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Equine Aromatherapy Weekend – Homeway Farm, Glastonbury

Saturday 6th October and Sunday 7th October 2001
Homeway Farm, Westhay Road, Meare, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9TL

Catherine Bird

This interesting weekend will begin with looking at how aromatherapy has developed to give the participant an understanding of the foundation behind the application of essential oils with horses. It is presented by Internationally acclaimed Equine Therapist, Catherine Bird.

Essential oils can have an effect on the body on many levels. We will discuss how the scent molecule can trigger a cascade of reactions throughout the entire body within nanoseconds of the stimuli reaching the hypothalamus gland. This can help address behavioural problems or issues developed from past experience. The physical body may be addressed with applications that assist the essential oil constituents to access the body via the bloodstream where eventually they are excreted from the body in a safe and effective manner.

The role aromatherapy has to play with the life of the horse is varied and there are certain situations where aromatherapy will enhance the environment and others where competition rules may restrict the use of essential oils. The participant will be made aware of the wonders and the limitations of this therapy in a sensible, commonsense approach.

The participant will also learn how to understand the horse’s reactions to each scent and in doing so understand the innate understanding the horse has of his own needs. Combining this with an understanding of the essential oils discussed will assist the student to develop a confidence in the art of aromatherapy. There is the complexity of chemical constituents, odour intensity and the perfumer’s note to be explored.

A number of essential oils will be discussed as to their properties and applications, most of which will be from Catherine’s book Horse Scents. However, there will be other essential oils so those who have read Catherine’s book will have more to add to their dispensary.

Aromatherapy is the use of pure plant extracts - essential oils. It is important not to use fragrant oils. To help the participant discern what is appropriate to use with their horse it is suggested they brings along any “scents’ they already have at home. (There is no need to purchase essential oils prior to the course).

This therapy is considered to be an adjunctive to veterinary medicine. Under no circumstances is it to replace the diagnosis and care of your veterinarian.

If participants wish to bring their own horse along for the practical session, they will be able to do so on the Sunday.

~ Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October £90 ~

Please arrive at 9.30 am for a 10.00am start. Each day will commence promptly and continue until approximately 4pm.

A manual will be supplied to all participants and those attending the weekend will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

It is wise to book early as spaces are limited. For more details please contact Lyn Palmer and for more information about Catherine visit

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