The Horse

Opening the Heart – Healing the Pain of Loss

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Equine Healing, Healing, Healing with Horses Workshop, The Heart, The Horse | 0 comments

Opening the Heart – Healing the Pain of Loss

Rags is a mare owned by Susan and Jim Medley who hosted the recent Healing with Horses workshop, at their farm in Virginia. Rags came to join the Medley Farm herd, last fall. She was taken in by the Medley’s from a local woman who had two children and a third child on the way so she could not care for Rags anymore. At the workshop Rags presented herself as wanting to have a healing. The Medley’s did not anticipate this, for they felt that Rags had resolved the initial conflicts she had with some of the horses and had acclimated herself into the herd. The workshop participants gathered to do an exercise with Rags, to deepen their understanding of the horse and to discover what Rags needed for her healing. They asked Rags a series of questions as they arose spontaneously, and as they did the group’s connection with her deepened. The questions became more poignant and one in particular made a clear connection with everyone’s heart: Rags was asked if she missed the little boy from her previous home. In response to this question, nearly everyone in the group felt deep pain in their heart from the truth it had awakened. Rags felt it too; she stopped eating her hay, raised her head and stared at the group with a look of stunned bewilderment. There was a silence as everyone waited for her further response. Rags suddenly stepped forward to physically connect with the group; then, as her energy flow increased, she turned and trotted to the gate at the other end of the paddock to be with her field mates. When the group circled up to discuss and integrate what had happened, we observed that Rags had walked away from her pasture buddies to stand under a tree and was allowing the energy in her body to integrate, as well. The Medley’s then shared with us that there had been a little boy at Rag’s previous home that missed Rag’s. After his first visit to see Rags, his mother had decided it was too painful for the boy to allow him to visit Rag’s again. After the healing Rags was glowing with the grace that follows a powerful opening of the heart and was tenderly touching other horses in the herd. Susan reported how, as a result of the healing, it feels like a wall between she and Rags is gone. She added that Rags has become more gentle with the other horses and that the herd overall is more cohesive as a result of the workshop....

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Rescued Draft Horse with Possible Wobbler’s Syndrome has Remarkable Recovery

Posted by on April 26, 2013 in Equine Healing, Healing, Health, Inspiration, The Heart, The Horse | 2 comments

Rescued Draft Horse with Possible Wobbler’s Syndrome has Remarkable Recovery

Mack is a Belgian gelding purchased at the Camelot Auction in New Jersey by Helping Hearts Equine Rescue in November of 2010. Upon adoption it was discovered that Mack was unstable, uncoordinated and weak behind, that he was not safe to ride. The vet had run several tests but there had been no diagnosis. The vet thought he possibly had Wobbler Syndrome (vertebral malformation or compression to the spinal cord that can lead to damage of the spinal cord). When I met Lisa Post, the president of Helping Hearts, in March of 2011, she was concerned about Mack. After four months at the rescue he was loosing ground, his hind end condition was worsening. Mack had become depressed, sullen and did not interact with the other horses in his field. Lisa asked me if I could help him with his depression. Initial Assessment of Mack I observed Mack walking and noticed that it was difficult for him to bring either of his hind legs through underneath himself. Mack was unstable to the degree that he was, justifiably, terrified of falling. He was isolating himself in the field from other horses out of his need for self-preservation. Session Results A few weeks after Mack’s first healing, I contacted Lisa to inquire how he was doing. She said that Mack had a dramatic shift, that he was happier, brighter and less depressed. He was walking straighter and was now holding his own in his hind end. After Mack’s second session, Lisa reported that Mack had gained weight and he was happy and enjoying himself. She was delighted that he had at last made friends with another draft horse in his pasture. Following his third session Mack continued to gain weight and he became more stable and stronger behind. My fourth session with Mack was in October of 2011. The results were: a shinier coat, he began navigating up and down hills and through deep footing without hesitation and was now exploring his field and interacting with his pasture mates. What is wonderful about Mack’s case is it offers is a clear example of how energy healing effects powerful change; how this holistic modality can offer hope for horses with medically challenging health conditions. Mack was able to be rehomed to the Central Virginia Horse Rescue in November of 2011, where he lives...

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Healing Horses: the Inspiration, Love and Joy it Brings

Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Equine Healing, Healing, Healing with Horses Workshop, Health, Inspiration, The Earth, The Heart, The Horse | 2 comments

Healing Horses: the Inspiration, Love and Joy it Brings

What led me to the horses is my love for the earth and all creatures upon it. What drives me to work with the horses is my longing for the truth of the inherent Oneness of all life to be realized by all humankind. What inspires me is the unconditional love and gratitude the horses express for the healing work and the effective results that eliminate their sickness, and relieves their physical and mental distress. What fulfills my heart is to witness their traumas heal, to feel their nervous systems integrate and see their bodies respond with balanced movement; to observe horses become stronger and their symptoms of discomfort and aging reverse. What brings me gratification is sharing in the happiness healing brings to the owners of horses and observing the relationship between their horse and their caretaker deepen. What motivates me are the students who have acted on their longing to connect more deeply to horses; who have opened their hearts to a two-way honest conversation with horses. These individuals who are committed to developing within themselves the healing skills of: self-awareness, presence, and intimate feeling and clear intent to support the horses’ transformation and well-being. What bring me joy are the individuals that value healing; that trust in the power of the invisible. Those people who care deeply for horses, who hear the call to question our traditional and accepted realities; the dedicated individuals who seek a new path and a doorway of healing for they and the horses to walk through.  ...

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Awareness of the Changes the Fall Season Brings

Posted by on October 13, 2012 in Healing, Health, The Earth, The Horse | 0 comments

Awareness of the Changes the Fall Season Brings

Here at the Jersey Shore, the Purple Martins left on their journey south about two weeks early. We have become aware that seasonal shifts are occurring all over the globe and how it influences the flow of life. If we increase our awareness of how the seasonal changes are directly reflected in our bodies it can help us to move with ease through the challenges of change. With awareness, we can make choices that avoid illness and support the healing and strengthening of our horses and ourselves. The fall is when the expansive energy of the summer season with its long hours of sunlight, high overhead has begun to fade. During the summer, the trees expand to reach for and take in the light. We too expand our activities and are outdoors for longer periods with other people and our horses. Now, noticeably the plants have begun to brown and die back and the leaves of many trees have begun to curl and drop. As mammals we also reflect the seasonal changes of the earth. The lowering of the angle of the sun and shortening length of the day influences our hormones. Our bodies respond: the horses have begun to shed their summer coats and my hair has also begun its predictable late summer/early fall cycle of thinning. In myself, I have also noticed my usual bodily response to the initiation of fall – my body has begun to crave richer foods, my metabolism has shifted in preparation for the cool weather ahead and I have gained some weight. The cooler weather has influenced my horse, too, he is asking for more oats. It is helpful to be aware of the origin of these cravings and to balance them with understanding of why they occur. In the fall, like the spring, the body calls for building up. but also for detoxification. For the horses this is supported by the cooler weather and rain that potents shoots of rich, green grass. This new growth fills in among the brown, burnt fibers of the summer grass. Giving your horse access to this mixed grazing is the natural way to support their increased need for calories, detoxifying sprouts and the necessary fiber to balance this and support efficient digestion. For humans, all of our late summer vegetables and early fall fruits such as apple, figs, pears and grapes support this detoxification process. We can add richer food, such as nuts, seeds and animal protein to support our need to build strength and reserved energy. We also need to consume fiber accordingly to support digestion. Be aware of this need your body has; move beyond the temptation of consuming too many carbohydrates as processed foods. I remind myself each day to eat my fiber as fruits, vegetables and whole grain products and support my health by keeping them around an in view! How do we support the detox process further? For the horse that does not have access to green grass, we can offer a variety of herbs that help detox the body. As humans we can make juice or smoothies at the start our day, the natural time of cleansing. This will help to rest and repair our digestive track before eating the first solid meal. May you enjoy the arrival of fall; feast on the nutrients its beauty and bounty offers you!...

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Healing Hind End Imbalance in the Horse

Posted by on June 2, 2012 in Equine Healing, Healing, Healing with Horses Workshop, The Horse | 0 comments

Healing Hind End Imbalance in the Horse

A healing for Hearty was the first class project during the recent Healing with Horses workshop. Hearty is a pony mare utilized by our host, Mary Ann Brewer, for EAGALA sessions and natural horsemanship lessons for a young rider. Mary Ann explained that Hearty has not felt right to her rider lately and that as a result Hearty had been the focus of a workshop with farrier Esco Buff two weeks prior. At the Esco Buff workshop Hearty had been evaluated and it was determined that her left leg shorter was than her right. Based on the farrier’s experience, he had suggested inserting a 5/8” wedge pad on the hoof of the shorter leg, along with hoof trimming for balance in the whole horse. He felt Hearty’s body possibly could, with the help of the wedge, work through the issue and become realigned evenly behind. At that point, in 4 to 6 weeks, the wedge could be removed and she would, most likely, retain the change and become even behind. Hearty is barefoot and Mary Ann chose to hold off and not shoe the mare or insert the wedge pad.   During the Healing with Horses workshop the class also did an evaluation of Hearty. Her unevenness and her discomfort behind were apparent. You can see in the before photo that, with repeated requests, she was unwilling to stand close to square. When Mary Ann did manage to have her to stand fairly close to square, the class pointed out that her left hip was significantly lower than her right. They observed Hearty while walking and remarked how she was uneven behind and clearly in pain. The entire class was moved to contribute to the healing of Hearty and the after picture reflects the results. Hearty released patterns of holding in many different locations in her body where the healers were called to work; the flow of her energy became integrated as a whole and she chose to stand squarely behind. When Hearty was walked out everyone noticed she now was even across her hind end; and that she moved with more fluidity and comfort. A week and a half after her healing, I visited Mary Ann and Hearty. Hearty greeted me with a loving acknowledgment when I arrived; she was more open in her self-expression. Mary Ann and I reflected on the dramatic shifts that we both observed in Hearty as a result of the class healing. She is brighter in appearance. She is more relaxed overall; she has a softer appearance and stands squarely behind. Wonderful work; thank you to all the class participants of the Healing with Horses...

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The Horse and Shamanism

Posted by on April 18, 2012 in Equine Healing, Healing, Healing with Horses Workshop, Health, Shamanism, The Earth, The Horse | 0 comments

The Horse and Shamanism

The earth is a major source of our healing. Shamans throughout the ages have intuitively known this; healers serve by becoming a hollow vessel for the healing energies of the Earth. The horse has been, for many cultures, the symbol for the journey a healer takes to retrieve the lost soul of the patient. The horse is the vehicle that transports the healer’s consciousness into other dimensions of reality; a four-footed, well-grounded animal with a spirit that is free. Life within our societal structures inevitably has constraints. It has domesticated us all and this has resulted in the loss of portions of our soul. Many people are drawn to horses for the truth they reflect to us as humans. Being with horses offers us the opportunity to engage in a metaphoric conversation with this living symbol of transformation and power. In doing so, we see ourselves differently, we heal our disconnection to ourselves and to the earth; we become more whole....

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The Healing Magic of Horses

Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Healing, Health, The Earth, The Horse | 0 comments

The Healing Magic of Horses

I love horses; everything about them so that I appreciate when I come to clarity about some particular aspect as to why. Today I had one of those insightful moments while walking down a paved road near where I live. I was taking break from the computer and eager to breathe in some fresh air billowing in from the southwest and to listen to the birds that are beginning to sing some spring phrasing. As I walked my heart began to hurt and pain began to flood my throat and mind. What is this I wondered? It was the opening of my winter heart to my love of the earth; to the increased light stimulating my hormones and to the gift of hope the emerging season offers. As my heart let go I was filled with the thought of one of the herds I have been working with closely this winter. In my mind’s eye I saw the faces and the muzzles of individuals in the herd and their rich coats glistening in the intensifying sun. My heart became full as I felt “the welcoming of the herd.” These words were spoken softly to my mind from the source of truth and they warmed me more than the strong  sun. My being returned to a sense of cohesion and I reconfirmed my gratitude for the horses and the lessons they so often teach me. At this moment I was reminded why horses are so compelling: the nature of the herd is to be inclusive and to extend a welcoming invitation. This openheartedness travels deeply in my body and offers healing to my heart. I am grateful for the horses; their gifts of kindness and acceptance; and the oasis they offer to me on this Earth. I feel blessed to meet them and to be able give back to them in my own, humble...

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