaded your PDF notes, read them and off I went.
I tried very hard to follow each step and didn't do what you would call a 'full session' perhaps but I did manage a few minutes on both nostrils. The effect was stunning! The horse just literally dropped his head and went very dopey within minutes and last seen was hanging outside of his box, fast asleep, bottom lip drooping totally at peace with the world and it truly was great to see him like that. What had taken me some 35 minutes to do using Reiki on Saturday, the relaxation part, I achieved in under 5 minutes using 1N. I know they are two different things with different benefits, but the relaxation is so vital for healing to work whatever you choose to do.
Most of the Staff were watching and a couple of them showed interest in learning the technique which I believe can be used for so many of the problems they could run into. eg: when foals and mares are weaned; for horse and youngsters who do not like being boxed, shod etc. for Stallions who are getting a little above themselves; and medically. All I can see are benefits. The stresses these horses go through is hard to explain but by the very fact that they don't get too much time outside and have to cope with having mares paraded past them, you can perhaps imagine just a little how much this must bother them. Using this technique, properly, I am now convinced would be just wonderful for them. It was exciting from my point of view to be able to help in such a short time and with so little to think about. It is without doubt something I will constantly think about for future Consults. It is so simplistic but having had a night to think about it, am now even more excited and enthusiastic to do as much of the Equine Breathing Technique as I can and to teach it to others.
On a more personal note, I don't sleep well. I work very hard and find it difficult to switch off. But last night I sat and did the breathing exercises you described to me. I was in bed and asleep by 8.00pm! that is unheard of. So I aim to pursue the Breathing course you suggested and I will try to remember what you taught me and again, thank you for giving up your time."
A pony stallion, quite a handful was dragging the trainer around the arena as she tried to get him to hold still so she could put on his roller to lunge him. I offered to help her and just thought I'd try the 1N again. Yet again, within a few minutes he had calmed down much the amazement of the handler who said she had never seen him so quiet and submissive. All this done with no force and it's so easy. I can't see any reason why people just don't try it and see the results for themselves. I have yet to further this to getting the Breather, but what I have seen so far on these two horses and a few others, has just given very positive results without stressing out anyone or any animal. What more could you want? People are seeing the 1N and getting interested so I carry the little book with me and also the pages, I downloaded them off your site, so they can read exactly what it can do if the Breathing is used.
It's like all things 'new' it seems too simple to be true, it just takes time for people to catch on.
Karen's horse Amazon consistently coughed when being ridden , but not when being lunged either before or after riding. Following use of 1N before riding Amazon became cough free and gave lovely soft, relaxed work. When Karen tried not doing 1N, Amazon coughed for the whole ride and her work was strained.
"I have been back from holiday now for three weeks and after an initial couple of sessions where her cough was still present (nowhere near as bad as it originally was!) I rode her today and the cough has all but gone!! I have done the 1N technique prior to every ridden session (5 minutes on each nostril) and it really seems to be doing the trick. I would also endorse a couple of points you made in this month’s ezine: - definitely do the “Perfect Manners” exercises or similar as I am sure this has helped her to trust me and although she was a bit wary to start she is now almost asleep within a matter of seconds when I do the 1N on her!! I am only able to ride 3 or 4 times a week so its not like I’m doing it with her every day to get this benefit. - she has most definitely improved in her fitness over the past few weeks!! She is rather tubby from all the rich grass coming through but her fitness just keeps on improving! Our lessons are improving all the time with our instructor saying that each lesson is the best she has ever seen us work! My next stage is to do the 1N at my first dressage comp for quite a few months (ie this weekend!) I have always been rather frustrated that she can give me such great work at home then goes daft when she is out. I do now exercise her at home before we go out which helps but I am hoping that this will be the icing on the cake and will help us to be more successful this season! Thanks for your advice (and even more thanks from Amazon!) I think we’re both a lot happier and healthier from using this technique!!"
Before Equine Breathing, I was beginning to despair of ever being able to compete with Sam. Sam was a 5 year old when I bought him, with very little experience of anything. Within 3 months he developed a lameness that lasted over a year. During this time, under veterinary supervision (the lameness was pinpointed to the joint between his coffin bone and his short pastern) he had 3 months in his box and was turned out for 9 months with no improvement. I was faced with the vet’s advice of either a plaster cast for 3 months, expensive exploratory surgery with no guarantee of success or putting him to sleep! Sam also had an acute behavioural problem that caused him to become hyper tense, which meant that he could never relax fully and gave the impression that his whole mind was elsewhere. This behaviour was particularly bad within sight of cows.
Since using the Equine Breathing technique, not only has the lameness disappeared (at the point of writing he has done 4 months of work and is now fit enough to compete at a pre-novice event), but his ‘cow phobia’ has also been improving day on day, to the extent that he can go past a field of cows without a fit.
Although clinically it is impossible to prove that Equine Breathing has made these changes, I honestly feel that without Equine Breathing I would still have a lame horse with an acute cow phobia . I have a much better understanding of my horse and the things that concern him, and a set of tools to help me manage and address these concerns and make him more comfortable within himself.
Matthew, Oxfordshire, UK
I got your name throiugh a link web page.I tried it on one of my horses yesterday and she just went to sleep it waas wonderful a lovley feeling of peace. She has really bad arthritus will this help? Judith