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How to guide your human by Dude the horse – Part 3

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Dude at Klein Farm – still away from his new herd but close to the horses in the other pasture

Hi.  This is Dude again.  This is third part of my story of how my move from Shadow Creek Stable to Klein Farm transpired.  I’ll take you through my transition to joining the herd. If you missed it, look for Parts 1 and 2 posted Dec. 8 and Dec. 14.

First few days at the new farm:  The first afternoon Victor came and bugged me. I wasn’t ready to be with him so ran away from him.  He thought I wanted to run with him so kept running after me.  We ran laps around this big pasture and got very sweaty.  Finally, Victor seemed satisfied and left me alone.  I still wanted to watch more so I went to other end of the pasture again.  When the herd came down to my end, I ran to the other end.

At the end of the day when the others went into the barn, I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do so just stayed at the end of the pasture.  Chris came out with a halter to bring me in.   I like Chris.  He’s very easy going. It was nice in my stall and there was hay and I could observe the others across the aisle in their stalls.  I’m still nervous and on edge since this is all very new.  Ann and her friend Jim came to see me.  They brought carrots.  YUM!!!

Jeanne and Chris checked on me several times the first couple of nights.  They are very good caretakers and really wanted me to feel at home here.  When they let me out the next morning, I knew I needed more time to watch so went the end of the pasture.  Sis called to me several times but I was still not ready to join the herd.  She is such a great lead mare and has accepted me in the herd.

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Victor and Dude after rolling the the mud

Again Victor and I ran together and then rolled in the mud together.  I am getting the idea he just wants to play and isn’t trying to boss me around.  Sis brought the herd down to my end again.  She was trying hard to make me feel welcome, but I needed more time to watch so I ran to the other end.  I still don’t quite understand the routine, so Ann came out to get me at the end of the pasture.  She did some energy healing on me and it felt so good.  I have been pretty tense these past few days.  She also gave Sis some energy healing to help with the transition.

Ann was out with a coaching client today and I watched the session from afar. It was fun to watch her work and see the client learn and grow.   I look forward to joining her when I’m comfortable. Today I understood that I need to come to the barn when it’s time to come in.  I now trust there will be hay and good people to greet me.

Dude and Vic friends

Dude and Vic are friends

After a few days: Today when I went out I went to a hay pile up by the barn instead of running to the other end of the pasture.  Sis herded the others to the other end so I could eat.  She is really taking care of me.  I am so grateful.    Victor again wanted to run and I let him practice his leadership.  He’s been at the bottom of the herd with all mares for so long, poor guy!  I think we will be good buddies and I don’t need to compete with him.

Today, I’m ready to join the herd.  Victor came out and went to the pile next to me.  I stayed near the herd all day and connected with Sis and Victor.  Tonight when we went into the barn, Victor waited for me rather than going right to his stall.  He really wants to be friends.

Dude with Sis

Dude with Sis respectfully

Victor and I again ate next to each other this morning and Sis and Cosmo joined us too.  There was no jockeying for hay piles.  Sis made sure I felt safe and unpressured while we ate.    I was with the herd all day and feeling very accepted and included.  I can relax now.  I got the time and support I needed to feel comfortable.  These humans did it right, with the guidance of us amazing horses of course!

Thank you for reading my story!  I hope you learn how wise we horses are and may you see the connection you have with all living things.

May the horse be with you,

Dude

How to guide your human by Dude the horse – Part 2

Fall of my 22nd year – written in “horse time”

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Dude at Shadow Creek

Hi.  This is Dude again. Here is the second part of my story.  If you missed it, look for Part 1 posted Dec. 8.

This is second part of my story of how my move from Shadow Creek Stable to Klein Farm transpired.  I’ll take you through the day before and first day there.

Day before my move:  Today Ann  and some other equine-guided coaches at the new farm performed a ritual at Klein Farm to prepare the other horses and farm for my arrival.   As soon as they started, I joined them in spirit and Ann felt me there and told the others.  She’s learning!  Sis, Cosmo and Victor were just outside the barn  They called in the four directions (a wonderful Native American ritual from my Appaloosa heritage) and set an intention for calm, safe travel and meeting with the other horses.  They visualized this process and smudged (another Native tradition) all four of the stall doors.  I reminded them to thank the horse ancestors and spirits, even though they think they thought of it.  These humans are starting to understanding the connection between all of us and with nature.  Finally!

Moving Day:  I am ready to leave, having said my goodbyes.  Willie was a bit mad at me since we’ve been best buddies for the past eleven years.  Oh well, he will survive and find new buddies.  When Ann arrived I was ready, stepped away from the hay and let her lead me out to the trailer. Deah gently asked me to get on the trailer.  It has been a long time since I rode in a trailer, so I took a couple of minutes checking it out.  Deah was very patient with me so it didn’t take long.  I am more cooperative when I’m not rushed by humans.

We arrived at the Klein Farm about an hour later and Ann took me off the trailer.  I noticed it is a pretty place and felt very calm and peaceful.  We walked around the property just like I told Ann I wanted to; first in front of the barn, then around the perimeter of the pasture.  This is a big pasture with lots of space to run.   I was surprised to see horses in the other pastures.  Ann, you didn’t tell me about that part!

Then she asked me to go in the barn.  I didn’t want to.  I wanted to meet my new herd first, so I dug in my heals and refused.  It took a while but she got the picture eventually and led me to the gate of the pasture where my new herd was.  So you see how I guide the process?

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Sis guiding the coaching with Beth P.

Sis immediately told the other two to stand back and then came right up to me.  We looked at each other, smelled each other and talked about my ride here and how we could work together.  I am really clear she is the leader. Then she let Cosmo and Victor come meet me.

Victor has lots of energy and was very excited to meet me (a little overwhelming frankly).  Cosmo squealed and kicked out (so predictable for a mare).

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Sis, Victor and Cosmo from afar

Once I met the horses, I was ready to go in the barn.  Ann showed me my new stall, let me eat some hay and meet Chris, Jeanne and Cathy (another of Ann’s friends).  My stall is 4 times the size of my old stall!  I can walk around and lay down comfortably.   After I ate a bit and got a little used to the barn, they turned me into the pasture with the others.

I wasn’t ready to join them and still wanted time to observe, so I ran to the other end of the pasture and stayed there for the next several days.  I introduced myself over the fence to the horses in the other pastures and stood near them for a while so I felt safe.  I watched my new herd mates from afar.

Check back for Part 3 and how I guided the process to join the herd!

How did Mr. Bing go from 8 pounds to 11?

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Mr. Bing is thriving, active and happy!

Energy healing, diet and essential oils maintain quality of life with chronic illness.

In July 2012 my cat, Mr. Bing, was diagnosed with Hypercalcemia (too much Calcium in the blood). He was losing weight quickly, had diarrhea and occasional vomiting.  I made the decision to treat him with complimentary approaches rather than submit him to surgery, chemo and ongoing medical care.  Read earlier blog entries to see his progress.

A year ago, in my last blog, Mr. Bing was hanging in there, affectionate and occasionally perky, yet very slowly losing ground.  His weight was 7.5-8.0 pounds.  Now, one year later, Bing is now 11 pounds, plays like a young cat and demands attention and cuddles.  How did that happen with this chronic disease?

It is clear he still has the disease.  I still notice a few symptoms of the disease (loose stools and high respiration levels).  Yet he has steadily become stronger and back to his old self.  His diet is still grain free and includes a daily pro-biotic.  I also added micro algae in November and this brought his energy level up and he started playing more.  I continue energy healing (acupressure and Reiki) as well.   He continues to amaze me and affirm the healing work I do with him.  Thank you, Mr. Bing!

Energy healing and essential oils: a cost effective way to maintain and improve health! – August 2013

In July 2012 Mr. Bing was diagnosed with Hypercalcemia (too much Calcium in the blood). He was losing weight quickly, had diarrhea and occasional vomiting.  I made the decision to treat him with complimentary approaches rather than submit him to surgery, chemo and ongoing medical care.  Read earlier blog entries to see his progress.

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We are now a year plus past his diagnosis and Mr. Bing is holding his own at 9 pounds, playing again and comes to me when he wants healing.   Neither my vet nor I expected him to live this long since Hypercalcemia is very hard on the internal organs. His only symptoms are loose stools, as the disease seems to affect his digestion most.  He is his old affectionate, outgoing self.  And discovered newspaper and ribbon as his favorite toys.  He reads the travel section mostly 🙂

What happened since my last post in February when Mr. Bing was having a small setback?   He recovered from the setback quickly.  He seemed to figure out he needed to drink more water to dilute the calcium and pass the excess in his urine (I should buy stock in kitty litter!).  He has stayed hydrated and maintained his weight very well over the past 5 months.  He lost some interest in the Brushtail food and I stopped feeding it to him in May when it was no longer available.  I have been feeding him a tuna and lamb wet food and he loves that.  He eats consistently with relish, begging for food.

I give him regular Acupressure and Reiki when he wants it and daily Essential Oil Raindrop Therapy with an extra oil for diarrhea.    Mr Bing of course loves summer and being able to be on the deck or lay on the grass.

I will post an update if things change.  Meanwhile I am totally sold on energy healing and essential oils as a cost effective way to maintain and improve health!