There are two things in common I’ve noticed about horse lovers who are drawn to my Equine Reiki courses. The first is that they crave a deeper connection with their horses, the other is a desire to give back to their horses. They want to learn how to do more to support their horses not only physically, but emotionally and mentally.
When you consider the nature of horse, everything we ask them to do for us goes against their very being. Essentially, we are asking them to change who they are, to go against their instincts when we ask them to partner with us in our work, or provide us with pleasure or support us in therapy work. We have taken them out of their natural environment, away from the structure and safety of the herd (their family), housed them in stables, yards or paddocks, sometimes by themselves. We feed them unnatural diets, put saddles on their backs, steel in their mouths, iron on their feet, transport them around in a box, breed them, ride them, use them and move them on when they are no longer useful. And yet, they continue to support us and partner with us in all that we ask of them.
So, what can we do to give back to our horses?
How can we support them so that they can keep supporting us? Just think about it, our horses support us physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. In return they need the same support from us. It’s up to us to keep our horses comfortable and to ensure their health and wellbeing.
Apart from good nutrition, vet care, dentistry, farrier work and proper saddle fitting, there are many modalities like acupuncture, massage, myofascial release, aromatherapy and energy healing such as Reiki that can support our horse’s health and wellbeing.
Let’s talk about Reiki and how it can make a difference in our world and that of our horse.
Reiki is a meditative practice that promotes deep relaxation and supports the process of healing by balancing the energy of the body, mind and spirit. It also helps us to deepen our relationship with horses by creating harmony and balance through healing, meditation and spiritual connection.
The nature of Reiki is pure balance. Whatever is out of balance, whether it’s physical, emotional or mental, Reiki will work to create balance. When we offer Reiki to horses we don’t have to know what’s wrong, we don’t have to direct the energy anywhere, we are simply there as a channel to facilitate an opportunity for the horse to heal.
In essence, when we offer Reiki to horses we aren’t ‘doing’ the healing, we are creating a healing space for the horse and helping him or her to find healing within themselves.
Reiki supports horses in so many ways. It supports them on an emotional, mental and physical level. As well as promoting deep relaxation, signs of physical and emotional healing can be seen. Behaviours such as cribbing and windsucking can lessen, flexibility can improve and injuries can show signs of improvement. Stress levels are reduced, the mind becomes calm, and, in turn, calms the body.
When we offer Reiki to a horse one of the first signs of response will be of relaxation. The horse may lick and chew, you may see a softening of the eye, and he may lower his head, breathe deeply, yawn, or even fall asleep. As we go deeper into our own meditation, our energy becomes more stable and the flow of healing energy becomes stronger. The deeper into relaxation we go, the deeper the horse will go.
In this quiet space of meditation, we begin to connect on a much deeper level. As we tap into our inner wisdom we begin to develop a new level of understanding of our relationship and we become more in tune with the needs of our horse, more able to ‘listen’ to what he or she has to say. Every aspect of our relationship improves as our bond deepens, and we begin to experience a sense of oneness with the horse.
Through meditation, we bring a healing of our own mental state. When we invite our horse to share Reiki with us, we bring peace and harmony, healing and balance to our relationship.
It’s a beautiful gift that we can give back.
So instead of asking your horse what can you do for me today, why not ask your horse, what can I do for you today?
If you’d like to know more about our Equine Reiki courses and how they can benefit you and your horse feel free to book an obligation free chat with me by clicking this link or send me an email so I can answer all your questions.
In the meantime, stay safe and well