One of the biggest triggers for Hashimoto’s and many other chronic diseases is stress. Too much cortisol causes lowered immune system, fatigue, migraines, depleted thyroid hormone, skin issues, and a host of other problems. . . We can’t always control everything about our lives and many stresses we experience are outside of our control, but we can learn to deal with these experiences more gracefully. . . A big stress reliever for me is being outside in nature, practicing meditation, breathing exercises, and prayer. . . Find what helps calm you down, and relieves your cortisol spikes and you’ll find your health will be positively affected.
Short training walk in the heat where we worked on walking past what we like to call barking dog alley and practiced focused attention recall. I’m so impressed with Rocket I never would have been able to pull him out of that sort of trance a month ago, now he pulls and just saying his name once he willingly turns around and sits for a treat and makes wonderful eye I act while doing it. Rogue, who I always thought had gotten stuck in her training has shown me that compared to Rocket she is a pro now and I just hadn’t noticed. All three stayed calm and we went through the alley slowly, stopping when anyone was clearly getting too fixated at the barking lunging fence chasers. We would regroup and start again. So so impressed I wanted to get a video of it but I couldn’t do both at the same time. I brought muzzles just in case I would need them but we never got even close to thinking I might need to put one on.
Can you spot the common theme throughout these photos? . . . . . Thoughtful and correct food delivery! We feed where we want the horse to be. At the moment he is taking the food we want him to be straight and balanced in his head, neck and body. If you clicker train even semi-regularly it doesn’t take long to build up thousands of click/treat repetitions and with consistent food delivery this position of physical balance (square, straight, weight slightly rocked back onto the hindquarters) becomes a deep-seated muscle memory.