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Earlier this month I was sent a starter pack of essential oils from Equine-Innovations to review for you. This pack includes 3 different oils and 2 different types of diffuser to use around your horse.
These oils should be fine to use directly on your horse. But to avoid allergic reactions and sensitivity, I would personally choose to use a diffuser of some sort rather than applying the oil directly onto the horse. While there are plenty of options available for essential oil diffusers, this starter set came with 2 diffuser types perfect for use around horses. Both types of diffuser come with different colour pads, so you can colour coordinate your essential oil use!
This locket can be attached to the throat lash on a bridle, so that you can keep the diffuser close while you ride. However, I have not found any information anywhere about where this is allowed in competition. I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be, but to be on the safe side, I would suggest talking to the officials before competing in it. I wanted to use mine to try and keep Scottie calm before travelling to a competition. So I managed to attach it to his headcollar, which while it doesn’t look as nice, still does the job!
The locket is easy to use, although it was a bit stiff to undo when it first arrived. Simply choose one of the disc diffuser pads add a few drops of your chosen oil and place the disc inside the locket. You can then slip the locket onto the throat rash on your bridle as you tack up.
Diffuser Balls & Bags
The other type of diffuser comes as default with each bottle of oil. It is essentially a small fabric bag with 3 different colour mini pompoms inside.The idea is, you add the oil to one of the pompoms and place it in the bag. You can then hang the bag up somewhere for your horse to interact with.
Since being at this yard Scottie has had an on and off cough at the start of exercise. We are convinced it is something to do with the environment here, but we can’t quite pinpoint the cause. I have hung one of the diffuser bags in the stable with the breathe easy oil so he has regular access to it. I also hang one up next to where he is tied up when I am prepping for a show. Scottie knows something is happening and can get nervous, so it’s a good time to use the keep calm oil.
The essential oils I received are unique blends designed with a specific result in mind. They all include different essential oils based on what you are hoping to achieve with the oil.
- Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
- Patchouli Essential Oil
- Tangerine Essential Oil
- Orange Essential Oil.
- Blue Tansy Essential Oil
I have used the keep calm oil in the locket attached to Scottie’s headcollar while travelling and in one of the diffuser bags when tied up in the yard show prepping. Since Scottie tends to come across as fairly calm even when he isn’t, I knew it would be hard to tell if this particular oil worked for him. But I do think I have seen a bit of a difference.
Scottie was calmer than usual when I was running around doing show prep before our last competition. Normal he catches on quite quickly to this and starts getting a little bit anxious. But we didn’t have any nervous poos until the travel boots came out!
When it came to loading, he was also less dramatic than he has been in a while. Whereas he usually stands at the bottom of the ramp trying to make his mind up and gets dramatic if pressured too soon. This time he walked halfway up the ramp and just stood there looking around. When pressured to take that next step he just put his head up and backed off the ramp.
It might just be a coincidence, but the oil did appear to help him keep calm in situations he isn’t comfortable in and not react dramatically like he can do.
- Bay Laurel
- German Chamomile
Scottie has had an intermittent cough since being at our current yard. His cough comes and goes randomly throughout the year and tends to only happen when we first start trotting when we exercise. We are convinced it is environmental and not too worried about it. But I thought it would be good to try this breathe easy oil.
I have had this oil on a diffuser, in one of the bags hanging in his stable, topping it up every now and then. Scottie is quite interested in this oil and usually makes a beeline for the bag when I top it up. And I do think it has made a bit of a difference. I have been using this essential oil for over a month now and I do think he has been coughing less.
However, because his cough does tend to come and go almost at random, I will keep using it this way to see if it keeps the cough at bay and possibly helps clear it up altogether.
- Rose Otto
I can’t give you a full review on this product just yet as I haven’t actually used it yet. Unlike the other two oils, I couldn’t think of an immediate use for this oil with Scottie. However, since reading more about the blend, I think it could have more uses for us than the name led me to believe. The oil claims to help with recovery, circulation, respiration and concentration.
I am thinking of using this in the stable alongside the Breathe Easy to hopefully continue to improve his cough. I am also thinking of using it for lessons and competitions, to hopefully help put Scottie in the right mindset to learn and focus.
Do essential oils work?
I plan on writing another post in a bit more detail about how essential oils work. There has been research into the use of essential oils over the years and some studies back up the use of essential oils for calming and pain relief. Although further research is needed.
Many people swear by aromatherapy and essential oils, and I am one of these people. I know that a drop of lavender oil on my pillow helps me sleep and a few drops of rescue remedy on the tongue dampens the nerves before a competition. I believe essential do make a difference and I think I have seen these blends make a difference to Scottie. However, everyone (and every horse) is an individual and respond to different things.So what works for one may not work for another.
That being said, if you are interested in trying essential oils for the first time, I do think this set is perfect for beginners. Even if the blends don’t work perfectly for your horse, I think the diffusers it comes with are fantastic and could be used with other blends from a professional aromatherapist who could tailor them to your horse’s needs.
Want to know more?
If you are interested in finding out more about essential oils, I am working on a few more resources for you.
- Essential Oils for Horses
- How do essential oils work (coming soon)
- Ask the Expert ~ Equine Aromatherapist (coming soon)