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Sara Fogan
Choosing the Right Horse

“You're not perfect, sport, and let me save you the suspense: this girl you've met, she's not perfect either. But the question is whether or not you're perfect for each other.” –Good Will Hunting

Sara R. Fogan, C.Ht. is a certified hypnotherapist based in Southern California. She graduated with honors from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in 2005.

What kind of riding do you want to do? Whether you train in dressage, jumping, reining, or any other riding discipline, you should look for a horse that is trained in the area you would like to do.

How much more “experienced” should the horse be? It is usually recommended that less-experienced riders look for a horse that is schooling in that discipline and working at a slightly higher level than they ride. However, the horse should not have so much more training/experience that the animal is likely to get bored working on material he or she has already mastered while the rider is learning to do basic techniques.

What kind of riding ability do I need to have in order ride a horse that is working/training at a higher level than I am currently training? The more time you spend in the saddle, the better. In addition to working regularly with a trainer, spend time working with your horse on your own to practice the movements or techniques you are working on in your lessons. It is important to remain patient, relaxed and calm when you are with your horse so you can feel confident enough in your riding skill to go beyond your comfort zone. For example, before I bought my horse, Galahad, I had never ridden such a “forward” mount; I had to do a lot of strength training and spend time riding him to get used to this kind of action.

What kind of ability/talent should the horse have? This will come down to the horse’s conformation and its work ethic/attitude. If you are looking for a “forward” moving horse that is likely to excel in competitive riding, he or she will need to have plenty of flexibility, impulsion, and action and strength in the hindquarters as well as physical and mental ability to accomplish those goals. Which breed of horse should I be looking at? A horse of any breed may be able (or not) to do the kind of riding you enjoy. For example, Warmbloods make good mounts in dressage and jumping competitions. Quarter Horses are typically seen in Western Pleasure and reining competitions. Arabian horses can succeed in English and Western show classes, although they particularly excel in endurance competition. To some extent, the horse’s breed will be less important than his personality/attitude, patience, conformation, and ability to achieve your riding goals. The choice of breed may depend on what you want to do with your equine partner, but keep the motto “Form to Function” in mind. You don’t want to end up “over-horsed” or overwhelmed by an animal that is too big for your body and too strong to handle when you are riding. For example, if you are very petite like me a large horse such as a Thoroughbred or Warmblood breed would literally be too big for me and possibly a lot of horse to handle. A better choice for you might be a small horse or a large pony in terms of size and ease/accuracy of applying riding aids.

Decision time. Bring someone along to look at the horse who is an experienced rider or horse trainer. Your current trainer or riding instructor is the ideal choice because he or she can evaluate the horse’s talents in the context of your equestrian experience and goals and provide a neutral, objective evaluation of the animal.. Have the current owner ride the horse before you get on, and see if your trainer will do the same. Also, be sure to get a veterinarian to do a thorough physical evaluation of the horse to check for soundness. You may want to get X-Rays of the horse’s legs and hooves and even draw blood to rule out tranquilizing drugs, etc. in its bloodstream. If possible, ask a veterinarian you already know and have worked with to do this check. First, you already have a working relationship and trust with this person; second, the veterinarian can also provide important feedback about suitability of the horse for you based on his or her familiarity with you.

At the end of the day, it will be up to you to make the ultimate decision whether to buy the horse. Your trainer, the veterinarian and even the person selling the horse can provide information and his or her professional opinion about suitability of the horse for you. But you will be the one who will ultimately spend the most time working with and caring for the horse if you buy it. Whether you want to compete or take long rides along the beach it is important to take your time to make a decision that will be in the best interest of you and your new equine partner.

Sara R. Fogan, C.Ht. is a certified hypnotherapist based in Southern California. She graduated with honors from the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in 2005. Visit Sara's blog. For more information about Calminsense Hypnotherapy® and to set up an appointment, please visit www.calminsense
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Calminsense Hypnosis ~ Sara R. Fogan, C. Ht. ~ Relaxation Techniques ~ Valencia, CA
Regardless of your discipline, as an equestrian, your success in the show ring and overall enjoyment during the ride comes down to this: Your ability to focus on your riding skills and fine-tuning your communication with your equine partner to the point of becoming one with him. I use the gentle, non-invasive tools of hypnotherapy and therapeutic guided imagery to help equestrians overcome the mental "clutter" caused by distractions at and away from the barn. My services include: teaching relaxation techniques to alleviate competition nerves, increase confidence after falling off your mount/riding out a bad "spook," helping riders memorize a course/test, increase motivation to follow an intensive training program, and more.
Now offering hypnotherapy/guided imagery sessions via Skype!
661-433-9430

Premiere Full-Care Equestrian Facility / Boarding / Training / Lessons / Clinics / Holistic Bodywork & Customized Equine Nutrition Programs / Nationally-recognized Equine Therapy Program
3582 Triunfo Canyon Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
818-865-0118, FAX 818-865-0112

The Worthy Horse Equine Bodywork
Susie Huber-Lytal, MS, CESMT, LMT
Bringing Science and Intuition together for a balanced approach to healing, certified in 1995, and is trained in a variety of modalities including equine skeletal balancing, sports massage, therapeutic massage, stretching and saddle fit analysis. Susie's approach to bodywork is based upon a fundamental understanding of how the horse interacts with its environment and task requirements.  Biomechanical analysis provides the foundation of skeletal balancing, where mechanical restrictions that lead to muscular compensations are identified and alleviated, bringing the body back to balance and normal function is restored or maintained. Please look into the current clinic schedule for information on how you can learn to help your horse and identify physical problems before they result in injury.
P.O. Box 2941, Palos Verdes, CA 90274. 310-488-4389

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Prevent career-threatening injuries in equine athletes with advanced regenerative therapies. We work with your vet to create potent STEM CELL and PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP) treatments to heal equine tendon and ligament injuries and difficult to heal wounds.  These regenerative therapies generate new tendon and ligament cells instead of mobility-limiting scar tissue.  Stem and platelet rich plasma treatments are also available for dogs.
We are a mobile service based in San Diego that services all of Southern California. Angela Nava, CCP 858-292-1262

Salisbury Farms

Horses Helping Humans


Salisbury Farms offers various unique equine programs designed to provide community support and learning, as well as classical riding instruction. Programming includes:
• Individual, Child, and Family Therapy
•  Classical Horseback Riding Lessons
• Horsemanship for riders with Autism Spectrum Disorders
• Equine Prorgramming for youth and adults who have experienced life stressors, social, or emotional challenges
• Adult Adventure Program
• Experiential Learning Programs for At-Risk Youth

Specific instruction for riders (and horses) who want to address a particular issue that has been resistant to change and prevents them from reaching their equestrian goals.

Lakeside, CA   619-723-6202

Gwen Bernardo, BS and EBW, offers a mobile equine massage and bodywork practice as well as an independent saddle fitting service. She provides customized Swedish, deep tissue, and sports massage along with trigger point release and red light therapy. These techniques keep the horse moving freely and performing up to his optimum ability. Let Gwen massage and support damaged muscles, while using body work to help PREVENT stress and injuries before they occur.

Having the saddle you ride in fit your horse correctly is EXTREMELY important to the longevity of his career. First, Gwen uses a Port Lewis ® impression pad to evaluate the saddle’s fit. This mold is used in a dynamic environment and provides an impartial view of the saddle’s suitability for your horse. Once the saddle has been evaluated, she is able to discuss alternative options if the saddle’s fit is not ideal. It is important to note that Gwen is not affiliated with any saddle brand, thus you are guaranteed an unbiased view and a correct solution to your saddle fit issue. Serving Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, and San Diego Counties (will travel further on an as needed basis).

20927 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills, CA, 91364. Cell Phone: 415-505-7337

gwen@classpath.com


Is your dog or horse in pain? Suffering from pinched nerves, hip dysplasia, gait issues, degenerative arthritis? Dr. Chris Fiorentino treats horses in Orange County in the cities of Orange, Huntington Beach, San Juan Capistrano, Los Alimitos, Anaheim, and Fullerton. He also treats dogs at his clinic, Lighthouse Family Wellness Center in the city of Santa Ana. He uses the class 4 laser to treat conditions such as hip dysplasia and arthritis with great success. Horses are $100 each and Dogs are $77 for a chiropractic and laser visit and $60 for a laser visit only..
714-542-9991

Silvia Colladay DVM
Coastal Veterinary Medicine Inc is a full service equine ambulatory practice based out of Orange County and servicing parts of Riverside and LA County. Dr. Silvia Colladay has been an equine veterinarian in the county for 13 years and focuses her work on the sport horse. Her mission is simple to provide the best quality medicine for her patients at rates her clients can afford. She offers a variety of treatment options to her clients based on individual needs from acupuncture to the latest in technology such as Stem Cell, IRAP and PRP. If you are looking for someone that will work with you, your trainer and your horse as a team then look no more. Other services offered include: dentistry, pre-purchase exams, nutrition, digital radiology and ultrasound, emergency services and preventative care.
Phone: 949-290-0881 Fax: 949-296-0514
silviacolladay@yahoo.com
www.coastalvetacupuncture.com

 
 
Lydia Hiby
Animal Communicator
Escondido, CA. 760-796-4304

New Life Equine Services
Acuscope / Myopulse Therapy / Certified Equine Therapist
Sharon Glenwinkel. Vista, CA. 760-917-5568

Healing, Health and Happiness Center
Healing Services / Bioset Allergy Desensitization / Divine Intervention / Bioenergetic Replenishment
4320 Atlantic # 151, Long Beach, CA 90805. 562-659-1772

bpryse@lycos.com 


Windwalker Rehab - Renate Andrasevits Reed
Equine Touch Practitioner / Reiki Master / Teacher Bioscan Body Balancing / Human / Horse / Hound / Classes / Consultations
1446 W216th St, Torrance, CA 90501. 310-365-9271

generen2@sbcglobal.net 


Sore No More Equine & Canine Therapy - Annette Norfolk
Electro-Acuscope / Myoscope Systems
23351 Lakeview Dr, Tehachapi, CA 93561. 661-304-0757

Onecowgirlup@aol.com 


New-Dawn Video
Lessons / Training / Horse Whisperer / Arabian breeder / Physiotherapist / Video Service
PO Box 1587, Solvang, CA 93464. 805-680-6069

dawn@equinecare.net


Animal Behavior Consulting
Consulting Service for Behavioral Problems
68-766 Perez Road, Cathedral City, CA 92234. 760-409-5383

NiceK9s@aol.com


Equine Attunement - Deborah Adams, EBW, BFA
Equine Body Work / Myofascial Release / Bio-mechanics / Essences / Holistic / IEBWA Chair US Division

3224 Kallin Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90808. 562-421-7981

EquineAttunement@aol.com


Southern California Equine Rehabilitation Center
Rehabilitation / Lay up / Conditioning / Alternative therapys
9301 W. Los Angeles Avenue, Moorpark, CA 93021. 805-553-9701

Schaffer Equine Therapy
Thermotex Infrared Therapy Systems / Cryo Therapy
PO Box 533, Bonsall, CA 92003. 760-587-3143

Laurel Baker - Reiki Master Practitioner
Reiki Energy Therapy for all animals
San Diego County. 619-415-3219 or 619-463-7443

Animal Heart Strings
Holistic Energy Techniques / Reiki / Equine Touch / Healing Touch / Body Balancing / Animal Communicator / Ordained Minister
1316 N Naomi Street, Burbank, CA 91505. 818-846-3822

Paw-ssage, LLC
Equine Bodywork / Cranio-Sacral / Reiki / Acupressure
826 21st Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. 310-502-1250

Equine Wellness Services & Dynamite Supplements
Electroacuscope & Myoscope Therapy / Rehabilitaiton / Instruction / Dynamite Supplements
PO Box 838, Beaumont, CA 92223. 951-769-3774

The Sweet Water Ranch / Animal Rescue - Adoption 911
The Sweet Water Ranch Inc. is now a non-profit animal rescue / Devoted to helping all the animals in time of need and crisis. / Animal Communicator / Telepathic Communication / Pet Psychic / Candi Cane Cooper is an internationally acclaimed Animal Communicator, helping to mesh the gap between human & animal. She also hots her own radio talk show "Four Legged Love' on the I Am Healthy Radio Network. Animal Rescue / Adoption 911
Chatsworth, CA 91311. 818-317-0487

Windermere Farms
Friesian Sales, Lusitano Sales, Training, Cranio Sacral Therapy
Fallbrook, CA 92028. 760-458-1329

Equestrian Balance
Pilates Training for Equestrians / Instruction / Clinics
30630 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591. 951-378-9531

Medium Masters
Animal Communicator
Suzan Vaughn. San Luis Obispo, CA 93403. 805-781-0273

TopLine Wellness
Chiropractics / Acupuncture / Deep Tissue Release / Neuromuscular Reeducation
800 Grand Avenue, Suite C-1, Carlsbad, CA 92008. 760-730-3062

Animal Rehabilitation
Rehab / Massage
Tanya Doman, PT, CESMT. Orange County, CA 92677.

Wagging Tail Wellness
Equine and Canine Massage Therapy / Animal Reiki / Flower Essences
Los Angeles, CA 90039. 323-350-4130

San Juan Capistrano Equine ~ Dr. Paul Luddy DVM
Equine Lameness / Intra-Articular Injections / Pre-purchase Exams / Shockwave Therapy
31878 Del Obispo Street , San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. 949-698-2573

Horses for Love
Tees & Tanks / Acuscope / Camps / Rescue / Rehab
20 Las Plumas, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688. 949-292-1191

Healing the Horse
Equine Structural Integration
Woodland Hills, CA 91367.     
info@healingthehorse.com

Spirit of Equus Rescue
Rescue / Rehabilitation / Adoption / Alternative & Healthcare Classes / Equine Bodywork
21762 Wren St, Apple Valley, CA 92308 .     760-247-7348

Reiki for Horse and Rider
Reiki training for riders and horses
Fair Oaks, CA 95628. 916-812-2931.

InterVision Equine Services
Health Care / Rehabilitation / Equine Physiotherapy / Import/Export / TB consult
Serving Southern Califorina, CA 92075. 310-995-9339
gallopout@GMAIL.COM

Rancho Miramar
Boarding / Rental Stables / Animal Assisted Therapy

PO Box 1003, Malibu, CA 90265. 310-403-4623

info@ranchomiramar.com


Bonnie Taplin, Animal Communicator & Healer
Animal Communication / Healing for Animals
25885 Trabuco Road #88, Lake Forest, CA 92630. 949-636-5500

Christopher Beale
Reiki / Crystal Therapy

1127 26th Street, #4, Santa Monica, CA 90403. 310-433-1031

reiki_santa_monica@mac.com


Acuscope Equine Therapy at Enlightened Living Wellness Group
Acuscope / Myopulse Microcurrent Therapy

243 N Hwy 101, Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92075. 858-509-1144

KatieHamelin@enlightenedlivingwellness.com


EquineWorks
Joy Nussen, LMFT, EAGALA Certified / Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
P.O. Box 60812, Irvine, CA 92602. 949-422-6355
Serving Orange County & Inland Empire
joynussen@equineworks.com

Pegasus Therapy Laser
Equine Therapy Laser

7855-2 Via Montebello, San Diego, CA 92129. 858-345-7496

litecure44@gmail.com


So Cal Equine Sports Medicine
Equine Sports Massage / Acupressure Specializing in Lameness / Recuperative Care
19502 Rancho Ballena Rd., Ramona, CA 92065. 760-315-3064
equinesports@hotmail.com

Pegasus Riding for Recovery-Equine Therapy for the Disabled
Equine Therapy for all disabilities
35450 B Pegasus Court, Palm Desert, CA 92211. 760-772-3057
robmontg@earthlink.net

Jettart
Watercolors Equine & Children / Free healthy livestyle & info
3300 Rio Vista Drive, Bonita, CA 91902. 619-519-5388
 

"Heals-On-Wheels" Jerry E. Wall, MhP/ Energy Healer
Lite-Touch LifeForce Energy Healing of pain, discomfort and physical maladies
San Diego CA 92027      951-543-6292

Hannah's Hands for Horses
Equine Sports Massage Therapy
San Diego, CA 92130        858-342-7433

Teal Healing
Animal communication and energy healing
P.O. Box 30636, Santa Barbara, CA 93130     805-451-1585

Healing Hands for Equines
Equine Massage Therapy
Bay area, CA 94121      631-655-8698

JC Equine Rebalancing
Equine massage therapy/ Light therapy/ Energy work/ Homeopathy
Del Mar, CA 92014    Phone: 954-332-8797

Oakhill Shockwave and Veterinary Chiropractic
The most current modalitites in Shockwave Therapy and Equine Chiropractic Care
Calabasas CA 91302   Phone: 818-809-7498

Leaps & Bounds Pediatric Therapy (Hippotherapy)
Hippotherapy
343 6th Street Unit L, Norco CA 92860       Phone: 951-235-7456

Wellness Energy Tune Ups
Natural Pain Free Bioresonant Speed Healing Physical and Emotional Horses, Cows, Dogs, Cats
San Diego CA 92130    Phone: 858-945-7532

Naturally Balanced ~ Holistic Solutions for Horses and Riders ~ Spezialized in Allergies
Energetic Evalutation & Harmonization/Kinesiology/Bach Flower Essences/Reiki
Solana Beach CA 92075    Phone: 760.828.2305

Now I See A Person Institute
Equine Assisted/ Collaborative Marriage and Family Therapy/Mental Health Services
457 1/2 East Baseline Rd. San Dimas CA 91773    Phone: (626) 487-9305

Howse Wisdom For Wellness
Equine Assisted Learning is about empowerment, creativity, becoming your best self. No excuses.
Garner Valley CA 92539 Phone: 307.277.1235
fc4126@gmail.com

Kellogg Equestrian Academy
Training/ Health Care/ Equine Massage/ Equestrian Pilates
23401 Via Pajaro Coto de Caza CA 92691   Phone: 949 290 1420
keahorses@gmail.com

Planet Equus Equine Sports Massage
Health Care/ Equine Sports Massage
Temecula CA 92592     Phone: 760 533 4568

Paul's Equine Services
Lessons/ Training/ Health Care/ Natural Western Horsemanship/ Ground training/ Colt starting/ Barefoot trimming (Pete Ramey methodology)/ Equine first aid
24724 Valley Street, Newhall, Ca. 91321 Phone: 818-523-PAUL(7285)

EnergyScans
Using a hair sample we check every ingredient in your horse's diet for food allergies/intolerances.
CA 92308 Phone: 760-247-7348
info@energyscans.org
www.energyscans.org

Millennium Therapy Center
Magnetic Pulse Therapy
PO Box 182, Solana Beach, CA 92075 Phone: 602-510-2141

Barn Bootcamp
Fitness for Equestrians: Get Your Riders in Better Shape!
1009 Clipper Court, Del Mar, CA 92014 Phone: 619 708 9084
barnbootcamp@gmail.com

KristelCare
Horse care / horse exercising
Los Angeles, CA 91202

CruisersCurrents
Acuscope Therapy Systems "electric medicine for you and your equine partner"
San Marcos, CA 92069
mytequilasunrise04@yahoo.com

Pegasus Equine Therapy
Therapy that includes horses
711 W. 17th Street, Suite A8&#8232, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 Phone: 949-646-8486
dandrs1@verizon.net

Magnus Magnetica
PEMF device
808 Portola Rd, Portola Valley, CA 94028 Phone: 650-219-3080

Performance Plus Equine Therapy
Mobile equine therapy offering non-invasive Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy, Professional Therapist PEMF and Cryotherapy
Southern California Phone: 817-694-5133
performanceplusequinetherapy@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Performance-Plus-Equine-Therapy/536482903054625

Whinny Watch
Health Care
4745 Moorpark Ave, Moorpark, CA 93021

RoseValley Performance Horses and Showjumpers LLC.
Boarding / Lessons / Training / Disciplines: Hunter, Jumper, Reining, AQHA AllaroundSales / Health Care / P3 machine, Electroacuscope, Magnetic and Massage Therapy
2888 English Rd, Chino Hills, CA 91709 Phone: 714-883-2037
rosevalleyeq@gmail.com

Through the Heart of a Horse
Reiki Master Practitioner on Competitive Horses
1399 Ninth Ave #303, San Diego, CA 92101 Phone: 773-494-5878
mccoshkelly@yahoo.com

Equine Recovery
Light Therapy & Rehabilitation Services
3220 Riosa Rd, Sheridan CA 95681 Phone: 916-813-2126
jrmranch@gmail.com

The Soul Intention, LLC
Reiki for Horses
121 W. El Portal, Suite 201, San Clemente, CA 92672 Phone: 949-231-0021
Light_Love@thesoulintention.com
www.thesoulintention.com

Reiki for Animals
Reiki healing
North County San Diego Phone: 760-481-4297
rlcasey2012@gmail.com

Equipoise Pilates
Equestrian Pilates / Rider Health
Fallbrook, CA 92028 Phone: 760-533-5160
Fiona@equipoise-pilates.com
http://equipoise-pilates.com

EquiHeal Equine Sports Massage Therapy
Massage Therapy / Accupressure
Serving San Diego, Riverside, Imperial and Los Angeles Counties Phone: 858-900-4013
torijuela@gmail.com

Chiron Energy Medicine
Physical, Emotional Healing through Energy Medicine other description: Performance Mentor - Take you show performance to a higher level, both horse and rider
6304 Enfield Ave, Encino, CA 91316 Phone: 818-776-8432
carolyn@chironenergymedicine.com
www.chironenergymedicine.com

Equine Energy Medicine
Health Care
Los Feliz, CA 90027 Phone: 818-297-0782
lifepeaceharmony@yahoo.com

Rocking Horse Ranch
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy / Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Programs
El Cajon, CA 92021 Phone: 619-443-5400
Hope@RockingHorseRanch.org

Elemental Animal Healing
Energy therapy for emotional and physical healing holistically and natural focus therapy.
17082 Leslie Lane , Huntington Beach, CA 92649 Phone: 314-239-4878
jenzpets@me.com

 
 
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Salisbury Farms ~ Horses Helping Humans ~ Lakeside, CA ~ Classical Riding instruction and horsemanship ~ Adult Adventure program ~ Autism programs

Hidden Hills Equestrian Ranch, Bonsall, California ~ Boarding, Training, Lessons

 

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