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!
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
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 email@example.com 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!!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to the dedication, commitment and hard work by ETF Instructor Emma Overend, we are delighted to announce that the ETF Canine Touch Practitioner Route course has been accredited by UK Rural Skills. Great job Emma. Waggy tails all round!!!
Brilliant day for us. The Equine Touch (ET) met Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) with a sharing of practice on 19 August 2017. ET instructor Lyn Palmer introduced ET for EFL practitioners (and did some human body balances); then took ET practitioners for their Ongoing Professional Development. Whilst Paintedhorse introduced EFL to ET practitioners; then explored Equine ReWilding with the EFL group. We had an absolutely brilliant day, thanks to all who attended, beautiful energies, minds and hearts. This was Logan and Epona’s first workshop with people and it was just heartwarming to watch them interact with you. If you couldn’t make today but are interested, Lyn’s workshop dates for Level 1 Equine Touch are on her website (uk.theequinetouch.net), and for those interested in Equine ReWilding our taster sessions are on our website https://paintedhorse.org.uk/. Lyn Palmer It was really a brilliant day – we learnt a lot from each other and laughed even more – we have so much in common! The EFL people nearly all had herds of horses working for people – I think we will see more than a couple of people from yesterday attending ET classes in the near future to learn to support their horses in their work 🙂
Every year, International Equine Touch Day celebrates our founder Jock Ruddock’s birthday. Put the 25 July 2017 in your diary NOW. Make a special note to use ET, VHT and/or CT on that day and appreciate the tremendous gift he has taught us all to share with others. Celebration of this day can be just you and someone special or why not contact your closest UK & Ireland Area Coordinators 2017 and arrange a group meet-up around that date to make it a day to remember! No Area Coordinator in the area? Get in touch with other students yourself or contact Liz, email@example.com to be put in touch with others in your area. Share your day in the IETA UK & Ireland magazine – send stories to Liz or directly to the editor: Equinetouchin@yahoo.co.uk Thought for 25 July 2017 “Link yourself to Heaven and Earth. Stand in the very centre of the Universe with your heart receptive to the resounding sound of the body through your hands” Aikido Inspirations – Jock Ruddock 2011
Cathy Smith introduced a brand new Equine Touch promotional video recorded by her brother Nick Daw, starring herself and Emma Knowles. The video was well received and explains to newcomers what ET is all about.
IETA CONFERENCE 2017 Our Conference this year celebrated 20 Years of Equine Touch. People travelled from all parts of UK, N Ireland, Germany and even the US to join in this special celebration. Held this year in Cambridgeshire, at Wood Green Animal Charity, Godmanchester. A terrific venue with its own conference room and access to outdoor facilities for our two practical sessions. The staff went out of their way to make us feel very welcome and even ensured the sun shone all week end. Day One Proceedings opened with a look back at when it all began with Ivana Ruddock-Lange, Jo Fernandes, Lyn Palmer and Emma Knowles taking the lead with a wonderful trip down memory lane. All attendees received a special magazine with contributions from Jock’s old newsletters and stories invited from the greater ET family. Ivana gifted lovely logo-ed zip pullers to everyone and IETA provided special tee shirts to mark the occasion. Babette Tegldal (left) spoke about how positive psychology can help us to help others. Her enthusiastic presentation had us bubbling and keen to try out her suggested strategies. Deirdre Bruce, an ET and VHT practitioner, was our next speaker and her talk explained how in her practice she has come across horses that are sensitive/sensitised to energy issues and explained how “energy” may be a contributing factor to the way horses behave and react. Deirdre was followed by Jade Trelease who took us through the importance of Accuracy, Integrity and Intent and the role it plays in the success of ET sessions and during training. After lunch Bert Sheffield, Canadian Paralympic rider based in the UK, talked about how she had used ET to help get her horse ready for the Rio Olympics 2016. She finished off her talk with a very polished dressage display to music much appreciated by all. Back indoors, our next talk was from Sarah Schaffner, one of our International Practitioners, who had flown over from Germany to show how she has learnt and uses Daniel Anz’s way of trimming to successfully balance feet in a way that she finds complements the work she does as an Equine Touch practitioner. Saturday closed with the “Mighty Atom” – alias Paula Cuthbert – whose many talents include applied kineseology. It turns out that Paula was one of the earliest ET students, learning from Jock during a visit to Zimbabwe early 2000. She has since relocated to UK and after her talk at this year’s conference we can see why he so aptly named her the Mighty Atom! A large number of the attendees then adjourned to Frankie and Benny’s restaurant for an evening meal with a chance to catch up on the days events and with each other. Day Two Who better to start the second day of our conference than Ivana. “Lessons from Anatomy” were all to do with tails and tail ends! Speaking first about the impact “tail end problems” have on the human body, made its transfer to the equine (and even canine body) all too painfully clear. Once again a terrific insight into understanding how both human and animal bodies can be effected by “dis-ease” in a certain area. And once again Ivana finding out that many anatomy books are not as accurate as they should be! Cathy Smith introduced a brand new Equine Touch promotional video recorded by her brother Nick Daw, starring herself and Emma Knowles. The video was well received and explains to newcomers what ET is all about. Sadly our two Canine Touch speakers had to withdraw from the conference leaving a half hour slot which came about as the result of a suggestion made by Jock in a Newsletter back in 2010 where he thought it would be a good idea if a video were made by ETF to help show and give tips on how practitioners and practitioner route students could better present themselves and the modalities in as professional a way as possible. The role play presented a rather scatty, fumbling VHT inept, an over confident gossip and the perfect model! Not exactly what Jock and Ivana had in mind but gave plenty of food for thought. Sue Falber, our emcee for the weekend, worked tirelessly throughout the two days, making sure things went smoothly and ran like clockwork. She even found the time and energy to present a talk on applied kinesiology techniques and how we can help ourselves and our clients deal with emotions and improve self confidence. Complementing Paula’s presentation from the day before, Sue gave us lots more to think about and try – leaving us all trying to locate our bananas! Chris Wyllie‘s talk on Making Connections showed how she has come to a better understanding of healing through ET/VHT/CT, and how this has encouraged her to expand her knowledge through making connections initially on a physical level, then bringing in emotional, mental and finally spiritual understanding. After lunch we headed outside where Sue King and her husband had volunteered to be guinea pigs for Becky Chapman, a Biomechanics Coach. Becky put them through their paces to help illustrate how the rider’s position and effectiveness impacts on the horse’s performance and on the soundness (emotional and physical) of both. Incidentally, Becky had agreed to present at this year’s conference before it was discovered that in 2004 Jock had mentioned her and the use of mechanical Strider in a VHT experiment where Strider was used to measure the rider’s position before and after a VHT session. A rather unexpected deja vu moment linking past and present! Last but not least our closing talk was all about the work done at Wood Green Animal Charity. As with many Animal Charities, Wood Green relies on public donations to enable them to do all that they do. Some of the stories we heard were heart breaking but all showed clearly the commitment and desire the staff have to give animals in their care a brighter, happier and healthier future. So ends yet another great conference! A big thank you to all involved in making the weekend such a great success. Special mention to all our presenters, members and visitors from far and wide and the Wood Green Charity staff. This event could not have happened without conference organiser Mary Bromfield, IETA Committee and of course Sue Falber whose contribution over the weekend was exceptional. Thank you all for your comments and feed back after the conference. Sharing this one from Ginny Gaunt (right) posted on ET Face Book Addicts: “I know Babette has already posted but as a student and complete newbie to the “woo-woo” stuff I just wanted to thank you all so much. I had no idea what to expect from the conference and going places on your own can be daunting but I was made to feel so welcome and included, I was never once left sitting on my own with no one to talk to and I can honestly say that’s a first for me in doing things solo. The talks were fantastic and inspiring and clearly a lot of hard work had gone in to each and every one of them. It was lovely to put faces to names and I can’t wait for next year! Here I am visiting a friends yard…
Horses tend to be long-suffering animals and it can often be hard to tell if they are in pain until it has been relieved and the horse re-discovers its correct way of moving or behavioural issues disappear. Vets, physios, farriers, dentists and a myriad of other horse specialists and therapists can all have a part to play in the welfare of a much-loved pet, and in many situations, it is a case of trial and error to see what works for you and your horse. Audrey Anderson, currently the only Equine Touch tutor and practitioner in Scotland is based at Bankfoot and has successfully worked on horses from the Borders to Aberdeenshire, with a facebook page full of comments testifying what a difference she has made to equines across the country. The Equine Touch is a non-diagnostic, non-invasive Equine Bodywork system which is an holistic soft tissue address, effecting mostly connective tissue – muscles and tendons, joint capsules and ligaments using a very specific move. It was developed in the late 1990’s by Scotsman, Jock Ruddock and is now one of the largest Equine Bodywork discipline taught and practiced in the UK with large numbers of students attending equine touch clinics at all levels each year. Audrey went on her first Equine Touch course eight years ago to try to help her own horse which had had an accident and no treatment was working. Within two days he was walking normally, so she continued to study and began practicing four years ago. She said, “Equine Touch can help any horse; young, old, performance horses, eventing, dressage, carriage driving, show-jumping, recovering from illness, injury, on box rest and many other issues. We have found it can help with reducing the pain spiral, improving relaxation, encouraging muscle tone as well as aiding recovery from injury, trauma and atrophy.” Audrey also finds the procedure helps with stress and emotional trauma, minimising behavioural issues and strengthening the immune system. Clients are requested to fill out a questionnaire about their horse before an appointment and they should receive permission from their vet before Audrey will visit. She also leaves clients with a list of recommended stretching exercises for them to do with their horse, which encourages the tissue to elongate following a session. She said, “Appointments are for as long as they take, and every one is different, although an hour and a half is usually about right.” She finds that three sessions is often enough to help but most clients come back for maintenance check-ups on a regular basis. Audrey also offers a “Pre-race tune-up” where she will go to an event and check the horse over 10 to 20 minutes before a competition. Equine Touch is not a therapy or treatment and Audrey is quick to point out that it is not an alternative or replacement for allopathic medicine. However, as many clients have testified, it works and can often complement other treatments or therapies. This article, by Erika Hay, appeared in the Courier & Advertiser, Saturday April 1 2017