Adaptonicum - De Groene Os 🌟
Gemaakt van het kruid Ashwagandha: "The King of Ayurverdic herbs" 🌿
Deze plant bevat sterke anti-oxidanten en biedt een ondersteunende werking bij angst, stress, slapeloosheid, etc. Ashwagandha heeft sterke adaptogene effecten, maar wat houdt dat nou precies in? 🤔
🌿Adaptogenen zijn kruiden die hun functies binnen ons lichaam kunnen aanpassen naar onze persoonlijke, specifieke behoefte. Verstoringen worden direct opgemerkt, tevens bieden adaptogenen vergelijkbare, positieve effecten op onze gemoedstoestand (zoals het in balans brengen van ons hormoonstelsel).
🙋🏻♀️Ik ben al geruime tijd fan van Adaptogenen. In poedervorm mix ik ze door mijn thee, sap of smoothies, waardoor het oplost en een soort tonic wordt 🍹Mijn huidige Tonic is gemaakt van Cacao, Maca, Cayenne, Kaneel en Pink Salt (allen biologisch). Een combinatie ter ondersteuning van de algehele vitaliteit van Lichaam en Geest en om deze laatste in het Hier en Nu te kunnen laten zijn ☯️
ℹDe tinctuur van De Groene Os is verkrijgbaar in vloeibare vorm (100ml), makkelijk over het voer te druppelen en kan worden gebruikt bij langdurige verschijnselen zoals stress of ter verbetering van het prestatievermogen. Deze tinctuur ga ik gebruiken bij mijn eigen paard, een rescue merrie met nog altijd wat opborrelend oud zeer en alle bijbehorende emoties.
Zelf ga ik over op een Adaptogenen Tonic die òok van Ashwagandha is gemaakt! Overige ingrediënten zijn Gember, Kardemom, Kaneel en Pink Salt, een mix die zorgt voor toename van vitaliteit en gevoelens van blijdschap🙏🏽🤸♀️
Ik ben heel benieuwd en nieuwsgierig naar de resultaten van Ashwagandha, bij zowel mijn paard als bij mij zelf 😊🤞🏽Het verloop, de resultaten en mijn bevindingen deel ik uiteraard ook met jullie op Social Media.
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✴Vergeet niet de Stories/Verhalen van Facebook en Instagram èn InstagramTV, op zowel mijn kanaal als dat van De Groene Os!
Apparently, Zeus wasn't behaving that well during a volunteer/horse training day at the rescue last weekend. Shaking his head, being pushy/rude in a physical and emotional way. It could be his teeth so the dentist checked him out, just to be sure he's not being dominant and he couldn't find anything abnormal.
Let's see if and where I can touch the areas around his face like his eyes and ears, which they're very protective of.
As you can see in the video, Zeus not just tolerates but accepts everything I try with him. We proceeded with a 45 minute liberty session to establish communication and hierarchy, without ever showing signs of dominance. He sure knows he is big and he knows how to use that in his advantage, so he tries to make himself BIG in his body, expression and energy. A lot to swallow if you're inexperienced with horse behavior, but Zeus is for sure NOT a dominant horse.
So now people ask me: "But why did he react, the way that he did? Horses aren't able to fool us. are they?". Which is right, they aren't.
Some horses will always need someone who's in charge, a leader. But if they can't seem to find that special someone in their direct surroundings, (in Zeus' case, his surroundings were the round pen and the group of volunteers who'd wanted to work with him) they will try to find it OUTSIDE of this situation. Horses that are unsure or scared can become very nervous or explosive and develop more problems like barn sourness and buddy sourness. Zeus however, is not afraid or unsure, but an older horse that knows how to influance the human with his body and posture.
People often try to win this battle through the physical way - a fight you're obviously not going to win -, which Zeus has already figured out throughout his life, serving humans. Horses like him do not have much trouble Trusting humans, but they lack a huge amount of Respect. By being clear, honest and in balance with yourself, you can immediately set the tone for a conversation that both horse and human understand. Again, this doesn't start in the arena, or round pen, but it's starts with how you approach your horse when you grab him from his stall, halter him and walk him to his grooming spot. All little details that are EXTREMELY important.
All horses have a higher vibration/energie frequency, if you learn how to raise your own vibration and how to use this while being with your horse, you create Resonance: you create a vibration which expands into the other being's (the horse) energy field, so he'll be able to vibrate with your frequency.
I can go on and on about this for hours, it's such a special feeling to experience. But I can say with absolute certainty, that there's nothing wrong with Zeus on a physical, emotional or spiritual level.
The other day I was with a girl and her horse, a young mare that’s had a lot of bad stuff happen to her. If she’d be a human, she would be a messed-up 20 year old with a lot of emotional and physical scars and no one to turn to. When her owners try to make physical contact, she bites. Probably because she feels threatened, but it’s something that could easily escalate into something worse.
So far, this little mare has only known the downside of being sensitive. The abuse she went through turned her into this shy but explosive horse that just didn’t know how to calm down. Because of this behavior, the rest of the herd wouldn’t accept her. She ran around frantically, in the pasture, in the round-pen even in circles around the herd. Basically, she was making it really hard for herself to accept the new situation because she’d only be exposed to new bad situations, and even worse people.
When I entered the round-pen, I immediately saw all the typical signs of a young, sensitive mare that has had a lot of bad stuff happen to her. She did not want to make any contact, avoided me and everything I did, and did not want to stay close.
Even though this is a horse that bites, I felt more comfortable working on the Trust part first. With horses that are more intrusive or constantly in your space – even when uninvited – I start with working on the Respect part first.
I decided a simple conversation would be enough for one session.
The moment the halter came off, she started circling around me in the round-pen with her head high and away from me. After a few minutes I managed to bring her energy down towards my level and started walking beside her, in calm circles around the fence. When she started to build-up her energy and/or started trotting, I moved away to give her more space until she was walking calmly again. Then I started walking towards her again, and at that point she became very interested in me because she knew we we’re figuring stuff out. Another thing I did every time I approached her, was smile!
Smiling actually tricks your brain into feeling happy, which leads to a release of dopamine and seratonin, both easily picked up by a horse.
Dr. Isha Gupta - neurologist from IGEA Brain and Spine – explains;
"a smile spurs a chemical reaction in the brain, releasing certain hormones including dopamine and serotonin. “Dopamine increases our feelings of happiness. Serotonin release is associated with reduced stress. Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression and aggression”.
This is not only noticeable by us when it happens, a dog for instance can actually smell hormones like dopamine and serotonin. A horse can sense these same things too, maybe not by smelling, but simply by feeling. So when they notice someone in their presence with a calm but assertive energy, they are more likely interested in getting to know you. An important first step for any horse.
So now that you know this, try and see for yourself just how quickly things can change between you and a horse that’s not really willing/ready to connect.
It certainly worked with this little mare. After an hour or so, she no longer looked angry at us or argued or ran away. She chose to stay, walk beside us and even offered her head to be touched. All while staying calm and responsive.
Needless to say, we ended on (more than) a good note. Just remember, to keep on smiling!
↓*Watch one of my inspirational video's with Girl and see her responses to my energy*↓
Horses and humans have a natural-established prey/predator relationship. With our eyes being closer together and our ears flat against the side of our head, a horse naturally sees us as “predator” in hunting position and ready to attack. Understanding this deep rooted relationship will give you an insight into how important body language and energy actually is.
So we need to tell the horse we’re not going to eat them. We are a friend. But the horse’s language is not through words, but by using body language and altering their energy. Natural Horsemanship is realizing that the horse’s world evolves around this. So instead of words, we use body language to tell them we’re not the enemy.
Establishing the leadership role is no joke and if you only “discipline”, “train” or work with your horse when riding or doing groundwork, you could easily end up in trouble.
I know a lot of horses who are calm and response when in the arena, but have very rude manners all around like bolting on trails or pulling on the halter, trying to walk off while you’re mounting. It’s like they’re constantly nervous, no wonder because nobody ever stepped in as leader.
So now the horse is unsure and becomes worried about the safety of its herd (even if it’s just the two of you). The leadership position is not up for grabs and it’s not something you can just learn, or train. It’s something you have to earn, as with anything that’s worth the effort.
It begins when you’re thinking about your horse, getting ready to grab him for a ride and drive over to the ranch. Sounds silly? That’s where knowledge about primal relationships, body language and energy work comes in. Again, no joke!
A simple example: I know a woman, who rescued a horse and went out every morning to grab him and go for a ride. Some days, the horse was fine, and they had a fun trail ride. But other days, she’d freak out as soon as the woman touched her or even came close. Long story short: turns out that horses can smell if you’ve eaten meat and (naturally!) freak out, because of their instinct. So becoming a vegetarian actually solved this uncommon problem for this horse owner.
Interesting, right? Now, what if you’re stressed or angry or sad because of something that happened with work or your family. You think a trail ride would help clear your mind, so with a head filled with worries you head towards your horse, who is peacefully grazing. Until he sees you coming, looks up and starts running in the opposite direction. Sounds familiar?
“Scared of the halter” is what some people call it, or a fight over dominance, maybe fear towards humans. But in a lot of cases, it’s not the horse OR the tool: It’s YOU.
A horse is not going on a trail ride (let alone leave the safety of home) if the supposed leader seems worried or nervous or just not sure! Some horses are not that sensitive, or they already have established a balanced relationship with their human.
But even then your relationship has to have deep roots and a solid foundation for your horse to understand that even though you’re not at your best, you will still be a good leader, a great friend and an even better partner. The only way to get there, is to constantly challenge yoursel to be better.
You're only in competition with yourself, to grow and learn together with your horse so that when the time comes when you have to take your place as leader, it will only makes sense to the horse to fully accept.
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