As I scour the internet for new information on how to help the horse, I stumble across an article about vibrational medicine. I wanted to research this a bit further and discovered (ok, I already knew) that our world is pure vibration. Much like solids aren’t really solids but a bunch of atoms smashed together to create, what looks like a solid object. This is hard for me to comprehend; however, I know that negative emotions are a low vibrational energy that has the ability to manifest disease within our bodies. Horses are no different! In the course of my information fumble, I find confirmation to Dr. Bradley Nelson’s book The Emotion Code. There is also information in the book Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer by Gregg Braden about how hurts can kill. James Blumenthal at Duke University recognizes that negative emotions have the power to cause physical problems and disease, and Neurologist Robert Scaer speculates that existing emotional issues are responsible for physical pain, when there is no definite cause, may be embedded because of earlier trauma. In The Emotion Code, Dr. Bradley Nelson explains how we can release trapped negative emotions, we can also use this method on horses too. This caught my eye today “Since the emotional and physical bodies of animals are so unified, this fear can suddenly manifest as disease.” ~Sage Holloway~ from her book “Animal Healing and Vibrational Medicine. Yes, I purchased the book, it should be here on Friday.
Earthing is a new term scientists are using as reference to being barefoot outside, of course I thought of the horse and the metal shoes nailed to the bottom of the hoof in order to protect it. Stephen E. O’Grady, DVM, MRCVS states, “It has been discovered that the horse has receptors in the bottom of its foot and it is speculated that these receptors function in a stimulatory capacity. So the first thing that happens when shoes are applied is that these receptors lose contact with the ground” (2007). When horses turn two years old, we begin to train (or the old term break) a horse. The hoof capsule construction is still undeveloped. The hoof is a flexible structure that becomes immovable with the application metal shoes. Of course, there are exceptions, and some horses require to wear metal shoes to alleviate pain.
The receptors of the hoof simulate the barefoot human reconnecting with the electrons of the Earth. The earth’s electrons promote fascinating physiological changes of well-being. To date, there have been 21 published articles of the benefits of going barefoot, I believe this to be true of the horse also. Granted, I am not talking about the exceptions noted in the previous paragraph. Published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health, by Chevalier, Sinatra, Oschman, Sokal & Sokal states, “It is an established, though not widely appreciated fact, that the Earth’s surface possesses a limitless and continuously renewed supply of free or mobile electrons.” “Mounting evidence suggests that the Earth’s negative potential can create a stable internal bioelectrical environment for the normal functioning of all body systems” (2012).
There are abundant integrative therapies that help to maintain the body and alleviate the stressors that cause dysfunction and disease. The horse is an extremely sensitive animal and again; no different.
Emotional causes of stress for the horse:
- changes in the environment
- loss of a herd member – either to death or sold
- being alone
- seasonal changes
- loading and riding in a trailer
- preparing and going to shows
- a stressed handler or rider
- stall rest due to an injury
These changes, which seem minute, can initiate hidden fears from unresolved past issues. Mental anxiety, or fear, is stored within the muscles; particularly at the pole, neck and shoulders, which is the same for humans. However, when tension is accumulated in the muscles of the horse, there is no way to release that tension without the aid of a human; through muscle manipulation, or releasing the trapped negative emotion. The body utilizes emotional issues and manifests them in to physical symptoms. It is scientific fact that emotion changes the DNA inside the body.
The amygdala, a roughly almond-shaped mass of gray matter inside each cerebral hemisphere, involved with the experiencing of emotions, and the limbic system, a complex system of nerves and networks in the brain, involving several areas near the edge of the cortex concerned with instinct and mood, controls the basic emotions (fear, pleasure, anger) and drives (hunger, sex, dominance, care of offspring) hold the association of not feeling safe with a past unpleasant event. This is exactly what happens with horses that have abused, ignorantly and arrogantly trained, as well as a host of other unpleasant events. The horse has the largest amygdala of all domestic animals.
I love this analogy…Can’t Hurt, Might Help. Whether you agree with alternative therapies or not, they do not impose any harm to the animal; I have personally seen tremendous, phenomenal results with The Emotion Code. Science is finally catching up with quantum physics. It is fact that the body is an electric and a magnetic field and emotions regulate the electrical and magnetic fields. Studies have shown that horses do have and experience emotions. The Emotion Code works in such a way similar to that of the magnetic strip on the back of a credit or debit card. It erases all the information of the past negative emotion once the trapped emotion is found using a magnet along the Governing Meridian.
I personally believe it can correct many undesirable vices such as weaving and cribbing, but that has not been proven…yet!
Chevalier, C., Sinatra, S.T., Oschman, J.L., Sokal, K., & Sokal, P. (2102, January 12). Earthing: Health Implication of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth’s Surface Electrons. Journal of Environmental and Public Health. doi: 10.1155/2012/291541.
Holloway, S. (2001). Animal Healing and Vibrational Medicine. Blue Dolphin Publishing, Inc. Nevada City, CA.
Namka, L., (2011) The Five Element Meridian Release Technique. Retrieved from http://lynnenamka.com/Five_element_ReleaseTechnique.pdf.
O’Grady, S.E. DVM, MRCVS, (2007, June 18). Barefoot vs. Shod: An Equine Podiatrist’s Perspective. The Horse. Retrieved from http://thehorse.com/Barefoot_vs_shod