A Blending of Two Worlds to Create Symbiosis on Behalf of the Horses


The Blending of Two Worlds

Thank you to Anna Twinney for orchestrating the assembly of a panel of holistic and veterinary experts at Ray of Light Farm.  Present for the discussion on the evening of July 12thwere Dr. Scott Sears from Connecticut Equine Clinic, Scott Lesinski, Cathy Languerand, and, of course, Anna (three Dynamite Distributors). The audience was made up of a variety of knowledge seekers ranging from people who have used Dynamite products to the very young group of volunteers who help us take care of the 150 (or so) animals who reside at our rescue/therapy center.

Ray of Light Farm is a Dynamite Barn and a Dynamite distributor, and we also rely heavily on the advice of our veterinary team to keep our animals in good health. As the caretaker of so many animals, I often find it confusing trying to blend the two worlds. It was enlightening to hear the many experiences the distributors had in the field with equines, but also important to this meeting was adding the knowledge of the physiological effects, an explanation of how some of the products work in the body and why they are necessary.  In a discussion with Dr. Sears after the meeting, he affirmed the statement that horses do not normally need grain, it’s more of a tradition than a need. But they do need a strong foundational program such as the one designed by Dynamite: Dynapro, Vitamins, and free choice minerals.

From my perspective, there are three things that I took away from this evening.

  • The comfort level that our veterinarian is a team player that I can openly discuss our nutritional and first aid plans with.
  • The absolute law that, as a responsible horse person, the job of diagnosis belongs to the medical professionals.
  • The necessity of a partnership between Veterinary professionals and Dynamite distributors.

I cannot think of a larger way to benefit our clients and the animals that we all love.

With gratitude to all who participated,

Bonnie Buongiorne

Founder, Ray of Light Farm

Dynamite Distributor


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Fall Has Fallen!


There is much to do at the home ranch as Fall sets in; paddocks to be maintained, fences to be fixed, arena to be dragged, minerals replenished (see just below). This is especially important during barometric pressure changes. The colts have reached the time to be gelded (more about that in our upcoming newsletter). There is hay to be stocked, chiropractic adjustments (also see below) as well as our natural equine dentist scheduled.  And yet, amongst this busy time and our annual holistic horse course I scheduled something very important – a ride!
It was time for me to actually put my dreams into action this year and I am proud to share that we took a gorgeous trip to Granby with X and Honeybrook to see the Fall colors.  This trip was extra special as I invited to of our International students to join me on the adventure, an adventure I had waited 10 years to come to fruition, for me to enjoy with my Mustang and his lady bringing forth very proud moments as they confidently explored new territories. God’s country, as CO is known to many, gifts us with silence and a connection to true nature. 

In our next diary, we will explore nutritional muscle testing. This practice goes beyond the horse’s diet and supports their full wellbeing, determining body mind and emotional support to enhance wellbeing and eliminate inappropriate behavior. We use muscle testing at home with own horses and supplement as needed. Above, Joseph stands with Honey and Aria as they receive minerals to help with the changing seasons and differences in barometric pressure. Ask us about our mineral protocol.

Chiropractic Work Helps X Thrive

by: Dr. Rachel Heart Bellini 
Today we had a very good session with EXCALIBUR. Like most horses that I work on, he was compressed between the back of the rib cage and the pelvis. His lumbar vertebrae were not aligned completely straight and the muscles of the back were tight and spastic. The iliopsoas muscle and tensor fascia latte (TFL – Think of your IT band )  were both very tight and they were keeping EXCALIBUR’s pelvis flexed. There was a lot of fascial thickening at the attachment of the TFL – you can see the striations coming down from the tuber coxae. This compression of the lower back causes the space between the pelvis and rib cage to shorten and often there is no longer room for the pelvis to rotate down and the horse loses both length and suppleness to his lower back. This makes it hard for them to truly come through from the hind end because they cannot fully engage themselves. These pictures show a few days ago and then after his session today which included spinal alignment combined with soft tissue work. By releasing the soft tissue in the back it makes room for the bones to return to their proper places and restores the communication of the nervous system both to and from this area. The second picture demonstrates the integration achieved when the bones are aligned and the muscles/tendons and ligaments are not braced against the body’s imbalances. You can see that his body has softened and lengthened – he looks poised. 
Colorful Colt Starting
COPING SKILLS: foreign words for almost all equine trainers!  Not even the most seasoned horses can do what these young horses have been supported and trained for PRIOR to being ridden.   We challenge you to watch, listen and learn in support of your young, spooky or discouraged horses.  Bring spookbusting back for all horses, disciplines and situations to help your horses build up their coping skills in time of stress.  In the videos you’ll realize just how much stimulus is involved and the team building on all accounts.

L: Our Colt Starting Group R: The Simple Solutions Tribe

Here we taking the ROTH techniques into the saddle and our International trainer students learn the value of teaching young horses to pony alongside a seasoned horse. Integrating body language from the ground to aid our horses to follow their leaders, supports the youngsters to understand their new role. Each horse learns to come off of pressure, follow the guidance of the pony horse and the leadership of the rider as they feel the nuances of the saddle, dummy and ultimately the rider in a safe environment from round-pen, to arena and onto the trail! 
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Subject: Charmed waits behind the “fence”
Each morning this summer I would get up at 6:00 am and go outside to close the gate so that the construction crew could safely come through the farm to work on putting up our new covered arena. Our horses had night turnout on grass for the summer but were closed into a smaller area up at the barn while the construction crew was going in and out through the farm road. Each morning I would tell Charmed he had to be behind the gate when the truck came through at 6:15 am. One morning the crew came through early and I was out in the yard but had not put the horses “behind the gate” yet. Charmed put himself behind the gate, he improvised, by using the railing. He is so cute. He had the most health and behavior issues of any therapy horse I have worked with and even though he has crossed his rainbow bridge he is still an amazing teacher. 
Cathy Languerand -ROTH Certified Instructor
The HHC is a life-changing experience. The reason: it’s not just about learning horsemanship, it’s also about getting life lessons! How can I tell you this after only 2 weeks in Colorado and one into the HHC Part 1? Let me unfold it. My journey with horses started when I was a little girl, totally drawn to horses, feeling a connection beyond words. Living in Morocco for most of my childhood, I was totally horrified by the way horses, mules and donkeys were treated and the contact with them through a horse club did not please me at all. Something in me was screaming me it was all wrong. Before stepping onto a communication professional path, I had this dream of learning the “psychology of horses” (as I verbalized it at the time)… 
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Recently we told you that our talented friend and musical contributor to our new DVD, Juni Fisher gave a benefit concert; we listed the wrong location. The concert was held in support of the on going efforts at Happy Dog Ranch. Learn more about our good friends at HDR below! 
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(September 18, 2012 eNews Tip by PATH Intl. EWCommittee members

Cathy Languerand & Marcie Ehrman)

When we change this environment in any way that restricts their freedom or diet, we create stress. In order to live and work in partnership with our horses it is necessary to create changes and set boundaries. As we train them to understand and respond to our commands, house them in barns, contain them with fences and feed them processed feeds, we need to look for the signs of balance, both physical and behavioral, in all aspects of our horse care.

Some common causes of stress are:

  • Physical pain or discomfort
  • Weather; extreme heat, cold, high winds, rain or snow
  • Trailering
  • Adding or removing a horse from a herd group
  • Relocation; new home, new pasture, new owner
  • Training; learning new skills
  • Changes in living conditions; crowded, unclean, poor footing, insufficient turn out, not enough food, not fed at regular times, or lack of exercise.
  • Changes in routine
  • Human stress

Some behavioral signs of stress include:

  • Pacing
  • Rearing
  • Cribbing
  • Weaving
  • Shying or shaking
  • Loss of sleep or appetite
  • Head tossing, swishing tails, pawing the ground, tight lips, narrowed nostrils, ears laid back
  • Change of attitude
  • Personality changes, including aggressiveness, nervousness and depression.

Some physical signs of stress include:

  • Constipation, diarrhea, ulcers, or colic
  • Dull, dry coat
  • Sore muscles and joints
  • Eczema or hair loss
  • Weight loss

Methods of managing Equine stress:

  • Turn horses out, let them de-stress in a natural setting. Add regular and varied exercise, mixing ring work, hills, and trails.
  • Prepare your horse for travel or change; introduce all change gradually, whenever possible.
  • Find toys or objects that redirect your horse’s mind from stress to play.
  • Balance your horse’s diet with appropriate amounts of grain, forage, vitamins, salt and minerals.
  • Soothing touch such as massage or energy work.
  • Long term exposure to stress will lower your horse’s immune system.
  • Probiotics can help reduce physical stress in the gut.
  • By carefully observing and studying equine personalities and behavior, you will be able to recognize each horse’s stress level and coping methods.

Humane living conditions that promote equine well being along with a clear understanding of equine psychology is what we all are working towards. When we make learning fun and rewarding we are able to limit or reduce the stress levels in our equine partners. When we understand each horse’s unique personality and style of learning, we are able to determine the most effective ways to lower their stress. When we recognize, understand, and meet the physical needs of our horses, we lower their stress.

By continuing to improve our knowledge and understanding of horses and of the unique nature of our equine/ human partnerships, we find that our interaction reduces not only our horses’ stress levels, but also our own.


  • Equine Science Center at Rutgers University, Carey Williams, PhD, Equine Management and Assistant Director.
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Sue McDonnell, PhD, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist.

The Equine Welfare Committee encourages positive and engaging educational exploration from our readers – we’d love to hear your feedback! Please let us know if you have any questions about our tip or have a suggestion about specific topics you would be interested in learning more about in the future. Email Kristin Mason, EWC chair, at kris12mase@yahoo.com . Thank you!

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In order to understand stress in our horse, we need to look at how horses would live naturally without human interference. They would live in a herd, eating small quantities and often as they grazed on pasture. We would see them using fight or flight as a means of protection against predators.

Wisdom from Cathy’s Journal

Thank you Cathy for your great observations and words of wisdom!

Is this how they Feel?

Flying to Anna’s on my own excited, anxious, worried, stressed, and overwhelmed.  I didn’t finish or bring all my papers.  I had to leave my friends and companions.  O worries about finding a place to eat, to go to the bathroom, being on time, carrying my bags, finding my plane.  On a scale of 1-10, my anxiety was about an 8 or 9.  I began to think Im not cut out for traveling and doing things outside the box.  This is too hard.  Im out of my comfort zone.

Then it struck me that this is how the horses feel when they travel to new places or to a new home.  Is the trailer a safe place to be, is there food, when will it stop, what about my friends?  We put them in positions like this all the time with out a second thought.  Do they feel like I felt?  I gained appreciation for lessons learned from a calm and relaxed position.  I am thankful each day as the language of Equus gives my life direction.

Animal communication clinic – Friday July, 10th 2009

Anna Twinney shared some of her experiences gained this past year during her communications with animals.  She shared the process of clearing your thoughts and organizing questions and information.  She shared the wish list of animals that were getting ready to pass on from this life and the healing effect this created for their families.  We practiced being clear, empathic listeners.  WE validated this information by sharing with each other.  Thank you to those who attended and I encourage everyone to join an animal communication clinic with Anna.

Natural Horsemanship clinic – July 11th and 12th 2009
Hidden Acres Farm, Naugatuck, CT

Herd dynamics and how to tell your horses personality were discussed.  The at liberty obstacle course gave each horse a chance to express their personality, and each participant a chance to practice the art of horse whispering through body language.  Creating movement through intention and energy were discussed and practiced with divining rods.  On day two all participants and horses came together in the arena to practice in-hand exercises.  These intimacy exercises, head drops, flexions, and yields created soft, relaxed, obedient horses.  Muscle testing to check the nutritional needs of our horses was practiced in the afternoon.  Trailer loading was demonstrated after that.  The morning exercises had a wonderful effect on the problem loaders. Everyone benefited from Anna’s many varied experiences with different breeds and personality types.  We hope you all find continued success with the wonderful skills of horse whispering.

From Cathy Languerand, CT