Shelter Animal Reiki Association

Shelter Animal Reiki Association

Whipper: A Horse That Learned to Trust Through Animal Reiki

The most special moment, of the special moments I experienced, was with a horse named Whipper.  He was a very unsettled, almost neurotic horse.  He would pace restlessly, rub himself raw and chew on his tongue as he shuffled from side to side. 

At first, I really had to just focus on Hara breathing and did so outside his stall or in the field outside of fencing.  In time, he allowed me to come inside the fence and as trust grew, he would come over to me to have my hands placed on his body where he chooses them to be. 

Gradually he became calmer, more relaxed and behaviorism of agitation subsided. The last day when we came together was truly special. Whipper’s owner was taking him back to his own stables.  As I stood in the field giving thanks to Whipper for his participation and acceptance, he walked over to me put his head over my shoulder, around my neck and gave me a hug. I felt such Love, peace, and serenity within Whipper.  I knew, and he knew it was our last time together, as we stood at that moment and shared our gratitude.  

Of course, every time I share this story I cry, yep like right now. The simple act of holding space allows energy to go where it needs to go and brings about peace of mind and heart not only for the animals but also within myself.

By SARA Practitioner Karen Yelk

Leah D'Ambrosio

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