How We Help Horses
The approach is key when working with horses and acupressure. Horses appreciate being given control of the session: in other words, being allowed to say “yes” or “no” to the session as well as determining the way the session will unfold. We will always honor the horses’ wishes.
- We always begin by asking permission of the horse directly, or by setting an intention that we are open to facilitate the healing process for the horse for as much energy as they are open to receive, or none at all (this is a form of permission)
- We want to make sure the horse is in a safe, comfortable and quiet environment
- We will run through the four assessments before beginning the session
- We always allow the horse to move freely in the session space. He or She maybe haltered but the owner will have a long lead rope and keep it loose. By paying attention to what the horse is telling us by their behavior about how he or she wants to be given the session
- Horses appreciate a passive and open approach. By “offering” acupressure in a non-assertive manner, we create a sacred space which the horse can move into and out of freely, if he or she wants to participate in the healing session
- The length of the session is always determined by the horse; it may be as short as 15 minutes or as long as sixty minutes
After we finish the session, we always thank the horse for participation in the session, and see if they have any insight for us to discuss with their owner or trainer.