Well, I never thought I would do this, but it was great fun! A real test of nerves, timing and not falling over!
Dashing around makes your muscles tense. If you are in a hurry, try to move smoothly and build up to full speed, remembering to breathe at the same time!
At the yard, start off with tasks that are easier on your back such as feeding horses, and leading them to the field.Then you can proceed with the heavier work such as mucking out and carrying water buckets about. As you work be aware of your breathing and the way you move around- for example do you stoop forwards when you walk or carry things more in one hand than the other? Grooming your horse can be a good workout in itself. Applying pressure as you brush him is good for toning your arms, bending down to pick his feet out and to brush his legs is good for your leg and back strength. Relax and breather as you groom- you will enjoy the experience as much as your horse!
A friend of mine had a new horse. He stable was in an old farm building, and since he had arrived, he always stood at the back of the box, and avoided the middle of the bed. The evening I visited, he showed early signs of colic, and was very quiet and subdued, with no movement in his guts. The vet was called, and he relaxed after a while, and back to eating his hay.
My husband restores old cars. He has been at a loss recently with an MG which refused all attempts to start it. In desperation he asked me to ‘have a go’ at reiki with it.
I tuned in, and felt the car was neglected and un-loved. It was just taking up space in the workshop, and had no purpose, and no future- a sad MG.
Reiki for Animals
I have always had a close affinity with all animals, especially horses, for as long as I can remember, but only recently have I had the courage to acknowledge that I have inherited this skill, which has led me along this path, helping others.
Reiki for you
You will be fully clothed lying on a couch or sitting on a chair. I will place my hands just above or lightly touch, different areas of you body, concentrating on where the energy is most needed. During this treatment, you may feel heat, coolness, tingling, or just a deep sense of peace and relaxation. During a treatment, I will channel this energy through my hands and use it to rebalance the chakras, or centres of energy.
Reiki and Riding
Reiki can help you to be in the moment with your horse, gaining a closer relationship developing harmony and trust between you. It can help you to become more aware of small changes in yourself which may affect your horse through his training and care. Reiki can give you a sense of great calm, condusive with gaining connection, confidence, and communication with your equine partner, whether working on the ground or from the saddle.
Here is George meeting one of his new friends at his new home- ready to progress in his ridden work with lovely people. Good luck, George- we will miss you!
Here is George in the stable having his feet picked out and being groomed.
Wearing a saddle for the first time.
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Here is a film of us at the Market Lavington Village Fete on Sunday 12th June. The music is not the original, as it is protected by copyright. We had a great time and I think the spectators enjoyed it!