Elite Equine Veterinary Services, Inc. ~ provides quality care to horses throughout the greater Los Angeles Area. Dr. Silvia Ouellette DVM

Coastal Veterinary Medicine Inc

Just Ride the Course

Horse show season is well under way, and many riders are devoting hours to training and preparing themselves and their horses for competition. Whether you are new to showing or a seasoned competitor, it is normal to feel nervous or have performance anxiety before you enter the arena. The key to overcoming competition nerves is to transform any negative emotions into positive ones—fear into confidence, tension into relaxation, anxiety into excitement, disappointment into joy, etc. You know how hard you both have been working to get here; this is your opportunity to enjoy the rewards of your dedication. Following are some suggestions and imagery that I give to equestrians who seek hypnotherapy to overcome show anxiety and get into a positive mindset so they and their equine partner can perform well in their competition.

  • Be sure to drink plenty of water, avoid caffeine and eat nutritious food with protein on the day of the show. Good nutrition keeps the body strong, and protein is a natural mood stabilizer. Avoid overloading on carbohydrates, which can lower blood sugar and thus influence mood and anxiety levels.
  • Tune out any negative discussion, comments and analysis about your previous rides that you may overhear. These things have already happened. They are in the past. It is time to focus on the dressage test, reining pattern, course, etc. that you are riding now.
  • While you wait for your turn to compete, take a minute or two to tap into how confident, enthusiastic and joyful you feel when you are having a very good ride. Allow your mind and body to feel the sensation of your horse’s muscles working beneath you and the fluidity of your own body moving with his. The perfect timing, cadence, rhythm, tempo and power of each motion brings a smile to your lips, and you feel a surge of confidence and excitement in your knowledge that you can and will ride like this again.
  • Once you have a good image of this experience in your mind, draw a slow, deep breath and feel the power, excitement and confidence that you have when you are riding well. Press or rub the thumb and index (pointing) finger of either hand to lock in or “anchor” these positive emotions. Release any lingering negative emotions/negative self-talk or doubt as you exhale that breath. Continue to practice this breathing exercise as needed until it is time to enter the arena.
  • Give yourself permission to allow your body to do what it already knows how to do. You and your horse have ridden these patterns or soared over similar obstacles thousands of times at home and in other competitions. Your body knows how to do each of these things, so keep your mind/thoughts out if your body’s way.
  • Allow your body to flow with your horse as you ride. As you remember to breathe in a normal, relaxed way you are becoming more confident and trust your ability to ride this test or course well. You are becoming more confident and trust your horse’s ability to do his work well, too.
  • As you ride, focus on what you are asking your horse to do. Notice how well he is listening to your aids as your body flows with his during the event. Enjoy how you feel as you and your horse transition up and down between movements in the test, clear obstacles, etc. You can and do tune out every other sensation (sound, smell, sight) as you focus on what you are doing with your horse at during these moments.
  • Remember that you are competing in this show because you have earned the right to be there. Perhaps your trainer suggested that you and your horse are ready to take on this first horse show as a new challenge in your journey as an equestrian. If you and your horse are about to do your first Grand Prix jumping course, you know that this competition is the obvious next step in your training and competition goals. And if you are competing in a regional, state or national championship, you have also earned the right to be there through the various events you have won in the past year to qualify for this championship. Congratulations!
  • You ride because you love horses and riding, and how good you feel when you are doing what you love. You compete because you want to share this love with other people who love horses, too. Whether you bring home a trophy, medal or a ribbon, you are already a winner for being willing to take on a new challenge with your horse.

I hope these suggestions help you to relax and enjoy competing with your horse. I am not a riding instructor, and I encourage everyone to consult with a trainer or instructor to resolve riding and horse-related issues. However, I have found from personal experience as well as my hypnotherapy work with other equestrians that setting positive expectations for a good ride is the most effective way to achieve that goal. For more information about my hypnotherapy work with equestrians, please contact me via my website at www.calminsense

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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Alternative Health Therapies for Horse & Rider
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!

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


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

ELITE Animal Massage
Tiffany Jorgensen, Certified Acupressure and Massage Practioner
Achieving an Overall Balance of the Muskuloskeletal System through CranioSacral, Acupressure and Massage/Bodywork for your Equine and Small Animal companions. These gentle and non-invasive techniques help to Alleviate Pain, Reduce Inflammation, Increase Stride and Flexibility, Improve Disposition, and Balance the Mind, Body and Spirit.  Offering CranioSacral Sessions, Acupressure Sessions, Sports and Therapeutic Massage, Chinese Massage Techniques, Stretching Techniques, and Saddle Evaluation. 
Serving all of Southern California. 949-842-6675


Smooth Run Equine has developed an outstanding line of powdered health formulas for horses, dogs and humans.  They offer unique, high quality blends that support optimum health in horses of all breeds, age and disciplines. Powerful ingredients are combined for joint support, respiratory support, gastro support, calming, cantankerous mares and a special combo for your tough competitors. All of the formulas begin with a foundational delivery system of microencapsulated probiotics, digestive enzymes and colostrum. Upon that foundation key ingredients are added to complete these unique formulas.

Smooth Run Equine strives to bring you the best products and at the same time offer outstanding customer service, support and satisfaction. Besides addressing specific health concerns, their formulas help maintain optimum wellness and ultimately make content horses and happier riders.

Please visit their website noted below or give them a call directly at 


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

Certified Organic Equine Nutrition

Certified Organic Equine Nutrition –
100% whole food, 100% bioavailable, over 2,000 nutrients & micronutrients
“There is a difference, and we make it!”
Tami George
Regional Equine Nutritional Professional
Blue Ridge Distribution, Inc.

BioRider Fitness
BioRider Fitness
Bridget Braden
Your horse is fit like an athlete.are you, the rider, fit as well??  BioRider online fitness training program helps riders develop strength in stages, progressively building core strength which is essential for balance and stability while riding.  Enjoy working out in the comfort of your own home, or get together with other riders at the barn for on-site fitness training workshops.  Visit our Online blog with tips for equestrian nutrition, core strengthening tricks and how to use your new muscles to engage in the saddle for proper balance and positioning - become a rider with PEAK PERFORMANCE through our online and DVD BioRider workouts.  Workouts are tailored to the specific riding discipline - for example, Jumper riders need to strengthen different muscles than Dressage riders - BioRider workouts adjust for these fitness needs.  BioRider DVDs and online programs are for riders of all disciplines and fitness levels.  Order online through the website, work with our personal trainers at home or at the barn, and feel great as you gain long, lean and strong muscle.and watch your confidence soar while riding!!

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


Jeff has been a human chiropractor for over 20 years and has focused his attention on horses for the last 10. The technique Jeff uses came from Australian native Graham Boyd. Don Crenshaw learned this technique, refined it and passed it on to Jeff who has successfully increased the performance in racing thoroughbreds, dressage, hunter/jumpers, cutting and polo ponies. Jeff is a master in the joint mechanics of horses. His technique and results are truly unmatched.

Ride Better, Ride Healthier. An equestrian body needs to be an athletic one. This doesn't mean six packed abs and big biceps, but one that is flexible, strong and balanced in all the right places. EQUESTRIAN PILATES® is a rider specific sports conditioning program designed to teach proper riding form and helps to condition the body for optimal riding performance.

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..

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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.     

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

Rancho Miramar
Boarding / Rental Stables / Animal Assisted Therapy

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


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


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


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

Pegasus Therapy Laser
Equine Therapy Laser

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


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

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

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)
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

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

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)

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

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

Horse care / horse exercising
Los Angeles, CA 91202

Acuscope Therapy Systems "electric medicine for you and your equine partner"
San Marcos, CA 92069

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

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

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

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

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LionHeart Ranch ~ 3582 Triunfo Canyon Road ~ Premiere Equestrian Facility located in the Santa Monica mountains of Southern California ~ Boarding ~ Lessons ~ Training ~ Clinics

West Coast Equine Medicine, Inc. ~ Serving North San Diego Country ~ South Riverside County ~ California ~ Dr. Daniel H. Grove, DVM ~ Dr. Dawn Brown, DVM ~ Veterinary Medicine ~ On-call 24 hrs a day/7 days a week ~ Radiography and Motorized Dental Equipment ~ Ultra sound ~ advanced Reproductive Techniques

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

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