The Equine Chakra System-An Introduction

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The Equine Chakras-An Introduction
By Dendria Mclaughlin www.hathahorse.com

A chakra is a spinning vortex of energy located along the spinal column and they primarily work through the endocrine and nervous systems governing the flow of energy and information being sent to and from the body. Each chakra has a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual component that affects overall harmony and balance.

Over the next few months I will cover the 7 main chakras in the equine system and share some experiences using hands on healing, essential oils, gemstones, crystals, photonic light and cranial sacral therapy.

Today I want to share the location and color of the 7 main equine chakras:

The Root chakra is located at the base of the tail and its corresponding color is red. The Sacral chakra is located at the croup and the corresponding color is orange.
The Solar Plexus chakra is located at the center of the back and the corresponding color is yellow.

The Heart chakra is located at the base of the withers as well as at the center of chest and the corresponding color is green.

The Throat chakra is located at the throat and corresponding color is blue.

The Brow chakra is located between at the forehead and its corresponding color is indigo. The Crown chakra is located at the poll and its corresponding color is purple.
Pretty basic stuff so far but please stay tuned to our blog as I talk a bit more about the functions, specific glands, emotions, behaviours, and seasonal changes that can affect your horse’s chakra system.

Up to my chin

Oh me, oh my, Oh how the snow grows tall... (Image: Sandi Martinez)

Oh me, oh my, Oh how the snow grows tall… (Image: Sandi Martinez)

by Sandi Martinez

Oh how the snow grows tall

I wag my tail and it drags

Across the frozen ground

Oh, my coat is covered in snow

And my paws too

How to get warm,

And stay warm?

Please, give me tons of blankets

A sweater and coat

And those cute snow shoes

Just because I’m a dog

Doesn’t mean those I couldn’t use

Oh, and a nice massage

Yes… right there near the shoulder blades

And around my belly

Thank you my dear human

I am all ears as you tell me your troubles

And you rub me behind my ears and remember

To fill my bowl with unfrozen water

And a bit more food too…

Why? Because that’s what humans do

For their animal counter-parts and because I love you too,

Thank you for extra love and kisses because this winter hasn’t even begun

And the snow is up to my chin!

Fall into Grace

Fall is the time when we ask ourselves, I’m ready for that change, but am I ready to make the jump? (Image: Sandi Martinez)

Fall is the time when we ask ourselves, I’m ready for that change, but am I ready to make the jump? (Image: Sandi Martinez)

by Sandi Martinez

Fall is a time of preparing for the quiet, and stillness that winter brings. It is a time when we take stock of what we have, what we’ve had, and do we want to have it into the future? Do we need it? If we keep it, where will we put it?

Fall is the time when we ask ourselves, I’m ready for that change, but am I ready to make the jump? Fall is when we risk tripping the most – leaves, twigs, and the unexpected. It is an intricate time; summer is ending, winter is around the corner. If we wait too long, it gets too cold, and if we don’t do it during the summer, it’s too late. But as we get closer to our deepest desires and the things that will make us ecstatically happy, one thing is clear – we are much more courageous than we give ourselves credit for. It’s the beginning of a transformative time when we can ask these questions, and truly want answers. Whether or not we are mentally, physically, spiritually, or psychologically ready for answers. It is a time when we can honestly be given credit to having some grace amid chaos, confusion, doubt, or stagnation.

Perhaps it’s during these times when we tell ourselves, if I must trip, then I will land gracefully

On the other hand, tripping may not even happen. Fears have a way of tricking us into staying in stagnation mode. Ego plays its role by feeding us negativity and pointing out all the things that can go wrong. Ego also plays a part in telling us we don’t deserve to be happy.

But RMSAAM congratulates you; you are on the first steps; the right path, to following your heart. There is no greater joy, no greater satisfaction than being the conduit in which humankind, teams up to blaze new trails in creating health, well-being, and unconditional love to animal-kind. So, will you keep looking at the clock or calendar, and asking when is the right time to do this? When we listen to our heart, the only right time, is the time we heed its call.

A small rescue with HUGE results

I wonder who actually rescued who on that Saturday. (Image: Sandi Martinez)

I wonder who actually rescued who on that Saturday. (Image: Sandi Martinez)

 

 

By Sandi Martinez

The weekends are days we usually take care of things that get backed up during the week, things we forgot to do during the week, and things that we do just for weekend’s sake! In the midst of going, going, going, and gone… we sometimes run into a bit of a surprise along the way.

So on my way home after running errands on a fated Saturday, September 27, just last month, with the help of my mother, we spotted a tiny dog trying to cross a busy interstate, in a small line-up of villages called, Chile. You Chile lovers out there, I’m talking about Chile, New Mexico… And yes, for your information, there is plenty of Chile that has been harvested, roasted, and prepped to sell in pounds, Ristras, and… Oh, wait, I’m talking about my small rescue!

So, my mother gasps, and says, ‘Poor little dog, it’s going to get run over!’ and I say, “What? Where?” I’m driving, mind you, so my mind is on the road, yet, it’s not – because I just didn’t see the dog. So she points across the median, where the brave little dog has made it safely and barely across successfully – alive. Worse yet, it could have been me that might have taken her life.

I finally see the little dog, zig-zagging around the median trying to figure out what to do next. I make a U-turn at my next opportunity, swing around, get out of my car, and walk carefully over to the sweetest little brown and white-spotted Chihuahua I think I’ve ever seen. I call to the pup (I can see the dog is still very young) and call out softly and reach down to pet comfort the frightened dog. By some miracle, she stays still. I am able to pick her up and carry her over to the car where my mother gently holds the darling pup. Before we drive off, we ascertain the pup is female. I point my car towards home; the dog is coming with me.

She is terrified; shaking and somewhat sluggish either from exhaustion and trauma, hunger, or thirst, or all of the above.

I wait a few days, and take the pup in to the local animal shelter to see if anyone has tried to claim her by putting up a flier. No one has claimed her, she is not chipped, and so therefore, on that fated Saturday, after seven months of pining away in grief for my dog Samson, who I lost back in February of this year, I now have a new companion, who I never expected and have fallen deeply in love with, Azra.

I wonder who actually rescued who on that Saturday.  RMSAAM wants to hear your rescue stories, so please, share them with us!

Pumpkin For Your Pet

By Deandra Walker

 Your dog or cat may be curious about the pumpkins sitting on your front porch. It is already Halloween, and your pumpkin may be beautifully carved, but might also be collecting bacteria. While it is best they do not eat that pumpkin, canned natural pumpkin (unsweetened – not pie filling), pumpkin seeds, and roasted fresh pumpkin have many benefits for dogs and cats. There is good reason that pumpkin is often a top ingredient in higher quality kibble. It can help with the following pet ailments:

  1. Digestive Health: Pumpkin is a fabulous source of fiber for our furry friends, as well as for us. Pureed pumpkin (with no added sugar or spice) can help dogs and cats with both constipation and diarrhea. Adding a tablespoon or two (in proportion to their size) to their regular meal is known to help keep them regular. I have a lab, so anything is edible to him, and I am sure he would eat it right out of the can if I allowed. Most cats are usually a little more finicky. It can also help dogs and cats with indigestion or upset stomachs.
  2. Urinary Health: According to most veterinarians, pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants (good for overall healthy skin and fur), and the oils in pumpkins’ flesh and seeds are believed to support urinary health. They are also an excellent source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron, and may even reduce the likelihood your pet will develop cancer.
  3. Weight Loss: Dogs seem to naturally love pumpkin. If you are looking to take a few pounds off of your pooch or kitty, try reducing a portion of their food and replace it with the same portion of canned pumpkin. Their tummy will feel just as full, and they might even thank you for the additional flavor.

With all the excitement for trick-or-treating, your pet will be right in the middle of it. To make him/her feel included, a delicious pumpkin treat will do the trick. Your pet will get to feel special when you and the kids are going through all that Halloween candy. Just toss them a homemade treat to munch on. They’re spooktakular!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Plain Yogurt
  • ½ cup Natural Unsweetened or Roasted Pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. Honey

Directions:

  1. Whisk all three ingredients together until you get even color and texture.
  2. Pour the mixture into silicone baking cups or a mini muffin pan.
  3. Freeze on a flat surface and store in freezer bags.
  4. Enjoy!

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What’s all the bleating about?

by Beth Pelosa

(RMSAAM’s Animal Acupressure course instructor)

Goats make a noise that sounds like ‘Baaaaa’ and it is described as a bleat. RMSAAM Large and Small Animal Acupressure Class perform acupressure on horses and dogs and Goats. Did you know the basic function and energetic application of acupressure points are the same for humans, horses, dogs, goats, pigs, rabbits, and all animals? If you know the function and energetic acupressure point you can transpose the point location and use the point for Goats. Goats have Association Points, Master Points, Alarm Points, and Ting Points; just like all other animals.

If you learn how to determine what points to use to help Large and Small Animals, you can help Goats using acupressure points.  Sometimes they will wait for you to determine which points to use and sometimes they will try to help!

But in the end remember if you learn a point such as ST36, is the Master Point for the Gastrointestinal System, you can use ST36 on a Goat to help maintain his or her GI system.  So that’s what all the bleating is about!

To learn more about RMSAAM’s Large and Small Animal Acupressure Courses, see our class listings.

Looking at the “Whole Horse”

By Deandra Walker

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While traditional western medicine has it’s place, most complimentary modalities can be utilized in conjunction with traditional treatments, adding to their effectiveness and helping to shorten recovery time. When a horse’s immune system is strong through a healthy natural lifestyle, such as regular massage and acupressure treatments, they are less likely to develop the common health concerns that horses whose systems have been loaded with toxins. It seems the more we interfere with our horses natural immune systems and load them up with chemicals and pesticides in an attempt to prevent illness, the more likely they are to be susceptible to illness and injury. By changing our perspective to a “whole horse” perspective and looking at our horses holistically, we come to the realization that all systems of the horse affect each other. Everything cannot be addressed through one discipline alone. And it is only through understanding the interrelation between the different systems of the horse that we can truly identify and address imbalances and illness in our horses.