Natural Stress Relief and Relaxation for
You and your Horse
Reiki can help horses in many different ways. In healthy horses, horses in training etc, Reiki helps to maintain health and vitality as well as enhancing relaxation and a definite sense of wellbeing.
For horses that have been or are ill, injured Reiki can assist with physical healing for ailments as well as provide pain relief; for example Reiki can speed up the recovery from any tendon or ligament damage/ injury, laminitis or even colic, it can also ease the suffering and pain your horse might be experiencing due to arthritis by providing pain relief and reducing inflammation in the area affected.
Highly-strung, flighty, fearful or stressed horses can benefit greatly from the soothing, calming effects of Reiki by helping them to relax and gain a sense of peace, making it particularly useful for horses who experience fear, aggression or anxiety (especially when there is a change in owner, surroundings or another horse is introduced). Because of its gentle, calming nature Reiki can be highly beneficial for horses who have suffered any form of abuse or emotional trauma by helping the horse to heal emotionally and spiritually and allowing them to let that experience go, when they are ready.
Reiki can ease the process of passing over for horses through offering relief from pain, fear and anxiety. It also provides comfort and support, not only for the horse, but for it’s owner and friend too.
Reiki can be given to any horse under virtually any circumstances, which means it is useful for fearful, wild or dangerous horses that cannot be approached. Due to the fact that you don't have to have your hands on the animal with Reiki, allows practitioners such as myself to help those who otherwise wouldn't be able to get close to the horse to help or treat it.
Equine Reiki provides all the benefits to animals as it does to humans. Horses are by nature emotional animals, and they benefit immensely from Reiki treatments. After the initial consult with the horse and it has let me know exactly what it will/will not tolerate in that moment, I can establish a connection to the horse in a comfortable position where it doesn't feel uncomfortable and allows me into it's space. Usually within ten minutes after the start of a treatment the horse will become very relaxed. Its head may droop, and its eyes may close. After a resting period the horse will have an increased feeling of well-being. Even if your horse is well, a Reiki session will relax him or her.
A treatment generally lasts 40 minutes to an hour (The horse controls how long the healing goes for, not the other way around). Starting on the horse’s neck I will work over the entire horse or in whatever way the horse allows within the treatment. If energy flows strongly in one area, I may linger there longer. It is up to the horse itself what will be treated and for how long, there are many signals from the horse that I watch for that let me know how they want to conduct the healing (The horse is really in control and that is a wonderful thing to be apart of). Afterward, the horse may be lethargic for a while. It is best to rest the horse for the remainder of the day.
Reiki is not a substitute for veterinary care
Reiki treatments should not be construed as a substitute for veterinary examination, diagnosis or treatment by any means.
You should see a qualified veterinarian for any physical ailment in your horse of which you are aware of. Reiki practitioners DO NOT diagnose conditions nor do they prescribe or perform medical or veterinary treatment (unless use of a Psychic Veterinarian may be present, in which case you will be given complete control over whether or not any treatment is given to the horse via this method), prescribe substances, nor will the practitioner interfere with the treatment of a licensed medical or veterinary professional.
Reiki is an intelligent energy and even though sometimes a horse may not be comfortable within a normal Reiki Treatment, does not mean that the Reiki is not being channeled wherever it is needed within the body of the animal. Reiki will go where it is most needed, for the animals highest good ALWAYS.
Healing or bringing balance may take several sessions for the animal to completely relax into the session. By this time and in THEIR time the animal will be free of his or her stored up emotions and should be far more relaxed and willing for future treatments.
The key benefits of Reiki treatments for horses:
How often should your horse have or need Reiki?
This can be varied depending on the condition physical/emotional and the length of time the condition/ailment has been present. In some cases, one treatment can bring amazing results that are hugely beneficial to the horse and be all that is needed; in other cases, such as in chronic illness, or conditions that have been present awhile, several treatments may be required to help improve health. It’s generally recommended that healing treatments be carried out over a number of consecutive days initially (my suggestion is normally four to five), followed by weekly or fortnightly treatments as necessary.
If multiple treatments are needed treatments can be given via a combination of ‘hands on’ treatments and/or distance healing (which is conducted the same way as it is for humans).
Whichever treatment plan you choose for your horse and it's needs, I believe it best for them to receive Reiki in their own environment, as they will feel more relaxed in familiar surroundings. I prefer the owner to be present for all 'hands on" treatments if possible.
Are there any negative side effects associated with Reiki treatments?
There are NO negative side effects with Reiki. The Reiki energy balances the energy systems according to the needs of the body. Being in balance is the body’s natural state so therefor no harm can be done. Reiki is an intelligent energy that goes where it is needed for the horses/clients highest good always.
You may like to try using a more natural approach to the rehabilitation of your horse (especially if your horse hasn't responded to other treatments), as a complementary therapy Reiki safely supports other holistic healing modalities, including Western medicine and will be a wonderful treatment to complement any veterinary care your horse maybe receiving.