8/ MARCH/APRIL 2017 THE RIDER SUSaN DaHL’s My SPIN: Cannabis for Healing Horses By Susan Dahl.

anyone? An article on cannabis grow- ers in my area. Wow! I’m impressed. Barb and Roy Mahy conduct cannabis cooking classes all over Ontario and have a Facebook page. It was fascinat- ing reading.

Cannabis for Healing Horses (The Hanover Post, Dec/2016) Canna chocolates, canna butter

sufferers, insomniacs, as an alternative to traditional prostate cancer treat- ments, even lame horses and dogs benefit, Rob Mahy said.” When I googled ‘cannabis for

horses’, I was surprised to get a lot of hits. Just perusing the websites told me that cannabis was used by the Greeks for wound care and colic. There is no liver damage as there is with bute. Rawleigh’s used to make a horse liniment with cannabis in 1926. (Photo credit: http://antiquecannabis- According to animal studies, a

2013 review of cannatoids (the heal- ing chemicals in cannabis) was pub- lished in the British Journal of Clinical P h a r m a c o l o g y ( d/22625422). They concluded: 1) non- psychoactive, 2) wide range of med- ical benefits, and 3) counter acts the affects of THC.

Canada like ayahuasca (a brew that is used as a tradi- tional spiritual medicine in ceremonies among the Indigenous peoples of Amazo- nia.)

(apr.20, 2016): “”We will introduce legis- lation in spring 2017 that ensures we keep marijuana out of the hands of children and profits out of the hands of criminals,” Jane Philpott said in her prepared speech to del- egates.” We’ll see what happens now that it’s spring. The American Veterinary Medical

Association has been studying the benefits of cannabis since 2013. I hope the Canadian government rec-


ognizes the difference between Pot-THC and Cannabis-CBD so that humans and horses can benefit from it’s healing proper- ties. Maybe it’s time that Canada and the horse industry not be so conservative when it comes to our healing and horses! Putting my spin on healing horses and

@KISS Reiners Reinersue

Save The Date: August 10-13 Second Annual ‘Pick N Ride’ Festival

ful Ottawa Valley is the place to be this August for the “Pick N Ride Bluegrass Festi- val” at Horse Country Camp- ground. The Pick N

Ride is four days of bluegrass music and field jamming, equestrian clinics, and first nations dancing and cul- tural demonstra- tions!

headliners include grammy- nominated Special Concen- sus (Illinois) and The Kevin Prater Band (Kentucky), as well as a line-up of talented Ontario bands Concession 23, The Dusty Drifters, CR5 Bluegrass,

Thom/Gilles Leclerc and more. Saturday will feature a series of musical work- shops including banjo, man-

Darwin F e s t i v a l

dolin, guitar and vocals… learn from the masters. Calgary Stampede

champ David Cowley will present four days of educa- tional clinics including his ‘extreme cowboy’ and ‘two- way trust’ workshops. Meet David and his horse Tucker as he presents his unique ap- proach to horsemanship skills.

There is so much to do!

Ride” takes place at Canada’s #1 outdoor adventure

Wilderness Tours and on the grounds of re- sort partner Horse Country Campground along the Ottawa River. Your weekend

resort, The “Pick N

can include; • White water rafting on the Mighty Ottawa River • Horseback Riding • Fishing, Kayaking & Golf- ing • Whitewater Brew Pub Beer Tasting Pick N Ride passes in-

´The beauti- According to a

Sadly, its still a Schedule II drug in (http://laws-

they never call it marijuana, for the negative connotations that it carries. They use plants low in THC but rich in CBD, whose recognized therapeutic properties include painkilling and anti-inflammation.” It’s also used “on Parkinson’s

with no THC (the high-producing chemical in pot) has CBD (cannabid- iol- the healing chemical). So it’s a poor choice if you want to get high. But it’s great if you want to use it’s healing benefits. According to this article: “And

I knew that cannabis - hemp

About Susan Dahl Susan Dahl, ORHA/NRHA past multiple champion, writer, blogger, author and cli- nician, retired certified professional horse trainer. . Owner of Foundation Reining Training Centre in Durham, On. She spe- cializes in effective horsemanship, and reining. For more information on her serv- ices: judging, clinics or resale horses, please contact her on facebook, her web- site: or

clude unlimited resort ac- cess to the beach, hot tub, swimming pool, lots of sport activities and recre- ation center and 10% off meals at Rafters Restaurant! Take advantage of the early- bird discount

$65/adult including HST. Make your reservations today! Call 613-867-0585, email or ON- L I N E www.horsecountrycamp-

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