It never lames but it pours…

Anybody who has ever been the carer for a horse with lameness issues will get the link to the old adage. Often Just when you think it is about to stop and you can get back on with whatever it is that gives you joy with your horse it seems to start again…..

This past year has been an absolute rollercoaster on my journey with Melvyn and there have been times where it has felt like rock bottom. I can now reflect on what I have learned and express my gratitude to the ‘support team’ of other professionals (traditional and holistic) and confidantes (including animals) who have helped.

Melvyn loves a roll …

So what have I learned…? Patience in bucketloads …. for one.

… but seriously I am absolutely sure that the personal healing and growth work has helped me to cope with these challenges.

I am stronger and more resilient.

I no longer allow people’s judgement of my decisions about my horse linger in my personal energy field.

I have read more about the anatomy of a horses hind limbs than I care too….especially the impact Melvyn’s former life as a racehorse may have had in contributing to his condition.

I committed to caring for a horse that in my view is extremely special and when you are blessed with such an animal you need to be sensitive to their needs. Trust me Melvyn tells you loud and clear if you are not being mindful around him or doing something he doesn’t ‘approve of’…

I know I am not perfect… who is? But I hope the biggest lesson I have learnt is to try not to judge people … there is a saying ‘until you have walked a mile in my shoes…’ it’s so true. Before I went through this there were some conventional treatments that I was ethically outraged at the thought of …. then I was faced with the reality that these were potentially the only chance that Melvyn could be free from pain and still be on this earth. I can tell you I didn’t hesitate for a heartbeat in saying to the vet to proceed. His care in the surgical teams hands was amazing and I am truly grateful. I I do not regret my decisions at all …. they were after all my decisions.

I am also truly grateful to my equine physiotherapist, my Zoopharmacognosy mentors and peers, my farrier, veterinary acupuncturist, vet and those friends who have supported me all the way.

So what is the conclusion of this post…. well I suppose it is to say that conventional surgery and medicine and complementary therapies are part of the bigger picture.

I know that is hard when an animal we are the guardian of and I believe we are trying our best…. my mission is to support the people I work with through listening to them, feeling their feelings, offering options but I think most importantly always respecting their decisions objectively after all they are their decisions to make as animal guardians.