I have been working with horses and formulating health programs for them for the last 13 years. Some of my biggest mistakes during this time have become my most valued lessons- leaving me with lasting impressions I will never forget. Now, when similar situations come up, I revisit those moments to ensure I never have to repeat the same mistakes. 

Today, I dive into three monumental blunders I made, sharing what they taught me about equine health.

Simplifying Solutions: Lessons from Managing Horse Infections

My experience has taught me that the solutions for big problems do not have to match the enormity of the problem. Horse infections are a good example because some infections are tricky to overcome, even when treated with antibiotics. I have often witnessed the stress and desperation of horse owners facing infections that defy conventional treatments. However, I have also seen that sometimes, a simple solution works best. In my annual signature program, Healing Horses Their Way, which is currently open for registration, I describe a situation where a puncture wound on a pregnant mare from a trailer accident became a severe septic infection. When the antibiotics failed to work, a simple remedy, costing less than $100, worked remarkably well, saving the mare from being euthanized after giving birth to her foal.

Supplement Pitfalls: Addressing Toxicity Beyond Supplements

Another common pitfall I have encountered is trying to supplement horses facing toxicity-related issues. While supplements may alleviate symptoms temporarily, they often fail to address the underlying source of toxicity. Sugar, for example, is a toxin that regularly gets overlooked, yet it can wreak havoc on a horse’s immune and digestive systems. Similarly, leaky gut syndrome can trigger intolerances and allergies, exacerbating health issues. No amount of supplementation can fully counteract the effects of toxicity, demonstrating the importance of addressing root causes rather than relying solely on supplements as a temporary solution.

Avoiding Assumptions: Embracing Individuality in Equine Care

One of the most humbling lessons I have learned is to avoid making assumptions based on my past experiences with other horses. Each horse is unique, with individual sensitivities and different responses to treatment. Take the case of Irma, whose mysterious illness stumped veterinarians despite extensive testing. Even though I was initially skeptical about using homeopathy because Irma was on a complex schedule of medications, I reluctantly decided to try it as a last resort. To my surprise, she showed a marked improvement within 24 hours. That challenged my preconceived notions, reinforcing the importance of remaining open-minded and adaptable when caring for horses.


Navigating equine health requires humility, adaptability, and a willingness to embrace unconventional solutions. By learning from my past mistakes, like overcomplicating treatments, relying solely on supplementation, or making assumptions based on previous experiences, I have gained valuable insights into effective and holistic ways to approach horse care. 

Each horse presents a unique puzzle, and by approaching each case with an open mind and commitment to addressing the root cause, we can ensure the best possible outcomes for our equine companions.

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