This image of my equine companion, Bear, was captured about three weeks ago when he was feeling rather under the weather with a lameness issue.
Like me he’s been experiencing a transitional year.
New barn; new coach; new training regimen and work ethic; new friends have been positive stressors requiring adjustment and alignment on both our parts.
Releasing old behaviour patterns that no longer suit and embracing a new, more authentic way of being in the world requires big change at all levels and can be an exhausting process. If we aren’t paying attention and listening to our bodies, serious damage can ensue.
Adrenal fatigue has been my teacher here.
I’m pleased to say that now, after much considered care by his amazing vet, chiropractor, the barn owner, the farrier and with heaping doses of extra love from me and now two paddock buddies to pass the time with outside, Bear is feeling much better. In fact, it seems to me he’s moving more freely than I’ve ever experienced. Indeed, his frame of mind in his work appears to reflect this ~ probably because he is feeling more comfortable.
Like people, horses can get caught up in a negative way of being. It’s what they get used to so it becomes “normal.”
But then one day the ball drops.
The wake up call Bear gave me when he first appeared lame told me he was ready for change; told me he needed to rest before stepping even further into the new, more life-embracing way of being I’d chosen for us both earlier this year.
I’m glad I listened and had the support around me to move him gently into his next stage of development.
Today he gets a massage to complete this cycle of care.
Lucky horse. 😉
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I notice we’ve passed the 1,000 marker for followers. Thank you so much to one and all for showing such interest in my photography. I plan a retrospective of my favourite images for a future blog post when things settle down a bit around here. Stay tuned!
©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014