I've been absent from the forum for a long while, for various reasons. But life with horses goes on... I've been inspired by Carolyn Resnick's Waterhole Rituals & have been having a great time practising them with Hero & all the other horses.
Thought I'd share this post I made on her blog site today... I hope you enjoy the story.
Dear Carolyn & all,
I wanted to share this story because it is a testament to how much â€˜connectionâ€™ I have learned through doing the WRs.
There is one horse where I have Hero agisted who was badly hurt (beaten) in his past life, so he is very skeptical of people, hard to approach & sometimes bites! I could sense his hurt, so I have made a big effort to befriend him, by letting him call the shotsâ€¦ itâ€™s taken a long time & 3 bites, but we got there in the end.
He is a very powerful 15.3hh Appy x Andalusian rig, called Brandy Snap.
Anyway, today I found him with both front legs caught & tangled in a wire fence (not barbed, thank goodness!) He was frozen & trembling in fear, I donâ€™t know how long heâ€™d been caught there.
At first I thought I should call someone for help, but then a voice inside said â€œno, you can do this, just trust him, he needs you.â€
So I took a deep breath & calmed myself to find my â€˜centreâ€™. Then I called his name softly, asking him if he wanted me to help him. The look in his eyes said â€˜yes, please hurry, I think I might explode soon!â€™
Hero tried to follow me, but I asked him â€˜no, not now, you stay there.â€™ He did.
The situation was made harder because Brandy has an abcess in one hoof at present!
I stood close, put my hands on his wither & heart zone and quietly told him what I was going to do. I could feel the â€˜electricityâ€™ coming off his body!
It took a few attempts to untangle one leg, then the other, but he lifted each foot & let me hold it while I pulled the wire away with my other hand.
I know it hurt him a lot to put all his weight on the sore foot, but he let me!
When he was free he just stood thereâ€¦ still upset & pounding adrenalin, I guess.
I leant into his shoulder & just breathed with him, telling him â€˜itâ€™s all OK now Brandy, your free.â€™
Then, something so beautiful happened, I am still quite emotionalâ€¦
he turned his head round & tucked his nose under my armpit, against my chest & sighedâ€¦ a very deep sigh. We stayed like that for a minute or so, then I very softly asked him to take a step backwards, so that he could really feel that the wires were gone. Then I left him alone to recover his composure.
The WRs have helped me so muchâ€¦ 6 months ago I would not have had the faith in my own abilities with horses to try something like this, with any horseâ€¦ let alone this â€˜mountainâ€™ of terrified horse!
So, thank you Carolyn, from my heart to yoursâ€¦
Your greatest lessons for me are faith & trust, if we can achieve these 2 things, then all things are possible.
Much love & whinneys,