On my visit to the organic farm in Bridgetown, Co. Clare I met a horse named Stella. She is a new addition to the collection of horses on the farm so now there are five. This horse is here on a trial basis and is hoped to be used to pull a small carriage every so often. Unfortunately she has a sad history and as a result is extremely nervous around people and for this reason she may not be suitable for the job.
As you can see Stella is quite thin but apparently she has already put on weight in the two weeks that she has been at the farm. Previously she lived in a shed in a garden for most of her days and was trained to race sulkies on the road. As part of her "training" she received a lot of abuse and in general she did not have a happy life. At the moment Jim is treating Stella with Bach flower remedies and lots of gentle reassurance and is hoping that she may recover her trust in people. If she doesn't he may not be able to keep her as he would then need to buy another horse that would do the job intended for Stella.
While I was there I offered to do a little bit of healing on Stella in the hope that it may improve her chances of being given a permanent place on the farm. I sat down on a bucket just out of kicking distance and started to "listen" to her. I have found that if I close my eyes and "listen", with my mind to the mind of the other person or animal, an amazing array of images appear as if from nowhere. I don't try to think about what the images mean or dwell on them, I just let them play out like a video. It seems that simply listening to some one else is enough to help them.
Stella ate her hay while I listened to her.
I sat for about 10 minutes and saw many unpleasant things in my mind's eye. The over riding emotion that was pouring from Stella was confusion and fear. I could see her cowering and trying to retreat from abuse and not understanding what was happening. She was falling over and trying to get away but was rooted to the spot. She could not escape.
When I am listening to some one I find that the "video" that I see goes through episodes. Every few minutes the images will go onto some other emotion or memory. At one point Stella seemed to want to lash out at the people who were hurting her. She was angry and I just listened to her until she was done. For a few moments I got distracted and when I came back to Stella I got the impression that I was now seeing the real her. She was dancing from one foot to the other, was happy and full of mischief. I listened to her for a few more moments as it seemed that she wanted to show some one who she really was. She wanted to connect with some one.
I left her alone so she could settle herself and enjoy the peace and quiet of the farm and I went for a cup of tea. Later I came back to her and sang her a piece from a Mongolian lullaby which I picked up from the film "The Story of the Weeping Camel". I only know one line and it repeats for as long as you want and I sang it to her quietly for about 10 minutes. Half way through it she began to nod off! I've never seen a horse falling asleep before and it was extremely hard to not laugh. She was exactly like some one on a bus who keeps dropping their head and closing their eyes and keeps waking up again.
Jim seemed to think that Stella looked sleeker and a little more comfortable after her listening session so hopefully she will begin to come back to her real self soon. Later on he took Stella out for a walk to try to get her used to working with him. Here she is coming back looking beautiful. He thinks that a long walk to the Burren might help her to get used to the fact the her driver will treat her well and that she doesn't need to be nervous any more.
I will listen in on Stella every so often and hopefully with all the care and attention that she is receiving as well as the good food and exercise she will make a good recovery and get to stay on the farm for a long time to come.