ANIMAL'S NAME: Gibson
AGE: 13 years old
MEDICATIONS: Not provided at the time
HISTORY: Adopted 3 years ago; history of abuse, used for polo; flighty; extremely insecure; tooth was broken on bit, abscessed molar
I found these photos and thought I would share with everyone to help those interested understand a little more about Zoopharmacognosey. This was with Caroline Ingraham in Wyoming in September 2017 learning about how to work with the horses. They are one of the easier species to work with as they are very clear in their direction of what they need when they are presented with the remedies.
It is amazing to watch and be a part of the healing process. The animals know you are there to honor them, not “do to them” as so many humans think they have the right to do.
Above, Caroline is preparing the buckets for the horses. Each horse is worked with separately. Caroline is pouring Barley Grass (anxiety / magnesium) into a bucket. Already prepared are Marigold flowers (gold) helps with tannins in the gut, Arnica flowers (bruising), Rosehips (red and dry), great for collagen repair and Vitamin C, Seaweed Bladdewrack (black and crunchy), great for clearing toxins especially vaccinations, Comfrey (herb) supports healing in the structure, and Nettle (herb), supports the liver and also supports clearing toxins.
A little water will be added to the Barley Grass to see if the horse prefers it dry, with a little water, or wet.
Caroline is ready to begin the processing of presenting the buckets to the horses. This is the first stage of the Zoopharmacognosey session. Caroline is seeing if the horse is depleted in any nutrients prior to beginning offering remedies to smell.
If an animal is craving nutrients, then this will interfere with the smelling portion of the healing process as they may be searching for this to be resolved first. Therefore, minerals and macerate oils, and herbs are offered at the beginning of the session. What each horse selects is a huge indicator what oils will most likely be the initial focus to open with to support the healing process.
What is very important to understand in these sessions, is that the animals are processing pain, trauma, unwanted memories perhaps. This is a humbling process because as facilitators of the session we provide the space and the time for the animal to process everything in their own time frame. There is a lot of watching and waiting and subtle intuition about what the animal may need next.
Nothing is every pushed on the animal nor is the animal made to rush. This is a hugely respectful, honorable process. It is wonderful, but also sometimes a little heart breaking, as the emotions released, the pain released, resonates.
Gibson, then took a break and munched on some hay. Next Step: High quality, food-grade oils are offered via smell and application.
The session continued. Offering Gibson other behavioral oils, and then focusing on the digestive. Gibson continued to process oils for ages after this. So much repair to his body, mind, and spirit.
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