Yes, really! To help me explain let me introduce you to Captain.
Now, I’m not one to make rash decisions, it can take me an hour to decide what to have for my dinner. But when it came to buying Captain I had no doubt! People will often say you don’t chose your horse, he choses you and that is certainly what happened with Captain. I brought him back in August last year, when we drove him to his new home he shriek the whole hour drive. I had to sit in the cab and hold back the tears, all my own self-doubts screaming in my head that this was a big mistake. Once he was at his new home he wouldn’t stay still. Taking in all his new surroundings, but there was something more to it. I was desperate to help Captain understand that I would help him. So I decided we would try some Reiki. For the first ten minutes Captain didn’t leave my side, he soaked it up. He then moved away and I realised, for today that was enough.
Something else you need to understand about horses and why people are drawn to certain ones, they will mirror your emotions. It became quickly apparent Captain had separation anxiety, he always had to be insight of another horse, he wouldn’t stay in his stable and he didn’t enjoy being ridden if the other horses weren’t near by. All of this fed my own anxieties, thinking I wasn’t good enough for him, why couldn’t he be happy with me?
Over the first few weeks I had Captain I kept trying to offer him Reiki but he wasn’t open to it again. He would move away and not show any interest. I assumed it was all because of me, I forgot that horses are very sensitive to energy. My own anxieties teamed with Captain’s uncertainty to the change in his life weren’t mixing. It wasn’t until one of my friends came to meet Captain. Laura, a fellow therapist, tried some crystal healing with him and although he chose his crystal he then let himself get distracted by EVERYTHING, birds, cars, a cloud. Laura agreed that Captain had very large barriers and he just didn’t want to let anyone in. It wasn’t until he thought we weren’t looking that he finally processed the healing.
After Laura’s visit I realised it wasn’t just me Captain wasn’t letting in, he, like most people, just didn’t want to let people into his emotions. He was trying to protect himself. Following this I offered healing to Captain on a regular basis, but on the days he didn’t want it I didn’t think it was my fault, I just accepted that it wasn’t right for him that day.
The biggest change I’ve seen in Captain’s behaviour was after I decided he could have some time off of being ridden. I hadn’t been well in the lead up to Christmas and thought a break would do us both good. Over this time I offered Captain healing every day, whether that was Reiki, clearing energy blockages along his Bladder Meridian or a massage, he had something. One particular day I decided I wanted Captain to have some crystal healing. Captain thought otherwise. He didn’t want to pick one, he wouldn’t stand still and he kept head butting me. I gave up and offered him Reiki, I got the same reaction. All my self-doubts came up, why doesn’t he want me? Why is he fighting me when all I want to do his help him? I stepped away for a couple of minutes to get out of my own head. I then realised, he wanted work on his Bladder Meridian! The responses I got here were clear, it wasn’t that Captain didn’t want me he just wanted me to help him in the way he needed.
Since this Captain has become a lot calmer, he hasn’t been as anxious and we seem to have become more in-sync.
So does energy healing work with horses? Definitely! Why wouldn’t it? They are very influenced by the energy surrounding them, blockages in their energy system can result in physical and psychological problems, the same it can in people. Just because horses can’t speak our language doesn’t mean we shouldn’t listen to their needs. Captain certainly tells me what he wants now!
Alice and Captain x