Foal and mother
Claudia, a beautiful Clydesdale, was due to foal in May. A month early, she delivered a filly named Myrtle. Myrtle wobbled on the straw bedding as she managed life outside of the womb. An hour later, a “surprise” filly half the size of Myrtle was born.
Little Midge could barely stand, let alone reach her mother’s udders. A small dog blanket disguised her skinny and boney body. Her only hope for survival was a bottle every hour, but she did not accept the nipple or suck. Propping her up with my body, and incorporating the Animal Bowen technique, I gently placed my fingertips on her TMJ. After a few attempts, Midge moved her tongue like a horse, and eventually sucked.
Myrtle had a voracious thirst and it was impossible for her to defecate. She sweated profusely in the cool April weather, and her heart pumped frantically which resulted in frequent, shallow respirations. Every day I sent a light “vibration” to her digestive organs. Within days, her elimination was far less painful. Myrtle’s left hind leg was fairly contracted but over time, it was straight and grew correctly. By the time the “girls” were six days old, I was exhausted. Thankfully, Myrtle kept the breast milk flowing until Midge was strong and tall enough to nurse from Claudia.
Dianna L. McPhail is the author of “On the Right Lead, The Mind-Body Connection” and a contributor to the “Spiritual Part of Horsemanship” by Buck Brannaman. She is a Level II Animal Bowen Practitioner. Contact Dianna at www.mind-bodyintuition.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-642-7887
[Read Dianna’s “Helping the Body Heal with Animal Bowen,” including the rehabilitation of 15-year-old Oldenburg, Gallagher’s ringbone in the June/July edition of Holistic Horse.]