This week a massive mental weight has been lifted for me. My old friend Dexter saw the osteopath and is now moving with ease again. He has been lame since Christmas time when we got a bit too enthusiastic at a local ride and jumped some huge jumps. We both loved it at the time but ever since I have been feeling guilty because he was still lame. I saw it as all my fault.
I had spoken to the vet, they could offer daily pain killing drugs to mask the pain and make him OK to ride. The farrier suggested field rest. The rest alone didn’t seem to work and I wasn’t that keep on filling him with drugs everyday and ignoring the real issue. I knew there must be a way to the route of the problem.
My saviour came in the form of Christophe, the kilt wearing, French, osteopath. He took a good look at Dexter and then got to work. 30 minutes later he had released a trapped nerve in his neck and put his shoulder back in joint! The last few mornings I have been getting Dexter used to going out for rides again and we have both loved it. Nothing too much but just a little potter to get him moving again.
It made me realise that keeping an open mind about what you try is so important. You never know where the next positive influence in your life is going to come from. Seeing Christophe came about as a result of a chat with a non horsey friend who had heard another friend raving about him. He is so popular we had to wait a couple of months for an appointment but it was so worth it. Just to see Dexter pain free is amazing, riding him is a bonus.
Mindfulness really helps in terms of making decisions that we are happy with. Thinking clearly about your options and then choosing the right path for you can often seem difficult but mindfulness really does make this possible. Many of us are prone to rushing into decisions when something goes wrong, but actually taking some time to think is often the best way. Somehow with a bit of time things just become clear.
Come on a Revitalise Day to give yourself a little head space. If you have been wondering about a situation in your life then a day retreat could be the perfect opportunity to see things clearly. The retreats are held in a beautiful Leicestershire village and provide the perfect break from everyday life.