Earth Horse: The Dependable Lesson Horse

Fire Horse: The Perfect Show Horse

Fire horses love to be at the center of attention and they want to be adored. They make excellent hunters and dressage horses, as well as good p leasure horses. They need to be told that they are loved. They enjoy grooming and bathing because it makes them beautiful.
 
The Element of Fire is beautiful, full of energy, sensitive to fuel and oxygen. When nurtured, properly fueled and controlled, fire is warm, loving and light. Poorly managed, Fire burns inefficiently or out of control. So it is with the essence of the Fire horse temperament.

The Essence of the Fire Horse

The Fire horse temperament is beautiful and energetic and so wonderful to have as a show horse. The spirit of the Fire horse can make him too hot for someone who does not have the experience to deal with emotional outbursts.
 
Wood Horse: The Ultimate Competitor The young Fire horse in training needs more gentle handling than other types. Too heavy a workload, too soon will overwhelm the sensitive Fire horse. Harsh words or insensitivity in a trainer will hurt the feelings of the Fire horse and he will shut down emotionally. The emotionally deprived Fire horse will lose his joyful nature and refuse the work or work without his normal brilliance.
 
A Fire horse temperament, when properly trained and handled, can be a true pleasure to be around. The balanced Fire horse can be great around kids and beginner adults. The Fire horse spirit is kept burning with gentle love and attention. He loves to be admired and too show off his beauty. This same horse, when fed a high energy ration and kept in fit condition, can be extremely dangerous except in the hands of a professional horseman. There is never ill intent in the actions of a Fire horse but they can kick or strike out and injure unsuspecting bystanders.
 
The internal combustion engine relies on a single spark to bring it to life. Once running, the engine requires to correct temperature to run smoothly and the correct fuel to oxygen ratio to produce energy efficiently. Incorrect temperature and poor fuel quality will give poor service at best and create a toxic by product at worst.
 
The Fire horse temperament has a similar sensitive digestive process. Too hot or cold a ration will upset the sensitive Fire horse leading to colic or diarrhea. The healthy heart of a well loved Fire horse properly pumps oxygen but emotional upset affects the delicate balance of the Fire horse's internal engine resulting in weight loss of painful ulcers. Pain, from any source, is intolerable for the Fire horse which contributes to digestive upset.
 
The Element of Fire is beautiful, full of energy, sensitive to fuel and oxygen. When nurtured, properly fueled and controlled, fire is warm, loving and light. Poorly managed, Fire burns inefficiently or out of control. So it is with the essence of the Fire horse temperament.

When Exposed to Stress the Fire Horse Shows Anxiety.

The Fire horse shows anxiety by weaving or pawing in the stall. This behavior may be especially obvious at feeding time when anxiety will cause stomach acid to increase. High head carriage is another sign of anxiety. Under saddle the stressed Fire horse temperament will want to rush through exercises or speed up. The Fire Element can become Imbalanced when there is exposure to extreme hot, dry weather conditions.
 
Fire Issues:
The Stress Emotion for the Fire Horse is anxiety  
Anxiety
Pawing or kicking at feeding time
Difficulty in rating speed
High head carriage
Emotional outbursts
Sensitivity at poll
Sensitive to pain
Difficulty flexing at poll
Finicky appetite
Slow to build muscle
Resistance to girth tightening
Sensitive skin
Tying up

Fire Balancing Formula: Calm & Cool

Fire Horse: The Perfect Show Horse Fire Horse Formula is based on the unique needs of this temperament type. It contains: :
 
Cooling herbs to offset the tendency of the Fire horse connective tissue
to respond to stress with excess inflammation.
Specific amino acids, minerals and B vitamins are included to support
the sensitive nervous system of the Fire horse.
Additional animo acids are provided to help build muscle strength in the
normally refined Fire horse.
Prebiotics and soothing herbs are used to maximize digestion and protect
the mucosa of the small intestine.
 
This formula is specifically designed to maintain balance in the Fire horse but it can also be used in other temperament types experiencing imbalance in the Fire element due to exposure to extreme hot, dry weather conditions.
 
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 Fire Horse Temperament

Feeding horses according to their Five Element type is a new, but valuable, concept. In addition to a low starch feed and quality grass hay, the 3 top supplements for a Fire horse temperament are Alfalfa hay, a probiotic formula containing S. boulardii, and magnesium. Lets look at the reasons these products work so well for the Fire horse.
 
Alfalfa Hay - According to Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) the organs associated with the Fire element are the Heart and Small intestine. These organs will be the weak link for the Fire horse that is not in optimum health. In the same vein, extra support for these organs will help the Fire horse stay healthy. In TCM, the Heart controls the emotions. Fire horses are very emotional and this makes them more prone to ulcers and digestive upsets. The small intestine is responsible for the digestion and assimilation of nutrients and stress can interfere with the digestive process.
 
Alfalfa hay helps for both ulcers and weak digestion. Alfalfa is high in calcium and the calcium can buffer stomach acid for up to 6 hours after eating. The buffering action of alfalfa helps prevent ulcers without interfering with the overall pH balance in the digestive tract. Alfalfa is easy to digest so nutrition is gained from it even if the small intestine is not working perfectly. Good quality alfalfa hay also contains B vitamins, which have a calming effect on the Fire horse.
 
S. Boulardii - This probiotic yeast is a transient inhabitant of the small intestine. S. boulardii has many beneficial actions, including lowering numbers of pathogenic bacteria, helping keep the ideal pH in the gut and supporting a healthy gut wall in the small intestine. S. boulardii supplements, such as Prebioticwise, do not need to be fed all the time but your Fire horse will benefit from alternating them with a good prebiotic containing L. acidophilus fermentation products, such as Ration Plus or Probi.
 
Magnesium - The emotional temperament of the Fire horse makes him more affected by stress. When a Fire horse is stressed, his adrenal glands work harder producing stress hormones. The adrenal glands use large amounts of magnesium and if magnesium is not available adrenal exhaustion can occur. Burnout is another name for adrenal exhaustion and this devastating condition can be avoided with the simple supplementation of magnesium. I like di magnesium malate from www.performancehorseusa.com. This form of magnesium is easily assimilated by the Fire horse. Extra magnesium is especially important to balance the high calcium in alfalfa hay.
 
Alfalfa hay, S. boulardii and magnesium - These 3 supplements can make a huge difference in the overall health of your Fire horse.

Training the Fire Temperament Horse

Fire Horse: The Perfect Show Horse The Fire horse has a sensitive, intelligent and willing disposition. The Fire horse wants to please and thrives on praise. The Fire horse loves to go forward and his gaits are generally very smooth. He is quick to move off of pressure and is light to aids. The Fire horse can hold some tightness through his jaw and top line so it is important to spend time asking him to lower his head and get soft.
 
If handled with care and appreciation the Fire horse will give you everything he has but if pushed too hard he can lose focus and become upset. The Fire horse is proud and he does not tolerate harsh correction. The Fire horse is a brave horse but he can get distracted by conditions in his environment. Pain is another reason for the Fire horse to get upset. While some horses can work through pain the Fire horse has a low pain tolerance.
 
When your Fire horse gets overwhelmed support him by staying calm yourself, directing his feet in a specific way but not forcing him to slow his feet. Do circles, serpentines, leg yields, and turns on the forehand and hindquarters. As soon as he slows down let him walk straight. Talk to him, praise him for remaining calm and tell him he is OK. Nine times out of ten these steps will calm the Fire horse and bring him back to his normally willing self unless pain is the issue. Always remember how important praise is to the Fire horse and make sure you end all training sessions on a good note.

3 problem feeds for your Fire Horse

The heart and small intestine are the organs that are related to the Fire Element. The worst things to feed your Fire horse are products that interfere with function in the small intestine. Anything that affects the beneficial bacteria in the small intestine will upset the digestive process. High fiber feeds that are hard to digest can also cause problems. Corn, wheat and low quality coastal hay are 3 problem feeds for your Fire horse.
 
Corn has several things going against it. Corn is higher in digestible energy than oats or barely and if fed in much quantity it will give a Fire horse too much energy. The energy of corn is also fast and irregular which can cause the Fire horse to lose focus more easily. Conventional corn has yet another problem. It is almost all genetically modified so it can be sprayed with the pesticide, RoundUp. RoundUp(glyphosate) is claimed to be harmless to humans but it is deadly for bacteria, especially the good bacteria in the gut. With lower levels of good gut bacteria in the small intestine the Fire horse struggles to digest food. Good bacteria are also needed to maintain a healthy intestinal lining for absorbing nutrients and keeping pathogens and toxins from entering the blood.
 
Wheat is another problem food for the Fire horse. Energetically, wheat should be great for the Fire horse. It has a slow, regular energy and the bran and middlings are high in the calming mineral, magnesium. Despite these good qualities many Fire horses do not do well on feeds that contain wheat bran of middlings. If your Fire horse is bloated in the flank area it could be a reaction to wheat products in the diet.
 
Feeds that are difficult to digest, such as high fiber coastal hay, can also cause digestive issues, such as excess gas, in the Fire horse. Fiber is digested in the large intestine but the conditions in the small intestine must be correct to set up the right conditions for the bacteria in the large intestine to thrive. Good bacteria in the small intestine use up oxygen that would be harmful to the bacteria in the large intestine. Anything that causes lower numbers of oxygen loving bacteria in the small intestine will also interfere with good bacteria function in the large intestine. Quality alfalfa hay is generally much easier to digest than grass hay so I have always suggested it the fed to the Fire horse. Unfortunately, alfalfa hay has now been genetically modified to handle RoundUp so it should not be fed to the Fire horse unless you know it has not been sprayed. Fire horses do very well on native grass pasture and quality timothy hay. If care is taken to support the good bacteria in the small intestine they may also handle some good quality coastal grass hay.
 
If you suspect or want to prevent digestive problems then you want to avoid these 3 problem feeds for your Fire horse. Sometimes you may not be able to avoid problem foods so pre and probiotics, combined with blue green algae can be fed to give extra small intestine support.

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