Giving Healing Some Horse Power – part 6

The right fuel

As someone who’s experienced food intolerances in the past I’ve become very interested in reading labels and knowing what’s in the food that I eat.  Also, through my work with horses I’ve seen the consequences of a diet that is not appropriate to the animal’s needs.

Many of the commercial horse feeds are loaded with sugar.  They also contain chemicals such as pesticides and mould inhibitors.  All this plays havoc with the horse’s metabolism leading to a variety of health conditions.  Domesticated horses are genetically identical to their wild cousins and so their digestive systems need to be given the same diet, that is lots of high fibre, low sugar forage supplemented as necessary with other plants, herbs, vegetables and fruits to ensure they get all the vitamins and minerals they require.  Horses’ digestive systems work on a fermentation system to extract the nutrients they need from this diet, meaning that they rely on a good balance of healthy gut bacteria.  Stress, medication and toxic chemicals take their toll on these bacteria, upsetting the healthy balance and causing dis-ease.

This is also true for us.  Many of us lead busy lives and so have come to rely on ready made and microwaveable meals.  These often contain high levels of sugar and salt and the processing that is done in their preparation destroys much of the goodness.  In addition our fruits and vegetables are produced through intensive farming methods using chemical sprays, which result in fewer nutrients and also toxins that overload the liver.

I believe it is very important to source ingredients that are as healthy and natural as possible.  Buy organic where you can or, even better, grow your own.  Cook from scratch (if you’re short on time perhaps you can do this in advance and freeze portions for later meals) adding herbs and spices for extra flavour rather than salt or sugar.  Include a wide range of foods and colours to ensure that you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals.  If you eat meat, fish, eggs and/or dairy I would again recommend buying organic and unprocessed options where possible to avoid the hormones, antibiotics and other chemicals that can be found in some of these foods.


If you you’d like to review your diet and see where you might be able to make some healthy changes, please feel free to contact me to book a session:


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Taken from Giving Healing Some Horse Power.  You can read the full text here.

Giving Healing Some Horse Power – part 5

The importance of Rest

So often we are looking for a magic wand: that pill or procedure that can make us well, but in doing this we are relying on others to heal us when the only real and lasting healing comes from within.

Our bodies have a blueprint of how they should work and also a variety of systems that are always aiming for balance and working towards the healthy model.  However our lives are often busy and our stress levels can mean that we loose that balance, leading to disease.


When we take time to be still we can reconnect with our inner wisdom, allowing the body’s systems to work as they were designed to do.  This is why including times of rest into our schedule is so important.  It switches the body from the ‘fight or flight’ cycle of the sympathetic nervous system into the ‘rest and repair’ cycle of the parasympathetic nervous system.

You can see this in animals.  They spend time sleeping or dozing during the day – think of your dog, cat or horse who can often be found taking a nap!  Athletes know this too and plan regular rest days into their training schedules.


The importance of Play 

I’ve been fortunate recently to be spending some time with a couple of fabulous geldings.  One, a Welsh Section D, is 23 years old and his best mate, a Warmblood, is 17 – but you’d never know it!  Put them out together and they run around and play like a pair of 2 year olds.  It’s wonderful to watch them having fun together, racing around, rearing and bucking.

Contrast this with a lovely chestnut gelding who lives at the same yard.  He’s 22 years old and seems to be a bit of a loner, always standing still in one spot, just watching.  There are obviously lots of contributing factors to this: his age, his health (he has arthritis), his build and confirmation, but it’s interesting to see how much older he appears (even though he’s actually younger than the Section D).  The other 2 boys also have joint issues, but they experience less pain and stiffness.  Their play is helping to keep them both fit and young at heart.

It reminds me of the saying:


In our busy lives we can get caught up in rushing around between work and home commitments and weeks can go by before we realise that we haven’t made any time for fun.  I strongly believe that it’s important to find what ‘makes your heart sing’ and to regularly ring fence times for this.

For me it’s spending time in Nature, gardening, reading and being with friends and animals.

What brings you joy and how can you include more of this in your life?

If you would like to explore ways to experience this balance and healing rest, please contact me:


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Taken from Giving Healing Some Horse Power.  You can read the full text here.

Giving Healing Some Horse Power – part 4


Working with horses has taught me that relationship itself can bring healing.

As I mentioned in part 2, trauma can be very isolating.  Our system goes into the ‘freeze response’ and we dissociate from the trauma, pushing it away into our subconscious.  This disconnects us from those painful emotions, which can serve us for a while – after all it is an instinctual survival strategy – but it also means that we are less in touch with ourselves which makes it harder to fully relate to those around us.


In contrast, when we can open up to ourselves and to connecting with others, it can be a very healing experience.

I’ve done this myself – I had previously shut down some parts of my being due to painful experiences in the past and it was through reconnecting with animals that I learnt to let go of the hurt and to gradually accept myself for who I am.  I’m still a work in progress, but it’s the horses that keep me moving forward on the journey.  They are very present and sensitive beings and quickly indicate if I’m slipping back into my masks and pretence.  However if I allow my feelings to come to the surface, their non-judgemental presence enables me to experience the emotion, process it and let it go.  This then brings understanding, acceptance and self-forgiveness so that I am no longer stuck and can move on.


After all, e-motions are just energy in motion.  We are not meant to hold on to them.  They can give us valuable information about how the thoughts we have about events in our lives are impacting on us, but if the energy becomes stuck or blocked it creates dis-ease.

My work with horses has shown me how to hold a space where people are free to express and explore their issues and to look within to find the answers that work for them – the answers were there all along, they just needed to reconnect with that inner wisdom.  As the horses have taught me, it’s more about listening and Be-ing, than Do-ing.  (More about this in part 5.)

If you would like a safe space to explore your issues and discover ways to connect with your inner wisdom and healing then please contact me:


phone:             07980 669303

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Taken from Giving Healing Some Horse Power.  You can read the full text here.

Giving Healing Some Horse Power – part 3

Listening and Observing

When seeking to establish the connection that I wrote about in parts 1 & 2, listening and observing are essential skills.  As humans we have come to rely heavily on spoken language in our relationships with others, but words are often inadequate or misleading when talking about emotions.


With horses words aren’t an option and so I’ve had to become more skilled at reading body language and facial expression.  As discussed in the two previous posts, connection is a great help with this, as is spending time just watching the horses and people I meet and becoming more familiar with the cues available and the meanings behind them.  There are general interpretations that can be applied to every horse or every human, but there will also be nuances that relate solely to the individual.

(If you’d like to know more about body language and facial expression in horses see Video 6 of the series available through my online shop.)


Trust, Empathy and Rapport

These three are vital for any wellbeing session.  Without them the client will not feel:

  • safe
  • connected
  • understood
  • heard

This will limit their ability to:

  • be open
  • be objective
  • create solutions
  • experience self acceptance

And without these, true and lasting healing is not possible.


Horses have taught me the importance of letting go of my own agenda and trusting my client’s inner wisdom about what they need and what is right for them.  I only need to hold the space and they will find the way.

As I mentioned before, horses are great mirrors to what is happening with our emotions.  This has helped me to get more in touch with my inner self and so I, in turn, know that showing empathy to my clients will enable them to explore their own situation in more depth.

Establishing this rapport is what enables the client to feel safe and so opens the way to lasting change.

If you are looking for a listening ear and a way to create a healthier and more fulfilling life then please contact me:


phone:            07980 669303

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Taken from Giving Healing Some Horse Power.  You can read the full text here.