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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 ... :-) "
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Natalie Lascelles, 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.
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.
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.
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!"
Trudi, Victoria, Australia
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 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.