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How Horses Beautifully Express Gratitude

Posted by on March 26, 2019 in Healing | 0 comments

People often ask me if horses express gratitude for healings and how. The answer is yes, they always express gratitude, and this story is a beautiful example of the loving hearts of horses. Recently an owner asked me to help her with her mare. The mare had been a rescue case; she had experienced a difficult past that had created multiple issues that now caused her significant pain. The owner provided excellent veterinary and veterinary acupuncture care and was open to trying equine healing. Like many owners, she wanted to do anything she could to improve her mare’s comfort. During the session, the mare’s field companion stood a few yards away, with her head over the Dutch barn door, watching. After the session the owner turned the mare back out in her field with her companion and we stood among them, while they grazed. We were observing the mare and joyfully noticing the positive changes in her. When it was time for me to go, the mare’s owner offered to walk me across the field and to the gate. I declined, saying I was fine making my way to my car. After walking through the gate, turning around and linking the chain, I looked up to see both horses walking towards me. When they reached the gate, the lead mare put her head over the pipe rail and paused; gently touching my hand with her nose. Her companion, who followed behind, caressed my hand with her muzzle, as well. To some, even many, it could appear to be inconsequential; a small thing. To me, and I trust to their owner as she called to me across the field, “They’ve never walked anyone to the gate before to say good-bye!” – both mares had deeply touched our...

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The Impending Departure

Posted by on September 8, 2018 in Healing | 0 comments

The Impending Departure

Like us, a horse’s life is fragile. As horse owners, we know we could lose them any time and swiftly; to colic or an unforeseen event. So, I’ve made a spiritual practice: never to take my horse’s presence for granted. Through all of our years together, I’ve held this truth in my heart; whether together or physically apart; and whenever it’s time to leave, I always give Herz homemade horse treats, kisses and a big hug. Wrapping both arms around his massive chest, with my chest against his heart, I tell him how much I love him. Yesterday, I was especially grateful to have another day with him. At his advanced age of 33, he was still with me after the 106-degree heat index we had the day before. After 29 years together, our bond is palpable. No words are needed, even the subtlest gestures and touch are clearly understood between us. Riding has been out of the picture for ten years, and ground work no longer an option five years ago. We simply savor being together, enjoy our friendship and my caring for him. Yesterday, I gave him a heart-felt good-bye. He was standing in his stall, even though the door to the paddock is open at all times, to be away from the flies. I walked into the tack room, put things away and closed my trunk. I stepped out the tack room door and stopped in my tracks. Herz was at the water trough, facing me; his head raised, swallowing the last water he held in his mouth. With the straight on view and his chestnut coat gleaming in the sun, he looked young. My vision traced the white asymmetrical star on his forehead, the stripe and the dear snip to his left nostril. His look beamed directly into my chest, with the love and rich silence that fills my heart. I was stunned at my own, genuine, astonishment, “I didn’t expect to ever see you again,“ I said to him out loud, “but there you are.” As I took in the blessing of the moment, he beelined into the barn to avoid the flies. I walked towards the barnyard gate. Touched again, by the gift of my...

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Equine Communication & Healing, 2017

Posted by on April 21, 2017 in Healing | 0 comments

Equine Communication & Healing, 2017

  The Equine Communication and Healing class followed the Healing with Horses introductory workshop. The days remained wet and muddy with spring showers; yet full of glorious bird song, and the joy of coming together for two more days of learning and helping horses. Equine communication is an integral aspect of healing horses. In the introductory, the participants began to learn how horses communicate with the healer. In this class, the teachings became more specific; the horse’s language more clearly understood, as the healers journeyed more deeply into the process of healing. “I loved practicing the meditation. That really solidified my experience of being grounded and how valuable/crucial that is to be able to calmly and effectively meet the horse where they’re at …. not to mention being able to face the world.” Kristan K. Doc was one of the equines who received a healing during class. He was a show pony, before being donated to The Therapeutic Riding Program at Majoda Stables. He tests his rider’s skills and offers them quality results when they come through. He appreciated the healing, and communicated his needs clearly. After the healing, you can see his comfort has significantly increased. He’s relaxed overall, and its reflected in his eyes and mouth. Doc naturally stood squarely for the after photo. You can see how entire body has become integrated, structurally and in other bodily systems, including his digestive and nervous...

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Healing with Horses at Majoda

Posted by on April 10, 2017 in Healing | 0 comments

Healing with Horses at Majoda

We had a wonderful workshop at Majoda Stables, even with intermittent rain showers and muddy conditions. As always, it was a lovely group of open-hearted people who attended, eager to learn about healing and help the horses. All the equines at Majoda are hard-working. They participate in an after-school program for advanced riders and/or their therapeutic riding program. The stable is a PATH member and working towards full accreditation with PATH International. Majoda also cares for their retired horses and ponies, who they continue to love and enjoy. The students worked with many horses, including Dylan: a 29 year-old QH gelding. Not much of his history is known, other than he spent time at a show barn and after that he was in a therapeutic riding program. There he was purchased by someone, who later donated him to Majoda. The entire class worked with Dylan. When we retrieved him from the field for his healing, he walked with his head hung low. Everyone noted that he had a sense of resignation about him. During the healing, he was a good communicator; while one person had her hands on his heart, he leaned into her, she said, “asking for more.” Dylan had many physical releases; and his kindness and expressed appreciation for the healing, touched everyone’s heart. Connecting deeply with this older horse brought tears to some eyes. Afterwards, a woman shared, “I remember him very relaxed and energized after the healing.” Another person recalled, “What I remember most is how changed the look was on in his eyes. He had some spark – and he walked with a bit of a pep in his step after.” The folks at Majoda say that the positive changes continue in Dylan and all the horses touched by the workshop. They hosted the Equine Communication and Healing class that followed this one, and hope to host another and take their understanding deeper.      ...

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It’s the Time of Year When we Celebrate

Posted by on December 11, 2016 in Healing | 0 comments

It’s the Time of Year When we Celebrate

This season is a time of gratitude and giving. A time to celebrate the beauty of the earth, her gifts of evergreen boughs and crystalized water falling from the sky. A time of open hearts – an opportunity to share our love with those around us. Making seed cones is an easy way to enrich the lives of wild animals this season. Children too, can help as you collect the fallen pine cones. Tie a thread to the top of the cone, with a loop so they can be hung on bushes or trees. Faces will light up as the kidlets slather peanut butter over and between the scales of the cones. Best to do this on a cookie sheet as it can become a bit messy with youngsters. Let some of the loose PB drop off, then roll the covered cones in birdseed until coated. Hang them on trees, bushes, a fence; high or low, and let the wee ones simply place threadless cones on the ground. Wherever, they will be found soon and the birds and animals will thank you. May your holiday season be blessed with...

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A Gift from the Heart

Posted by on November 26, 2016 in Inspiration, The Earth, The Heart | 0 comments

A Gift from the Heart

Feeding the birds is a commitment I made decades ago. A way to give back to the earth; to honor a species that brings joy and song to my heart. While I’ve lived at the shore, my feeder has been visited primarily by Mourning Doves, House Sparrows, Finches, Cardinals and a squirrel. Large Herring Gulls, Laughing Gulls and Fish Crows will occasionally visit for the Sunflower seeds, too. Sometimes I neglect to refill the feeder. Sometimes I deliberately stop filling it for few days to deter the squirrel, when it becomes too demanding: climbing up a deck chair to stare at me through the kitchen window or scolding me from the deck railing when the feeder hasn’t been filled in a timely manner. I don’t want a squirrel nesting under my car hood again. After a few days of emptiness, I filled it to the brim Thanksgiving morning; the wildlife deserved to enjoy a feast, as well. I finished cooking and was reading before going to a gathering when a crow landed just outside my door and called loudly, three or four times, from my deck rail. Odd for it to perch so close to my door. It seemed significant. I listened with my heart to understand. It wasn’t an alarm, it felt definitive and intended for me to hear. Later, I stepped out the door and found a small jingle shell on a deck slat, before me. I love jingle shells; I admired how it shone in the sunlight and couldn’t imagine how this delicate shell had landed on my deck. There was no wind. The fragile shell felt deliberately placed, like a gift. I picked it up to honor this feeling in my heart; noted how often stones have appeared at the top of the stairs to my deck and  wondered, again, how they got up here. They’ve been too large to be stuck on my shoes, too heavy for a dove or song bird to carry. Often they ‘ve been in the feeder itself, it makes no sense for squirrel to do that. Today, I watched a video pan over a variety of small gifts that a flock of crows had brought to a young girl who regularly fed them. As shiny beads, buttons and stones scrolled by, the connection was finally made. I had overlooked the obvious, but now the truth was known. My heart was touched; thanksgiving had come full circle....

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A Thanksgiving Story

Posted by on November 24, 2015 in Awareness, Healing, The Earth, The Heart | 0 comments

A Thanksgiving Story

Big Pea was a rogue Peacock that showed up my friend Karen’s farm, where I board my horse, during the spring of 2013. Word on the street was that the he was a wanderer, but we encouraged him to stick around. Treats helped. Big Pea became comfortable with our presence over the first year. He appreciated that we allowed him to dip into bowls of hard food put out for the barn cats. I was sensitive to his fear of being trapped when he was bold and walked into the tack room to eat it. I gave his tail a wide birth as he made a mad dash to run out the tack room door at the sight of a human and would move the bowl into the barn isle so he had easier access to it. By the winter he was comfortable venturing a short distance into the barn. It was a very cold winter here in New Jersey. Karen put hay down for him to lay on outdoors, under a deep barn overhang. She propped up a barn matt so he had a block from the wind and billowing snow. He spent a lot of time there on that hay, rather than to step through the  snow. When he did venture into it, his feet became cold quickly. He would draw one of them up close to his body and alternate doing so to warm them. Karen successfully lured him into the barn and shut him in when the temperature fell into the single digits. Big Pea came to accept the hayloft as a viable option during those bitter nights. That next summer, 2014, Big Pea would come and go, then casually appear in search of food and treats. We discovered he sometimes roosted high in the Pitch Pines in the woods beyond the paddocks. That winter was another cold one and he he stayed close. We were happy he decided to stick around; he knew he had a good thing. Since this summer he’s been around daily. During the day he roosts on a paddock fence or lays in the grass under the shade of the low branch of one of the spruce trees near the barn. He forages locally – and in the bowls of cat food. He shows up when I arrive at the barn, walks towards me with a regal gait. Stops, stares at me with his intense, primitive eye and clucks to ask for a treat. Now he’ll come when I called his name; he knows it means I have something special for him. Today it was tiny cubes of Swiss cheese. Flocks of wild turkeys occasionally walk through the paddocks. Historically they’ve been afraid and run off when we appear from out of the barn, scuttling in a flurry or getting loft to fly up into the trees in the woods. For the first two years Big Pea kept his distance from the turkeys; he eyed them a bit warily, but that began to shift this past spring. It was his second spring of wandering and searching for a mate to no avail. He was fanning at me and even at the cats. It seemed he longed for companionship; I noticed he would sometimes walk off when the turkeys came by, in an attempt...

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Healing with Horses at Helping Hearts Equine Rescue

Posted by on September 25, 2015 in Equine Healing, Healing, Healing with Horses Workshop, Inspiration, The Heart | 0 comments

Healing with Horses at Helping Hearts Equine Rescue

Helping Hearts is the perfect name for this equine rescue. There was a lot of deep, heart-felt healing at the recent workshop held at the facility. After exercises to help them experience energy, the students we’re grounded and prepared for beginning the healings with the horses. Then we observed and evaluated each horse the participants would  work with.         Participating in equine healing was life-changing for the students. They were deeply moved by the immediate responses and physical releases from the horses. They expressed amazement about how the horses opened a dialogue with the healers about what they needed. Afterwards we reevaluated each horse. Everyone observed improvement in the horse’s confirmation and in their gait. They had more fluidity in their movement and happier demeanors.     To the left is an older Hanovarian gelding. In the before photo you can see some instability in his hind end and the tension he carries at the poll.     In this after photo you can see the horse is more balanced and it’s reflected in his stance. His energy is flowing more openly from back to front and he carries his head with ease. This was the first go at equine healing for the three participants who worked with him. A rider shared her experience of riding an older Friesian gelding shortly after the entire class had worked on him. This horse has an unfortunate condition that has diminished his muscle mass and weakened his hind end. The rider said the horse was more willing to do what she asked, she could feel how it was easier for him. He had more power and impulsion behind and she was excited that he had given her the best sitting trot she had felt on him in four years!...

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The Horsehair Nest

Posted by on March 30, 2015 in Healing, Inspiration, The Earth, The Heart | 0 comments

The Horsehair Nest

My friend gave me a gift today, it was discovered when I opened my tack trunk. She had placed it in a dark corner within. I gazed upon it and felt seen by my friend – deeply understood. I picked up the treasure and laid it in my palm. My friend had touched the tender place where our hearts are one. My chest cracked open and I wept and wept. Carrying the delicate gift in my palm, I laid down on the earth. Resting on her surface and bathing in the sun’s energy, I cried until tears no longer flowed and my face formed a loving...

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How Can We Heal Our Own Horse – the One Closest to Us?

Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Awareness, Equine Healing, Healing, Inspiration, The Heart | 6 comments

How Can We Heal Our Own Horse – the One Closest to Us?

My horse, Herz, is twenty-nine years old. He has a chronic right front suspensory injury, it is one of the primary reasons he is retired. It is a spring ritual for him to take a romp and to re-injure it. Today was that day. I told Herz how sorry I was that he was in pain and that his structural issues had led to his relatively early retirement. I said to him how glad I was that he is in such good health otherwise. I sat down beside him on a stool with my hands on the swelling to assist with the heat and pain. In the early years,  I had learned how to apply healing skills to horses by practicing on him. Later on, because of our close relationship, it became nearly impossible for me to work on him. Feeling inadequate, I did what I do best – simply loving him. Acknowledging this, I leaned forward and kissed him on his upper leg. He turned his head towards me, reached down and tenderly nuzzled me on my neck. The twenty-five years of love between us was deep and palatable. Contained within those seemingly few moments was a powerful gift of...

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