If my knowledge of a horse’s health was measured in sand, the extent of my knowledge could fill a cowboy boot. A small boot… like maybe a Toddler’s Size 3. But that was before I joined Silver Lining Herbs’ team just over two years ago. Now, I would say I’ve graduated to a Big Kids Size 3… not a big jump for some, but a leap for someone like me who sits behind a computer screen and edits videos all day.
Okay, to be fair, I am on the road a lot, filming and doing a ‘day-in-the-life’ of the people we are fortunate to have on Silver Lining Herbs’ team. You’d be surprised what you can learn after editing someone’s interview for hours and hours.
I’ve realized that I am learning through observation and I remember bits and pieces along the way. I’ve also come to know that sometimes, you are the only horse expert around… whether you consider yourself an expert or not.
For instance, when my husband, Stetson, and I were home for Christmas break we went out to check on our horses. My husband walked up to his best horse, Spit (yes, that is his name, I still haven’t got the full story).
When he ran his hands along him, he found little pimple feeling bumps all over… everywhere; on Spit’s neck, behind his ears, along his back, on his hind end. My first thought was to call Mickey, because I know he is one of the best sources for horse health, and I am fortunate enough to have him on speed dial. But as I pulled out my phone I had this strange thought…
“What do you think he needs Jess?”
I remembered watching Mick. One of the most common things he does is to test different points on the horse to see if they are strong. He runs his hands over a horse. He is quiet and it seems like he is trying to feel the energy and feelings of the horse… like he is listening to them.
As I ran my hands over my husband’s horse, I came to the spot right behind his shoulder. Flashing back in my mind, I saw Mick do the same thing, gently pushing on the pressure point to see if he moves off the pressure quickly or not.
Sure enough, as soon as I pushed, our horse stepped off quickly to get away from it. From what I remembered, I thought that Stetson’s horse had a compromised immune system, and I was sure that Mick was going to tell me to use the #24 Immune Support.
That’s exactly what he told me, along with suggesting the use of the #27 Liver Support. I could tell that Mick was impressed I had been paying attention to what he did to test horses. I realize that something like this may be considered simple, and if you were to ask me something like the difference between sand colic and regular colic, I could only give you the most basic answer. But for the first time in my life, I felt like I had taken action, and that I was perceptive and proactive about my horse’s health. That is an empowering feeling.
So here is what I learned and some questions I asked myself after this experience.
- I think that you can never stop learning.
- You won’t always have a Mickey Young on speed dial, so are you prepared to help your horses if you are the only “horse expert” around?
- Your horses rely on you for their health. It’s your job to become educated.
- Just because I don’t have in-depth background in horse health, doesn’t mean that I can’t utilize all resources available to expand my knowledge.
- (The most frequent thought I’ve had) I still have a lot to learn.
Stay tuned, I’m hoping by my next blog to have more sand to fill my cowboy boot, so that I can grow a size or two.
Until next time – Jess Montgomery