case of long lasting effects of Shiatsu on a horse
The case I am
describing here is one of my first cases in Equine Shiatsu which I took in
November 2006 and I am glad to report how well this horse continues to be. At
the time I began working on Tinker, he was around twenty four years old and was
a favourite of the riding school owner as he was very gentle, safe with children
and always willing to do his best.
Unfortunately in early 2006 he started to go lame in his right front leg, so the
owner decided to give him a well earned holiday for a few months in late Spring
and into the Summer. In October she brought him back to work and he became lame
again. The vet diagnosed the horse with navicular and said that since he was
that old it was best to retire him.
So that was the situation when I started doing some shiatsu sessions on him. I
did the first one in November 2006 and was very surprised that this very loving
and willing horse despite being quite polite did his best to ignore me
completely. Tinker was very tight in his shoulders and was also quite out of
proportion in that his front end was quite strong and his back end being very
underdeveloped and it was like the front end and the back end did not seem to be
connected! So most of my sessions were focused on loosening his shoulders and
trying to bring a connection between the front and back end of the horse which
involved working on his bladder, gall bladder and small intestine meridians.
When I came back two weeks later for a second session Tinker was immediately
very receptive. He apparently had made up his mind about Shiatsu! He really
relaxed. At this stage I was working on loosening his shoulders and also doing
rotations and stretches of his hind legs. When we took him out of his stable he
was more flexible and engaging his hind legs.
I did another two sessions on Tinker in January 2007 by which time he was a real
Shiatsu fan, happy to see me and relaxing straight away; always trying his best
with the hind legs work. By February 2007, Tinker was back in light work and was
much better with no sign of being lame, even though you could see that he was
still very much a” front wheel drive” horse.
A few weeks ago (July 2009) I met the owner of that riding school and asked her
what happened to Tinker thinking that he was retired and to my amazement she
told me that he was well without any lameness, still working and as popular as
ever with his young riders!!
This shows what the combination of the powerful effects of shiatsu and a very
willing horse can achieve.