If you have never watched a horse, you might be astounded at how sensitive they are for such large creatures. They are able to feel a bug that is simply hovering above them and their big lips are able to forage their favorite pellets out of a bucket filled with different feed.
Not only are they sensitive, as prey animals they are always aware of what’s happening around them. They keep tabs on us humans, ever vigilant of our body language, the look we have in our eyes and our intentions when we approach them.
I know this about horses; my horse has trained me well. So it came as no surprise to me to learn that horses are quite receptive to the practice of Reiki.
What is Reiki?
Not customarily taught in Western traditional veterinary schools, Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing in both humans and animals. As a matter of fact, animals are often more open to receiving it than humans.
My Reiki Master/Teacher David Thomas offers classes in Reiki. I had enrolled in his Level II class which covers, in part, animals and Reiki. Part of the class included a visit to Belle Cheval Training and Boarding, where we were able to practice Reiki on selected horses.
My equine partner was Manny, a 7 year old black Morgan stallion. Before being rescued as a 3 year old, he had been thrown into a herd of stallions, starved, had objects hurled at him and as his person says, he was ‘3-legged lame’.
Under his person’s tutelage and training Manny has come a long way. Even so, when the class walked into his barn, Manny pinned his ears and prepared to execute a threatening kick.
Reiki is a gentle practice and does not harm the animals. I worked on Manny in the cross ties; once he got used to me, he would position himself under my hands. At times I stepped away from Manny to give him some time to soak in the restorative energy. Manny consistently extended his foreleg towards me in invitation when he was ready to resume his session.
The session lasted about an hour, and afterwards Manny was led back to his stall to rest and to allow the Reiki to continue to soak into his body.
Benefits of Reiki on Horses
There are numerous reasons horse owners turn to Reiki practitioners for help with their horses. Reiki can:
- Help reduce stress
- Increase energy levels
- Provide relief from pain
- Soothe highly strung, hypersensitive animals
While Reiki is not the same as massage, it may help you to think of it as having some of the same beneficial results that a good massage will give you.
Reiki for animals is not exclusive to only horses. Pets of all kind can benefit from a Reiki session.
Reiki is not intended as a replacement for qualified veterinary care for your horse, but rather as a complement. When Reiki is used in combination with traditional veterinary care, your horse’s chances for optimal health and well being are maximized.
Interested in an animal communication session/Reiki combo?