Meet Diego, a very handsome 16 year old Paso Fino. His Dad David* tells me that he found Diego 6 years ago at a horse auction in Bakersfield. After adopting Diego and getting him home, it was obvious to David that Diego had been mistreated. With love and care, Diego learned to trust David. When Diego is out running around the paddock, he only comes to David and will do anything David asks him to do. Diego has a good heart and there is not a mean bone in his body. Still, if Diego hears someone yelling, he gets terrified. He is also nervous around strangers.
Knowing this, I had no expectations of how Diego would react to my presence. (As always, my first concern is for the animal’s well-being.”) I was pleasantly surprised that as I walked up to his stall, Diego immediately came over to greet me and let me scratch him between the eyes. David, on the other hand, was in shock.
Diego has Pigeon Fever. First off, let me be clear: Reiki* does not take the place of proper veterinarian care. Diego’s vet had been by to see him the previous week. As a Reiki practitioner, I do not treat or diagnose illness or disease. I am not certified in equine massage or acupressure.
Reiki is a holistic healing energy that is now being recognized by many hospitals as an alternative form of pain management for their chemotherapy patients. In fact, I am aware that some hospitals have Reiki Practitioners on staff.
Having said that, David told me that he noticed Diego was in a lethargic state (no energy) and at times, seemed to be in some pain. I performed a Reiki session on Diego, hoping to help with any pain and/or lack of energy Diego may be feeling.
Diego’s reaction to Reiki: I started by spending some time outside Diego’s stall, talking to him and scratching him between his beautiful brown eyes. After a while, David moved Diego into the paddock. I followed soon after and stood in the middle of the paddock, beginning with a meditation and sending Reiki to Diego. For the first 20 minutes, Diego stood about half-way across the paddock from me, continuing to just look at me. Curious, he came closer and stopped about 10 feet away from me. I got the sense that he was “feeling something,” but wasn’t sure what. David mentioned that he saw Diego relaxed and calmer from the session.
I went back a few days later and repeated the Reiki session. This time Diego came even closer to me, about 5 feet … just stood there taking in Reiki’s healing energy. My plan is to go back and visit Diego weekly and continue Reiki energy healing sessions. (I’ll keep you posted on Diego’s condition in future newsletters.)
David and Diego walk the trials of Palos Verdes and Rolling Hills.
(Reiki is ideal for use with animals because it is gentle, noninvasive and doesn't require physical contact. It doesn't cause stress, discomfort, or pain, and yet yields powerful results. Animals respond intuitively to Reiki's power to support the healing of emotional, behavioral, and physical illnesses and injuries.)