Free Spirit Animal Wellness & Training

Free Spirit Animal Wellness & Training Shannon Tallarico, certified dog trainer & animal care specialist, certified equine & canine massage therapist certified equine kinesiology tape practitioner

Loose Leash Walking: Easier with Horses Than Dogs? - Suzanne Clothier/Carpe Canem Inc.
03/05/2019
Loose Leash Walking: Easier with Horses Than Dogs? - Suzanne Clothier/Carpe Canem Inc.

Loose Leash Walking: Easier with Horses Than Dogs? - Suzanne Clothier/Carpe Canem Inc.

Why do horses need fewer reminders than dogs for loose leash walking? It would seem that teaching a 1000 pound horse to walk politely should be far more difficult than working with a 60 pound dog. And yet, the truth is that it's far easier to teach a horse loose leash walking. Why? In all cases, bot...

Ask Dr. Harman: Holistic treatment for ulcers | Harmany Equine Clinic
02/06/2019
Ask Dr. Harman: Holistic treatment for ulcers | Harmany Equine Clinic

Ask Dr. Harman: Holistic treatment for ulcers | Harmany Equine Clinic

Ask Dr. Harman: Holistic treatment for ulcers - Q. What complementary medicine/modality do you recommend for gastric ulcers? A. There are many possible treatments for ulcers, however, it is important to

The right essential oils are a key pillar in my practice.  Aromatherapy helps the animal relax their mind and body befor...
12/01/2018

The right essential oils are a key pillar in my practice. Aromatherapy helps the animal relax their mind and body before I even begin the massage. I've been using oils for years now but it still amazes me how quickly they work with animals. β€πŸ΄πŸŒΊπŸ•Š

Very fun weekend at the Las Vegas National!! Congratulations to all the winners. I feel deeply grateful for this amazing...
11/19/2018

Very fun weekend at the Las Vegas National!! Congratulations to all the winners. I feel deeply grateful for this amazing experience and the opportunity to meet/work with so many talented people and horses.πŸ’—πŸ΄πŸ™Œβ€

Hi friends, I will be at the Las Vegas National this Saturday and Sunday! I'm working alongside High Point Equestrian Sp...
11/16/2018

Hi friends, I will be at the Las Vegas National this Saturday and Sunday! I'm working alongside High Point Equestrian Sports Care. We provide top quality care for horse and rider. Together we can help you and your horse unlock your full physical potential!
If you're at the show send us a call or text to book an appointment! πŸ΄πŸ’—πŸ’†πŸ’•πŸ’ͺ❀

Dr. Steven Dreyer and I went on a barn call at Windrose Farm in Encinitas this weekend. We had a great day working on ri...
08/05/2018

Dr. Steven Dreyer and I went on a barn call at Windrose Farm in Encinitas this weekend. We had a great day working on riders and their horses and helping them both feel their best!πŸ‘Œ It was a super hot day, ( in case you can't tell from my red face🌑πŸ”₯β˜€) luckily time flies when you're doing what you love. πŸ’–βœŒ

I love these pictures of Satin during his massage treatment today. The first shot is what I like to call "melting" its the moment after all the tension is released and the horse's mind, body, and spirit are in a state of complete relaxation. πŸ˜ŒπŸ•ŠπŸ’• The second shot is Satin's seal of approval when I was massaging his shoulders. πŸ˜‚πŸ’—πŸ΄

Canine Principles
08/04/2018

Canine Principles

Here's a snippet of what Cesar Millan's methods do to the dog!

Force based, dominance based dog training techniques have robbed today’s domestic dog of the rights he has to space, and respect of his own life on earth.

Normal dog behaviours like growling for space when crowded, barking, chewing things, showing a little tension over food when he eats, pulling on the lead or digging in the garden have been labelled behaviour β€˜problems’.

In the methods that Cesar and the followers use - natural dog behaviour is assumed to be a challenge to the humans in the home. This mindset is not only way off the truth - it also justifies punishment or force.

Punishments that I have seen Cesar use include; painful collars, finger jabs, intimidation, hanging a dog by a lead and collar, kicking, standing over a dog and threatening them. Physically pushing a dog onto their side and back, approaching a dog that's eating and hitting or kicking them.

Punishment and force cause crippling fear, stress and suppression of the act by the dog. Suppression of the dog’s most natural communication and behaviour is unfair and can be dangerous.

The gentler natured dog may just go with the flow - because they can't cope with confrontation.These dogs live a life where their overall potential and confidence is lowered. They do this because they have learned to behave in a way that makes them convenient and easy to live with.

The stressed, anxious and confused dog will not adapt so well to forced suppression and becomes highly fearful or eventually defensive/aggressive.

Initially the dog may fight the bully and end up more abused, resulting in emotional shutdown or learned helplessness. This is obvious to the trained eye and quite heartbreaking. This is labelled a 'calm sumbissive state' It's actually a nervous system freeze state based on the dog being literally 'scared stiff'

Suppression occurs if the approach forces the dog to wait it out, and it’s then assumed the behaviour is changed.

But when the bully leaves, the behaviour returns because nothing positive or useful has been achieved - least of all useful learning - and the dog is more confused than ever which will be shown in his behaviour, but this time he's also scared he's going to be hurt.

It beggars belief that people are still doing this to dogs, particularly whilst we live in the age of information and dog scientists everywhere are speaking out against it.

The untamed ego is a scary, scary thing.

Sally @canineprinciples.com
Image credit; Eevee's Evolution - Tumblr

08/04/2018
Doug The Pug

Here's some cuteness to start your day. πŸΆπŸ’•

"Every dog deserves a massage this good" -Doug

Natural Horse World
08/04/2018
Natural Horse World

Natural Horse World

If you love wild horses and photography this is truly beautiful.

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07/30/2018

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07/29/2018

Another incredible day working on horses @delmarshowpark. Congratulations to #grandprix winner Karl Cook and Caillou! πŸ…πŸŒŸπŸŽπŸŒŸπŸŽ‰
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#equinemassagetherapy #equinebodywork #horseyoga #coldlasertherapy #pemftherapy #chiropractic #sportsmassage #blenheimequisports #jumpoff #nailbiter #showjumping #whatashow

07/29/2018
MyHorse.Video

Wow, so close!! πŸ‡πŸ’¨

Watch how Karl Cook & Caillou 24 took the lead by a fraction of a second versus Lindsay Archer & Jarpur in yesterday's $35,000 CSI 2* 1.45m Gold Tour Grand Prix at the Blenheim EquiSports Showpark Racing Festival CSI 2*!

Great day at the Del Mar Showpark. πŸ‡πŸ…It was a fun show! Although, I gotta remember to pack a snack for future even...
07/22/2018

Great day at the Del Mar Showpark. πŸ‡πŸ…
It was a fun show! Although, I gotta remember to pack a snack for future events. πŸ˜‚ Looking forward to coming back next Saturday and working on more equine athletes. πŸ’•πŸ΄πŸ’—πŸŽπŸ’–

#nonstopwork #lovewhatido #equinemassagetherapy #hunterjumper #equinebodywork #delmarshowpark

07/20/2018

It was a pleasure working on baby Zeke. This sweet boy was carrying a lot of tension in his neck and shoulders. About 20 minutes into his massage he completely melted with relaxation and let out 6 big yawns of release. I caught the tail end of it on camera. πŸ’˜πŸ΄πŸ•Š

#newrecord #peaceandrelaxation #spaday #equinemassagetherapy #equinestretching #bodywork

Well, then. My Rocky boy must be an extra happy horse. πŸ˜πŸ΄πŸ’•
07/18/2018
Neigh bother: Happiest horses love to snort

Well, then. My Rocky boy must be an extra happy horse. πŸ˜πŸ΄πŸ’•

Snorting in horses is linked to a 'positive internal state', say scientists, and could improve animal welfare.

I think Bob is enjoying his massage... πŸ˜‚πŸ’˜πŸ΄#HappyHorse #ForTheLoveOfHorses  #TherapeuticEquineMassage #myofascia...
07/16/2018

I think Bob is enjoying his massage... πŸ˜‚πŸ’˜πŸ΄

#HappyHorse #ForTheLoveOfHorses #TherapeuticEquineMassage #myofascialrelease #realbodywork #coldlasertherapy #craniosacraltherapy #FreeSpirit

πŸŽ‰πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈHappy 4th of July! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŽ‰#godblessamerica #happy4thofjuly #patriot
07/04/2018

πŸŽ‰πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈHappy 4th of July! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŽ‰

#godblessamerica #happy4thofjuly #patriot

Association of Professional Dog Trainers
07/03/2018

Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Follow these steps so all pets and people enjoy this July 4 holiday. #APDT

The Importance of Whiskers
06/30/2018
The Importance of Whiskers

The Importance of Whiskers

I have a fondness for horse whiskers. They certainly make selfies ridiculously fun. Β  But they’re also an essential piece of anatomy that the horse relies on. Each whisker has a nerve en…

July 4th is coming soon! It may be too late to start teaching your dogs about counterconditioning to help with this year...
06/29/2018

July 4th is coming soon! It may be too late to start teaching your dogs about counterconditioning to help with this year's fireworks, but the sooner you can get started before next year, the better.

To help you prepare, Eileenanddogs has a blog that covers things you can do to help on the day and before: https://eileenanddogs.com/6-ways-to-prepare-your-dog-for-fireworks/

July 4th is coming...
READ THIS: https://eileenanddogs.com/6-ways-to-prepare-your-dog-for-fireworks/ by Eileen Anderson

High Point Equestrian Sports Care
06/28/2018

High Point Equestrian Sports Care

We are coming out to Blenheim today at 12:30!

06/28/2018
Consider Light Therapy For Your Dog's Rehab - Page 1 | Whole Dog Journal

The positive benefits of using Cold Laser Therapy for canine and equine rehabilitation.

In an effort to keep him as pain-free as possible, and thus active, healthy and happy, I incorporated laser therapy into his treatment program. Playing ball is in his blood; by adding the effects of laser therapy, he s able to stay off the disabled list.

Whoa!! I would need a ladder to work on this guy. πŸ˜œπŸ’—
06/24/2018
Meet Big Jake - The World’s Tallest Horse!

Whoa!! I would need a ladder to work on this guy. πŸ˜œπŸ’—

At 210.2 cm the Belgian gelding Big Jake stands as the world's tallest horse. Jerry Gilbert of Smokey Hollow Farm has raised Big Jake from a weanling to today. He says "He was extremely hard to hold on to when he was young and when I would turn him outside sometimes he would take me with him!"

Blenheim EquiSports
06/24/2018

Blenheim EquiSports

And on the green grass of The Oaks International Grand Prix Field congratulations goes to Hanna Mauritzson and Parkmore Lux, winners of the Markel Insurance 1.45m Grand Prix! πŸ‘πŸ΄πŸ‘πŸ΄πŸ‘PC: McCool Photography #grassisgreener #victorygallop #ThePlaceToBe #BES2018

The Old Town Doggy Showdown Fundraiser for Fur-Ever Home was a huge success! πŸŽ‰ Thank you to all the volunteers, spons...
06/24/2018

The Old Town Doggy Showdown Fundraiser for Fur-Ever Home was a huge success! πŸŽ‰ Thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors and everyone who came out to support the rescue.

The pups had a blast playing games and winning lots of cool prizes. πŸ’•πŸΆπŸ’•

I proudly partnered with Horse and Rider Wellness for this event. Sam Grant is our local equine pemf expert. πŸ΄πŸ’–

High Point Equestrian Sports Care has a new set up at Blenheim Equisports. Come check us out!  πŸŽπŸŽ‰πŸ’—#Chiropractic...
06/21/2018

High Point Equestrian Sports Care has a new set up at Blenheim Equisports. Come check us out! πŸŽπŸŽ‰πŸ’—

#Chiropractic #sportsmassage #equinemassagetherapy #realbodywork #coldlaser #myofascialrelease #mindbodysoul

Everyday Foods To Get Rid Of Dog Worms
06/21/2018
Everyday Foods To Get Rid Of Dog Worms

Everyday Foods To Get Rid Of Dog Worms

Get rid of, and help prevent, dog worms in your pet with these nutritious whole foods (without using toxic chemical deworming treatments).

I'd say this is pretty accurate. πŸ˜„
06/21/2018

I'd say this is pretty accurate. πŸ˜„

I'm here again this weekend with High Point Equestrian Sports Care. πŸŽπŸ’•#blenheimequisports #equinemassagetherapy #e...
06/16/2018

I'm here again this weekend with High Point Equestrian Sports Care. πŸŽπŸ’•
#blenheimequisports #equinemassagetherapy #equinebodywork #chiropractic #sportsmassage #phyisoforhorseandrider #coldlaser #kinesiologytape #pemf #biomat

#VendorVibe Headed by Dr. Steven Dreyer, High Point Equestrian Sports Care brings the highest level of care to the equestrian world. With a variety of services offered, including Equine massage therapy, High Point is the place to be to raise the performance of both horse and rider! 🐴

Vet uses science to keep horses calm - The Courier
06/15/2018
Vet uses science to keep horses calm - The Courier

Vet uses science to keep horses calm - The Courier

A leading Edinburgh vet is adopting scientific tools to tackle the dangers of needle-shy and difficult horses which she says pose a risk to 95% of equine vets every month.

Happy Sunday!! πŸ’—
06/10/2018

Happy Sunday!! πŸ’—

Congratulations Justify!!! πŸ‡πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰
06/09/2018

Congratulations Justify!!! πŸ‡πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

I'm at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park working alongside High Point Equestrian sports care. I'll be here all weeken...
06/09/2018

I'm at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park working alongside High Point Equestrian sports care. I'll be here all weekend if you're in the area come to say Hi! #Blenheimequisports #equinemassagetherapy #coldlaser #pemftherapy #sportsmassage #chiropractic #kinesiologytape #rocktape

Planet Paws
06/08/2018

Planet Paws

Tired of seeing infographs of foods your dog can't eat?

Here is a nifty printable infograph of some awesome foods found in your refrigerator that they CAN eat! :D

Created by Rodney Habib

I'm thankful I no longer have to waste my money on expensive thrush treatments that never seem to work.  This natural ho...
06/02/2018
Magik SPRAY (DIY)

I'm thankful I no longer have to waste my money on expensive thrush treatments that never seem to work. This natural homemade spray gets rid of thrush for good!

The Magik products all started with this little concoction. Back in the days of the EQ FREE online forums (long before facebook) we gave out as much information as we could to those who signed up...

Dr. Karen Becker
06/02/2018
Dr. Karen Becker

Dr. Karen Becker

Do you notice any of these calming signals from your dog?

Canine massage therapy and cold laser are natural drug-free alternatives that can be used to reduce pain/stiffness cause...
05/30/2018
Is Your Pet Suffering From Arthritis?

Canine massage therapy and cold laser are natural drug-free alternatives that can be used to reduce pain/stiffness caused by arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in pets, and treatment for this is focused on alleviating symptoms and slowing down its progression.

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