Water Horse: The Arab Park Horse
Water horses need safety and a trustworthy rider. They can be brilliant show horses but panic easily. They perform well in events that call for
animation and excitement, and are motivated by cheering crowds. They need steady riders to help them through scary situations.
The Water horse needs to move and when his movement is properly guided he can be a brilliant performer. The Water horse is highly intelligent and sensitive and he needs a safe environment to learn. It is much easier to start a Water horse slowly than to try and bring him back once he has become frightened and distrustful of people.
The Essence of the Water Horse
The Water horse is full of life energy and he wants to keep moving. The energy of the Water horse can be channeled and carefully harnessed into brilliant
performance. In addition, like the never-ending flow of a strong river, the Water horse can have tremendous endurance and athletic ability. However, without
clear direction the Water horse can become unpredictable and even dangerous. Efforts to subdue the Water horse will be met with disaster. Never underestimate
the power of the Water horse and his need for movement.
The weakness of the Water horse is in his teeth and bones. He needs extra minerals to be strong and flexible. Lower back pain and weakness can occur if adequate minerals are not available. Water horses do well with alfalfa hay. Micro algae are another good source of minerals for the Water horse. The older Water horse may need soaked hay cubes if his teeth become weak. Warming herbs such as hawthorne will help with circulation to the kidneys if lower back weakness occurs. Joint supplements containing sulfur, such as MSM, may be beneficial for short term use in the Water horse showing signs of joint stiffness but they should not be used in place of balanced mineral intake from whole foods.
When allowed freedom to move the Water horse will rarely become overweight but chronic stress can shift the Water horse into the metabolic state of insulin resistance. The insulin resistant water horse will develop excess fat over his crest and loins. In the early stages this condition can be reversed by exercise and the addition of minerals, especially magnesium. Once the condition is advanced the metabolism of the horse changes so a permanent, strict low starch diet will be required.
The Water horse needs plenty of good quality, food based minerals to support healthy bones and teeth. He can be susceptible to lower back soreness and stiffness that will respond to herbs that increase circulation to his kidneys. Long term stress and confinement can lead to insulin resistance and this can be reversed in it's early stages by plenty of exercise and mineral supplementation.
When Exposed to Stress the Water Horse Shows Fear.
The Water horse shows fear by constantly wanting to move. Frantic pacing or running in the stall or pen are signs of fear in the Water horse. Under saddle the stressed
Water horse temperament will lose focus and easily spook, or become overactive. The Water Element can become Imbalanced when there is exposure to extreme or
prolonged cold conditions.
Bolting from fear
Lower back pain
Lower back weakness
Weak or sensitive teeth
Pacing fence lines
Sensitive to noise
Water Balancing Formula: Brave and Warm
The Water Horse Formula is based on the unique needs of this temperament type. It contains:
Warming herbs to offset the tendency of the Water horse to suffer from bone and
joint discomfort that is worse in cold weather.
Extra minerals are included to support healthy bones and teeth.
Kidney support herbs aid in fluid balance.
Specific amino acids are used to provide the nervous system with nutrition needed
to stay focused and respond to new challenges with more confidence.
This formula is specifically designed to maintain balance in the Water horse but it can also be used in other temperament types experiencing imbalance in the Water element due to exposure to extreme or prolonged cold conditions. Older horses of all types may benefit from the nutrients and balancing herbs provided in the Water formula.
For all the Balancing Formulas, an 8 day course, given once a month is the suggested protocol for maintaining balance. However longer courses of ½ a dose a day may be needed for the horse in training or under stress (physical or emotional). One bag will last 4 month if given the first 8 days of every month.
Stress is going to be a part of our horse’s lives so it is important to recognize it. Often stress behavior is mistaken for bad behavior and the horse is punished which creates more stress. A better option is to offer specialized nutritional support to mitigate the stress emotions. If the negative stress emotions are lessened then they are less likely to lead to behavior or physical health issues in the horse. In other words, if we can’t make the stress go away we can help the horse have less of a negative reaction to it.
Reducing stress emotions is an important part of the principle behind the Five Element balancing formulas. These formulas are very carefully designed to provide each horse temperament with the nutrients specifically needed by his type when under stress. Providing these extra nutrients will decrease the occurrence of stress emotions.
We are ready to take orders for these balancing formulas. If you don’t know your horse’s type we have expert typologists to help you. We are excited to offer Five Element balancing formulas and are very much look forward to hearing from you on how they are working for your horse. So far the feedback has been quite positive.
Top 3 Supplements for the Hot Water Horse Temperament
The Water horse temperament type is a challenge to keep at a perfect weight. The Water element supplies the Yin and Yang energy to the body and when out of balance
the tendency is to move to one extreme or the other. Too much Yang and not enough Yin will manifest as a flighty, dry, thin individual and too much Yin and not enough Yang
will cause a horse to be unmotivated, damp and overweight. The organs associated with the Water element are the kidneys, adrenals and the bladder. The 3 top foods for the
Water horse temperament will help balance the Yin and Yang as well as support the kidneys, adrenals and bladder. Alfalfa hay, chia seeds and an algae combination supply
Alfalfa Hay - Alfalfa hay supports the kidneys and adrenals by providing a wide range of minerals. Alfalfa roots go much deeper than the roots of grass hays. This allows alfalfa to access minerals that may not be available on the upper layers of the soil. Energetically, alfalfa is drying so it helps the kidneys remove excess fluid from the tissues. The high calcium content of alfalfa helps buffer acids in the body and this action takes stress off the kidneys. The acid buffering effect of alfalfa helps prevent stomach ulcers in horses. Alfalfa contains enzymes that help the horse digest and assimilate proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
Chia Seeds - Chia seeds are a wonderful, balanced energy tonic for the Water horse temperament. Chia seeds provide endurance but do not make a horse flighty. Chia seeds provide minerals and quality fatty acids. The quality fat contained in chia seeds will not contribute to dampness symptoms or excess weight gains as some forms of fat will do. Chia seeds have a lubricating benefit to combat bladder irritation.
Algae Combination - Some forms of algae, such as AFA, will build Yang energy and others, such as seaweeds will build Yin energy. For the Water horse temperament the ideal is to have a mix of multiple types of algae to support both Yin and Yang. An algae combination containing AFA, chlorella, spirulina and several seaweeds provides the Water horse with grounding, Yin energy, easily assimilated minerals, chlorophyll, phytonutrients and Yang energy support for endurance. Increasing Yin support is especially important for young horses in training who need help with focus and learning.
Understanding the need to balance Yin and Yang energy will help you keep your Water horse temperament at the ideal weight and provide for a level amount of energy. Providing foods high in minerals, in addition to grass hay and a balanced concentrate feed, will help the kidneys build strong bones and teeth. Alfalfa hay, chia seeds and an algae combination are 3 top foods to provide Yin energy for focus and learning plus Yang energy for endurance. Including them in the diet will allow your Water horse temperament to enjoy his training and hold up well for hard work.
Training the Water Temperament Horse
Some believe that water is intelligent and that it can hold information. This principle has been explored concerning the power of homeopathic remedies that gain in effectiveness
when diluted in water. It is believed when the remedies are properly prepared, water can hold the memory of the substance when the remedy is diluted. The Water horse who has
new information introduced to him in a gentle, concise way will learn quickly and maintain his lessons.
The Water horse loves to learn but he needs to learn in a safe environment. If the Water horse feels threatened he will want to flee. If this happens it is best to allow him to move his feet but bring his focus back to you without correcting him for his fear. For instance, if you are leading him move him in a circle around you, ask for changes of direction to bring his focus back to you. Make sure you keep some distance between you and the frightened Water horse so you are not injured if he moves suddenly. When you are riding the frightened Water horse, if possible, let him move away from the object he is scared of. Once he feels he is out of danger you can gradually work back towards to scary place and make sure he keeps his feet moving. Move away again if the fear returns. Within a reasonable time the intelligent Water horse will realize he is not in danger and that you can be trusted to lead him out of trouble.
The Water horse is elegant in his beauty. Like a mountain stream or a crystal clear lake the Water horse radiates fluid motion and peace. As the Water energy is confined and channeled it becomes much more animated and brilliant. This shows up best in the dressage ring or reining pen. Too much Water energy without proper channeling would be a picture of the race horse fighting the gates or crashing through the rails when other horses crowd him. Many a Water horse has been labeled as difficult or crazy because his energy was not properly appreciated and his sensitive nature was abused. Once the Water horse has been mishandled and loses trust in people, he can be hard to bring back to his natural peaceful, wise self.
Problem Feeds for the Water Temperament Horse
Beet pulp is a wonderful food for many horses but not all Water horses do well on it. The Kidneys and Bladder are the organs associated with the Water element. Some
Water horses fed larger amounts of beet pulp can develop kidney issues, such as soreness in the lower back. These issues will resolve when the amount of beet pulp is lowered.
Feeding apple cider vinegar helps resolve the back soreness associated with high beet pulp diets so it is possible that the high calcium content of beet pulp is causing some irritation in the kidneys. The apple cider vinegar may help dissolve any calcium deposits. If beet pulp is needed in the diet in significant amounts it would be good to combine it with a high phosphorus food such as rice bran, wheat bran or oats.