The Vitassage and Horses

2 April 22, 2013 - Archive

The therapeutic power of essential oils and the Vitassage™ extends beyond its use on people. I have been involved in helping rescue horses and other horses with high emotional issues, especially in the racing industry.

In August 2012, Cole Woolley, vice president of Global Science, gave me a Vitassage to use on horses after he saw a presentation of my work on these majestic animals. Having done emotional clearings and the Raindrop Technique® on many horses, I was excited to see what the Vitassage could do.

I first tried the Vitassage with thoroughbred racehorses. They can be quite flighty, and the first mare was excited to see and smell me as I approached. Based on her history, I decided that the best oils for her were Peace & Calming®, Release™, and Valor®.

At first I offered a couple of drops of Peace & Calming from my hand. As the mare smelled my hand, she decided to lick the essential oils. It’s truly amazing how horses are so attracted to these essential oils—it’s like a treat for them!

I massaged her shoulders in a circular motion until she became used to what I was doing. I proceeded to introduce the Vitassage in the “Off” position first. I then turned it on and massaged her in a circular motion along each side of the spine from withers (shoulders), to the dock (base of tail), over the rump, and down the shoulders and chest. Within a few minutes, her head lowered and she closed her eyes. She was asleep! I spent about 15 minutes with this horse, and there was a major change in her demeanor. She went from being an agitated and anxious horse to a quiet and settled horse.

Recently I used the Vitassage with a 26-year-old purebred Appaloosa named Legend County Saints Thunder, affectionately known to his friends as Hector. Hector was a much quieter horse—quieter than any horse I had worked on before. Because of this, I helped him “choose” his oils. I held out a selection of open bottles, and with each one I would observe if he would move his head away or near the bottle or whether he would step away or closer to the bottle. Horses will tell you a lot about their preferences for the oils if you let them. The essential oils Hector chose were geranium, Peace & Calming, and blue cypress. After a few minutes, Hector was completely relaxed and closing his eyes. I proceeded to use the Vitassage on some tight spots along his spine and was able to provide a wonderfully relaxing experience for him.

The Vitassage provides complete relaxation for horses within a short amount of time. It is a great tool to use on horses for emotional issues.

—Jen Gallagher, YL Distributor, Aromatherapist, Teacher, and Author

Please share your comments below for a chance to receive one of three Vitassage massagers and a special companion gift that will be announced shortly. Stay tuned!

  • Mandy Bavuso

    Where can I purchase the Vitassage???

  • Jennifer

    I use essential oils on myself and kids. I use my amazing book on what to use in certain circumstances. My daughter has several barrel horses all with different “personalities” and I’m looking into going to equine massage therapy and would love to add essential oils to their treatment. How do you decide how much of each oil to use on a horse? My book is what you’d use on people.

    • Young Living

      Hi Jennifer, Thank you for question. For very large animals, like horses and cattle, start with 10 drops. Unless otherwise indicated on the product label, dilution is unnecessary. Check our our Essential Oils and Pets: A Quick How To Thanks for stopping by!

  • Gayle Strickland

    I am just starting to ride again and would love to try oils on the horse I am working with. I am a little familiar with the raindrop technique for dogs, is there a video targeting horses? Fingers crossed.

    • Young Living

      Hi Gayle! Young Living® hasn’t developed a video related to the Raindrop Technique with horses. However, we do know that many members have experience in this matter. We would suggest doing a search online to locate resources published by individual members which you may find useful. Hope this is helpful!

  • Beth

    I am so thankful my friend Amy brought me to this page. I am a massage therapist, (for humans) and am transitioning to horses, dogs, and cats, along with energy work.
    I have been helping at a Horse Rescue, and I am so excited to hear about this. Thank you again!

  • Young Living

    Hi Genie, glad you dropped by! When your animals have a medical conditions like arthritis, we recommend that you seek the advice and recommendation of a competent, trained health care provider with knowledge and experience with essential oils.

  • Ruth Amarante

    We use Peace & Calming before parades, this will be a great addition for afterwards. 🙂

  • horserider

    I spent 8 hours at a show yesterday and was completely exhausted. I know my horse was too. I would love to try some oils on him to see if it helps him. I use pan away alot!

  • Sherrine Engelhart

    I have been providing Raindrop for my equine “pals” and they ALL love it and come looking for me (truly, it’s the oils!). This would be a lovely add-on =:-)

  • Sara Kenney

    Wow…I’ve been using YL oils on horses for 17 years and have helped more than I can count to do the same… this is an awesome new twist!!! I’ll definitely have to try this!!!!!

  • Ami

    Could have used this yesterday on a human RD. I also do many equine RD.s -so this sounds like it would be a great tool to use with our wonderful oils . Please enter me in your contest.

  • Cheryl

    Excited to try this!!

  • Kendra Beagles

    My niece just graduated from Veterinary School and I am passing on to her all the wonderful benefits of Young Living’s essential oils. Since she loves to work with horses, this Vitassage massager would be a great ‘getting started’ gift for her new business. Thanks, Young Living!

  • excellent love the oils on horses, dogs and humans, great product would love to include this with my current equine therapy services

  • Janet Taylor

    Wow…I am amazed! I have clients who own horses that I can’t wait to share this with!

  • Thats great, I have horses that I do distance riding on that I know would benefit from this.

  • Deb Dibble

    I think this is a wonderful idea! I would love to win one.

  • Barb Lemke

    I am going to let all my horse lover friends know about this. Think about how this can also help our dogs that love the oils and massage or need them!

  • This is spectacular! My daughter will be purchasing her first horse soon. Nice to know my oils will come in handy for her to use on him!

  • Just getting started with oils. Can’t wait to start using on the horses. Would love to win one!

  • Gloria Radin

    What a wonderful way to help horses with the therapeutic oils and a Vitassage!! There is no end to what the oils can do!!

  • Katelyn Wills

    thanks for the story, certainly expands the uses of our oils! Vitassage sounds wonderful! Katelyn Wills

  • I love reading success stories such as this. I am still in the process of finding the right combo of oils for my 16 year old Schipperke. Thankful to have an alternative, loving this journey.

  • Becky eddlemon

    hoping my husband is willing to try this on me! When he knows it’ll calm me down he’ll be willing to use it more often. 🙂

  • I have heard great things about this product. Would love to try it!

  • debbow

    Awesome story. Love the oils and would love to try the Vitassage!

  • I love that these essential oils can benefit animals as well! I would love a vitassage! I have seen it but I have not been able to use one yet!

  • I love the oils so much and I have the utmost respect for your dedication to these beautiful and majestic animals! The vitassager is definitely at the top of my wish list!

  • Georgia Watson

    Another great use for the Vitassage!

  • Sounds wonderful! I’d like to try it.

  • I would love to try this with my horses. I also know of several others who would really benefit from the Vitassage. Thank you so much for this article!!!

  • Penny

    I would love to try the vitassage!

  • Debbi

    That is so awesome! Helping animals!

  • Skye

    What a great article. I am very interested in this Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  • JodieR

    I love Peace & Calming, but have not tried Vitassage. I would love to try this!

  • Laura

    I have just started using essential oils and am excited about the journey.

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