Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Altered Behaviours that weren't asked for...

Have had 2 emails in 2 days from people giving feedback on consults they had done. One was with a group of cats, the other a group of dogs.

In each case the mum's wanted to know what everyone thought of the others so this was asked. Some didn't like others and we got "why", a lot was just personality clashes or one or another despising a weakness in one of the others. At no point did I ask them to try to get on with each other better, I don't see that that is my place to ask them to do something with an animal they may not like just to satisfy us.... so all reasons and feelings were just handed back to mum, advise on how to up the bonding, and some tips to help perhaps fix any problems.

Well both emails received in the last couple of days remark that all animals are much more relaxed with all the others, they are sleeping closer, or playing together. Sad or frustrated animals are appearing more relaxed and calmer....

Why????

In reality nothing I said to, heard from or suggested to any of the animals would bring about that type of change in behaviour! So why the changes?

Is it that the feel different energy off their mums once mum understands their reasons for things? Is it that just happy to be heard they allow themselves to let go of the little things that bugged them?

To be honest I'm not sure if it's either or both or something else! What do you think????

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Paltalk...

and if anyone wants to have some instant type chats I have a room at Paltalk where although it's set up with a "Kebzeh" heading the discussion tend to anything spiritual/energy related so feel free to come over and say hi!

http://express.paltalk.com/interop.html?eid=12673505683843207259801619644606

I'm 'talks2' over there and am on most evenings at some stage although it does have to work around work waiting!

Hay Time!

Well our hay has been cut! WOOHOOO! Hopefully baled tomorrow before the rain that's due to hit!

Mac is still is same super confident, sweet honey and I can't believe something as simple as Smokey arriving would lift all that pressure and we can soar higher than we were before!

Smokey is working through some trust and baby issues. Not enjoying having his bridle put on which means if he sees me coming with a lead rope he's not particularly fond of responding then either LOL. He'll get there, he's such a sweet baby.

Phoenix my big girl (bullmastiff) got 2 grass seeds in her eye on Christmas Eve (what a Murpheys Law time to get them!) So she sat with a swollen eye she wouldn't open for 3 days till the vets were open again silly girl! Should have zonked her out with a bottle of whiskey and I could have pulled them out myself, they were the full blown big suckers sitting in those folds of hers!

She's fine now anyway, and Leo is waiting for normal surgery to resume at which point he'll go in and come out 2 stone lighter if you get my drift.

Marcus (the 2 legged one) has got some tummy bug with a runny (and horrendously burnt) bum poor wee tot, change his nappy and watch him wandering around like John Wayne for 5 mins.

Just waiting for him to head to bed and it to cool down a little more before I head out to play with the horses.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas is creeping up on us!

Geez where did this year go?!

Hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a safe holiday time!

May 2009 bring you just what you need hehehe.

All animals are ticking along here, dogs are good, goats are cuddly, horses are great...

Enjoy the time with family and friends and remember what we're celebrating... the b/day of the best energy manipulator this world has ever seen!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Finished Amelia Kinkade's Book...

and I must confess I don't like her book as much as Marta Williams ones, although it did have some gems in it, by the end of hearing about all these wonderful people who could get this, this and the other from animals nonstop it only served to make me wonder how I can do it? and I already am!!!!! yeah I know, hearing just how wonderful others are can make that self doubt even worse! LOL.

Still it DID have some gems in there and very good at explaining just how the energy aspect of it all works so worth a read....

Education for both of us...

I swear sometimes I get the feeling I can "communicate" with everyone else's animals but mine! LOL, it's just so easy to "find" everyone elses animals, hard to recognise and pinpoint mine! So trusting of course, no matter what, they he (Smokey) can hear and understand ME even when I'm to thick to pinpoint him we had a chat yesterday....

Tuesday was an exciting day, had a lesson on Mac and while putting him back in the paddock I discovered Smokey had once again fallen out of his area (while I was putting Mac away!)

He took 1/2 the sheep netting away from the fence (lucky it was only tacked on temporarily to stop youngest goat getting under the fence!) but upon falling out of his taped area he was in chest high hay grass!!!!! Ever seen a Kai not wanting to get caught?!!!!

He didn't even fall for the handfuls of hay left in Mac's bucket *sigh* so I went inside got HIS feedbowl with a handful of chaff (this is 1/2 hour later!) at which point he promptly said "feed?!" and hey presto he was caught! Brat!

Chucked him in the backyard (long rich, clover filled grass!) till I could sort his fence out and remove the sheep netting etc, so decided in his high pressure day to keep the pressure on him and bridle him up for the first time.... Took about 5 mins of him going backwards away from it, till I used my brains and turned his butt around so he could only back INTO the shed. I also told him Sola would be very disappointed with him when I told her how he was behaving, at which point (who knows which thing worked or if it was a combination!) he took the bridle going on without a fuss!

It WAS a high pressure day for him tho so he was not smoochy at all LOL.

Yesterday I followed up with the bridle again. Turned him straight round bum into the shed and he was STILL avoiding it! Told him again Sola would be so sad that he hasn't remembered what he was taught, and again, hey presto, bit in mouth, bridle on (getting the picture of how much he thinks of Sola?!)

Did some more work with him and filed his feet (and fingers) again, gave him his feed and then told him I really really REALLY needed a cuddle from him, and I hate feeling like we have this separation between us and I know trust is earned and it's all early days BUT I need him to show me he's willing to try etc etc etc. Had a good old heart to heart with him. He finished eating and had a couple of mouthfuls of grass which I said he could do (gets told off for trying to snatch mouthfuls while working of course!) he had one mouthful sniffed another and then spun around to where I was sitting on a log holding his leadrope.

He gave me my cuddles! :o)

He took my cap off my head and nuzzled all thru my hair, he kissed my nose, my cheeks and snuffled all over my face, he let me pull his lips and kiss him, scratch his feet for him and he did all that of his own volition and for that time we did nothing but love each other, no pressure of education, or desensitizing or anything, just the two of us meeting in love, it was lovely!

Last night when giving him more grass and today doing the same he "allowed" me to give him scratches on his body and bum while he was head down eating the grass! His biggest trust issue is that being touched while his head is down and he's vulnerable. So although I got some little snippets of feelings from him while we were having our cuddles he spoke most clearly of all thru his physical actions and that was just what I needed right then, a big physical cuddle with him!

Friday, December 12, 2008

All are Settling Juuuuuust Fine...



Smokey is settling in really well. Bought myself a rasp and a hoof knife to deal to his split hoof as it needed attention and he's not quite ready for the farrier (but not far off it by gum!) so took some skin off (damn those new rasps are sharp!) and filed all 4 feet (a token gesture in reality!) Chopped a 'V' into the split (still needs more but I don't know what I'm doing LOL so it'll do for now!)

He's getting scratches loose in the paddock, will even position his bum for me hehehe.



Mac is a new horse. Not only is his new saddle going great on him, but his face is just worry free now. It's funny I know I like Smokey A LOT, and I was really worried about having the "equivalent" feelings for him as for Mac and Mac getting a bit anti because of it (very jealous, one person horse there!) Well I see Mac's face when I walk out to him and it's like seeing a new horse! What I feel for Smokey doesn't even enter the same ball park as what I feel for Mac and Mac now knows it, Smokey isn't a threat any more and the "feeling" I have from/with Mac is all new, it's very secure, it's very complete and in truth this wee test has proven NOTHING will ever alter or threaten what we have.... Fabulous! And the spark in Mac's eye is so great to see again.





The funny thing is if I have Mac or Roger out and take them up to Smokey in his area (tape between them) Smokey is all "Oh OK, I'm interested but I'll stay very polite and back here out of the way."



When I have SMOKEY out and take him up to see Mac and Rog, he'll nibble at Mac's nose to make Mac pull away from being nosey and away from me! You can just see him saying "I'M with her, not YOU!" If I give Mac a cuddle, Smokey will try to pull me away LOL, so very cute!

Did 5 mins of some of Parelli's stuff with him 2 sessions ago, he understood what I wanted by the end but not up on the ball... The next day we did it again and he was "yep, know this!" I do the "KA says" game. He has to stay by my shoulder, walk - he walks, run - he trots, halt, back up etc etc. The first day he was trying to be ahead of me, and not paying attention, 2nd day and I couldn't trick him! Such a wee sausage!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Language of Miracles by Amelia Kinkade

Not my favourite style of writing, writes very much as she (or I LOL) would talk, but it does serve to keep it simple enough even when she's getting scientific on HOW energy exchanges work.

Got to a point where she is listing out all the questions you could try asking an animal to practice on and with those questions she tells you how to feed out the questions to the animal, ie visualising or feeling what you're wanting to ask and gauging the response from the animal to the question. Very good! That's stuff I was doing anyway but never really knew if it was how others did it or whether I'd just stumbled across something, so nice to know that is how others do it, so know that advice I'm feeding out for clients is 'correct' so to speak!

For someone who accidentally fell into doing this, it's actually really nice to have confirmation that I'm doing it "right" as it were LOL, you know those self doubt demons that we have to face? Amelia says she STILL faces them, so a very encouraging book to say "yes, you're on the right track, been there before you but still walked the same path."

Monday, December 1, 2008

Beyond Words by Marta Williams

gosh, I'm wondering why I didn't start reading these animal communication books years earlier! Probably because I didn't know it existed LOL.

Only the first few pages into Marta's book and she shares a story about how animals KNOW how/what we're feeling and will interact with us etc.

She is doing a workshop with a group and they've all had a horse to go and talk with and they meet back in the stall of her horse. A chick came forward to give her feedback of what she'd got and Marta's horse turned his head and put his head over her shoulder and his cheek against hers for about 3 mins and then yawned or something. Marta couldn't explain it because it was very unlike him to touch anyone and everyone asked her why he'd done it she had to say she didn't know.

When they got back inside and they were busy doing something else, Marta took the opportunity to link in with the horse and ask him.........

Wow, that was a great story to hear because I often think these "famous" people are just in constant communication, but to know that even tho she was right there beside him she had no idea why he'd done it, and "had to link in with him" afterwards to ask him about it.... makes me feel a less distanced from that image I had given to them!

Finished the book and it's great, need to go thru it again a little slower (it's an easy read because it's just stories etc) but there are stories in there about talking to water and nature etc too which is cool..... didn't like the story of the trembling pine tree amongst all the Christmas trees, never liked killing a live tree for Christmas anyway but that sort of backed THAT feeling up to the nth degree!!!

Having finished that book in Christchurch I went visiting Danny a girlfriend down there, lent her the book for the night and then went ghost hunting (my first time!) Danny seems to have luck seeing things like that and she lives 2 mins away from a new subdivision where ghosts have been seen and big Maori massacres happened.... mothers drowned their babies in the lagoons to save them being eaten or enslaved.

So we went for a drive and parked up, wound down windows, got eaten alive instantly by mozzies (who the heck would buy there with all those mozzies around?!!!!)

But we were too busy yacking about things and nothing was "visable" so we went for a drive up further where it's still farmland and a bit scrubby and drove thru there. Got to a point where I was just thinking "strange energy" and Danny said "that's the lagoon where they had eels and the food supply (and here was me thinking she was going to say "where they drowned their babies.") So we drove on and still saw nothing and I said that I thought she was going to say about the drownings and she said she had been going to but thought better about saying it!) By then it was 10pm so I dropped Danny home. As I drove off down the road towards town I talked to the strange energy I felt and asked if it was anyone... Amongst other vague feelings I got a very clear "come back!"

So I turned around and headed back thinking I wasn't going to far down that gravel road cause I couldn't remember which way I had to turn to get around the area and didn't want to get lost in there! Parked up just past that lagoon area (which you can't see) and talked with the energy.

I think I got a young female.... she felt guilty for hiding and she heard screams of her family etc. She was definitely "stuck" in that negative energy and I didn't know how to unstick her! Did all the usual talk linking her back to the whole etc but she was still stuck.... after about 20 mins I headed off into town again and as I was going I suddenly thought of trying to link her to loved ones (like I do with living animals who are grieving for lost ones etc)

So I called in the mother of the energy and the father of the energy and definitely had 2 other energies there, left them with her (was tired and losing interest by then to be honest LOL) but got a very strong feeling of gratitude from the 2 new energies there.

Was an interesting thing to happen although in reality rather vague... I was hoping after reading the book I may have linked with the land itself, but it was definitely a person that popped up.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Lovely Weather, Perfect Days...



Hay is nearly ready to be cut, but heading down to Christchurch for the annual Chans Martial Arts Black Belt Grading tomorrow, and home on Sunday after my Sister-In-Law gets married!

In the meantime today we spent some lovely time playing with the critters in the paddock. Put some Himalayan Crystal Salt out for Smokey (he had no idea what he was supposed to do with the salt block LOL so we gave him a bowl of loose salt)

He is really getting smoochy now, friendly, allowing pats and scratches and cuddles in the paddock not having to be "caught" which is cool.


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Mac and Roger (Mac in particular!) is on startvation big time poor wee poppets, gotta be cruel to be kind sometimes! Mac is like a camel! Seems to store his food and water in his fat humps, located in various positions around his body (little blimp!) At least being strip grazed they love me to bits twice a day hehehe.



Work is just ticking along, no extremely exciting cases to talk about. Have started the Marta Williams book I bought a month or so back, Beyond Words, loving it so far, mainly stories of her's and clients or students. Very good and Fishpond had it for a good price!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

helloooooo!

The first meeting of the 3 without tape between them was today in the back yard while I shifted Smokey's tape to an area by the house (which incidentally he's already jumped out of when Phoenix the dog charged the fence and him!)

Thankfully all 3 were hungry and interested in the grass so it went off without a hitch. By the time I'd shifted his tape around and gone inside for the camera they were pretty much ignoring each other although as I entered the mix Mac decided to get that little intruder out of the way and squashed him against the fence threatening to kick him. Smokey's only way out was past those rear legs so Mac belted him as he went thru the gap! Lucky for Mac is wasn't hard at all, it was more for show. Mac got told he'll go back in the paddock with no grass if he didn't pull his head in.... head remained pulled in till it was time to go back anyway.



Sunday, November 23, 2008

Teddy Bears Picnic today!

No rain either so it was a nice time in town for Marcus. Got home and rode Mac, still blown away in the difference in his movements with the new saddle on!!! It's funny how bad changes happen bit by bit and creep up on you, and then the good changes seem so dramatic!

Got wee Smokey out of the paddock and took him to the implement shed where I do most of the grooming, tacking up etc.

As you can see in some of the earlier photo's he is used to being in an enclosed pen while being tied up, so being tied up head facing into the shed and bum out into the wide open was something he wasn't too keen on. Did a couple of pullbacks, but stops when the pressure comes on and he can't go further, and then came back up when I asked.

He really enjoys being groomed so that was a nice wee session for him. Picked out his front feet and after a wee hissy fit he had with the farrier yesterday (lets just say it was a graphic reminder from the poor lad that he doesn't trust strangers and ain't that keen on males!) I only did his front ones as I didn't want the new space add worry to his back feet being done, so he was able to stay nice and relaxed but still have his feet lifted in some form.

Got to remind myself to gooooooo sloooooooow with him LOL. But he's such a cool wee guy and smoochy and even tried to sneak in a couple of playful baby bites today hehehe so he's chilling just fine :o)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Heavy Rain Warning Ahead!

looks like a lot of rain heading our way on Monday! Probably all blow off somewhere and although it's needed I don't think 10hrs of 24ml per hour is exactly called for LOL.

Smokey FINALLY accepted both a bit of apple AND some bread today! His taste is expanding YIPPEE!!!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

and now because since I've gotten home it's been all Smokey...

to catch up on my travels up the North Island!

Of course the first week up there was still all about Smokey LOL, but then I headed to a school fair in Owhango by Mt Ruapehu. Lovely little spot!!!

The fair was small but good fun. Marcus just ran around all day until it was all over and he crashed in the truck.

Had 4 people want me to speak to their critters for them, sold some salt and even some magnets. Swapped some salt for a wheat bag with the young couple next to me (who should have had her baby by now!) and had a lovely catch up with Cara who asked if I'd go up for it!

Moved on to Waitara in Taranaki where I stayed with a goat farming internet friend and she'd organised a talk at her place, talking about how all the communication stuff works, work through any questions the people had and then did a consult on a dog and a horse so they could see how it all worked practically.

Don't know about my long suffering listeners but I enjoyed it!

Pete met us in Taranaki and came home with us from there.

Two days later Smokey is here and the rest as they say is history ;)

Pete gets up this morning and says.....

"Hey! Smokeys not in the tape!" Cursing another jumping pony I shot outside at 6.30am and much to my relief he hadn't jumped out but broken the tape instead!

Funny thing is I THINK I know when it was! I went to bed at about 11pm and was "talking" to Smokey but started drifting off to sleep. You know how you're actually still awake as such but you start having dreams as you drift off? Well I had a dream a guy (god knows who!) was yelling at me, really loudly and all of a sudden OUTSIDE of the dream but within my head at the same time Smokey came flying into my vision as if he'd gotten a fright. I thought it was a mental fright perhaps at this man yelling at me in my head but to find him on the wrong side of the tape 7hrs later it may have been about the same time... if it was it's nice to know such a strong link is there when needed!!!

Shot down and got him out of knee deep grass (god bless a little carrot as a bribe!) popped him back in his area and he promptly lay down for a sleep, poor wee boy exhausted himself LOL.

So today we got some new more visable tape and reel (man those are expensive!) and hooked him all up properly, live now too!

Rode Mac for the first time in his new Trainers saddle, man that boy can trot!!! I'd forgotten how forward and bouncy and BIG his trot is until I got a decent fitting saddle on him! Poor patient boy! So now to ride all the fat off him.

Smokey was watching our every move LOL.

Here is the exhausted boy resting...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

He's Home!!!!!

YAY! Smokey is here. didn't want to get on the float for just a carrot but couldn't help himself when the feedbowl entered the equation LOL.

Got him home and popped him in his taped area next to Mac and Roger where he turned his nose up at the feed that didn't have molasses in it, had a nibble of hay, teased Mac but not actually saying hello and is eating the grass.

All is right in the world my baby is home :o)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Proud Mummy Moments....

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This was our 2nd ride I think it was. A little spook when Mr Fuzzy decided he had an itch to reach LOL and that is about as bad as his reactions get! Never any hint of a round back, has an extremely soft mouth, also has that Kai stubbornness that can result in a "I've finished, you can flap those legs all you want but I'm not moving anymore!" hehehe, he'll get out of it!

After that we would start on lead, then take it off and then we ditched Fuzzy the lead horse (in the round pen) then my last day out there with him Sola just walked with us and we went off lead around the track around the paddocks and had a trot out there on our own. He is so sweet!

Can't wait for him to arrive tomorrow, hope the poor wee guy isn't too tired to get on the float!

Mac in the meantime has obviously had far too much grass in the 2 weeks I was away, he's a BLIMP!!!!

Picked up his new saddle today so will have to get on him and work that fat butt off him again!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Road Trip, Smokey and more.....

Wow, it is good to be home!!! Just got home this evening, so such a good time away, boy child traveled like a pro and it was great to see him with nana (don't get to see that often enough being in different islands!)

Got up to see Smokey every day while in Auckland and we sure pushed that envelope for him riding wise, it was great! Just got an email tonight saying he's getting picked up tomorrow and will be with me on Thursday! WOOHOOOO!!!!!!

Here are some photo's of us :)

my 2nd ride on him, on lead with Fuzzy the lead horse.



His first ride out of the round pen... Sola riding him. Starting off on lead



Finishing up like a big boy...



and photo's after OUR first ride out in the open together, what a wee star, not a worry in the world with him!!!



Have some lovely photo's of him, will sort some more tomorrow :) Mac won't be impressed, but I think I'm in love with 2 boys at one time hehehehe

Monday, November 3, 2008

Smoking!!!!!!

Finally got some photo's of Smokey under saddle! Doesn't he look tiny? His rider, Sola must be about 6' so he won't look that little with me on him hehehe.



Thursday, October 30, 2008

ROAD TRIP!!!!! eek!

Well next Tuesday I'm heading to the North Island with child in tow (tell me why?!)

Stopping in Waitara for the night heading up, spend a week with Smokey (who stalled for a couple of days and I know he's finding riding not so exciting right about now, in fact it's a bit "hard") and organise to get him home.

Delivering salt along the way including to a new saddlery shop that's going to be opening in Sth Auckland.... Gail at 358 Ridge Rd, Taukau/Pokeno, www.freewebs.com/2ndchancehorsegear/ will have some 1kg bags in stock so pop in when the shop opens and check her out!

Heading back down south again on the 14th to get to Owhango in the Ruapehu District to do the school fair there on Saturday, (old school friend I caught up with recently at our school reunion rang out of the blue to see if I would do their school fair and it was timed perfectly for when I was planning a trip up!) and then over to Taranaki on Sunday the 16th to do some work and catch up with an internet buddy.

Home sweet home on the 18th November!!!

Looking forward to it actually and hoping like hell I find time to do a couple of stop offs and say hi to some people along the way!

Saddle Fitting...

Took Mac to get his saddle fitted a week ago, unfortunately it didn't! Ray (the blind saddle fitter!) recommended a couple of different types that would suit Mac's shape best and said he needed an XW gullet (and here was me thinking he was looking so "trim" lately LOL)

Had some wonderful ladies in the horsey industry offer me some great deals on Trainer saddles and it was only the fact that my local saddlery shop decided to match that price and get me a trial one that I didn't go with the others, but really appreciate the offers made from Jude at Provista Riding, Danny at Rangiora Saddlery and Sue at Lucas Saddlery here in town. All great ladies!

Had our lesson in the trial saddle today, it's a very bouncy saddle! Will have to get some stickybum jods to do those sitting trots now hehehe.

Best thing is Mac no longer has to "be patient" I've finally got it sorted for the poor boy!

Friday, October 17, 2008

YAY GO SMOKEY!!!

Smokey was backed yesterday! His first time with someone on him and he was great apparently!

Roll on the photo's!!!!

I had actually just given him a pep talk the night before too, reminding him he needed to trust Sola so that she would feel OK about getting on him, and giving him some nice positive images of what being ridden will mean for him.

Then I got the email last night saying Sola had been on him.... a while later while watching TV and working during the ads (slack I know but I'm still hopeful McLeods Daughters will get back to the good viewing it USED to be!) my screensaver came on and it's a slide show of all the photo's on the computer. The first one up always seems to be of Smokey. Well I saw it come up and the the link was instant complete with the all over body shivers. He was just so happy with himself, so proud! When I'd seen him in Auckland I told him how great he looked in his "big boy clothes" (his saddle etc) well he fired at me his "big boy clothes" were now REAL BIG BOY clothes including a rider hehehe. So cute!

So now to book my trip back up in November. Got work to do but will be in Auckland for just over a week so will be able to see the boy each day and work with him.

He's such a sweet heart!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Busy days!

Still trying to get through work, child isn't falling asleep till 8-8.30pm most nights which is driving me nuts, weather is BEAUTIFUL, garden is sprouting and needs some more planted in it fast!

Haven't heard anymore about how Smokey is going :(

Mac and I are gearing up for our dressage on Labour weekend. We're going to do our first Elementary (level 3) test, simply because on the 2nd day of the competition one of the 2 Novice tests I would do is a musical freestyle!!! I don't think so! Still wanted to do the 2 tests each day tho so decided to give 3.3 a whirl! Nothing much exciting in it so we should be OK with the content even if we don't perform it to a level 3 standard hehehe.

Have just picked up a couple of books to read, I got Connecting with Horses by Margrit Coates for mum for Xmas and knowing she'd give it back to me to read, thought I'd better read it first instead hehehe, made me curious as to what some other communicators write like, so grabbed The Language of Miracles by Amelia Kinkade and Beyond Words by Marta Williams (the only communication book I had prior was Marta Williams' Learning Their Language, which although I've never quite got round to completely finishing is a great book!!! So no point asking what the new books are like (apart from Connecting with Horses which I'm about 1/2 way through!) as it'll be years before I read and actually finish them!!!

Have had a few people recently wanting consults done who ARE already communicating with their animals, which is interesting. A couple have found it harder to do their own animals, and a couple have "lost it" recently, which prompts me to ponder what happened that they've suddenly found it harder to 'hear' them than previously....

So! Share YOUR experiences! When you've said or thought something to one of your animals and they've done it, or acknowledged you in some way, or what you've actually "heard" by way of words, images or feelings from something other than your own mind!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Smokey Video

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Can't get the longer one to load, this is a shorter one, he's such a good boy!

So that's Smokey! He'll be up with Pepe and Sola at Ewen Equine Management for another month which will break the bank but tie in well with my next proper trip to Auckland and they are doing a really good job so far, although they do of course have a great little guy to work with hehehe.

Smokey!!!

Just home from a weekend visit to meet Smokey. I must admit to meeting him on Friday and thinking "What the hell have I done???? He's WILD!!!"

He didn't want to be caught (particularly without feed) Didn't want to be touched by anyone but Sola who is working with him, certainly wasn't interested in being lovey dovey with me!

But by the end of the session I'd gotten a couple of pats in there and watched him put through his long reining paces etc.

Saturday came and he remembered me from the day before. I was allowed to catch him (all be it with food involved!) brush him and pick up his feet. Sola ran me through long reining (never done it before!) after we'd have a wee play, and he was much more settled with me that day.





Then on Sunday I was left to my own devices with him and we had a wee play in the round pen and just a bit of a bonding session. He was LOVELY! He is a carrot-aholic, so bribes were frequent but he was such a sweet chilled out boy it was great! :)



The video clips take so long to upload and crashed and burned 2 mins from finishing uploading the last one I tried so I'll try to get that done separately to this post!




Wednesday, October 1, 2008

YAY! Dressage weekend went well




Had the first of our spring/summer series over 2 days, and although I was disappointed AGAIN at the tension in our tests we got 4 2nds in our 4 Novice tests and after even my coach who was there (getting the 1sts on her younger horse!) said he didn't look tense I watched the videos of the tests. She was right! You couldn't see that much tension there at all, which makes me wonder how great our lessons look with NO tension in them!!!!

One test was done in gusting strong winds and poor old Mac loathes the big winds so we had a few "episodes" during that test but everyone else must have too, because it was still worth a 2nd place LOL.

So now trying drastically to get some work cleared as I'm off to Auckland on Friday for the weekend to see young Smokey.

Heard today he's not being ridden yet which is actually really disappointing since I was told over a month ago it should only 3-4 weeks as his attitude was so good and that was factored into how much I paid for him and the timing of my visit (3 weeks after he was confirmed mine!) GRRRRR, might have to have a talk to him about blowing the budget! Doesn't the horse know he's supposed to fit into MY plans?! LOL still, I guess the last thing you do is put a time limit on anything to do with animals right?!!!! I'll curb my disillusionment at no longer having the "perfect horse" who can be started in a fortnight hehehe and still looking forward to at last meeting him!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Introducing Kaimanawa Disciple aka Smokey





Here is my wee baby Smokey! He made his first public debut at the Kaimanawa Family Fun Day in Auckland on Sunday the 14th. Apparently apart from not wanting to go home, he was a wee star and didn't set a foot wrong all day!

Smokey is 2-3yrs old (probably closer to 2 than 3) Kaimanawa gelding from this years muster in May.

He was an 'extra' that the Kaimanawa Wild Horse Welfare Trust were able to keep and then offer to their members.

I put in an application for him, supplied my referee's, had a home visit and they chose me for Smokey!!!! YIPPEEEE!!!

So while he is already undergoing his education in Auckland with Pepe at Ewen Equine Management it was decided to continue him on there and get him started under saddle before he made the big trip south.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wow SUNSHINE!

The horses are in full moult, the grass is springing up (and the weeds too *sigh*) and Spring is definitely here!

The Good Morning Show are happy with how things went and impressed with the feedback they've received and would now like me to do some more segments for them. Lets hope we can get some good nitty gritty questions instead of mainly training issues for some others!

And on an expanding family theme, I'm Pregnant Again!!!! NOT!!! But I do have another addition for the family! Smokey a grey Kaimanawa gelding. 2-3 yrs, just undergoing his education in Auckland at the moment. He made his debut in public at the Kaimanawa Family Fun Day on Sunday just gone and was a star!!!

I'll be flying up to see him first weekend in October and he should then be coming home a week or so later, so exciting! He's a beautiful wee man, a stunning face and an eye like my Mac, sensitive and intelligent :)

So watch this space for his story as we get it...

Mac is gearing up for some more dressage next weekend. He's also being a case study for a friend learning Bowen, and I've become a case study for my old midwife (met when we were in dog club together) as she's learning Zen Shiatsu... we're both Guinea Pigs! eek!

So I'll dig up some photos so far of Smokey and I'm happy to report no more biting from Mac when I've talked to him about him! LOL

Monday, September 8, 2008

Good Morning Show Wednesday 10th September

yep thats right, it's nearly here! Just had the time confirmed, I should be on at 11.15am, my TV debut! But a saw a snip of it my friend Lisa tried to video off the TV she was watching it on at the studio while it was being filmed, I look OLD!!!! *sob*

Ah well at least it didn't seem to add 10kgs or anything!

It can be watched on line at http://www.tvnz.co.nz/ (TV1) live streaming but won't be available "on demand" after it's aired.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Nearly Spring!!! Time for some Emotional Releases

Rain has left us alone for a couple of days, and the grass is growing. Mac and I had dressage on the weekend, we managed to get a 2nd and a 4th and I was actually pretty happy with his tests myself!

He's had 3 sessions of healing (emotional) from Jeanne and I must say although he was initially "you don't like me the way I am!" he got over himself and has responded really well!!!

Certainly gave me the physical signs after the sessions, cuddles at unusual times, relaxed attitudes when I was pushing the boundaries with him. He had 3 sessions with her and was able to release his biggy on the 2nd one, don't know why I didn't think of it earlier! It took him being a jealous wally and biting me when I asked if they'd like another baby to come and live with them, before I had a chat with him about what he means to me and how because of his issues I've learned to truly appreciate all the SMALL things (like being able to do a girth up while you're on a horse!) and that although there are many things we still can't do just yet we'll get there in OUR time frame and love the journey. Mac fed back to me an overwhelming sadness and regret that he couldn't give me what I'm hoping this new baby can and it brought tears to my eyes, I suddenly thought of how Jeanne had worked with me on Bailey a baby horse who had an exploding shoulder that after a year of treatment and operations with vets has healed up AFTER we got her to deal with her attention seeking issues.... long story, poor wee Bailey was ripped away from her mum and weaned on the spot and has a fear of abandonment.... and asked her to work her healing magic on Mac!

Well I'm suitably impressed and although it wasn't in reality anything I hadn't told him before it came with some much needed healing and it came too I suppose, from someone unattached to him, someone who had no reason to lie to him.

Certainly amazing how many physical problems (like Bailey) can be made so much worse through emotional issues!

So I'm looking forward to riding Mac bareback this summer!!!!!!! He's already invited me on, but I chickened out, falling off hurts! So I'll set it up for a safe situation for the "just in case" that lingers in MY mind (hey I know what he's capable of when blinded by fear!) and we'll go for it!

In the meantime, next week is my home visit to approve the property for the possibility of the new baby!!! Smokey a Kaimanawa gelding... not going to jinx it by saying anymore as it's not a given that he's mine yet! Keep your fingers crossed for us, Mac will have 2 yrs to get used to him being in on the act before they have to share a float to comps hehehe.

May Spring be gentle to you all, everything in moderation would be a nice motto for Mother Nature to start following right about now!

KA

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Doc Shoots 42 Kaimanawa Horses....

KWHWT Inc.'s Response To The Aerial Shooting Of 42 Wild Horses (August 2008)

The Kaimanawa Wild Horse Welfare Trust Inc is appalled that the Department of Conservation have shot 42 Wild Kaimanawa Horses from the Northern Region of the Kaimanawa Ranges.
Whilst the Trust understands that the Department of Conservation has acted in accordance with the Kaimanawa Horse Management Plan, the group has campaigned long and hard to put a stop to aerial slaughter.

There were 28 horses killed in army zone 9. This group of horses comprised of 8 colts, 12 mares, and 8 juveniles. There were 14 horses killed in army zone 8. This group was made up of 8 colts, 4 mares and 2 juveniles. The Kaimanawa Wild Horse Welfare Trust is very disappointed in the Department of Conservation’s decision to carry out the slaughter, as a number of horses were successfully mustered and homed from this area in the 2008 muster.

The Kaimanawa Wild Horse Welfare Trust appreciate the difficulty involved in mustering from these two zone’s, however the Kaimanawa Wild Horse Welfare Trust are deeply disappointed that there was no consultation prior to the slaughter of this number of horses.

Although not favoured by the Department of Conservation the use of the immuno- contraception vaccine is an approved herd management option included in the Kaimanawa Wild Horse Plan. A one shot vaccine is now available and the Kaimanawa Wild Horse Welfare Trust would prefer to see a managed herd remain on the Kaimanawa Ranges in preference to the Annual muster and slaughter.

Each year the Kaimanawa Wild Horse Welfare Trust has gone from strength to strength in the endeavour to find appropriate homes for large numbers of mustered horses. This year the Kaimanawa Wild Horse Welfare Trust was unable to meet the demand of applications for young Kaimanawa Horses.




If you would like to know WHY this happened like it did feel free to email our Minister of Conservation, the Honorable Steve Chadwick (female) at steve.chadwick@parliament.govt.nz

Will get some emails of the powers that be in DoC too and put them up soon. Plenty of excuses and lies but in reality none of them are valid ones! Bloody disgusting!

Good Morning!

Well got to Wellington last week to do the filming for the Good Morning Show. It was very quickly, filmed as if it was live and only 8mins long so blink and I nearly missed doing it myself! Each time I was just winding up in a question Steve was interupting and leading it on to the next bit, so have no idea till I see it myself how much info actually came across there!

Had a lovely young red doberman bitch to talk to about a couple of things. She gave me one unusual image of a glass partition from ceiling to floor to keep the cats out of her way (as she'd like it thank you!) which her mum said was how their house was so that fitted in nicely (although it didn't answer the question of how to get Boogie to get on better with the cats LOL)

Still it was a great 4 days away, a terrific experience and got to meet a couple of horsey owners (and a lovely young baby horse I've been working with) so well worth the boat ride (did I mention I hate leaving land? Flying, boats, hell even cars if hubby is driving, all make me SICK! Thank God for Ginger pills hehehe)

Monday, August 4, 2008

aaaw some things do come for (almost) free

LOL, was looking for some horsey clip art and found this site...

Free Horse Clip Art

All she wants is a link to her site shown in return so here it is!

oooh there are lots! This has some nice ones too! http://www.virtualhorses.com/


hard to find some nice dressage ones that look decent once they are blown up big enough to go on something like a t-shirt tho *sigh*

So many fun and good quotes, my fridge has run out of room for magnets so I'm moving on to T-shirts hehehe, should be set for the rest of my life by the time I'm finished!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Want to see an Elephant Painting???

and I mean as a verb, not a painting of an elephant! Well check this out and see which it is!

http://my.break.com:80/Content/view.aspx?ContentID=545911

Winter Storms...


Well I've seen some pictures of some properties in Northland hit by the storm last week, which we in the South Island never got touched by... but this 2nd storm is collecting the entire country by the looks of it. We've had over 10 hrs of non stop rain so far and this is the most water I've seen lying around here in the 8 yrs I've lived in the Valley!

The goats are cut off from their kennels so they're tucked up in the implement shed with the horses! All are feeding their faces with hay :)

Thankfully we are super fast draining but of course that does rely on the rain stopping sometime! Looks like another rainy day tomorrow too. Poor little lambs and calves popping out in this weather, not only miserable for the animals but for the poor farmers too!

Just this second had the neighbours pull in to pick up their dog (we babysit her a couple of times a week for company for her) and the State Highway out to us is going to get blocked off any minute! State Highway 1 to Picton is already shut.... That's certainly a first since I've lived here, and the rain is supposed to continue all of tonight at this intensity too!!!

Must confess I do like floods and as you can see from the photo we're high enough to not have to worry about it hehehe.

So hope everyone is staying safe and warm if not dry, and for those of you on the other side of the world hope your Summer is being good to you!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Synchronicity Saves A Life!!!

Had a GREAT outcome after a consult with a stressed cat (has been added, shortened as a testimonial on the website) who for 6 long months had been spraying, pacing and screaming inside. Mum and Dad had tried everything, pills and potions and nothing worked for more than a day or 2. The breeder had suggested it was possible he'd been raped by a tom (at her place) and in desperation I suppose, they emailed me.

Well I got a Tom involved but not in the way they thought, this wee boy knew there was a Tom cat hanging around the property and was ABSOLUTELY terrified of it. Terrified it was going to kill the chooks (his little clowns) terrified it'd hurt the other cats and the smaller dogs, he was so brave to mark inside because he was terrified that if the Tom knew he'd kill him too, soooooo brave to try to warn and protect his family in the only way he knew how...

Thankfully the family took enough on board to put a 'live trap' out to try to catch the tom. In the meantime only days before they received my email he'd been put on cats valium (stressed him out even more because he couldn't be alert to protect his family!) and his behaviour was as bad as it was prior to my talk and no Tom cat in sight! I can understand how you'd think that was a "waste of money" right?!

Mentally and physically exhausted his mum and dad made "the" decision for him, he was booked to go to the vet 10am the morning I got an email from dad..... Reading this email and getting to that point I was devestated!!! This sensitive brave soul had been put down, they hadn't "trusted" quite enough and they gave up!!!!!! The next line of the email started with a

HOWEVER...........

It appears the afternoon before a little girl riding a bike came to the house asking if they had a grey fluffy cat because one had just been hit on the road.....

Here are dads words.....

"I went for a walk and saw the mass of hair on the side of the road. Got closer-------------- IT WAS THE BLOODY TOM!!!! He was an ugly bastardKelly-Anne!!!! We'd set a 'live-trap' in the gorse on the perimeter of our paddock - adjacent to the main road. He'd been having a scoff cause his carcass had gorse flowers and thorns all over him. He was matted from head to tail. And reciting your email of Mikas description - "Rambo", I could definitely understand why ANY cat would be scared of him!

I'm not sure if I did the right thing but I placed the carcass outside the property where Mika might discover it (which he did as I looked on). I hope I didn't unleash a new 'can'. We refused to give him velium last night - rang the vet to cancel the appointment, and give our boy 'one more chance'. We weren't expecting him to be cured over night but we thought we'd see how he went.

He woke up at 2am. Had a feed - a sniff - a walk around - a bit of a chat ... went back to sleep!!!!!!It's Tuesday lunchtime and .... He's still sleeping! Shit - hope he'salive! "AFFIRM - he is" :) I've decided to take him off the velium -awful stuff!!!

Soooooo - that's the latest. It was almost 'lights out' for our little boy but it was amazing how circumstances crop up when you least expect them. Thanks Kelly-Anne for patiently reading through this email. I've told my family about you and they're just as amazed as we were. I'll let you getback to 'talking' to all the other Mikas.

Have a great day. Arohanui..."


ooooooh what a sigh of relief!!!! They'd believed me enough to put a trap out! The trap had caused the cat to get run over, and that wee angel on her bike brought the Tom to dad's attention.... if any of those things hadn't happened in the right order wee Mika wouldn't be with us still!

Synchronicity???? Certainly something/one helped save like Mika's life!

Rest in Peace Tom Cat, but I'm sure glad it was you rather than Mika... Mika is still improving, still a chatterbox but he's able to now release all that stress and get back to being himself again.

THANK YOU GUYS!!!!! Thank you for being open to trying me, thank you for taking just enough on board that it ultimately made a difference!

For everyone else PLEASE remember, they do NOT do this type of thing for nothing, they ARE trying to tell you something, no matter how small it is, it's important to them, the ones that delight in peeing etc inside are such a minority, it's either physical or emotional or BOTH! Mika was also found to have a urinary tract infection (no wonder with the stress he'd put on himself!) Maybe just sharing this story will give one person the patience to find the answer for their animal too, if it does that the old Tom cats life was not in vain...

Monday, July 14, 2008

Listening for the sounds...

It was a beautiful t-shirt weather day yesterday so I got some work done and shot out for a ride. Just a cruisy one because after all the rain we've had thru last week it's as slippery as hell out there and can't affoard to chop up to much of their winter grass! So when it was all over 1/2 hour later and neither of us had broken a sweat I gave him the choice of grass or a feed (only time he gets a feed is after he's been ridden so he does quite like them! but on the other hand they're grazing thru some long grass at the moment that the frosts have hammered and altho the quantity is there the quality isn't, so he likes to scoff the short rich grass down where we mount up!)

So I say right Mac we've finished, grass or a feed? My logical brain gets directly involved and guesses "both" and I know that's me not him, but I wait for a word or an image from him and it doesn't come!

Now I know how I had to find Joe in the end and when I finally did, what I get from Joe is very much "word" orientated, and I know Mac and I are VERY intune with each other but I'm waiting for a nice clear answer from him.... and waiting..... and getting frustrated! And waiting some more..... !!!! What is going on? Why can't I hear my one true love?! So I vent at him and while I'm venting I realise that a very clear "knowledge" that the answer is "grass" is there too... no words, no images, but a knowledge that there really was no choice involved at all, it was simply grass and a sense of calmness with that knowledge. So I unclip his leadrope and tell him to scoff fast while I go and brush the mud off Roger so his cover can go back on...

He eats and sees me walking back towards him and starts eating at double speed (so funny to watch) so I tell him I'll grab some firewood first, load the wheelbarrow up and chuck that over the gate and head back to him, still eating furiously and watching me like a hawk. Anyone would think he's starving!

Anyway, the point of it is to show you how hard it can be at times to recognise things as "them" not us, and how we can look for the obvious and miss seeing (hearing) the subtle due to it.

Mac doesn't give me words, not like Joe (or some animals I talk with) he gives me feelings and subtle thoughts... often I only recognise "him" when I'm already answering him and then have to think "oh was that what he wanted?!"

At dressage for example, I always have a bag of Oddfellows (mints) in the truck for a reward for a good test and at our last outing his first test was a "good test" so we get back to the float and with no words, no thoughts, no images, I'm walking to the truck saying "yes, yes, I'll get them for you!" (in fact the bugger had me doing that about 6 times!) He is VERY subtle and I guess if I wasn't aware of the way animals can put ideas in our heads and we think they are our own, I would say he'd be the master manipulator! Do you know how many times I've had to FIGHT THE URGE to give them some hay in between their 2 fresh grass sessions if I go out to the paddock in the middle of the day... how guilty I feel when I fight the "urge".... he's a pro!!!!

But I forget how subtle they can be, particularly when they are "your" animal, and it would be easy to think I'm not communicating with him at all, until you start paying really close attention to what actually goes on in your head!

Monday, June 30, 2008

101 yr old American Cowgirl

WOW! What a lady, check this out... http://www.americancowgirl.com/film.htm Connie Reeves 101 yrs old and still riding!

After seeing that and talking to others about her as to how old she'd be and whether she'd still be alive today (107 in a couple of months!) I searched and found she died one month off being 102 after a fall from her 28 yr old horse... here is the reporting article... http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A05E0DD1239F936A1575BC0A9659C8B63

What an inspiration, what a great attitude, "Always saddle your own horse" and "nothings as expressive as profanity." Loved it!

What a life you lived Connie and still touching others!

Synchronicity...

we all know it as coincidence right? "Wow, that's a freaky coincidence" or "That's MORE than just coincidence!"

So this has been a bit of a learning curve for me, although I'm open-minded, if I don't consider something as a possible answer when talking to an animal I tend to have my mind closed to it and just don't "hear" it... thankfully this synchronicity thing tends to open my mind at the right time!

Have you ever read about something in a book, and not too long afterwards it, or something similar happens to you and you think "gosh I just read about that, what a coincidence!" Well it's been happening as I talk to the animals. Lucky for me I must say!

So a couple of examples? A friend had sent me her copy of Marta Williams "Learning Their Language" (a FANTASTIC book on how to do communication) and in there somewhere was a story about a pig who was a shocker to do something with unless they gave him some beer, and he had basically set up the meeting between Marta and his owner by his behaviour.... well along came a psycho cat who's mum bore the scars of his viciousness and when I spoke to him he basically claimed the same thing! When I went to Auckland next I met up with his mum (and him of course) and now his mum Jeanne is a fantastic healer we've dragged into our little group and it's like she's never been away from us!

Next was talking to a lady and her horses and after getting the info for her she was talking about an energy healer (who also communicates) who had told her the pony didn't like going somewhere in particular because of the ghost horse there... well I must admit I rolled my eyes!!! I thought what an easy cop out, can't "disprove" that can you?! Well when less than 6 mths later I had the opportunity to talk to a VERY sensitive young Kaimanawa horse who had bad freak out events, in the paddock for no reason, playing up with the farrier etc etc... imagine how I blushed when I thought of how I'd rolled my eyes when I heard about the ghost horse, when this Kai presents a dog chasing it! Well I know there was no dog around because mum had never seen one there, so link with the dog and hey presto I do believe it was shot for stock worrying and was pretty anti because of it! Taught horse the truth about ghosts, mellowed the dog out and reminded it of it's options and last I heard said horse was seen lying down in the paddock the next day something it never does!

So all these things (and others!) tend to come to my awareness not long before I need the knowledge so to speak. Have since had a horse see a band of ghost horses, stallion and mares... I know! Picture typing all that out thinking "they're going to call the men in white coats now!" As easy as it would be to make something up that was more 'acceptable' that's not what I'm paid for, nor could I do it in good consciounce! The animals deserve to be heard, unedited, their humans have given me questions they want answered and the animals respect them enough to give them some answers, even if they're not what we'd expect!

So for me, I thank synchronicity for each time, opening my mind a little bit more to all the wonderful possibilities out there, and hopefully there will come a time I won't need anything else to open it any further, hopefully one day it'll be fully expanded!

Monday, June 23, 2008

The Good Morning Show!!!

eek! On Friday the 15th of August I'll be filming for the Animal Corner segment of the Good Morning Show! What a fantastic opportunity to educate some people of how this works and of how much animals understand! WOW!

Have no idea when it'll air as thankfully it's NOT being done live but when I find out I'll let everyone know!

Heck I hope they know what it is they want to know or I'll have no idea where to start LOL.

Well that's it, just a short update, have work waiting for me!

Have had a couple of interesting ones, I'll get back to you shortly with some of that, in the middle of what I think will be another 'interesting' one at the moment!

Talk soon
KA

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Clear Skies at night...

Mean it's gonna be a frost, but by god, those stars are GORGEOUS! We have such a wide expanse of sky visable and no city lights to dull them, it's worth numb fingers to stand outside and just look at them!

Had such a lovely bath last night using some of the Himalayan Crystal Salt and yes, I must confess, it's the first one I've had, but it certainly won't be the last, crikey it was energising and felt good!

Leo is growing! Other dogs are great, horses had their shoes taken off last week and Mac was foot sore for a week! Had to miss a lesson but he's hardened up hehehe.

Boy child is a horror getting up early in the morning *sigh* since he's out of his cot he can just get up in the mornings and is right now NOT sleeping when he should be, makes for a very long tiring day!

Had a great Queens Birthday weekend in Christchurch and met a couple of ladies interested in doing communication, nice to be able to talk to like minded people about things that interest you right?! One of them will attest to how manipulated we can be by them without even realising! hehehe and they both have some seriously lovely horses!

A mate has finally given the Himalayan Crystal Salt a serious try for her arthritis (hands and knees) and after just one week has said she can now stretch her legs properly first thing in the morning, so that's good to hear! Love the feedback since I don't have any arthritis or skin problems to see how it goes! Must admit I'm seriously addicted to the taste of the stuff now though!!! YUM!

AND it is now being stocked at Rangiora Saddlery in Christchurch, (thanks Danny!) along with some of the horse magnets I got made up.

So that's my news, child still isn't asleep so I doubt I'll get any work done until he's in bed tonight :(

Don't forget, any stories you'd like to share, or questions you have, you are welcome to post them up!

KA

Monday, May 12, 2008

Molly the Bionic Pony!






What a cool little pony! An email just sent by my mum and such a lovely story it should be shared!

Meet Molly. She's a gray speckled pony who was abandoned by her owners when Katrina hit southern Louisiana, USA . She spent weeks on her own before finally being rescued and taken to a farm where abandoned animals were stockpiled. While there, she was attacked by a pit bull terrier, and almost died. Her gnawed right front leg became infected and her vet went to LSU for help. But LSU was overwhelmed, and this pony was a welfare case. You know how that goes.

But after surgeon Rustin Moore met Molly, he changed his mind. He saw how the pony was careful to lie down on different sides so she didn't seem to get sores, and how she allowed people to handle her. She protected her injured leg. She constantly shifted he r weight, and didn't overload her good leg. She was a smart pony with a serious survival ethic.

Moore agreed to remove her leg below the knee and a temporary artificial limb was built. Molly walked out of the clinic and her story really begins there."This was the right horse and the right owner," Moore insists. Molly happened to be a one-in-a-million patient. She's tough as nails, but sweet, and she was willing to cope with pain. She made it obvious she understood (that) she was in trouble. The other important factor, according to Moore , is having a truly committed and compliant owner who is dedicated to providing the daily care required over the lifetime of the horse.

Molly's story turns into a parable for life in post-Katrina Louisiana . The little pony gained weight, her mane felt a comb. A human prosthesis designer built her a leg.The prosthetic has given Molly a whole new life, Allison Barca DVM, Molly's regular vet, reports. And she ask s for it! She will put her little limb out, and come to you and let you know that she wants you to put it on. Sometimes she wants you to take it off too." And sometimes, Molly gets away from Barca. "It can be pretty bad when you can't catch a three-legged horse", she laughs.

Most important of all, Molly has a job now. Kay, the rescue farm owner, started taking Molly to shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers. Anywhere she thought that people needed hope. Wherever Molly went, she showed people her pluck. She inspired people. And she had a good time doing it.

"It's obvious to me that Molly had a bigger role to play in life", Moore said, "She survived the hurricane, she survived a horrible injury, and now she is giving hope to others.""She's not back to normal," Barca concluded, "but she's going to be better. To me, she could be a symbol for New Orleans itself."

The 3rd picture is Molly's most recent prosthesis. The bottom photo shows the ground surface that she stands on, which has a smiley face embossed in it. Wherever Molly goes, she leaves a smiley hoof print behind!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Mothers Day Tomorrow!

Don't forget! I've put my order in for a new tack box for the horses brushes etc. Might as well get something useful instead of the usual token chocolates from a 2 yr old LOL. Besides the old one got smashed to bits over 2 yrs ago and I've been using a spare feed bowl to put them in and now THAT needs to be used due to a feed bowl falling apart!

All animals are good, Leo is still an angel, some new magnets have arrived (I do love designing them up! go check out the therapies and shop page on my website ;) Haven't needed a fire for the last 3 nights and still getting plenty of riding in, life is good!

Had an interesting talk with Jeanne a healer friend and a dog she's working on. Dog is a very serious, pretty negative, pretty much a pessimist I suppose. Has a few things going wrong with her and she is old too, so Jeanne was doing some work on her for her mum and wasn't seeing much happening within the physical aspect of the dog but feeling a couple of big emotional shifts and release of a lot of emotional crap going on... Went to talk to dog to see if she wanted the healings to continue and to get some clarification and confirm what Jeanne was getting from her. What a different dog! This dog is in love with the healer! Someone cares enough soul deep about her to "meet her" (energy wise) and tell her it's OK to let it go! She is still a serious dog, she is still not "fighting" the physical problems but the gratitude in that dog for the time Jeanne is giving her is absolutely incredible!!!

Instead of just feeling sadness and negativity from her, there is now a lot of love there too, a softness and almost a proper acceptance of things rather than a pessimistic "take it because you have no choice" attitude.

Don't get me wrong, I know healings can work for emotional issues etc, but this is the first time I've been there to see the difference along the way!

And I'm incredibly grateful to Jeanne for giving all her time to this old girl just because I dragged her into helping in our healing circle hehehe.

If anyone wants any further info on what Jeanne does, feel free to ask! Reiki and other 'types' of healing, along with Bach Flower remedies etc, and a very intuitive lady who is already out there "working" as a healer.

Right now the sun is peeping out thru the clouds, Pete should be home from work sometime soon and I can get another ride in before the supposed rain hits!

Take care, and have a lovely day tomorrow all you mums out there, remember as much as they drive you mad, they love you, and really it's just karma for being such a brat to your own mum hehehehe

KA

Sunday, May 4, 2008

What a bright wee sausage!

well his name is Leo, although I've found myself calling him Elmo a couple of times (my deceased wee baby mastiff) He's settled like he's never been anywhere else.

Third meal and he knows his is the LAST of the 5 bowls down and that he'd better wait for it!

Rode Mac today and he kept well clear when asked too, anyone would think he'd been around horses his whole short life!

Such a lovely intelligent wee man and his coat is like silk.

I'm sure I recognise him from somewhere but haven't gone there yet, not sure I want to know to be honest! Somethings are best discovered with time I reckon :)

Got the fire going for the first time today, can't beat a real fire!

And that's it! Healing circle is not far off starting so better get out of here.

KA

Friday, May 2, 2008

The Newest Addition

Just when I was enjoying only having 4 dogs, please enter another needy child.

Got a ring from my old work place (the cop shop) since a few of them know I'm a sucker to save a dog from the blue needle, as the pound had one about to go bye byes. A German Shepherd cross, offered to the police, turned down, and as they don't 'actively' rehome dogs, his time was up.

Being a sucker for a baby in need I said yes (with every intention of being a foster home!) Then I got rung back saying all was fine a lady saw him, fell in love and took him home! All is good! I got another call 2-3 hours later saying he'd been returned as the lady's bitch had attacked him.

So it's all go again, a lady from the station brings him out when she's finished work (lovely thing she is since it's 1/2 hour drive one way!) and in the car is this little wiggly mass of puppy! 5mths old, guarantee it's a bull mastiff x shepherd, lovely wee boy!


So now we need a name for him!!! Any ideas?????


Thursday, May 1, 2008

well autumn is gone

and it looks like winter is upon us! I can't believe I haven't posted anything for a month! So what have I been up to? Not much if the truth be known hehehe. Being getting more riding in, Mac has been "working" and I mean REALLY working. Dressage is coming ahead in leaps and bounds, as a younger rider many years ago I would fluke 2 or 3 strides of engaged work and Mac is such a tense boy I thought how we were going would be it for us (looked nice but tense!) but after getting his hip fixed again at the beginning of Feb we had fights interspersed with GREAT work, lots of fighting, then giving into real swinging, rounded work! I honestly was getting so frustrated with the fights we were having I didn't appreciate the work I was getting till about a month ago! Now every ride we have there are NO fights, just straight into REAL work! It's still stunned me that "I" have gotten a horse to do this!

It's a real "WOW" for me LOL.

So each day fades into another, the boy child is growing (is now 2!) and talking so much better, I can finally understand 90% of what he's saying!

Pete blew up his 4th vehicle since I've known him *sigh* but on the plus side we've found a nice little cheap economical car with low km's on it and should save us in fuel... Makes me glad I'm not working does the price of fuel!!!! Oh My God!!! That and the price of food escalating is just plain SCARY!

So planted some late vegies in the garden and harvested all my pumpkins, found out I can grow things after all! Even my transplanted gum tree that made me PROMISE to keep the horses away from it is still hanging in there (well yes the promise to supply water to it way up by the road was secondary to protecting it from Mac hehehe) so it appears my thumbs might be getting a bit greener as I get older!

All the remaining animals are in good health *touches wood*

Oh and I finally got my order of Himalayan Crystal Salt from Oz! So the boys have been able to get stuck in and just getting the labels sorted at the printer as we speak! Love the stuff! Love the difference I've seen in the animals that needed it too!

So fingers crossed it won't rain over night tonight, my instructors arena needs to dry up so I can have a lesson tomorrow morning, and give me good luck vibes when I try to bribe her into saying she'll clip Mac for me hehehe.

Take care and keep talking!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Talking to Your Animals

Well I hope you all are! Had some great chances to meet some lovely people and their 4 legged friends while in Auckland, the buzz of doing "in person" consults is finally getting to "meet" the people not just the animals!

I had 2 ladies and their horses to do and the last question to ask each of the horses was "did they have any questions" .... certainly a novel one, never had anyone ask that before and I was interested to see what they would want to ask!

Well one of the horses wanted to know "why did you buy me?" and in answering that (mum turned to ME to tell me and I had to tell her to "tell him! He's the one that asked!") mum had tears in her eyes, I loved that fact! To me the only sad part of that question was that he had to ask! He just didn't know .... that to me shows an emotional seperation between the 2 of them and so easy to rectify, just talk to them and let them know!

Hopefully those 2 will discover a whole new level to their relationship if she continues to remember to do it!

Met some lovely people who had lost beloved pets and both pets were still there with them. I know one of them will have fun discovering her boy again as soon as she learns to trust her own head and not write things off to imagination, she's so close!!!!!

So thank you guys for allowing me that opportunity, it is always a learning time for me too and just so glad to be able to educate some more to these guys not just being DUMB animals!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Auckland Again!

Well here we are heading off to Auckland again. My younger brother is over from the USA for the first time in 10 yrs. There's also a martial arts camp on this same weekend so we figured it was easier to go up and see him up there, give hubby his martial arts weekend and I'll do some work.

Not much happening down here, been told off by my riding instructor for not riding enough during the week (little bugger planned that telling off I could tell, he positively SMIRKED! Wasn't smirking so much after I told him one more scrap and no dinner hehehe) What? Did he still fight working? Yep! So no dinner!!! Don't flap my gums for nothing! Wish it worked that easy on the child!

So Easter in Auckland with my whole family! WOW! Better be lots of easter eggs getting dished out!

So Happy Easter, safe traveling if you are tripping around and remember once past the lips forever on the hips LOL. See you next week!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Natural Cancer Cure?!

Bear with me this'll be a lot of reading but interesting all the same! This is straight from an email newletter I get from a vet in the USA who advocates natural remedies and home treatment where possible... hence he often has access to the exciting news! Here goes...

Here is the story:Deep within the Amazon Rainforest grows a tree that could literally revolutionize what you, your doctor, and the rest of the world thinksabout cancer treatment and chances of survival. The future has never looked more promising.Research shows that with extracts from this miraculous tree it now may be possible to...-Attack cancer safely and effectively with an all-natural therapy that does not cause extreme nausea, weight loss -Protect your immune system and avoid deadly infections-Feel stronger and healthier throughout the course of the treatment-Boost your energy and improve your outlook on life

The source of this information is just as stunning: It comes from one of America's largest drug manufacturers, the fruit of over 20 laboratory tests conducted since the 1970's! What those tests revealed was nothing short of mind numbing... Extracts from the tree were shown to:-

Effectively target and kill malignant cells in 12 types of cancer, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer.
-The tree compounds proved to be up to 10,000 times stronger in slowing the growth of cancer cells than Adriamycin, a commonly used chemotherapeutic drug!
-What's more, unlike chemotherapy, the compound extracted from the Graviola tree selectively hunts down and kills only cancer cells. It does not harm healthy cells!
The amazing anti-cancer properties of the Graviola tree have been extensively researched--so why haven't you heard anything about it? If Graviola extract is as half as promising as it appears to be--why doesn't every single oncologist at every major hospital insist on using it on all his or her patients?
The spine-chilling answer illustrates just how easily our health--and for many, our very lives(!)--are controlled by money and power.
Graviola--the plant that worked too well One of America's biggest billion-dollar drug makers began a search for a cancer cure and their research centered on Graviola, a legendary healing tree from the Amazon Rainforest.

Various parts of the Graviola tree--including the bark, leaves, roots, fruit and fruit-seeds--have been used for centuries by medicine men and native Indians in South America to treat heart disease, asthma, liver problems and arthritis. Going on very little documented scientific evidence, the company poured money and resources into testing the tree's anti-cancerous properties--and were shocked by the results. Graviola proved itself to be a cancer-killing dynamo.

But that's where the Graviola story nearly ended.

The company had one huge problem with the Graviola tree--it's a wild substance, and so, under federal law, not patentable. There's no way to make serious profits from it. It turns out the drug company invested nearly seven years trying to synthesize two of the Graviola tree's most powerful anti-cancer ingredients. If they could isolate and produce man-made clones of what makes the Graviola so potent, they'd be able to patent it and make their money back. Alas, they hit a brick wall. The original simply could not be replicated. There was no way the company could protect its profits--or even make back the millions it poured into research.As the dream of huge profits evaporated, their testing on Graviola came to a screeching halt. Even worse, the company shelved the entire project and chose not to publish the findings of its research!

Luckily, however, there was one scientist from the Graviola research team whose conscience wouldn't let him see such atrocity committed. Risking his career, he contacted a company that's dedicated to harvesting medical plants from the Amazon Rainforest and blew the whistle.

Miracle unleashed When researchers at the Health Sciences Institute were alerted to the news of Graviola, they began tracking the research done on the cancer-killing tree. Evidence of the astounding effectiveness of Graviola--and its shocking cover-up--came in fast and furious......The National Cancer Institute performed the first scientific research in 1976. The results showed that Graviola's "leaves and stems were found effective in attacking and destroying malignant cells." Inexplicably, the results were published in an internal report and never released to the public......Since 1976, Graviola has proven to be an immensely potent cancer killer in 20 independent laboratory tests, yet no double-blind clinical trials--the typical benchmark mainstream doctors and journals use to judge a treatment's value--were ever initiated......

A study published in the Journal of Natural Products, following a recent study conducted at Catholic University of South Korea stated that one chemical in Graviola was found to selectively kill colon cancer cells at "10,000 times the potency of (the commonly used chemotherapy drug) Adriamycin..." ...The most significant part of the Catholic University of South Korea report is that Graviola was shown to selectively target the cancer cells, leaving healthy cells untouched. Unlike chemotherapy, which indiscriminately targets all actively reproducing cells (such as stomach and hair cells), causing the often devastating side effects of nausea and hair loss in cancer patients....

A study at Purdue University recently found that leaves from the Graviola tree killed cancer cells among six human cell lines and were especially effective against prostate, pancreatic and lung cancers...

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Autumn is Here

Not so much heat in the sun, darker in the mornings, darker in the evenings, summer looks like it's truly over! Doesn't the thought of winter just make you wish we could hibinate all winter long?! It does me, luckily I can, fire roaring all day, dogs upstairs, horses snuggled into their covers and hubby out working, just perfect hehehe.

In the meantime I've been getting ready for my hibination by building up supplies, don't ask of what it's rather embarassing the direction my addictions lie.... well OK, mugs, keyrings, fridgemagnets, anything you can get nice or funny quotes on *sigh* it's a long standing addiction, but one I've been able to satisfy recently by the way of fridge magnets, so that I can feed my addiction even more I've added a "shop" to the therapies page of the website to share the love of my beloved fridge magnet LOL.

And very exciting I've sourced a new supplier of the Himalayan Crystal Salt from Australia, just waiting on getting all the export and import MAF and Customs guff sorted before getting an order shipped!!! The supplier in Auckland decided in their infinite wisdom to stop getting in any animal blocks! The new supplier has cylinders AND blocks and a few different sizes too, so will be spoilt for choice!!!

Getting very excited too about this whole Kebzeh thing. An applied science which teaches how to access and utilise the full energy spectrum that we are comprised of. They have a HUGE worldwide gathering in Canada this year and as much as finanicially I might not get to that (in June or July) I'll be aiming for it at least!

And on that note I won a service to the Holsteiner Stallion JK Latano valued at $2,250!!! This service IS FOR SALE as I have no mares and no room in my wee paddocks for mum and a baby and this money will get put away for my trip. Kebzeh should be able to open all energy work up like never before, will be interesting to see how it can or will expand the communication aspect of energy work!!! So if anyone is interested in a discounted service for a most beautiful 17hh grey Holsteiner, let me know!!!! Otherwise it will be put up on trademe.co.nz and go to the highest bidder. The Universe has ways of providing that's for sure!

Well the boy child is building blocks on the desk beside me and needs some help with the ramps and tunnels so I'm off!

Take care, love as much as you can
KA