Ortega Mountain Ranch


Resources




 

HOMEOPATHY, HERBAL THERAPY, NUTRITION

RIVA’S REMEDIES

Marijke van de Water

1-800-405-6643

http://www.rivasremedies.com/

Marijke is a licensed Homeopath, Herbalist, Nutritionist, and a gifted Medical Intuitive. Marijke has helped 100% of the animals (and people) for whom I have sought her help. She is my go-to person for any health issues. Marijke does it all.

FOR LOVE OF THE HORSE

1-866-537-7336

https://www.forloveofthehorse.com/ 

Chinese Medicine has been around for over 4000 years. Why? Because it works. It especially works well on horses, as they are herbivores. Their bodies are exquisitely sensitive to the healing power of plants. 

Dr. Thomas, the creator of FLOTH, was an MIT researcher on Chinese Herbs. He has a phenomenal ability to understand the needs of the animals and to create his specialized herbal mixes for a sweeping number of conditions. I have been using FLOTH’s herbal remedies for years, both on my own horses and some of the boarded horses, and am continually amazed at the obvious improvement the animals experience when taking the herbs. They work incredibly well!

 

BAREFOOT TRIMMING

ANDY BOTELLO

1-951-252-4086

I am a Hoof Nerd and have been trimming my own horses’ and donkeys’ hooves since 2009. I’ve been on a continuing education journey with hoof care since before then, and I spend a lot of time learning and studying hoof health and hoof care. Andy is the only Hoof Care Professional who I will allow to trim my own horses’ feet if I’m unable to do it. Andy is a farrier as well as a barefoot trimmer, and he is smart, open-minded, incredibly skilled, always looking to learn more, and is a consummate professional in everything he does. I am so grateful that he has added Ortega Mountain Ranch to his client roster. Andy is a treasure. 

HOOFING MARVELOUS ON FACEBOOK

https://hoofingmarvellous.net

I am learning so much from Lindsay and Garry, the founders of Hoofing Marvelous. They are UK-based, and they have an extensive educational and practitioner network in the UK and Western Europe. Lindsay and Garry are skilled HCP’s (Hoof Care Professionals) and Lindsay is a brilliant teacher as well. Hoofing Marvelous offers a cornucopia of free educational videos on Facebook and YouTube. I often spend hours watching their offerings and continue to be amazed by the effort they put into their mission, which is to help horses. Through their education and trimming techniques, they have helped thousands of horses recover from devastating and debilitating hoof health situations. I highly recommend this amazing group of teachers and practitioners.

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF NATURAL HOOF CARE PRACTITIONERS

http://www.aanhcp.net/

Not all barefoot is the same. Just being barefoot does not necessarily mean that the feet are being properly cared for. The AANHCP does it the right way, and students learning through this organization know how to properly trim a hoof.

 

BODYWORK

CHIROPRACTOR

Dawn Fletcher

1-760-468-2333 (Text & Voice)

Dawn Fletcher and her partner Thad Webb are skilled and compassionate wellness providers who have a long list of long-term grateful clients, covering much of Southern California. Dawn and Thad have been helping horses at OMR for over a decade. Not only is Dawn a skilled chiropractor, but her services also include Light Therapy and the use of Essential Oils. Dawn and Thad are knowledgeable, deeply caring, supportive, and hardworking, and are definitely two of my favorite people!

 

FRIENDS AND GOOD STUFF

JOE AND KATHLEEN CAMP

http://www.soulofahorse.com/

Friends, authors, and advocates for Natural Lifestyle, Joe and his wife Kathleen have dedicated themselves to getting the word out about proper care for horses. Joe’s touching and brilliant book, The Soul of a Horse, has grabbed the attention of horse lovers everywhere. (Sadly, Joe Camp passed away in March 2024. His contributions to the equine world and his legacy will live on, but he will be deeply missed.)

EASYBOOTS

http://www.easycareinc.com/

Excellent boots to meet any need—from therapeutic boots to trail boots.

BRIGHTHAVEN HOLISTIC ANIMAL RETREAT

http://www.brighthaven.org

info@brighthaven.org

(707) 578-4800

Gail Pope, the founder and driving force behind Brighthaven, is an Angel in human form. She and her husband, Richard, have dedicated their lives to helping animals. The uniqueness of their mission is that they do everything naturally and holistically. Diet, lifestyle, and healing are all done with the highest level of love, and devotion, and in the way that they should be done for the best results. While they do not specialize in horses, they do care for all creatures, great and small, including horses. Brighthaven is also an educational center. Please visit their website. You will learn something—I promise you.

PADDOCK PARADISE BY JAMIE JACKSON

https://www.amazon.com/Paddock-Paradise-Guide-Natural-Boarding/dp/0965800784

Barefoot and Natural Lifestyle advocate Jamie Jackson wrote this book in the early 2000s. I knew about the book, but at the time I did not understand the importance of what it advocates. The concept languished for decades, and now it is the newest and latest Great Thing – the track system. It is a brilliant idea that remained undiscovered for all those years. For the horses’ sake, I’m glad that people have figured out the value of the kind of movement that the track system promotes. Movement is one of the most important pillars of horse health. Horses are designed to move, and in the wild, they travel, on average, 15 miles a day. Paddock Paradise shows how people can replicate this kind of movement in a small space. It is brilliant in its simplicity and should be at every location where horses are kept.







If you have any questions, please reach out to us at ortegamtnranch@cox.net