This is my baby Smokey. He just recently passed away, but before that he was a wonderful therapy horse. Lazy and slow, but solid and would just keep plodding along with kids kicking and screaming and bouncing all over his back. After that you could saddle him up and take him over a few crossrails and he'd be in his glory. There will never be another horse like him, and he will be missed.
I used to show jumpers when I was younger,but had been out of horses for 40 years. When my daughter bought a small horse farm a year and a half ago, I suddenly HAD to have another horse. At the time, even though I was in excellent health, I just wanted a trail horse, and was planning on purchasing an older gentle gelding . I had never liked palominos, and definitely didn't want a mare, but for some reason, I kept being drawn to an ad for a 2 year old palomino filly. Just what I DIDN'T need. As soon as I saw her, I had to have her. No vet check, didn't ride or see anyone else ride her, and din't even really touch her. I KNEW she was perfect, but at the time, I didn't know HOW perfect. Within a month after purchasing her, I was diagnosed with CIPD (Similar to multiple sclerosis). I had no strength in my hands, had trouble keeping my balance and had debilitating pain and fatigue. At first I couldn't even walk, but as soon as I was able, I dragged myself up on Nibbles for short, slow trail rides. Actually, riding is one of the therapies indicated for my condition. Throughout it all, she has been a perfect therapy horse. When I fall when I'm leading her, she just nuzzles my head until I get up. When I take FOREVER to inch a saddle onto her back, she doesn't move. She actually picks up her feet and holds them up when I struggle to clean them. And when I ride, she has NEVER spooked or put one foot wrong. It's like she knows. I truly believe someone or something led me to her, knowing just how much I would need her. She is gentle, sweet, and willing, and I love her to death, and trust her far more than I probably should trust a horse, let alone one was young as she is. The picture below ais me on her on the trail this year when she was 3.
Some of our medicine horses here at work - I haven't quite got photos of our whole team yet, it's my project for this year! (Missing from here are Aeslinn, Pilgrim, Cheyenne and a clear shot of Chance)
These are horses who are constantly bringing themselves and those around them into balance. We never force them to work, and they are usually allowed to come forward as they feel they are needed. Our horses are never handfed, nor bribed in any way to do the work they do.
Each of them has made their talents known to us, and our visitors have said the horses have helped them process and move off things from stress, headaches, stomach upset, old injuries, lethargy and general pains.
Hoggan - our youngest team member is just over a year old, but one of our strongest healers
This was taken during an interview for a local radio show, a little pre session meditation
I love this shot, Hoggan and Bravo (another team member) have joined forces to move some powerful energy around. The radio interview we were doing was onthe topic of "the joy animals bring to our lives" and the expression on the interviewers face really says it all...
Bravo hard at work
Aurora gives "whuffles" as her general mode of working - most visitors love it
Teallaigh grounds, it seems to be her specialty - she is often our session closer
We touch on chakra work here, as a way of explaining the work the horses are doing. They use energy centers of the body to release trapped energy or redirect energy.
Our farm is just beginning to open our gates - but the goal is providing an alternative healing option to those who want to experience the very powerful healing offered by the horses (we have a dog who is very good at assisting too).
This fall I was able to give a demonstration to a Registered Psycologist and a Shamanic Healer, both blown away by the fact that though they came to see what we were about, they left feeling re-energized and physically less pained... Then was the subtraction of fear they experienced (many if not most of our visitors are not "horse people" and usually admit prior to going through the gate that they are somewhat or extremely fearful... A feeling that my herd seems to eliminate with ease).
Essentially we aim to heal the mind and body through the heart.