Click on the photo to listen to this sweet interview. Emma and Mira interview me about Animal Communication and I do a live reading on Emma's horses Sterling.
I am excited to share about a new therapy I am learning about, called Neurofeedback. The treatment is primary for humans but I have seen some youtube videos of animals receiving therapy. It is on the cutting edge of scientific exploration. Sensors are placed on the scalp to measure brainwaves while the patient watches imagery on the screen. There is a feedback system so when the patient's attention fades the screen flickers. So one becomes instantly aware of one's thought process. It is very effective for ADHD, epilepsy, depression and much more. Very accomplished athletes use it to enhance their performance. I look forward to trying it in the coming weeks so I can improve my equestrian abilities. This is a very basic explanation, so if you are curious, look into it!
Usually at this time of year we are experiencing freezing temperatures and frozen ground. This makes riding outside very limited. But we have been having a lovely warm November this year. I even cantered in the outdoor arena. Each sunny warm day is a gift at this time of year. Feeling grateful!
I am so excited to read the this special issue of National Geographic covering Animal Communication. I think I am going to get really busy! I will write a review once I have read through the issue.
Teddy and I had a wonderful few days at Adult Eventing Camp in Chase Creek. The property is spectacular. There are fields and forests with jumps and obstacles as far as the eye can see. We went through water complexes, up and down banks, over ditches and logs and galloped in tall grassy fields.
Teddy and I participated in a local horse show on the week-end. I am so proud of him! Even just a few months ago he couldn't sustain cantering a 20 meter circle because he was unbalanced. Now he is has lost weight, is stronger and is really tuned into me. He is willing and trusting, too. All the training we have done together over the last 3 years is showing.
We did 2 training level dressage tests, 3 hunter jumping rounds and 1 show jumping round. We did very well in the hunter ring. Here is a photo of our First Place round jumping at 2' 3".
I am also very pleased that I challenged myself by competing in a stadium jumping round, jumping 2' 3". The name of the game is to get around the course as fast as possible without knocking any rails down. I found it very challenging to memorize a course of 12 jumps in 5 minutes. I missed a jump and had to take a circle so I lost time. But now I am determined to get it right next time. Thanks to Korynn Weber for taking great action photos.
The horses and I are so happy Spring is here. Well, on Sunday the temperatures got up to 30 degrees Celsius which is more like Summer than Spring temperatures. Teddy (paint) and I are having a lot of fun together. He loves to be my number one horse. I have had a hard time in the winter with him because he gets grouchy and spooky. I tend to work with him less which then contributes to his grouchiness. This winter I gave the horses magnesium. An osteopath once told me we are all deficient in magnesium because the soils are depleted. I noticed a big change in Teddy's mood. He was much more calm and easier to work with. Toby (chestnut) is healing well from his injury too. He is not rideable yet but in the meantime Teddy and I will continue having fun in the cross country field. Oh, and Toby turned 7 today. Happy birthday buddy!
On March 23, my poor Toby boy bashed his foot on the fence. He needed 5 stitches and 6 layers of bandages changed daily. To my sad discovery on Monday April 1, his stitches had come out. The vet recommended putting a cast on his foot because the laceration is located on a high flex point, just below the fetlock. So on Thursday, two vets put a cast around his hoof. I moved him to the barn across the street where he can live in an indoor stall and stay dry.
He has been doing really well by staying calm and being patient. He is almost 7 years old and he has been confined for over 2 weeks now. The hope is that the cast will keep the laceration closed so it will heal faster. He will still need bandaging after the cast comes off next week. In the meantime, he is getting grooming, love and pep talks from me daily. We are enjoying a new way to bond. And we are both grateful for the care and support he has received from the vets, the barn managers and our friends.
Here are some pictures of the cast going on, as it is not something you don't see everyday.
I have been a Professional Animal Communicator since January 2016. I have been an animal lover and admirer for a very, very long time.