• Kathryn Hulland

What to expect from a horse healing session

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A healing session normally lasts around an hour to an hour and a half but it depends on the horse, I do whatever is best for them, if I feel a shorter session is best I will stop sooner and suggest coming out again another day for a second session (no extra charge) this is because I believe if the horse has a lot to work through it’s not fair to expect them to deal with too much in one go.

Alternatively it may be there are some issues to work through and the horse is being very accepting in which case it could be longer than an hour and a half.

Please note the horse should not be ridden, exercised or travelled for at least 24 hours after a healing session to allow them time to process it.

What to expect from a horse healing session

My horse healing focuses on the horse so if you want healing yourself this should be booked separately, however sometimes a horse will want to draw their person in to a healing - and sometimes they need it all for themselves. During a healing I will do an initial scan of the horse, I may pick up heat, this doesn't necessarily mean there is a physical issue heat can also be felt where emotions have been stored. I will normally then work on the horse’s chakra system balancing these then work my way through the horse from there, being led by the horse at all times. There are no strict rules as to how the healing starts, it is all dependent on each individual horse and it is them who I listen to and am guided by. I give healing to all the areas I am drawn to, I may pick up information from the horse and will pass this to the owner if I do. When I am ready I will finish with another overall balance of energies. I may use crystals during the healing if I am drawn to do so.

​For a healing session the horse should be in the stable with a head collar on and the owner needs to be present throughout. It’s better for there to be quiet with no people coming and

going. It’s ok for people to watch if the owner and horse are comfortable with this but if there are people watching they must stay for the whole session so as not to upset anything. A healing session with your horse can be emotional so do keep this in mind when you agree to people staying to watch, ensure you are happy with showing your emotions around them otherwise the healing will be blocked and the horse may well get frustrated. If the horse has anxiety issues away from other horses please ensure a stable companion is in with them, it’s extremely hard for a horse to relax into a healing session if they are suffering separation anxiety. It may be possible to do a session in the field if the horse is more comfortable there but this is not ideal due to safety reasons but also that other horses may then interrupt the session.

During the healing you will see signs of the horse relaxing, you may see their eye soften, eyelids drop; licking, chewing, stretching and yawning are all good signs of the horse relaxing into the healing and releasing emotion. Licking and chewing is something a horse does having worked through a particularly difficult memory or area of tension, it shows they have had something difficult to face but worked through it, I see it like the feeling of relief we get when something a bit overwhelming has happened then passes. They may also express anger and frustration for example by biting, this could be something is particularly uncomfortable for them or they may find it hard to release certain emotions, I will work through this though deeper issues may take more than one appointment to work through. The healing will continue after I have left as the horse adjusts to the new energies and what has been released which is why it is important not to ride or ask anything much of them for at least 24 hours after.

The horse should be allowed to move around during a healing session but should not be allowed to eat unless particularly nervous in which case it can help them relax initially when I start. If you have any questions then please do feel free to ask I am always happy to talk through what to expect, and if you have any questions during the healing again please do ask.

Healing and the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 Please note that Paragraph 18 of Part 2F of the RCVS Guide to Professional Conduct, provides information including that all animals must be seen by a veterinary surgeon, and that the vet must be content for healing to be given by the laying on of hands.

If you have any concerns about your animals’ health you should first contact your vet. Healing should not be used as a substitute for veterinary care and attention. Only a vet may make a diagnosis, or prescribe.

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