Testimonials - Reiki
Eclipse & her foal.
I arrived on a riding school/haflinger stud yard one day in May 2003, prepared to teach the staff and students, only to find the stud owner (Helen) (a very knowledgeable lady with many years of experience as an extremely competent stud owner) on the phone to the National Foaling Bank because one of her mares had given birth to a lovely filly foal which she was rejecting decisively.
Helen was trying to contact the National foaling bank in order to find the foal a surrogate mother. She felt that she and her staff had exhausted all avenues to encourage the mother to accept the foal. The mare was Eclipse a 14hh Halflinger mare, 6 years old. Eclipse was a maiden mare when she foaled in 2002 with a still born foal. She was very upset when the dead foal was taken from her. It was therefore decided to put her straight back into foal.
The foal Enchantment, was born an hour before I arrived on the yard and Helen had two members of staff holding mare and foal apart all parties looking very anxious and quite stressed. I asked to be allowed to use Reiki with the mare and foal the owner happily agreed.
I started work with the mare Eclipse first, because I felt the loss of her previous year's foal was a significant cause of the rejection. After about ten minutes, I felt her beginning to relax and her muscle structure soften, her body language towards the foal became calmer, so I felt it was safe to let the girl holding the foal go, and after a few minutes she left the box. I then included the foal in the treatment working with both mare and foal.
After another ten to fifteen minutes I felt it was safe to allow the other girl who had been holding the mare, to leave. I was now alone with the mare and foal. As the mare and foal relaxed I was able to give the foal some of the colostrum that had been stripped out of the mare and put in a bottle, when the mare initially rejected the foal. When the foal was offered this colostrums initially she would not drink it, but now the foal was now relaxed enough to accept it. After about another twenty minutes of treatment, the mare lay down, and shortly after Enchantment lay down as well, both still happily accepting treatment.
The vet arrived about ten minutes later and got the mare up to examine her, which she was relaxed about, then I held Eclipse, and he guided the foal to drink and was successful, though the mare was not yet completely happy about this yet. The vet asked if the mare had cleansed and the answer was no, so he went to get his kit, and I worked on the area near her womb, as he came to the stable door she passed the after birth completely with no problem. The vet was happy and went away, after thoroughly examining mare and foal, and giving them a 'clean bill of health'.
I continued to treat the mare and foal for a while until the mare, politely moved between me the foal (with whom I was working at the time), and made it clear that she felt happy and safe to be left with her baby. I accepted her wisdom and left but wanted to stay within earshot in case any problems occurred.
I went next door to work with another horse for about half an hour, and listened, the mare and foal were peaceful. I left the yard after checking the mare and foal again, they were settling well together. The owner helped the foal to suckle by holding the mare and guiding he foal for the rest of that day, by the next day they were very happy together. The mare is now a very proud mother, with a beautiful, healthy, happy foal.
Some months later I was working next to the field with four mares and foals, as I did regularly, but on this particular occasion I was alone. A mare came to the edge of her field, I was at the opposite end of my field, she stood and watched me, attracting my attention by her body language, I went over not sure which mare she was (halflingers are basically all a similar size and colour), but as I got closer I realised that it was Eclipse. She made a great fuss of me when I went to her, and called her baby over to see me. After a few minutes my class arrived and I had to leave them, If she had said "thank you and look at my lovely baby" in English she could not have been any clearer. I have worked in that field many times before and since, and have had no other interest from the mares and foals.