Q & A with Natural Horse Care Specialist, Stephanie Krahl


Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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8 Responses

  1. Debora Lay says:

    I left Reno under difficult circumstances. I had a huge home and many possessions, and I lost everything, but managed to keep my 4 horses and ended up in Montana. I currently live in a 400 sq. ft. apartment, but have 10 acres that are fenced and cross fenced, trees and creek, barn and run-in shelters for the horses. I could live in a nicer home, but they would not have as nice a living situation.

  2. Heather Tillotson says:

    My own health issues have kept me ‘on the ground’. But I’m not giving up. I aspire to ‘get back in the saddle’. Adversity has shown me a different way to be conscious and aware, and horses have been my teachers to ‘be’ a better me’. Listening with intuition guides my choices and has helped me manage some stressful times, including helping my horse be comfortable as we progress with her chronic hoof problems since she came into my life when she was two. Now barefoot trimming is finally providing the healing one step at a time for her at the age of 16. Learning never ends, as I stay open to the answers from within. Horses keep me tuned in to the best part of life.

  3. Christina Mendoza says:

    I have always believed pastured horses were happier than stalled horses, but honestly didnt think too much about “natural horsemanship” or giving my horses a more natural living situation until I began feeling in my gut that shoeing horses was not the best way to keep your horse sound. After becoming increasingly frustrated with hoofcare specialists in my area I read up on going barefoot. I took an online course that started me on my journey towards a more natural life for my horses. I learned about natural pasture management, nutrition based on your horses needs not what the feed bag tells you your horse needs, herd management, natural horsemanship training principles to create a happy, respectful horse and I even learned how to trim my own horses from a very special lady that went out of her way to help guide me on my journey.
    Now I trim my horses, friends horses, and even have a couple of client’s I trim for. I also train horses in Dressage using many of the natural aspects I have learned over the years. Our pastures are conducive to natural and barefoot living with a variety of surfaces, our feeding program emphasizes quality forage over grains, and correct mineral supplementation for each horses needs.
    I’ve come a long way from where I started and know I will probably never reach the end of my journey, but I feel like I’ve got a good start & when I look at all my horses I see happiness in their eyes, and that, to me, is priceless.

  4. Anne Thornton says:

    One thing I did to allow my horses to live more naturally was to get slow feed hay bags. This allows them to always have something to graze on. Living in the desert, there is no natural pasture, so the slow feed bags help make up for that.

  5. Holli Bacchini says:

    I would love to have my horses on a Paddock Paradise system, even better have my own place where others could bring their horses and put them on the system. Also grow my own hay, cut it early in the morning when sugars are lowest and manage the type of grass to provide the best nutrition possible.

  6. Kellie Rice says:

    I would love to read your book and expand my knowledge! I often tell people conventional horse care is only for the convenience of the human.

  7. Mare says:

    My husband and I love our 3 horses and 1 pony! The biggest change I would like to make in having my horses live more naturally would be to be able to afford chiropractor and acupuncture for our horses. I’ve read a lot about them, including your articles, and have gone to a few seminars on these topics. I’m convinced that they’re far better for horses than most believe. I’d love to know that my rideable horses are as comfortable as possible before, during, and after riding.
    But, as my husband and I are retired, we cannot afford these at this time, darn it! 🙁

  8. Chrissy N says:

    I went from stalling my horses at night, 365 days a year, to leaving them outside in their natural environment 24 hours a day! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!