I first heard of and used diatomaceous earth (DE) when I was working on a ranch in California. I was intrigued to learn that this white powder, which we were adding to the horses feed, had numerous health benefits, including being a natural wormer. The lady who owned the ranch claimed she hadn’t had any issues with worms for years and owned a large number of horses, all of which received a small cup of DE a day.
Volunteer work is one of the best ways to further your equestrian skills, and is an excellent form of continual professional development. I’ve been lucky enough to spend a fair amount of my time travelling last year, and this has provided me with opportunity to expand my knowledge of horse care, training, and riding in different countries.
Amanda Martin is, among many things, an Equine Clicker Training Specialist and in particular, trains problem horses with Fear Free Positive training (read more on this here: animalbehaviourconsultantscotland.co.uk), and I couldn’t have asked for a better person to share her knowledge with me on the subject.
Clicker training is a concept I’m sure most people will have heard of. It’s a method where the participating animal is encouraged to exhibit a behaviour using positive reinforcement, and often used in dog training. However, you’ll find it works across a variety of species, horses included!
I decided to take the plunge and study Equine Shiatsu after I had finished my two year Diploma in Equine Studies, found a full time job, and passed my UKCC Level 2. I found my mind restless. I missed studying, I missed exams (call me mad if you like!), and even though I was still learning and developing my skills working in a busy riding school, I wanted to broaden my knowledge in another sphere.