Around the time that the changes I outlined last week were going on, the trimmer, Caroline Wang-Andresen of Hoofing Marvellous, came for her second visit. I spoke with her about what was going on with Dax and mentioned that he seemed unhappy if I tried to lift his front feet, often turning round to bite me.
While she worked on his feet we noticed that he was not as happy to stand still through the trim this time. He tried to nip her too, and was more fidgety than before. She also commented that his feet were more brittle than the last time – a reflection of whatever was going on when that part of the hoof was growing (around autumn/winter last year).
She asked me to walk him up and down – which he did, thankfully – and there was no obvious sign of lameness, but she mentioned the fact that his front right leg twists slightly from the knee downwards. We wondered if this was causing him any discomfort. It might be a congenital difference, or could have been due to his rough start in life and not getting the right nutrition as a foal. Caroline recommended asking her colleague Helen Jacks-Hewett, a McTimoney practitioner, to come and take a look at Dax to make sure that he’s not in any pain and to maybe suggest some ways that I can help to make him more balanced and comfortable.
It was a few weeks before we could find a date that suited both myself and Helen and in the meantime I continued to try and encourage Dax to walk with me. We had varying amounts of success but, frustratingly, every time I thought we’d made progress, we’d then seem to go back to square one! I could see that Dax was either shutting down or getting agitated – his eyes would go blank or he would start to chew on the leadrope or toss his head a couple of times – and I didn’t want to push things, particularly as I hadn’t yet been able to have his body checked to rule out any pain or discomfort.
I wrote in my journal at the time:
“Wondering if this [behaviour] is the predicted challenge of being with an independent thinking horse… sometimes he seems so connected then so distant.”
“I think Dax had to learn – at a very young age – to survive in whatever way he could, ie to become independent, at least in heart and mind. I’m sure he’s also learnt that humans should not be trusted, at least until they prove themselves very worthy of that precious gift, and even then, perhaps only in as much as he feels safe / wise to do so…”
I, too, felt that I had to take care of myself in many ways as a child. Dax and I share so much I think – which is why this is challenging for us both… It’s been isolating in some ways for each of us, but hopefully we will find connection and healing through our similarities – that they will bring us together”
Helen came out at the end of July and did a full assessment of Dax’s conformation, suppleness and strength. In her report she commented that she could find:
“No misalignments located in spine or pelvic joints, and no areas of muscle asymmetry or soreness noted so on the whole there doesn’t appear to be any significant underlying musculoskeletal problems.”
This was a big relief!
She went on to say that:
“His behaviour seems typical for a hand raised foal, and shows a lot of foal like tendencies even though he is 6 years old
There is a really sweet natured clever horse in there who will hopefully continue to learn and develop given the right herd conditions and handling techniques.”
I so hope that she’s right, and that I can provide what he needs to bring out that wonderful side of his nature.
But… there’s a darker side too, which I’d seen glimpses of and which then reared it’s ugly head unexpectedly one night.
More about that next week…
My journey into working in the field of Wellbeing began when I joined an online course in Evolutionary Enlightenment. This caused me to take a hard look at my life – my career, my direction, my purpose – and question whether or not it was really right for me. The answer was No. I was lost, struggling and unhappy.
Searching for something that would resonate for me and that would support my need to grow, I started learning Reiki which, in a roundabout way, led me back to one of my passions: animals. Horses in particular hold a very special place in my heart. I love supporting owners to explore their horse’s physical and emotional needs.
I went on to study Energy Healing, Emotional Freedom Techniques and META-Health because I also love supporting other women who are experiencing similar experiences of stress and overwhelm. I love holding a safe space where they can discover that they have always had choices and the power to make their own decisions.
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