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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.
Linda, Southport UK
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”.
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.
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.
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
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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