From A Horsewoman
HorseScents is owned and operated by Chrisie Van Cleef, a horse owner and rider from New Jersey. Her fields at Stoneleigh Farm produce acres of organic lavender, which is dried and sewn into every HorseScents ScentSac. HorseScents products are mindfully designed and expertly crafted by local artisans.
The History of HorseScents
When Chrisie’s horse Caprioso faced months of stressful treatment and rehabilitation in the summer of 2016, she began to investigate natural calming remedies. Chrisie soon discovered that a bundle of lavender tied to his halter would provide hours of calming relief.
After Caprioso’s recovery, Chrisie began using the calming properties of lavender on her weanlings. Her young horses loved the smell, but also the taste. This was problematic because horse shows prohibit certain substances from entering competing horses’ systems. As a result, Chrisie had to find a way to ensure that the all-natural lavender worked its calming magic without being eaten.
Her solution was the sleekly designed leather Scent Strap with a calming, lavender-filled Scent Sac. Together, these products provide hours of natural stress relief in a convenient halter attachment.
Tried & True: Lavender Is The Best Way to Keep Horses Calm
Studies conducted by Dr. Kashiwadani at the University of Japan and scientists at the University of Arizona prove that lavender is one of the most effective ways to keep animals calm.
A June 2019 study conducted by Ann Baldwin, PhD from the Physiology Department at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine has confirmed the calming effects of lavender on the equine nervous system.