About Me

hershey & me2Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Casie Bazay. By trade, I’m a freelance writer specializing in horse health. You can find many of my articles in The HorseI also write young adult fiction (with horses, of course!) and am currently seeking representation for my first novel.

I’ve had a passion for horses since a young age, and I can’t imagine my life without them.  My horses have taught me so much, and I find great joy in just being around them and caring for them each day. I currently have four quarter horses–Hershey, McCoy, Kady, and Lee Lee.

I was a competitive barrel racer for many years, and only after a strange injury (which stumped a number of vets) occurred with my favorite barrel horse, Hershey, did I become interested in natural horse health.  I was fortunate enough to recieve a grant from my Indian tribe–The Chickasaw Nation–so that I could attend Tallgrass Animal Acupressure School, based in Colorado. I graduated in 2009 and then became nationally certified in equine acupressure in 2010.

I no longer work on outside horses, but learning about Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupressure sparked an intense interest in me to learn more about complementary medicine and other forms of ‘natural’ equine health options. I consider myself a lifelong student of the horse, and I love sharing what I’ve learned (and continue to learn) through my writing.

Along with studying acupressure, I’ve also studied equine nutrition and am a graduate of Dr. Kellon’s NRC Plus and Nutrition as Therapy courses.  Equine nutrition is one of my very favorite subjects to write about.

My most recent natural horse health interest has been learning the natural trim. I am self-taught natural trimmer, although my husband is a trained farrier and has helped me quite a bit along the way.  I use Pete Ramey’s natural trimming methods, and now maintain my four horses’ hooves on a regular basis.  It’s hard work, but I take great pride in being able to provide my horses’ hoofcare.

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Of course, I do have a life outside of horses.  I’m the mom of two beautiful children who share my love of animals, but not specifically horses (for some odd reason!).  I’m an avid reader (especially when it comes to YA).  I mildly enjoy cooking, but I especially love eating tasty, plant-based foods!

I hope you enjoy The Naturally Healthy Horse!

Ta-ta,

Casie

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11 Responses

  1. Patricia says:

    Hi Cassie,
    I so appreciate all the information you share with The Health Horse. Thank you so much for all that you do. I have learned a lot from you that has been beneficial for my horse. I have a question for which I have not been able to find an answer for online and that is, “Is Cilantro safe to feed to horses ?” My horse loves Parsley and Cilantro as fresh treats from my organic garden. I know Parsley is safe but what about Cilantro ?
    I look forward to your reply.

    Thank you in advance.
    Patricia

    • Casie says:

      Hi Patricia–glad you’re finding the blog helpful. :-) Unfortunately, I don’t have an answer for your question, but now you’ve got me interested in knowing the answer too. An equine herbalist would probably be the best person to ask. Good luck!

  2. susan holmes says:

    I have 2 horses one is 22 the other is 18 my 22 year old has heaves I soak his hay but it really doesn’t help enough, he is outside around 14 hours a day and at night he is brought in. his stall has one inch rubber mats and I only you shaving on his pee spots to prevent dust. He has no cough but his nose seems like it seems like it is little swollen this heat did cause his nostril flaring . he sounds like a stuffing nose but still able to be breath ok. will spurlina help my horse breath better also will it help his arthritis he seems a little stiff. Now my 18 year is a QH with tiny tea cup feet and thin soled and she grows a toe and no heel. she is now barefoot and I had a barefoot specialist and her feet were getting abscessing with him almost everything time he did her feet. I now have a farrier who put shoes on but instead does my barefoot horse with no shoes , I would love to buy boots for her front feet but her long toes and no heel no boots to be found. no more abscessing from this new guy. what can I add to her diet to to improve her hoof soundness . I would take a pics of her feet to show u what they look like. both horses are retired from any riding.

  3. Susan holmes says:

    How expensive is spirulina and how much do I give? Does it go in food?

  4. Mary Anne Cowen says:

    Hi Casie, I just read your article on Turmeric for horses. In it you say not to feed in combination with bute. Do you mean at the same time or not at all? My 30 year old mare has osteoarthritis and is on 1 gram of bute 2x/day at the moment. I want to try turmeric but am having difficulty getting info on how to transition from bute to turmeric. Any resources or referrals would be greatly appreciated. Thanks much.

    • Casie says:

      Hi Mary Anne–Turmeric and bute aren’t recommended to be given at the same time because they both act as blood thinners. I would suggest e-mailing Dr. Juliet Getty about the transition between the two though. She can be found at gettyequinenutrition.com

  5. Mary Anne Cowen says:

    Hi Casie
    Thanks for your help and clarification!

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