Eva (Director Stillness Institute for Craniosacral studies human/animal) and I travelled down to Sydney on Thursday (10/11/11)  to the Equitana horse exhibition.  We were interested to watch another animal craniosacral therapy teacher explain her craft and demonstrate on a horse in the arena.  We were also interested to see how the audience responded and what kind of people and how many were interested in the topic.  Unfortunately, the 45 minute time slot was not really enough to give a full picture of the vast subject and the benefits of treatment.  Though this was an interesting and useful intellectual exercise for us and the Stillness Institute, I was surprised to know that as usual, the more profound reason I find myself in a place was quite different to what I thought and found myself touched on a deep level by another presentation.

 On the way down in the car, I began to receive strong messages and reminders of an event I experienced in the UK several years ago with the outbreak of BSE or mad cow disease.  My strong connection to animals and nature at a deep subconscious level means that I experience their plight very intensely on an emotional and physical level.  Without connecting to the media coverage of the mass killings of the cows in England whilst I was living there, I felt it deeply in my body as I would drift off to sleep or be in a still space such as doing the dishes or driving my car. I saw visions of their faces, blood and felt the fear and trauma associated with their death on mass.  

 I was unsure why I was being reminded of this as we were heading to horse show or how the plight of the cows in the UK were at all related to horses other than a species of animals under the control of humans in large numbers.  Then , back at the arena, as the music "True Blue" played per the loud speaker and an argentinian holistic horse trainer rode around on a mountain brumby with an aussie flag waving, I felt my spiritual and emotional body light up and my physical body start to respond.  We were then told the story of how these wild mountain horses were the horses that built this country.  The heritage of Australia was all on horseback. These horses fought in the war for us too, they took the trip on ship and faced the diseases and traumas of building a country from scratch (not forgetting the native people and heritage already established).  I noted that it is remembrance day the following day and how we honour our soldiers with a moment of silence, even this perhaps not as honoured as it once was.  

My recognition of the purpose of the mad cow memory came to the fore, when the hostess explained that these incredible creatures are being hunted down and shot in the thousands.  The horse on display was one of the thirty rescued from Mount Kosiosco  and was trained up using holistic horsemanship.  The tears welled up in my eyes as I heard about the tenderness and caring of the trainers and the techniques used that honour the horse as a being rather than a posession or financial asset.  Whilst horses are being imported and bred within Australia for their racing or working ability, these magnificent creatures are being slaughtered!

The other very clear observation by both Eva and myself, not unexpected by any means, was that the racehorse treated by the cranisoacral therapist in the arena, who due to domestication had all sorts of pressures and traumas on all parts of its body.  He looked magnificent, but we could feel and perceive misalignments from saddles, harnesses, falls and of course the necessary interference of dentistry and horse shoe fitting etc due to the way the horses live in captivity.  The wild brumby, living life in the wild where the natural laws of survival of the fittest are at play was absolutely in balance.  He had not only been beautifully balanced by the life in nature where he doesn't need shoes or dentists but had the benefit of the energetic balance of his herd.  In captivity animals take on the energetic and physical/emotional imprints of their human family.  when in the wild, their energy bodies are balanced by the wellbeing of the herd and this then beneficially effects the physical being of the individual.
 
I heard their call for support even before it was made verbally and sent healing energy into the situation.  It is time to recognise the magic of nature and the animal kingdom and what they contribute to the world.  They are not tools to be used or slaughtered according to the whims of man, whatever his reason!  I fully support the group of people who are rescuing and finding homes for these wild horses as it is the only way they will not be slaughtered.  I pray that one day Australians and the world will honour this breed of horses and all species and in this instance harness the power and beauty of the Australian horse with total respect and integrity.