Frosty – a case study
Frosty is a 12 year old Exmoor X mare. She looks like a typical Exmoor pony: brown coat and darker points with a pale muzzle. When I first met her she was living at HorseWorld in Bristol, a centre for Rescue, Rehabilitation and Rehoming of equines. Prior to this she had been living semi-wild and unfortunately the herd had been through some traumatic experiences which left Frosty very wary and nervous around people.
Straight away I could see that I would need to take things very slowly and gently with her, respecting her needs and allowing her to set the pace. On my first couple of visits she would be brought in to the stall for me to offer her healing and I would stand a couple of feet from her and just send healing from a distance, keeping my energy low and allowing her the space and time to process. Each time she showed signs of accepting and responding to the healing – licking and chewing and her eyes becoming softer and sleepy.
After my first visit I received an email saying that there had been a visible difference in Frosty. She had seemed less anxious and had initiated contact when out in the field, something that she would not previously have done.
On my fourth visit Frosty came to greet me at the stable door, something she had not done previously. This time, when I went in, she was loose in the stall and she didn’t move away or show any signs of being nervous. As I started to offer healing she sniffed at my hands. She still reacted a little anxiously to noises outside of the stable and I sensed that it was still difficult for her to relax completely, however the healing energy fascinated and enthralled her, pulling her in with its quiet, loving reassurance. I felt that she wanted to release to it but that she still wasn’t ready to do this 100%.
She began to mouth and chew and then she let out 2 massive yawns which was the first time I had seen her release in this way.
As I continued standing quietly, offering healing she took a step closer to me and began to snuffle at me – my hands, my clothes and my ears – and then stood quietly with her head in front of my chest. She appeared to be much more comfortable with me and to be enjoying the healing energy.
On one of my last visits to see Frosty, she allowed me, for the first time, to move down one side of her body and to give healing there. This felt like a big step with her. She was not comfortable with me working on her off side, however, and apparently she is generally more sensitive there.
I recently heard that Frosty has moved to a new home and is settling in well.
Sometimes animals, like us, require time to process and let go of the past and their fears but it has been wonderful to watch this little pony as she slowly becomes less anxious and more settled.
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* Healing is a very good complementary therapy and is beneficial in any situation, however you should always seek veterinary advice if your animal is unwell in any way.
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