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Young Living

The Vitassage and Horses

Posted on April 22nd, 2013 | 95 comments

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, such as stress and anxiety, 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 physical and/or 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!

  • Patty

    I’ve been eyeing the Vitassage! I would love to win one!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheryl.thielekamps Cheryl Thiele Kamps

    My cousin has just asked my earlier this afternoon to research what oils would be helpful for horses. She has used lavendar in the pass with her horses and wanted to expand. She has a couple of horses that can have anxiety at times and be fine other times while working with them. I did think of peace and calming and valor (I don’t sell YL oils but will be signing up in a couple of months). I believe your article above was exactly what I needed to see. Thank you!! And yes I would love a chance to receive one of the vitassage massagers and a companion gift. Thank you. Cheryl Thiele Kamps

  • Jodi

    very interesting!! I’ve only been with YL a few short months, but am already hearing so many positive testimonies from ppl. This is good to know so that I might pass it on to others that would benefit from this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tim.sanchez.12 Tim Sanchez

    amazing how different the horses respond to individual oils!!!

  • Jana

    I would love to be able to try the Vitassage as I live with chronic pain. Sounds like it works very well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sharon.blake.902 Sharon Blake

    I love this article about the horses and the oils. Especially how each horse is different. I have people in my downline interested in working with horses, so this information will come in handy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marina.greyeyes Marina Greyeyes

    I love hearing stories about using oils on animals! It always amazes me that animals know what will help them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kara.banda.9 Kara Banda

    This sounds amazing! I would love the opportunity to help my dog with his chronic arthritis pain as well as try it on my self!

  • http://www.facebook.com/louise.powers.56 Louise Powers

    Thanks for this great testimonial. Horses are so intuitive. I would love to win one of the Vitassage massagers. I’m sure it would help many of my clients! I’m a doula & a Qi Healer. I use the YoungLiving essential oils as support for all my clients. It is amazing how helpful they are. I had one mom who held a towel with the essential oils on it by her nose throughout her 26 hours of labor! After helping her for 26 hours straight, I got home and I used the lavender essential oil all over to relax & prevent muscle fatigue the next day. Worked like a charm!

  • wheatpenny56

    I live with Fibromyalgia and chronic pain and would love to win a Vitassager! I am fairly new to YL and am still learning the basics of the oils.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.k.crawford.1 Jennifer Kirk Crawford

    I am brand new to YL {less than a week :) } but I am loving it so far, I think this would be great to try

  • Michele L.

    I gave the Vitassage as a Christmas gift. The recipient truly appreciated it! A massage with the oils – you gotta love it!

  • jeano75

    I use oils with my goats, but have not tried the vitassage yet. For the most part, my goats don’t get too stressed out except for when they are giving birth. I am interested to find out how they would react to the vitassage. I am glad you have had such success with your horses, and thank you for sharing your experience.

  • Ruth

    Wonderful addition for horseback therapy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1223526912 Elizabeth Garver Carney

    As a mobile veterinarian, I can think of a host of horses that need this therapy! Currently learning about incorporating YL oils in my practice and excited about all the possibilities!

  • http://www.facebook.com/melody.dunithan Melody Dunithan

    This unit looked amazing before… never thought about using it with horses. I have many friends who live in the horse world :) would love to get one of these and be able to show them the Vitassage and let them see how it works. Sooooo excited!!!

  • Paul

    Very excited about trying the Vitassage! Amazing how God’s plants can be so helpful for even horses!

  • Deborrah

    Just getting started with Essential Oils. Have been reading lots about their use with horses as well. Can’t wait to see which oils our “Little Joy” (a paint) picks out for herself and the affect they have on her.

  • Tara Dickherber

    I was using YL Oils for myself and my family. Having someone do a Raindrop Technique on my 25+ year old gelding who was lame for months, she also taught me how to do the RD process on him and after months of lameness a few weeks of the oils took away the lameness, swelling, and heat. He’s now running around and loving Springtime in the Midwest. I am SOLD on YL Oils for EVERYONE in my family!! 2 legged and 4!!

  • Debra

    This looks very interesting. I would like to try this on my own horses!

  • http://www.facebook.com/themaid2 Marian Anderson

    I have tried one ….loved it & want one……unfortunately my pets wouldnt be able to use it…I’ve go house rabbits, a hedgehog & parakeet …they do like oils tho… =:3

  • Marianne Henze

    I know three horses in my barn that would LOVE this. They love massage, love their oils and this would be an awesome combination. Our top 5 oils in the barn are Lavender, DiGize, Valor, Peppermint, and Purification. Wouldn’t be without them!

  • http://www.facebook.com/crystalline.healing Cedar Martyn

    I am dying to try this :)

  • Terri-Anne

    Inspiring! Love hearing how other people incorporate the oils into their life – and into the lives of other creatures they love ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/carolecf Carole Chiles Fuller

    I’d love to try it on my horses.

  • Vikki

    Wonderful how essential oils are so healing–to all living creatures!

  • Kimberly Wiltshire

    What a precious gift you are giving to animals that are sometimes overlooked.

  • http://www.facebook.com/karen.natiw Karen Boyagian Natiw

    I am so excited to be working with a company of caring loving people and our products are soawesome.I am blessed to have joined this wonderful company.I ccan’t wait to share this.I have several friends who own horses and would be very interested in these oils

  • Donna

    Would love to try the vitassage

  • majay

    I would love to be able to try this on my animals. I find this so very interesting and I love to try new things. Thanks!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chelsie.bowden Chelsie Bowden

    The Vitassage would be a great addition to my aromatherapy toolkit! As an equine massage therapist, I enjoy showing owners things they can do for their horses when I’m not there. The Vitassage would be perfect!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ericawray Erica Wray

    Its amazing all the good that Young Living oils are providing people and our beloved pets! I am so excited to try this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lanna.webb Lanna Foley Webb

    Young Living continues to AMAZE me! Has anyone tried this on cows? Seems like it would be good to use for show cows…

    • http://www.facebook.com/linda.camarata1 Linda Camarata

      I should work on any animal …

  • Jennifer

    We have six adult horses and two brand new foals and I would love to try this on them. One who has a vision problem and so is a bit jumpy and high strung would be a great place to start.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lani.miller.7 Lani Miller

    My horses love YL oils!

  • http://www.facebook.com/stefanie.jones.56 Stefanie Jones

    I would love to be able to try this on clients horses

  • Heartland Equine

    My horse would LOVE this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jacqueline.regier Jacqueline Regier

    Would love to try the Vitassage!

  • http://www.facebook.com/toni.dybas Toni Dybas

    I’m going to share this with my horse friends :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=802701543 Jane Johns

    I would love to be able to try the Vitassage on my horses

  • Janice O’Connor

    I recently lost my job and would love to start a new career using YL oils. This would be wonderful as I could try this in my ciusin’s horses to gain experience.

    I finally figured out what I want to do when I grow up :-)


  • van

    I don’t have a horse but have wanted a Vitassage since they came out. Now I know it has to go on my next order.

  • Patricia King

    I have been treating people and horses with reflexology and would not be without my YL oils . It is amazing how animals , especially horses, react to these oils . One owner was treating a hoof abcess with harsh meds . . the horse resisted so much he licked over the soaking bucked several times . I put rosemary ,thyme and lemon in warm water for soaking and he settled down . WE then treated him with Pan Away and oregano around the coronet. Valor on spine He never resisted his treatment for the next few weeks and we had successful healing of a very bad abcess. I would love to win a vitassage.

  • Jade Taylor

    Great idea Cole! My brother Barry from Natural Horsemanship does workshops. The last time I visited him, I pulled out my bottle of Sacred Frankincense and one of his horses (nicknamed sticky beak) came right up to me wanting to have a smell. He couldn’t get enough of it! I thought the bottle was going to be vacuumed up it’s nostril! I will be visiting Barry again next month so I would love to take a vitassage up with me to try it! Thanks for sharing your story Jen! Regards Jade

  • Abigail Joy

    I would love to try this! Hoping to start taking riding lessons sometime soon and it would be great to bring oils to the stables along with me! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshua.dermer JoshandHollie Dermer

    Would love to try this :)

  • Allyson

    I would love to try this!

  • Peggy

    This looks like a wonderful addition to my healing toolbox!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/brenda.layman.1 Brenda Layman

    My grandfather would have loved this! He was an Old Texas Cowboy who would go as far as to wash his horses at the manual car wash to keep them calm during cleaning! Wish he was still here to be able to see and use this!

  • David Nelson

    Hi–I have also work with dogs and horses, and they have both responded to Peace and Calming and also to Joy. It would be interesting to try a Vitassage on the animals along with the oils. I Love working with animals—maybe even better than humans.

  • Laura

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

  • JodieR

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

  • Kellykoz

    I treat my 3 pure bred yellow labs with a variety of essential oils, based upon issue. I dilute with carrier oil (usually coconut) and place on bottom of paws for for general conditions and on site for a wound (melrose heals like magic!). I also diffuse with Aria daily…terrific results. Would love to try on my 14 year old lab!! My other 2 are 10 & 6 :)

  • Skye

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

  • Debbi

    That is so awesome! Helping animals!

  • Penny

    I would love to try the vitassage!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jmoucha1 Janet Moucha

    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!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.k.smith.94 Lisa Kellerby Smith

    Sounds wonderful! I’d like to try it.

  • Georgia Watson

    Another great use for the Vitassage!

  • http://www.facebook.com/linda.r.turner.37 Linda Roberson Turner

    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!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mistyis Misty Taylor

    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!

  • Rosie

    I have a horse I would love to try this on. I have tried a number of treatments to improve his quality of life and this sound amazing. We are breeders, and I would love to try some essential oils on our mares that are preparing to foal. I get really excited when I hear of this type of alternative healing.

  • debbow

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

  • Shirley

    I use the oils on my horses often- Melrose and Ocotea are wonderful for wounds, and Theives and Melaleuca for thrush. I’d love to try the Vitassage- I bet they’d love it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/shannonmillerschiele Shannon Miller Schiele

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/bonnie.johnson.524 Bonnie Johnson


  • 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. :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/lslotsve liann slotsve

    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.

  • Katelyn Wills

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

  • Sarah Strain

    I used NingXia red and Raindrop on my 13 year old cat who was weak I had to carry her to the litterbox. 1 tsp a day of NingXia Red and a raindrop and in 2 days she was running around like a kitten. That was 3 months ago and she is better than ever. Would love to get a Vitassage and try it on the cats (4) and my Katrina rescue dog Roxie who benefited greatly from BLM when her knees became arthritic and I refused to give her the pain reliever the vet gave her which would eventually damage her liver?

  • Sarah Strain

    I recently had the honor of practicing reflexology on a co-worker who was end stage with breast cancer. I also incorporate essential oils during a session. She was immediately drawn to valor and especially to frankincense she said ” you mean like the wisemen? I’m praying for a miracle”! I would love to use the vitassage on future clients especially hospice patients as they are very affected by aromatherapy and touch!

  • http://www.facebook.com/susan.spors Susan Spors

    This would have been good to have when the ‘horse dentist’ was here. We had a couple of horses that wouldn’t settle to let him do his work so he’ll be coming back in the fall with ‘drugs’…yuck!! It was using essential oils on horses that convinced me of their amazing healing capabilities…

  • 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!!

  • Phyllis Marstein

    I have used oils on horses and calves and I found they like to lick my hand that I have oils on .when they have colds I treat them with oils. Would love to try the vitassage on them

  • http://www.facebook.com/fasthorselover Malary McGraw

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/julie.tarkasimerick Julie Tarka Simerick

    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!

  • 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!

  • Wintergreen

    My dog “Kelly”almost died once, She is a chubby West Highland White terrier and she lost so much weight, couldn’t eat, was seriously ill. I allowed exploratory surgery as we thought it must be something cancerous…it didn’t produce any new diagnosis. after she came home the first time she went back in for IV’s and was continuing to fail. She came home and I never thought this dog would survive. I started using the diffuser at night in the room we slept in. The animal ointment on her belly, the oils on her paws and the shampoo…. all helped her recover. That was 3 yrs ago. she certainly gained all the weight back, looks terrific, a nice shine to her coat. Also I changed her diet to gluten free and added a little Kefir in her morning bowl. She gets chicken, and gluten free treats occassionally. She is really doing great and no one thinks she is 12 yrs old she is so spunky.
    I use the oils for many many things.
    My doctor diffuses now also, especially during flu season and the staff doesn’t get sick anymore from the patients. When I first started using the oils I worked for the same doctor and was told the “perfume” smell (from my oils) was offensive! now they diffuse the very same oils! There are still a few patients that complain but I have gotten a lot interested in the oils and the nurses are also diffusing at home. There are so many oil stories across the board. It has changed my life for the better!.

  • Deb Dibble

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/gillian.connelly.16 Gillian Connelly

    I have been working with the oils on animals, mostly dogs and horses, for a year now and they have improved the lives of many in that time. They are certainly a huge contributing factor to Bracken, our 8 year old English Springer Spaniel, still being alive after her immune system closed down earlier in the year and no conventional medicines worked. Copiaba, Thieves and clove were recommended and the recovery was incredible. I cannot wait to try the Vitassage on our horses. Both have come from traumatic backgrounds and do well with Trauma Life but this would be extra special.

  • Stacy Latham

    I think that this Vitassage is exactly what my horse needs. The Bowen therapist has been using little massage balls on her shoulder and neck every time she gets a treatment. Once a week) We just haven’t added the oils. Don’t know which oils to use.) This horse had been off for the last year. Just going slowly down hills ( this is a very sure footed TW) then in January started really limping on and off in the shoulder. Had the vet check her and others mostly old cowboys and old Vets said to just let her out to pasture for at least 6 months to heal. At this point we just don’t know what to do. She has been blocked, on Bute,( for a week), had dental, chiropractic, Bowen therapy, and daily massage with Arnica. Any ideas?

  • http://www.facebook.com/sandra.earpkercher Sandra Earp-Kercher

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

  • Janet Taylor

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

  • http://www.facebook.com/jo.phelps.12 Jo Phelps

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

  • Alana Coleman

    So excited to learn about the Vitassage for use with horses. I board my horses at a therapy barn and this could really be an added technique to use on horse needing rehab. I am using YL Oils now to treat one of my horses with a stifle injury. I have been told by more than one vet to put him down, but I am getting some exciting results with the oils. He is not cured yet, but I am very hopeful that he will be able to live a quiet life in the pasture and not have to be a loss for me. Would love to try this on him.

  • 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!

  • Cheryl

    Excited to try this!!

  • Karen

    I am a Natural Hoof Care provider and would love to try this on some of the horses that I trim who have physical limitations that keep me from caring for their hooves to the best of my ability.

  • 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.

  • 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!!!!!

  • 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 =:-)

  • 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!

  • Ruth Amarante

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

  • Rebecca

    I have a horse that is 16 years old whos asthma has been getting worse any ideas on what oils to use and where to apply them.