Equine Nutrition Continued

We talked earlier about an exciting new product being offered.  Check out this video below and be sure to check out http://www.dohiwellbeing.com and tripleperformance equine.com.  Be sure to mention Dr. Timothy and Charlotte Test and dohi Center for Well-being.


Exciting New Product for Your Animals!

dohi Center for Well-being and I am excited to announce that we have partnered with a company, Marsyt, to help them in distributing an exciting new product for your equines, goats, and chickens!  Charlotte and I have been testing this product out for the past couple of months to be sure of its efficacy before we brought it to you. We have first-hand testimony of how it has changed our mule’s behavior and the way their digestion processes.  We are super excited to be be able to offer it to you!

What is it?

Triple Performance is a natural nutritional supplement produced from a unique fermentation process that provides optimal support for health and performance. It contains a complex of beneficial and bioavailable metabolites all delivered in a highly pallatable mini-pellet.  It offers Nutrition for Health and Performance.  It offers enhanced nutrient absorbtion for growing, improved performance for equines of all ages, promotes lower lactic acid levels in exercising equines, and reduced risk of colic by maintaining a higher pH in the hindgut.

How will it help my animals?

The best way to answer that question is to tell you how it helped us.  Mules utilize 31739968_1682459698456813_1020922462222680064_nnutrients differently than horses.  Donkeys and mules can utilize more mature, less digestible, more fibrous plant material than a horse. They are able metabolize their feed very efficiently. The donkeys’ efficient utilization of food makes them “easy keepers.”  Studies have shown that donkeys voluntarily consume much less forage compared to horses; 1.5% of body weight (BW) for donkeys compared to 3.1% of BW for horses. The donkeys heightened ability to digest low-quality forage has been likened to that of a goat. Mules are not quite as efficient as donkeys, but are much more efficient than horses.

Mules can be very sensitive and react oddly based upon their diet.  The following is an example:  There was a woman who rode a lot of trails and covered lots of miles with her mule.  This woman spent most days in the saddle, training him for events at a local mule days.  She was feeding him good alfalfa hay and some grain to keep his energy level up, as that is what she thought she should do.  She also added some grass hay.  By all accounts, it seemed like a good combination of feed for the type of exercise her mule was doing.

After her local Mule Days event, she found herself riding the mule less.  As a matter of fact, she only rode him a dozen times over the next few months. Once, fall hit, and it was a little cooler, she decided to go out on a nice trail ride.  However, her mule was acting up.  It seemed that behind every bush and every rock was a mule eater.  Once her mule found the first mule eater (a black rock behind the bush), he was snorting and going side ways down the trail and acting like he was going to be missing a leg before the ride was over. This was causing her to be on pins and needles the whole trail ride. About the time she would get relaxed again, her mule would find another mule eater. He would Jump sideways, run backwards and sometimes spin around. A normally sweet mule was acting very oddly and was creating trauma for both him and his owner.

The reason I bring this example up is that mules can be very sensitive to the types of 31732046_1682459868456796_27152001561264128_nfood they eat.  It is extremely important to make sure they are utilizing their nutrients to the best of their ability.  Charlotte and I decided to try this product out on Mulligan, Socks, and Lauren, our beautiful mules.  We noticed that they weren’t utilizing their nutrients effectively. They were eating more hay than usual and Mulligan wasn’t filling out like he should.  Their behaviors were also very spookish and guarded.  We were hoping that this might be the answer to calming them down and having a more stable mule on the trails.

We started putting a scoopful into their grain in the morning.  The first few weeks we saw that they were more playful with each other.  We also noticed a change in their diet.  They were eating less hay.  They were starting to utilize their nutrients better.  They seemed less spooked by every noise, and had more stamina.  Their muscle tone became better.  They were all in 31497056_1680091372026979_5214756390937034752_nall better mules.

31822976_1682460091790107_1694548487296778240_nThe final observation came when we were with them.  They were less likely to run and wanted to hang around with us more.  They became much easier to brush and to groom.  We had totally different mules!  We were sold!  We knew we had a product that could help all equines, including the mules!  Training a mule isn’t just about groundwork and saddle work.  It starts with their diet.  If their digestion is off or they are not utilizing nutrition effectively, they will be harder to train, often times resulting in the owner getting frustrated and selling the animal.  The good new is you don’t have to do that!  We can help you get back on the right track with your equine.

How do I learn more about it?

Go to http://www.tripleperformanceequine.com and discover how it can help you!

How do I order it?

Again, go to http://www.tripleperformanceequine.com.  Make sure you mention that you heard about it from us Drs. Timothy and Charlotte Test and dohi Center for Well-being!  You can also contact us directly and we will get you squared away!



Equilateral and My Unscheduled Dismount

Many may ask whether the combination on EMDR and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy #equilateralemdr (otherwise known as Equilateral EMDR) really works.  Perhaps like me you had an unscheduled dismount.  It likely has upset the relationship that you once had with your equine.  You may now be fearful of what to expect upon mounting your equine again.  While you may put on a great game face, you know things have changed.  This can have a more profound effect if we are older.  Being 20 and having an unscheduled dismount is much different than being older and realizing our mortality.

I would like to share my story in hopes that my words will help you take the next step and call us to help you get #backinthesaddle.  It started with obtaining a new mule.  Mulligan was 13 years old, had been trail ridden, rode in parades, and was shown as a jumper and halter class in his past.  From all accounts he was a good all-around mule.  We had him transported from North Carolina to a boarding facility in PA while we were preparing our ranch for a permanent home. My wife and I felt that this might give us a good opportunity to get to know Mulligan and him us in a controlled environment.

31531294_1680091778693605_8726872855364501504_nIt started off OK.  Mulligan was cautious and leery at first as all mules generally are.  I did some ground work with him as Charlotte was working with the other mule Socks, we purchased at the same time.  Things were progressing to the point where I felt it was time to saddle him up to ride.  I had just purchased a new saddle and things were not adjusted as they should be.  I got in the saddle while someone else was adjusting the stirrups.  I was feeling uncomfortable as something did not seem quite right. I tried to ignore it (bad idea).  Mulligan seemed nervous and crowded.  I did not have the reigns (another bad idea).  Mulligan decided that he needed to escape from whatever he thought was going to harm him and bolted.  I was not prepared.  He ran to the edge of the fence and threw me up against it.  Thus the unscheduled dismount.  I was a little dazed.  I found myself on the ground.  I looked at my left hand and noticed my finger was dislocated.  A trip to the hospital discovered that my index finger had been chipped and dislocated, an injury that has left my finger somewhat limited in mobility.

After that incident, I noticed that my relationship with Mulligan had changed.  We moved them from the boarding facility to our property, but he was avoiding me.  I noticed I had some trepidation about riding him.  I had no problem getting on a horse, but the mule relationship had changed.  I put on a good game face but he could tell I was faking it and I knew he was no longer sure of me.  It was then that we realized that not only was I traumatized by this experience, so was he.  I wanted to ride him.  I wanted to feel that connection with him, but something was lost.  I now had a constant reminder that I was no longer that Marine who could shake off anything.  I was mortal.  I was fractured and so was he.  I did not know how to repair it.

Charlotte and I went to Arizona for Equilateral EMDR training.  While there I had the opportunity to work on my trepidation and fears and asked the instructor if I could be a 30946180_1824864214219421_1435403019_ovolunteer for the demonstration.  The instructor led me down the path of discovering that the feelings I was having was a culmination of many traumas that I had experienced in my past.  It was not just a matter of an unscheduled dismount but a more complex series of feelings about myself, inadequacies, and not being able to protect myself or others.  Working through these was emotional and enlightening at the same time.  I discovered parts of me that I didn’t realize had existed.  I felt hope that this fractured relationship could be mended.  30976762_1824865010886008_945369903_o

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Returning from that trip we noticed an unexpected change in Mulligan’s behavior.  Where he would avoid me he was now following me!  He wanted to be in my presence.  He went from avoidance to jealousy if I would spend time with Lauren, our 3rd mule.  It was then that we realized that not only did the Equilateral EMDR help me, it helped him as well!  The couple of hours spent on Equilateral EMDR had not only made tremendous progress in helping me heal, it transferred to Mulligan as well!  31497056_1680091372026979_5214756390937034752_n

My relationship with Mulligan has continued to grow.  I am grateful for my experience and that I have a first-hand testimony of what it can do for you.  So before you stop doing what you love and get rid of your equines, call us first!  We can help you get back in the saddle again!31255618_1824265867612589_1116052433_o


What is EMDR?

The mind can often heal itself naturally, in the same way as the body does. Much of this natural coping mechanism occurs during sleep, particularly during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Francine Shapiro developed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in 1987, utilizing this natural process in order to successfully treat Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Since then, EMDR has been used to effectively treat a wide range of mental health problems.

What happens when you are traumatized?

Most of the time your body routinely manages new information and experiences without you being aware of it.  However, when something out of the ordinary occurs and you are traumatized by an overwhelming event (e.g. a car accident) or by being repeatedly subjected to distress (e.g. childhood neglect), your natural coping mechanism can become overloaded. This overloading can result in disturbing experiences remaining frozen in your brain or being “unprocessed”. Such unprocessed memories and feelings are stored in the limbic system of your brain in a “raw” and emotional form, rather than in a verbal “story” mode.  This limbic system maintains traumatic memories in an isolated memory network that is associated with emotions and physical sensations, and which are disconnected from the brain’s cortex where we use language to store memories. The limbic system’s traumatic memories can be continually triggered when you experience events similar to the difficult experiences you have been through. Often the memory itself is long forgotten, but the painful feelings such as anxiety, panic, anger or despair are continually triggered in the present. Your ability to live in the present and learn from new experiences can therefore become inhibited.  EMDR helps create the connections between your brain’s memory networks, enabling your brain to process the traumatic memory in a very natural way.

What is an EMDR session like?

EMDR utilizes the natural healing ability of your body. After a thorough assessment, you will be asked specific questions about a particular disturbing memory. Eye movements, similar to those during REM sleep, will be recreated simply by asking you to watch the therapist’s finger moving backwards and forwards across your visual field. Sometimes, a bar of moving lights or headphones is used instead. The eye movements will last for a short while and then stop. You will then be asked to report back on the experiences you have had during each of these sets of eye movements.  Experiences during a session may include changes in thoughts, images and feelings.  With repeated sets of eye movements, the memory tends to change in such a way that it loses its painful intensity and simply becomes a neutral memory of an event in the past.  Other associated memories may also heal at the same time. This linking of related memories can lead to a dramatic and rapid improvement in many aspects of your life.

What can EMDR be used for?

In addition to its use for the treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, EMDR has been successfully used to treat:

  • anxiety and panic attacks
  • complex trauma
  • depression
  • stress
  • phobias
  • sleep problems
  • complicated grief
  • addictions
  • pain relief, phantom limb pain
  • self-esteem and performance anxiety

Can anyone benefit from EMDR?

EMDR can accelerate therapy by resolving the impact of your past traumas and  allowing you to live more fully in the present. It is not, however, appropriate for everyone. The process is rapid, and any disturbing experiences, if they occur at all, last for a comparatively short period of time. Nevertheless, you need to be aware of, and willing to experience, the strong feelings and disturbing thoughts, which sometimes occur during sessions.

How long does treatment take?

EMDR can be brief focused treatment or part of a longer psychotherapy program.  EMDR sessions can be for 60 to 90 minutes.

Will I will remain in control and empowered?

During EMDR treatment, you will remain in control, fully alert and wide-awake. This is not a form of hypnosis and you can stop the process at any time. Throughout the session, the therapist will support and facilitate your own self-healing and intervene as little as possible.  Reprocessing is usually experienced as something that happens spontaneously, and new connections and insights are felt to arise quite naturally from within. As a result, most people experience EMDR as being a natural and very empowering therapy.

What evidence is there that EMDR is a successful treatment?

EMDR is an innovative clinical treatment which has successfully helped over a million individuals. The validity and reliability of EMDR has been established by rigorous research. There are now nineteen controlled studies into EMDR making it the most thoroughly researched method used in the treatment of trauma, and is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as an effective treatment for PTSD.