As some readers may recall, pony herd (Ulha, Grace and Hope) were flooded out earlier this year and consequently in temporary accommodation until things dried out a bit on the levels. There was an addition to the herd with Welsh boy Jac in April and with that a move to a bigger location in Meare, Glastonbury. The horse herd (Danny, Gunner and Prada) joined the ponies at the new location in June.
Not long afterwards Paintedhorse had a lovely and very informative visit from Jo Dutfield, a gifted medium who can communicate with animals. Jo came to meet the herd for a chill out day, and the horses took it in turns to talk with her about various things. At one stage several of the ponies took over the picnic area. Jo confirmed that the herd has individual gifts and skills to help people with their emotional well-being, they each represent archetypes and different ancestors in bloodlines. Since the visit, the herd has a much a stronger unity than before. In ReWilding Bonanza their moment of heading into the meadow as a herd was captured.
Amongst other things Jo organises the Ilminister Positive Living group which promotes positive change by having inspirational speakers and workshops for those in the community and beyond. Our very own Livvy will be doing a talk and workshop on 19th July at Horton Village hall, Horton, Ilminster starting at 1930hrs if you are interested please click on the link and let Jo know you are going. Livvy will ask for 2 equine volunteers for the talk, it’ll be interesting to see who steps forward.
A drum is a voice, alive and with feelings as with any voice.
When it speaks, then we must listen and honour the message with our best and noble selves, for it is a voice with great power and it is a voice that is a gift to us from a greater being. If we do this, then our lives will be full and happy.
If we do not listen but pay disrespect, then our lives will have dishonour.
Bee Helygen, Priestess of Cerridwen and her student priestesses including our own Livvy Adams, celebrated Beltane on the magical lands of Avalon. Calling in the Goddess of Cerridwen for the celebration of Beltane, heralding the start of the summer, love and the union of Goddess and God – Bee admitted to falling in love with our charmer Danny who often presents himself to work with people in Equine Therapy. During the calling in process, the horses at Paintedhorse appeared to call in their own collective wisdom, perhaps from the Goddess Epona who was said to be the protectors of all horses, ponies, donkeys and other equines. The power of horses was felt by Bee and students and this added to the magic of the evening. At the end of the session it was an amazing sight to see the horses have a roll on the land one by one.
Spend time with the herd. Ground yourself in nature. Listen to birds. Break out of your busy mind and become aware of your body, in all its honesty. Listen. Connect. Stand with the herd. Sit with the herd. Be part of the herd. Feel their connection – to you, to each other, to everything around them – and if its time to move feet run with them…
Jac a grey Welsh Cross pony with an Arab tail, big dark eyes and narrow shoulders has now joined the Paintedhorse herd. Jac spelt the Welsh way, will be the only gelding for several more weeks until the big horses Danny, Gunner and Prada are moved to join them. Jac has instantly bonded with Ulha who is more or less his height and size. Herd positioning was sorted out overnight without much ado. Jac came from a position of moving everyones feet in his last herd, to having his feet moved by just Ulha in his new one. The curious and lovable Dartmoors Grace and Hope, have had mixed reactions from Jac. Grace the little firecracker was a good friend of Ulha’s and has now taken to mutual grooming him too, she doesn’t let height become any issue. Gentle Hope keeps a bit more of a distance as she’s not been invited closer at the moment. At 18 years old Jac is a veteran, so it was a surprise to find there was life in the old boy yet!
Out of our Paintedhorse team Danny came forward to offer his equine wisdom and warmth to an Army veteran adjusting to life on civvie street and awaiting a further operation on his back. Danny was fidgety at first and when it was acknowledged that the client had some ‘anxiety’ he became still. Danny then spent some quiet time with his human client helping him feel ‘calm and grounded’, and even nuzzled an old leg injury on the client before relaxing his own leg. As the session progressed Danny began to show his client where he liked to be stroked, namely around his ears which brought with it a lighter, maybe even cheekier atmosphere. After the session, the others came back over and Prada so taken with the aroma of the clients cup of tea that she tried to stick her nose in the cup for a sip. Always nice to finish a session with some laughter.
Writer and flautist Britta E Potter came to visit us today with one of her favourite Native American flutes. Britta who writes a popular blog called Capture the Moment in Words didn’t need words, as instead she Captured the Horses in Sound.
Britta who has been attuned into Reiki I also gave our horses some Reiki healing and in exchange they gave her some equine healing. Britta hopes to do her Reiki II with Equine involvement in the summer months here at Paintedhorse. If anyone is interested in Equine Healing, Reiki healing or becoming a Reiki student or practitioner we are now taking bookings from March 2017.
Next month we have Georgie McBurney from Juniper Natural Therapies visiting to run 2 days of Essential Oil Therapy Workshops (for beginners) here at Paintedhorse, Glastonbury. The workshops will be held on Sat 4th March for Equine Owners and Sun 5th March for Dog Owners. Each workshop costs £80 and is complete in itself, but if you happen to have horses and dogs, and would like to do both days we are applying a 25% discount saving you £40. If you are interested in booking a place please contact us.
Georgie has been working with essential oils, base oils, macerated oils, dried herbs and clays and animals for seven years when she first set up Juniper alongside her day job as a science teacher. George has a BSc (Hons) in Animal Science (Behaviour & Welfare) and has had the opportunity to work with a variety of wild and domestic animals.
George recalls one of her first case studies during training was a horse called Boycee who had been injured on barbed wire at the Horse Sanctuary she had volunteered at. Noone else was there when she popped in. Immediately she felt Boycee was asking her to come over to his field and when she got closer she realised why. His leg was bleeding and it looked as though he had cut it on some barbed wire. George ran back to the car to get her essential oils kit. Boycee who can be a bit unpredictable untied was happy to stand still over George inhaling the oils from her hand as she made up a clay dressing. He relaxed, hung his head low and rested his back foot. She took a photo of the injury and sent it to the sanctuary owner who was on his way. Blood came through the first layer of clay, so she applied another coat over the top using the same theory she had been taught in the Army with first field dressings. The third coat finally stopped the bleeding.
“It was because of this case study”, George says “that I wanted to make sure when I teach workshops to owners that they come away knowing how to use the oils in common situations that can present themselves when you own animals. For example, I knew yarrow would stop bleeding, but I was faced with a cut to the top of the leg, a 5ml brown bottle of yarrow and gravity”. George taught the owner of the sanctuary how to make up the clay fresh and which oils to offer to inhale/lick and dried remedies to offer to help repair and boost the immune system. You can see the progress of the wound above.
As some of you may know, we have had our own injury at Paintedhorse with Gunner recently and a gate post. The vet was required in our case as it was a more serious wound and the puncture was close to the bone. Gunner has had a variety of complimentary treatments, alongside Essential Oil Therapy, he has been cold hosed, worn magnetic boots and had time with a massage pad on. He is making a speedy recovery and may go for a walk/ride this week.
You may remember the pony people of Paintedhorse got a little bit flooded out in Winter Waterland. We put an old gym ball into their corral to give them some environmental enrichment and they seem to have created some entertainment for themselves.
Our very handsome Gunner was injured this week on a gate post. After X-ray and scan the vet thankfully said the object had punctured deep but missed injuring the bone but the ligaments will take a little time to heal and some more time before Livvy and Gunner can get back on track with their endurance fun.
There are herbs and essential oils which can now help Gunner with his healing process and we will keep you updated. Alternatively if you want to see Gunner’s progress yourself and you fancy learning more about which oils to offer in a first aid situation like ours, we have organised our first Essential Oils Workshop for equine owners. This workshop covers essential oils that are beneficial to equines, how to offer them and in what circumstances; there will be theory in the morning and a demo and practice on our horses in the afternoon. George McBurney from Juniper Natural Therapies in Dorset will be joining us at Paintedhorse on Sat 4th Mar 17 to run this workshop, if you are interested in booking your place, please contact us.
A testimonial from an Equine Oils Workshop:
“Wow, what an eye opener to how a horse reacts to oils! Thank you George for such a well put together workshop. We spent the morning discussing the theory of the oils, including the legal regulations and learning how to dilute the essential oil in a carrier for offering to the horse. After lunch, we had a lovely time spent with our horses offering them oils and deciphering their reactions, with George’s guidance. I have been able to contact George for further advice and friendly guidance” – Jenny, Weymouth.