Roger Cleverly Equestrian Training

Rose Marie Kent desensitizing a Paso Fino mare

 Reiki and Rehabilitation

Reiki is a natural energy healing system. Unlike massage, Reiki does not require any form of manipulation of tissue or muscle, so the hands remain still. Patients being treated experience sensations, such as warmth or tingling, flowing from the Reiki practitioner’s hands, resulting in a very deep state of relaxation. The mind calms, the breathing slows down, a feeling of well being and contentment is attained, allowing a better sense of perspective.

Reiki is an ancient healing/harmonizing therapy, rapidly becoming recognized amongst health practitioners as a safe and highly effective complementary therapy to other forms of health care.
Every microscopic part of a body knows exactly what every other part is doing, and responds accordingly. This reinforces the concept of synchronicity, that everything within the body is in a dynamic, interactive and totally inter and intra-dependent state. Reiki goes to the cause of the body disharmony rather than the symptom(s).

Practical Applications:Equines have a long history of performing a variety of tasks for their human masters. These include work under saddle and in harness. Both require the animals to use their bodies, and minds, in ways other than they would ‘in the wild’. The stresses and strains of carrying a rider or pulling a load can upset the natural synchronicity, and, for thousands of years, man has worked to alleviate the structural and tissue damage that can occur.
From the first days of training, man imposes unnatural demands on an equine’s frame.
• They can be started as halter colts, required to ‘camp out’, head held high.
• Next, they can be required to bring their hind legs under the body and bring the head in, for what riders call ‘collection’.

After basic training, every equestrian discipline imposes its specific stresses and strains. Reiki has proved to be a valuable tool for both locating the root cause of poor performance, and kick starting the healing process:

Example 1: Physical and Emotional Wellbeing. Race horses in the USA, unlike in Britain and Europe, only run left handed, so their muscle development is not symmetrical. Many also miss out on training in ground manners and most types of emotional security. When they come off the track, with all this emotional instability, they are thrust into a variety of other disciplines, such as trail riding, dressage, arena jumping and eventing. Some are even tried for carriage driving. With any equine, each time they are sold they are expected to adjust to a different environment, different equipment, handling etc. Reiki has been used successfully to ease the emotional stresses that come with a change of lifestyle, and an end to end Reiki exam can help to identify physical issues that can be causing stress.

Example 2: Locating the source of problems. As with all eastern methods of healing, Reiki deals with
Chakras meridians, the body’s “generator system”. Reiki directs itself to the origin of the disharmony of the patient, i.e. the yin (the inside meridians) and the yang (the outside meridians). The symptoms, however, do not necessarily indicate the source of the problem. Reiki, on its own, will locate and re-strengthen the problem area. However, the intuitiveness of the practitioner becomes more and more aware as he/she applies the “hands on” energy as the eye becomes more receptive and the communication with the patient begins to flow. An example of this is a Welsh Cob mare that was learning to drive. She began to resist turns to the right, then refused to bend at all. She was examined by vets, who looked for structural misalignment and teeth problems, but nothing was found. After prescribed periods of rest, she was still ‘off’. Rose Marie Kent then gave the mare a Reiki examination, and concluded that the problem was in the reproductive area, possibly a tilted uterus. The mare had been bred and delivered a foal within the previous year. Using the healing powers of Reiki, she released the tension in the muscle tissues, and within an hour, the mare showed a number of signs that indicated major physical and emotional relaxation. Six weeks later, the mare, Clanfair Chanel, won a prestigious Pleasure Driving class at a regional show in California.

Clanfair Chanel, driven by Bev Minor at the West Coast Connemara Show, Brookside, CA, September 2007

Example 3: Healing. Reiki does not always heal but does always alleviate the suffering. In Livermore a 13 year old Thoroughbred gelding was introduced by accident to the wonders of Reiki energy. He had undiagnosed Cushings with an Alaskan thick coat in September; was about 300 lbs underweight, could hardly walk and appeared to be in his thirties.

Upon arrival at the boarding stable to visit friends, Rose Marie was told that she was needed up front. There she saw Flame. He was in a poor state. The vet had just left with blood samples, and the owner was refusing to put the horse down, as had been recommended.

Firstly, the horse was suffocating in the 90 degree heat. He had to be body clipped as quickly as possible with scissors as clippers could not penetrate his coat. Due to the stress the horse had foundered and he was in serious discomfort. As the healing powers of Reiki begin as soon as hands are placed on the body, treatment commenced at that time and this brought some immediate relief and relaxation to the horse.

Over the course of the next four years Flame was comfortable and, for the most part, happy. He regained his weight, was diagnosed with Cushings and placed on medication by the Vet. He had severe bouts with abscesses on all four feet, but they cleared. He had neurological problems that made it extremely difficult for him to lie down but once down he loved to roll and could jump back up. He lived with a companion mare and they would buck, play and run around together. During this time Flame was on a weekly Reiki treatment. He looked beautiful, and was full of life right up to the end. Flame has left us with many lessons learned regarding the power of Reiki.

Example 4: Overcoming Fear. In Sonora there was a 5 year old POA mare that was severely fearful of everything. The owners had a “rescue” ranch with about 15 horses of all breeds but, after several months of trying, were unable to calm her. The owners were anxious to help the mare but did not know what to do. It would take half the day to catch her from pasture. The only way to achieve this was to bring all the horses into a smaller corral, then split the mare into a smaller pen, then, with careful patience, halter her for the farrier or Vet. She would shake with fear and repeatedly try to bolt. Also, no-one could understand why the herd treated her as the alpha-mare and followed her in the pasture when obviously she was not a leader in any sense of the word.

When Rose Marie saw this, however, she quickly realized that the herd was not following the mare, but were protecting her. They encircled her and travelled with her in a circle. The mare had a chequered history, and by 5 years old she had been bred at least twice. After spending several hours gaining enough trust to touch her with fingers only and working on other horses in close proximity, Rose Marie began the treatment. Amazingly, after one full body treatment of Reiki, the mare allowed physical contact on her entire body. Physically and structurally she was fine. Emotionally and spiritually she had been mishandled and frightened to the same degree a human child would have been. The effect was amazing! The owners observed the difference in the way the herd’s attention to her had changed. They allowed her to wander off alone to graze. A week later the owners called to say that the farrier could not believe she was the same horse.

What Reiki does?

Reiki enables security blocks to build by balancing the positive emotional energies.

Reiki helps the equine to heal. It promotes harmony amongst all its energies:
• Physical
• Mental
• Spiritual

With this powerful support, equines can adapt much more easily to these life changes, eliminating the emotional depression that often occurs. Most often they will receive treatment without restraint. They welcome it.

Animals tend to respond faster to Reiki than humans. They generally have a more dynamic energy system, and their powers of recuperation tend to be superior. They also have less accumulated stress, emotional blockages and self sabotaging tendencies. It also appears, according to the science of Reiki, that the more domesticated the animal, the slower the recovery time. Domestic animals tend to take on the stress and emotional traits of their owners. Those of us who have pets are all too aware of how much they can be a reflection of their owners.

There are no harmful side effects from Reiki, and it has very definite properties that can be clinically observed and tabulated.

Biography: Rose Marie Kent

Rose Marie Kent desensitizing a Paso Fino mare that was frightened of anything she could not see in front of her

Rose Marie Kent has been involved with horses since she was a young girl. She would climb out of her window and run to the local ranch, almost daily. Even then, she had an instinctive connection with equines, but was never in a position to afford her own animal until her children had left home and she could join the ‘horse poor’ population.

Her first horse was a rescue, a 17 year old Standardbred gelding. He was an off track trotter, and taught
Rose Marie the need to be in control of one’s horse. She was already inclined to use holistic medicines for herself and domestic pets, so she began researching similar treatments for equines, and Mr. Tipps was her ‘guinea pig’. He was followed by a series of animals that seemed to gravitate to Rose Marie, and her understanding of horses increased rapidly. She also studied as a back yard apprentice with vets, acupuncturists, chiropractors, equine dentists, massage therapists, nutritionists, and trainers. Wherever there was a clinic, she volunteered to help. She would clean, groom, hold, or do whatever she was asked. At horse events, she would volunteer for vet checks or the horse ambulance.

One day, whilst researching ‘alternative’ help for herself, she discovered Reiki. Main stream medicine had not been able to diagnose her problems, so she followed some divine inspiration and found the energy benefits of Reiki. Since Reiki is its own source, Rose Marie found that she did not need a complete knowledge of anatomy to use its powers.

Reiki is not a belief system. Spiritual growth is about realizing who we really are, and using whatever methods work for us. Having experienced its power for herself, Rose Marie then started experimenting with equines, and found that they responded, too. Using Reiki, she has been able to pinpoint issues, and solve problems that were baffling mainstream veterinary science.

Reiki and Rehabilitation

At Roger Cleverly: Equestrian Training, we have seen the benefits of Reiki on our equines, and Roger has personally made use of its powers to ease the long term effects of a variety of injuries.

Rose Marie can travel to your barn for Reiki work, or you are welcome to trailer in to her location in Knightsen.

For more information on what Reiki can do for your equine, please call Rose Marie Kent on 925-487-5067, or e-mail ReikiNyou@yahoo.com

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