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
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
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
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.
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Natalie Lascelles, Hampshire, UK
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
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.