Not many of you following my Point To Point Healing page know exactly why I want to dedicate my life to helping horses be healthy, comfortable, and to have the BEST relationship with their person as they absolutely can. Well, I have decided to share with you all the piece of me that is the driving force behind my love of healing. I loved and cared for a horse in their last 2 years of life, while fighting a genetic disease I didn't know that he had.
His name was Kazi.
He was my best friend. I helped him heal, I watched him die. And I am writing a book about it. I want anyone and everyone fighting a battle of healing, to know they are not alone, and, that no matter horse or human, you are loved.
No title yet, but here is a sample for you all. A glimpse into why my heart is with the horses and being a committed advocate for their health.
Cliff turned as I walked around the corner. He was happy to see me. Swishing his tail and looking down at me, his large equine structure reminded me of a stoic war horse; thick, strong, handsome. His expression softened as he started walking down the hill towards me in the covered stall. I went through the empty stall, and wished it wasn’t so empty, leaving the yellow daises on the corner post. Entering Cliff’s side of the paddock, I brought the piece of apple that I had quartered and stroked his handsome neck. I brought 4 pieces, for the 4 horses, even though there were only three that lived here now. He tried to push his head in my space, and I steered it away and waited for him to show patience. When he stood quietly I gave him the apple and wrapped my hands around his neck, buried my face in his fur, and took a deep breath. It was a different horse scent, clean, rich. I missed that smell. I missed smelling that on Kazi’s neck. He leaned his head into my shoulder and chewed, resting on me. The tears welled up in my eyes and brimmed over, the knot in my throat burning harshly. I began to weep.
I can’t stop missing my horse. I can’t stop the hurting.
The wind picked up and I looked up the pasture at the tree. The tree that hovered above Kazi day and night now. Hovering like a century who was guarding something priceless. It rocked in the wind, cradled by it. I wondered if he could see it. The limbs dancing on the wind. I picked the flowers up off of the post, and started trudging up the paddocks toward the tree, passing a piece of apple to the other two horses and holding on tight to the last one.
I couldn’t stop the tears, I knew I had to go see him. I had to go talk to him. Nadia and Justice, our resident redheads with 4 legs and lovely manes and tails wisping behind them at every step, walked me to the gate and watched me go into the field.
Entering into the pasture and closing the gate behind me, I looked at Clifford. He was still standing where he had been when I walked away, watching me intently. The other horses paced, wanting to follow me, but not Cliff; he just stood and watched me. I walked toward the gate, toward Kazi’s grave.
I couldn’t even walk through that pasture without thinking of that day. The marks were still embedded in the grass where he laid down and rolled over one last time on the death march. It was torturous to see them.
Out of nowhere Nadia decided she was going to escort me, and ran as fast as she could, bucking and jumping down to the end of the paddock alongside where I was walking. She skidded to a halt and looked at me, as if to say she was here with me, but don’t go any further. I appreciated her prescence. Justice was bucking and running back and forth in front of Cliff, and Cliff still just stood there. He was never so still with that much drama going on, and certainly not when I would leave him behind. Something was going on. There was an energy in the air and they all felt it too.
I reached out and opened the gate, and expected it to be frozen and stuck like it was on that dreadful morning. Touching the cold metal brought me back to that day and I fought to push the violent visions of it out of my mind. The gate opened with ease and I walked through. I walked past the place where he had thrashed around, fighting to gain his balance, and eventually fallen. Passing where I held his head in my arms watching him take his last breaths, whispering to him that I was so very sorry for failing to heal him. I could see Cliff over the hedge…he was standing in the exact place he was in on that sad day. Watching me from the same spot. It was more than painful reliving that day, but there was something uplifting on the wind. The horses were running and bucking and so alive, and Cliff just stood. I felt his gaze, he wanted me to see he was there. Watching. Ready for me to come back and be near him, hold him, find solace in his deep red fur. There were electric currents of energy flowing through me while watching them, remembering, and feeling the wind on my face.
I walked to the edge of his raw grave. The ground surrounding it still looked recently disturbed from where Kazi had thrashed around just days before while fighting for his life. The tree swayed in the wind above us. Broken blackberry vines and crushed leaves surrounded me.
I kneeled and clutched my chest as my heart clung to thoughts of him struggling through his last moments. I touched the cold earth where his hooves had pushed up mounds of dirt. My eyes overflowing and my heart broken, I spoke to him softly.
I apologized. I asked for forgiveness. I told God how very sorry I was, and that I didn’t mean to fail my friend.
I told him how I missed him so badly every day. My yellow flowers in hand, the thin strand quaking with my sobs, a tiny slice of apple rested on the ground in front of me, and I prayed that he saw them. The tears fell, and I could hear the horses running in the next pasture.
I turned again, and Clifford was there; unmoved. Watching me. The wind was blowing through his mane and tail. Unwavering, he just stood. He made sure I could see him. He blocked out the other horses and like a lighthouse in the fog he waited to be seen, his body remained calm and still. He wanted me to see that he was right there with me.
Kazi was with us that day, and we all felt him. And he wanted Cliff to tell me.
I stood, turned, and walked into the pasture. All three horses stood still. The wind howled, and they were still. I entered the upper paddock and Nadia raced to me at a brisk trot, she reached her soft nose out and checked in with me. They knew what I was doing and who I was visiting. Or who was visiting US that day. She and Justice followed me while I entered Cliff’s paddock again, as he still watched and waited for me.
I reached him and he was gentle with me. He waited for me to snuggle him and cry into his neck. He let me lean into him, and he ignored the wind, ignored the horses, and the world around us, to just stand there for me to let me cry. He knew.
He was indeed a magnificent horse.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Had to share this....world's cutest, chubbies pony on the run!
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Magnesium, NOT Calcium, Is the Key to Healthy Bones
We are taught that the key to improved bone health, including improved bone density, lies in the consumption of calcium-rich foods. However, it turns out that calcium is one of the many minerals your body
Thursday, October 13, 2016
We often like to blame the horse for our shortcoming. It's human to want an easy fix! If you own a horse, you have been there. The horse bucks after the jump? Refuses a jump? Acts saddle sore no matter what saddle you ride in? Tires after 20 miles at an endurance ride so you can't quite bump up to 50s? He just WON'T drop his head? Won't Bend? Short on extensions? You can't get the connection you want with him?
If there is no accident, illness, or structural deformity, you will be quite surprised to find the cause will be a bit of knotted tissue no bigger than the size of your thumbnail; a bit of muscle or joint ligament unable to perform its normal function, wreaking havoc on the delicate structure of your hard working athlete. There's no diagnosis to be had, but a Bodyworker can feel the tension, test with Acupressure, and help relieve pain for the horse. In turn the horse can move freely creating the symbiotic relationship we all crave under saddle as equestrians.
Friday, October 7, 2016
Thank you Allison for introducing me to my new favorite Irishman!!!! Ozzie and Lola were great to work with, I can't wait to come do Bodywork again!❤ And it was lovely to see YOU!
Thursday, September 8, 2016
I had a great time working on Jim James horse this morning! Love my talented clients who take great care of their students, AND their horses!😊💖
Jim DiMilte is a classically schooled USDF certified instructor specializing in dressage with years of experience and a passion for riding and teaching.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Tail pull!!! Bodywork spine stretches make the horses so happy! Rio is waiting in line for his😄🤗💖💖💖
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
This is a FANTASTIC tool to detect ulcers in your equine partner. We all know how an upset stomach feels...imagine if you HAD TO perform rigorous exercise with the worst stomach ache you could possibly imagine having. What torture! Our horses work extremely hard for us under conditions like these when they have ulcers, and it can create serious behavioral issues that sometimes can be difficult to recognize. Acupressure is a very important modality to help recognize ulcers, and can save a lot of money for the owner by avoiding Imaging costs. There are many ways to help relieve ulcers naturally in the horse that have no negative side effects.
If you are concerned your horse may be suffering from ulcers, make a bodywork appointment today and get started relieving your horses pain the natural way😊
Video: How To Detect Ulcers In Your Horse
Dr. Mark DePaolo demonstrates how you can detect Equine Ulcers using acupressure points. He shows a horse with no sensitivity, medium sensitivity and high sensitivity. This is a very interesting v…
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Releases are a beautiful thing!!!
Saturday, July 16, 2016
They love it so much, even the horses want to practice bodywork on each other!!! 😂😂😂
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Good info to remember when doing endurance or conditioning of any kind! Sponge down in the right locations to assist the horse in cooling down quickly.
Myrtle Beach Equine Clinic
If your horse is suffering from extreme heat, hosing can help cool them down. Did you know that if you concentrate on the big, easily visible veins, you can bring down their core temperature even faster?
(1) Note that this is an underweight horse under medical management (returned to proper weight within two months of these photos). Her body condition provided excellent visualization of these vessels, though.
(2) A good reference for benefits of cold-hosing, as noted by one of our clients: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/9458396/ (Credit to Donna Kelly Thibedeau-Eddy)
Thursday, June 23, 2016
This goes for both human AND horse!!! Magnesium is so important, and a natural relaxant.
Are you often tired, sad, anxious, or have trouble sleeping? Do you have heart pains, high stress, frequent headaches, and muscle weakness? The answer…
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Such an interesting aspect of the horse's composition and body structure...from the inside out!
Equine All-Sports Medicine Center
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
This is a great learning video on how our horses connect with their environment through one of their primary emotional connections. Please watch! 💖🏇
Ever wondered how your horse's emotions affect your training? In this video, Rachel explains what makes horses curious, enthusiastic and happy to learn. This is the first in a series of 7 in which Rachel will explore the full range of your horse's core emotions. Find out how a great emotional connection is the key to your training success.
For more info go to: http://connectiontraining.com/the-way-horses-feel-1-living-the-good-life-the-seeking-system/
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Best Expo in the Valley! Come learn how to support your horse through natural care with the best experts around.
LG-Bridle / Bidless Riding / Monika Lehmenkühlers
But it is not only it`s handcraft quality and functionality that makes the LG-bridle so very successful. First and foremost the LG Bridle clearly stands out of all previously seen bitless bridles due to it`s characteristic to be easily understood by the horse.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Equine All-Sports Medicine Center
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Has anyone wondered the benefits to being around the horse besides what we get physically when we ride? What scientifically we gain when we spend time worth these magnificent creatures? Well this article can touch on some of these answers!
Recent studies conducted by the Institute of HeartMath provide a clue to explain the bidirectional "healing" that happens when we are near horses. According to researchers, the heart has a larger electromagnetic field and higher level of intelligence than the brain: A magnetometer can measure the heart's energy field radiating up to 8 to 10 feet around the human body. While this is certainly significant it is perhaps more impressive that the electromagnetic field projected by the horse's heart is five times larger than the human one (imagine a sphere-shaped field that completely surrounds you). The horse's electromagnetic field is also stronger than ours and can actually directly influence our own heart rhythm!
Horses are also likely to have what science has identified as a "coherent" heart rhythm (heart rate pattern) which explains why we may "feel better" when we are around them. . . .studies have found that a coherent heart pattern or HRV is a robust measure of well-being and consistent with emotional states of calm and joy--that is, we exhibit such patterns when we feel positive emotions.
A coherent heart pattern is indicative of a system that can recover and adjust to stressful situations very efficiently. Often times, we only need to be in a horses presence to feel a sense of wellness and peace. In fact, research shows that people experience many physiological benefits while interacting with horses, including lowered blood pressure and heart rate, increased levels of beta-endorphins (neurotransmitters that serve as pain surppressors), decreased stress levels, reduced feelings of anger, hostility, tension and anxiety, improved social functioning; and increased feelings of empowerment, trust, patience and self-efficacy."
Friday, February 19, 2016
Here comes the Spring, and that means more riding! Help your equine partner perform the best they can by supporting them with Bodywork. Springtime special all through March, two for the price of one! (Horses must be on same property, and this post must be liked and shared with your friends)
Looking forward to seeing you!
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Hi everyone, and Merry Christmas!
Winter is a great time to treat our furry friends to some TLC. Inquire about my holiday Equine Bodywork special and receive two for the price of one through January!
Have a happy new year!
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