She’s a Cracker!

She’s a Cracker!

Story shared by Kathryn Woods, Equine Touch Student Well, they say a picture paints a thousand words.  This picture was taken on the 1st July 2018 at Cranleigh in Surrey where we won the ridden heavy horse class and came third in the show supreme championship. In April 2016 I was lucky enough to make contact with Chris Wylie.  I would say this was following a “woo woo” time as I cannot for the life of me remember how I came across ET.  My lovely shire mare “Cracker” was diagnosed with arthritis in her hocks and issues her spine as a result of this.  Cracker had become virtually impossible to ride as she would refuse to leave the yard to go on a hack and then whilst out would be so nervous that she would turn and bolt at absolutely nothing, leaving any accompanying horse behind and with no concern for the safety of either of us.  She was so sad that the osteopath who treats her and myself had looked at her eye and decided that it would be kinder to end her suffering if nothing could be done to help her situation.   Initially I was intending to undertake a practitioner course and contacted Chris regarding this.  I was desperate to give Cracker a chance and felt ET would help make her more comfortable.  Alana’s words at an ET conference of “be wary of the quiet horse in the stable ” were very true in Cracker’s case. She was explosive when being ridden and very quiet in the stable, a ticking time bomb.  Chris came to visit Cracker and I a short while later and our ET journey began.   The lovely Martina Bauerova also became involved and the input from Chris and Martina began to show a marked difference in Cracker. Initially Cracker had been nervous of accepting their treatment but an understanding relationship was developed with remarkable results being visible both during and after the treatments.  Cracker would lick and chew, sweat, turn around to look at them to clarify their actions – sometimes approving and sometimes not!   I also undertook my ET training with the lovely and very patient Kate Prowse.  I have now completed my level 2 training and am so pleased to be able to support Cracker who lets me know quite clearly what she will and will not accept.  She loves her back being treated and given that I am just over 5 feet tall and she is at least 16.3 she will tilt her back towards me to help me help her! Cracker’s only veterinary input is a joint support powder.  Cracker continues to receive osteopathy treatment although at the last treatment the osteopath said that Cracker was the best she had ever seen her.  Other clients at the livery yard remark on Cracker’s flexibility. I now have a happy, healthy horse who enjoys hacking, taking part in TREC and strutting her stuff at heavy horse shows.  In 2018 we have won the coveted red rosette on our last three outings, one of these being the South of England show.  Cracker has been complimented on her conformation and also the ride judge at Cranleigh stated that she is up with the HOYS qualifiers in relation to her riding.  How good is that! Comment: The picture paints a thousand words, but the story behind this success says a lot more and should inspire all horse owners to want to learn Equine Touch for themselves.  Kathryn’s hard work and determination to find a way to help Cracker has certainly paid off.  Even more special is the fact that by being a part of the journey herself to meet Cracker’s needs to reach and maintain this level of achievement Kathryn has developed a special bond with her horse that will remain with them both forever!

Getting to the Root of the Problem . . . .

Getting to the Root of the Problem . . . .

Banal’s Story by Susan Clark, ET & VHT Practitioner, Northumberland Area I found a beautiful Welsh Section D cob in a field of 40 ponies in Scotland, over 10 years ago.  Apart from him being halter broken he was totally feral, untouched and very frightened. I gained his trust with patients and time and help from the Learn to Listen Centre in North Yorkshire, they helped me with his training and taught me horse behaviour, using natural horsemanship concepts.  While I was there I was introduced to Equine Touch. When Banal was about 6 he developed behaviour problems, he became sticky, unwilling to go forward, or up and down hills and then he began to rear.  His muscles and soft tissue became compromised and with that he was unwilling to track up. Even though I used my gift of Equine Touch and had a spinal therapist look at Banal, his behaviour did not improve.  What was I doing so wrong, the answer was nothing.  It turned out he had kissing spine, and the behaviour problems where all pain related. From here I sent him up to the Royal Dick vets so they could investigate further.  It turned out he had bony changes in his front right and left hind feet, and an uneven sacrum.  They advised he receive steroid injections to the bony changes in both feet, put on a rehabilitation plan and have a physio out to look at him.  Instead of the physio, I put Banal on an ET rehab program of my own and used my gift of Equine Touch every day.  I put him on turmeric, and silica for his bony and soft tissue changes and with doing so Banal has been sound ever since.  Some of the behaviours Banal showed were stomach related and putting him on a gut balancer reduced these.  With Banal now pain free he loves his hacks out.  He might never compete, or complete a 10 mile ride but he is a happy horse and willing to be ridden – what more can I ask for. Posted 16 July 2018 Comment:  Susan didnt give up on Banal and with the help of other professionals and Equine Touch, she has been able to give him the best quality of life possible. Learning the skills along the way to do much of the rehab herself certainly has had its rewards and the outcome is a credit to Susan’s determination and drive to help her horse.   If you have an inspirational story to share, please do not hestiate to send it to ukcentre@theequinetouch

My first ever Equine Touch session on my own horses ….

My first ever Equine Touch session on my own horses ….

A lovely inspirational story from Lauren Moss, shared to her instructor after attending the ET Level 1 Part One course July 2018 following her “first attempt” to give her own horses an Equine Touch session (shared with permission) Hi Babette, I’ve been trying to send you a short video of me putting the blocks in and then the butt shots but it’s not sending. I tried to film the whole bbb but my phone was playing up. I’m looking at buying a go pro or something to record the sessions. I’m upset I didn’t get the whole session because it went so well! Or more than well actually! I branded both mine yesterday just loose. Really to give them the intention of my touch being healing. I branded Chance again before the session and he was fairly relaxed during the branding. Which is very unusual. He is so sore even if I have hand hovering over his back or hind, he flinches and moves away avoiding touch. So during the second branding he came very relaxed, which made me continue to do the whole bbb. He gave me the feeling he wanted it! Anyway I had Sootie my very busy Shetland tied in the yard. Always thinking there may be food he is always moving, making noise etc. As soon as I put the blocks in he stood still and went to sleep! My field mate’s horses, whom I have nothing to do with unless she is away, stood at the closest points to me and both went to sleep! Chance just lapped it all up. Only thing I forgot was the girth lift but practised the whole bbb on him! He did lots of licking and chewing at points throughout, bottom lip drooped down where he is normally very tight lipped! Gave him lots of processing time throughout. What I did notice is that as soon as I started, his gut started making noises which I’ve never heard it do. It continued throughout the whole bbb really loud. He did have hind gut issues when he came and with the right gut support and adlib hay it has settled wonderfully. But yes throughout the whole session it was doing something! After putting the blocks back in over his back he just went to sleep. I left them for ages before needing to put them back out into their paddock. He was so relaxed, when I got him back out he went back to sleep lol. When I leave I always call a good bye and see you tomorrow or later. Chance never looks my way. Last night he kept his eyes on me. Maybe a “what have you done to me” or “I really enjoyed that” look but I think for him it was the first time something was done to him that was totally to help heal him and for his pleasure also. He has been quite an emotionally neglected horse as it’s always been about the job he needs to do. Anyway it was the best bonding I’ve ever done. My confidence has grown and I remembered everything apart from the girth lift. But the blocks, mirroring, got my breathing really flowing correctly. It just worked! Ahh also Chance got the zebra stripes, very faint but were definitely there! What does that mean – was it the lymphatic system??  I have always been well in tune with my horses but this will bring it to a whole new level. The branding I feel is more powerful then I first thought. It really did get the intent through to Chance that I was going to heal him and as soon as I started the bbb he just relaxed straight into it. He hasn’t even been able to tolerate my hand before let alone let me actually touch him! Just an amazing experience and cannot wait to learn more! I really feel this is for me and something I will forever feel passionate about.Xxx Comment: Sometimes things happen during an Equine Touch session which become life changing moments for both the student and the horse.  They are not taught by the instructor per se nor written in the manual – they will not happen if your intent is to look for them, but they will occur often when you least expect them and invariably in private when not even the lens of a camera can intrude.  Yes, the camera may have captured the horses’ reactions, sounds and even that engaging look Lauren experienced from Chance, but it could never have truly recorded the emotional exchange or almost “hypnotically peaceful” atmosphere of the whole session – although viewing the videos* Lauren has posted on Equine Touch Addicts, even this statement can be proved wrong! Well done Lauren and the magic of Equine Touch!  From the very first session, using Equine Touch has helped both Lauren and her horses experience a very special moment and a realisation that is likely to have changed their relationship forever.   Jock Ruddock used quotes all the time to help explain these “magical” Equine Touch moments (and, of course, other aspects of the Equine Touch training and philosophy. “Link yourself to heaven and earth. Stand in the very center of the universe with your heart receptive to the resounding sound of the body talking to you through your hands”  Aikido Inspirations, 2011 The Equine Touch Foundation Inc – Jock Ruddock You dont have to be an experienced student, a qualified practitioner or even an instructor to make a difference to your horse.  Equine Touch is available for all to learn and to share with their own horse.  *  As Equine Touch Addicts is a private group on facebook you may not be able to see Lauren’s post. Please ask to join if you are interested in becoming an “addict” too! Picture below, shows the change in Chance’s stride from before the bbb to the day after the session – same diagonal, totally tracking up!

International Equine Touch Day – 25 July 2018

International Equine Touch Day – 25 July 2018

Wednesday 25 July 2018 6th International Equine Touch Day Jock Ruddock’s 76th Birthday Calling all students of Equine Touch, Canine Touch and VHT – everywhere Celebrate International Equine Touch Day/Week by doing a session with someone special on 25 July 2018 or on a day to suit in and around that date.  Every year we ask you to capture your session on camera and forward photos to equinetouchin@yahoo.co.uk with a brief outline of why this person/animal has been picked!  The best photos/stories will be published in future ezines or Equine Touchin’ magazines. Whether alone or in groups make this the best excuse ever to refresh skills and reflect on your own special journey.  A time to remember the man who started it all – Jock. Contact your local Area Coordinator and ask to be included in any plans they have to celebrate Jock’s birthday.  Following the introduction of new GDPR regulations, you want to make sure you have not been left out!!!  

IETA 2018 Conference – Best Ever!

We have had some great conferences for IETA UK and Ireland but this one has been the most amazing of all!! Thank you to the amazing Peggy Cummings for telling us about the Connected Riding principles, Heidi Nielsen for enlightening lectures on up to date dentistry skills and your amazing PROPRIO training system, Martin Equinehealthcare and Sarah Harms for the trigger point information not to mention our own Ivana Ruddock-Lange who managed to bring all the information together into Equine Touch terms. We had informational talks from some of our own practitioners – Diana Young, Heather Richardson, Paula Cuthbert and Jo Fernandes. We also need to say a big thank you to Harriet Saunders (Neill Saunders sister) for talking about Alexander Technique and being an awesome ‘guinea pig’ with your lovely grey. Fantastic venue – http://www.unicornequestriantrust.org.uk. Wow – what a brilliant weekend – we will have a job to match that next year!!  Anke Heley, our new Conference Organiser has done us proud. Along with Sue Falber, Conference emce and aided and abetted by the rest of the IETA UK & Ireland Committee, Anke pulled out all the stops to ensure everyone had a great time. Attendees included visitors from the US, New Zealand, Belgium, Denmark, United Arab Emirates, Israel, as well as from the length and breadth of UK.  A truly International occasion. Feedback: Nicky Hood – 4.6.18   Just wanted to say what a great day I had at The Conference on Saturday and to say thank you for all the hard work put in to make this happen.  Unfortunately I was assisting at a BE event on Sunday which meant I could only attend for one day but what a brilliant line up of speakers. Perhaps you would be kind enough to pass my congratulations on to all other Members involved in putting this together.   ​Becky Morton – 4.6.18   Well WOW! what a conference!  It was a great weekend, fabulous speakers and demos, great to catch up with so many old faces and meet some new ones. I love that the E.T. family is so diverse, international, knowledgeable and fun to be around! 🙂 So grateful for all the hard work that everyone puts in behind the scenes to pull this of, it really is awesome. ​   Heidi Nielsen – 4.6.18 Thank you all for a great conference, it was my first IETA conference and what a gift to meet and talk to so many fantastic horse people – thank you all for all the fantastic feedback on my talks and demo- that makes me so very happy❤️❤️❤️ I loved the whole set up and all the nice and dedicated speakers🤗☀️ My book was sold out and many more asked for it. I had been so busy with my presentations, that I completely forgot my cards with name and mailadresse on – so here you got a link for my English website, heidinielsen.com and if you also want a book – all the information can be found here: http://heidinielsen.com/proprio-training-the-book/

Equine Touch Practitioner Route Training

Equine Touch Practitioner Route Training

In January 2018 ETF announced that it will be reviewing the Equine Touch Practitioner Route Training programme.  Students already registered and active have the opportunity to complete under the current system but must re-register their intent to do so by 31 March 2018.  If you have not received the email notices inviting you to do so, Equine Touch practitioner route students should contact Liz at ukcentre@theequinetouch.com asap to get the re-registration form. This review aims to bring the programme in line with current educational guidelines and as we don’t envisage changes in the practical structure, students can continue to enjoy learning and developing their technique.  Never time or experience wasted!  When a revised practitioner training programme becomes available for new registrants, we will let you know.  It is business as usual with our Course Schedule – nothing has changed there as all our courses are open to members of the public wishing to learn the Equine Touch to help and support their own horses and for our students to continue adding to the skills they have already acquired.  “The Mission of The Equine Touch ™ Foundation is to improve the quality of life for horses by educating as many humans as possible in the discipline of The Equine Touch ™” Jock Ruddock Newsletter, June 2004   In the early days, the focus was to encourage horse owners to learn this technique to work on their own animals.  In 2018 we are using the opportunity to return to our roots and to promote exactly that! All enquiries and bookings welcomed. 

IETA UK & Ireland Conference 2018 – Booking Now Open

IETA UK & Ireland Conference 2018 – Booking Now Open

What a line up we have in store at the Unicorn Equestrian Centre, Netherswell, Stow on the Wold, Cheltenham GL54 1JZ 2 -3 June 2017 Booking for the IETA UK & Ireland Annual Conference is NOW OPEN! Download  Current IETA Member Booking Form 2018 Download  Non Member/Member of Public Booking Form 2018 Download  IETA Membership Form 2018 Download  2018 Meal booking form Early Bird price applies to bookings made before 1 May 2018 Non-members of IETA and members of the general public wishing to attend should read the Terms & Conditions on the booking form before applying Whilst these events and timings are correct at the time of release, IETA UK and Ireland reserves the right to change the programme and cannot be held responsible for any alterations or last minute cancellations but will endeavour to find a suitable replacement Please note the Saturday programme includes an optional “After-dinner” event. Organisers will endeavour to allow sufficient time for those not wishing to stay for the “in-house” evening meal, to go off site and return   Any questions? Contact Liz at ietaukandireland@gmail.com Don’t Delay – Book Today!  

Ivana Ruddock-Lange – Atlas of the Equine Musculoskeletal System

Ivana Ruddock-Lange – Atlas of the Equine Musculoskeletal System

Equine Touch co-founder, Ivana Ruddock-Lange has just produced an incredible “Atlas of the Musculoskeletal System” Guide for Equine Bodyworkers. Ivana is a veterinary professor in Anatomy and Physiology and this book will be full of her findings from the many educational whole horse dissections she performs all over the world. Ivana says: “It is not a book for reading, it is book for looking ….. pictures can say sometimes more than words …… “I tried to collect pictures of skeletons from strange angles, for readers to see more than just lateral view what most of the current books offer; I tried to peel off layers of soft tissue from areas that are common horse’s “areas of concern” for you to see what “else is there”, I tried to have there pictures of nice live horses to train your eyes to see individual muscles under the skin. “What I did not try is to replace any books on the market, this book is maybe just another one for your collection …. HOW MEAN IS THAT!!!!!   “The book is now available online. Please visit my new website to see more information and to order.  https://ivanaruddock-lange.com/atlas/“    In the UK, it is possible to order a copy via Lyn Palmer at homewayfarm@aol.com