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  HELPING AN EX RACEHORSE
Testimonial By: Lindy Dekker        Publish Date: 2002-05-01

TTOUCH Session at Lindy’s House:

Here is some great feedback from Lindy Dekker about a session they did with horses.

The Horse ‘Babyshoes’ (real name Pound Seats). He is a 21-year-old Thoroughbred who was a successful racehorse and only came off the track at 7 years old. He is 16.3 Chestnut and very ticklish. Unfortunately, as a result of an old racing injury , he now has a shortened tendon on the left hind – but still manages very well – walking on the toe. He also has arthritis. Babyshoes no longer does any schooling work, but goes for outrides every day except Friday, when he is lunged.

What we did and found:
Babyshoes:
This was his first time out with a wand and he was a little anxious to start with. Shayne took him out in Elegant Elephant and he coped with the labyrinth quite well , but found the wand stroking all a little ‘iffy’. He started ‘fooling around’ – biting the chain , looking around etc. and had big wrinkles around his eyes. We stopped and did some body work TTouches on him and he settled down quite quickly. The wrinkles disappeared from the eyes and he stepped out better – but Shayne felt he was crowding her a bit. At this point we put him away to think about it all. After lunch we did some belly lifts – as he is very irritated by the girth being done up. As we put the towel in the girth area he started biting in anticipation. After a few times – going down the stomach (during which time the stomach started making lots of noises) – he was nearly relaxed when the towel came to the girth area.

We took him out in homing pigeon, to see if this would help with the crowding problem. Babyshoes was a very happy horse, no wrinkles, did the labyrinth like an old pro and had nice soft , shining eyes and really concentrated on the job at hand.

It was really good for us to see how just leaving him to think about the work for a few hours , made such a difference.

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