Q.Can any horse be a Medicine Horse?
A. All horses are teachers.
Some horses are healers.
Fewer horses are both healer and teacher.
Medicine Horses go beyond the role of healer teacher.
If a Medicine Horse is living a life that is not congruent with his role here on earth he/she will either act out defiantly or develop a lameness that will often be mysterious in that it will be unable to be diagnosed with any accuracy.
Q. Are there any physical differences between a normal horse and a Medicine Horse?
A. Medicine Horses are born with an unusually large heart. This means that they can move enormous volumes of energy with more ease than a normal horse.
This allows them to work with larger numbers of people without having 'the work' affect them in a manner that would leave them out of balance. This genetic mutation is referred to as the Pocahontas Effect, The Large Heart Gene or The X-Factor.
Q. Can horses without a known pedigree be Medicine Horses?
These horses hold a very high and strong vibration which some gifted people can discern.
Some veterinarians are able to tell if the horse has an 'abnormally large heart' by listening with a stethoscope. The beat will be unusually slow and strong with a 'stop' between beats. All other aspects of the horse will appear normal except as mentioned earlier in that they may exhibit behavior issues or a lameness that disappears when they are allowed to get to work.
Q. Are there any scientific studies that address this anomaly?
A. Yes. The Thoroughbred Race Horse Industryhas been studying this genetic mutation for many years and through their research and their dedication to documenting bloodlines we can look at pedigrees of many breeds of horses that have been crossed with Thoroughbred horses.
The Institute of Heart Math has also released some fascinating data.
Recent Studies Explain The Healing That Occurs When We Are Near Horses
"Studies conducted by the Institute of Heart Math provide a clue to explain the bidirectional 'healing' that happens when we are near horses.
According to researchers, the heart has a larger electromagnetic field and higher level of intelligence than the brain: A magnetometer can measure the heart's energy field radiating up to 8 to 10 feet around the human body.
While this is certainly significant it is perhaps more impressive that the electromagnetic field projected by the horse's heart is five times larger than the human one (imagine a sphere shaped field that completely surrounds you).
The horse's electromagnetic field is also stronger than ours and can actually directly influence our own heart rhythm!
Horses are also likely to have what science has identified as a 'coherent' heart rhythm (heart rate pattern) which explains why we may 'feel better' when we are around them.
Studies have found that a coherent heart pattern or HRV is a robust measure of well being and consistent with emotional states of calm and joy - that is, we exhibit such patterns when we feel positive emotions.
A coherent heart pattern is indicative of a system that can recover and adjust to stressful situations very efficiently.
Often times, we only need to be in a horse's presence to feel a sense of wellness and peace. In fact, research shows that people experience many physiological benefits while interacting with horses, including lowered blood pressure and heart rate, increased levels of of beta-endorphins (neurotransmitters that serve as pain suppressors), decreased stress levels, reduced feelings of anger, hostility, tension and anxiety, improved social functioning, and increased feelings of empowerment, trust, patience and self efficacy."
Q. How does the International Academy of Medicine Horses differ from other equine therapy schools?
A. Navigating the world of horses is an interesting art and often a difficult one.
At Thirteen Moons Farm, International Academy of The Medicine Horse we put the horses first, their way, not ours.
The horses receive quality feeds, the best veterinary care when needed, regular hoof care, clean dry stabling with optional walkouts, blankets when required and all other fundamental necessities and niceties of life.
However, the most important thing we give them is access to their true nature. We give them each other. We give them space. We offer them choices. We give them freedom to be themselves whether as an individual or in a group.
They tell us.
They let us know in clear terms when they are ready and willing to work...and we listen.
Should you happen to visit a facility where the horses are thin, unhappy, unwilling, depressed or agitated it will become clear that the horses are merely tools which are used as a gimmick, a prop.
In these types of facilities the turnover of horses is frequent and you can be assured that the horses are not being honored or valued in a way that is congruent with their spirit.
In most instances the focus is on the formal education of the human therapists and the method they have been taught to use.
Little thought is given to the physical, psychological, emotional and above all spiritual requirements of the horse. It is not unusual for therapy horses to live confined to their stalls and small turnout areas, rarely turned out with compatible groups.
Therapy horses give..and give...and give and then give up.
Q. What is a Medicine Horse Session like?
A. No two sessions are ever the same.
The horses react differently to each client or group of clients.
A good example of an 'inside' session has been written by Dr. Tony Hiebert, a visitor to Thirteen Moons Farm.
Q. What kinds of people visit the Medicine Horses?
A. All kinds of people visit the horses from tiny babies to grandparents, people in wheelchairs, doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, naturopaths, dentists, school children and whole families.
Anyone can visit.
The sessions can be very up close and interactive, or in the case of very sensitive or fearful clients the horses can work from across a distance. Ours is not a talk therapy, but rather a powerful energy healing provided by powerful sacred beings, The Medicine Horses.
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