…as submitted by Carolynn Conley to The Main Central Jin Shin Jyutsu Newsletter, Issue Number 18, Autumn 1997:
“This past winter we had six months of rain in Texas. After living in wet pastures six solid months, my twenty-one year old thoroughbred, Nellea, seemed to go lame in her right rear leg. I stopped riding her and started Jin Shin Jyutsu. For three weeks I would walk her and inspect her body and hooves for the cause of her limp. She continued to favor her right rear. While grazing, she usually had her weight off her right rear hoof and rested it on the tip of the hoof nail. I held her 2s or her 1s. I also held her opposite hooves, cupping my hands over the entire front of the hoof (as much as I could cover). She would stand patiently for five minutes, crane her neck around, looking down at me as if to say, “What are you doing?” Then she would shift her weight, and I’d know it was time to shift to the opposite pair of hooves.
Finally, my Saturday morning inspection revealed heat at the back of her leg, behind the hoof. I also notice softness at the outer side at the coronet (just above the hoof). I applied right over left hands, remembering “Left to Lift”. I wanted to raise out the swelling. Of course, I had no idea how horse anatomy worked. I called the vet, but she wasn’t able to come until Tuesday afternoon. So, Sunday and Monday I used “Left to Lift”, which Nellea allowed me to hold for five to eight minutes before she pulled her leg away. From watching Susan Brooks apply Jin Shin Jyutsu to a dog, I knew the animal knows when it has had enough and will become restless or walk away.
Tuesday the horse looked great for Dr. White, of course. The vet was reluctant to look closely at the leg because Nellea was putting full weight on it, but I insisted. The vet got out large clamps and punched the hoof. “A blowout!” she exclaimed. My horse had an abscess which had worked its way up the inside of the hoof and out the flesh where the new hoof grows. “Boy, are you lucky!” said Dr. White. “If that hadn’t come out itself I would have had to dig it out.”
What followed was one week of soaking the hoof in warm salty water; then wrapping it in a baby diaper, of all things, to keep it dry; plenty of barn rest to stay out of the wet fields; a penicillin shot four days in Nellea’s neck, administered by me, but that’s another story. After the chance for infection had passed and she was out in the pasture again, the hoof looked worse than it ever did when she was sick. The underside had a white-line separation and a broken-away hoof that all had to grow out. Trimmings by the farrier got it back to its beautiful self over a four month growing-out period.
I have only one word of caution on applying Jin Shin Jyutsu to a horse. A horse does not appreciate how strong she is nor the consequences of her motions. Nellea sometimes tries to kick away flies and mosquitoes by raising her rear leg as though scratching her belly. While kneeling down to hold opposite hooves, one of the hooves could end up in your face. Be very careful. I stay on the balls of my feet so I can be ready to move immediately. Of course, tying or having the horse in a hold stall can help, but extreme caution is needed. Enjoy your equine Jin Shin Jyutsu experiences!”
Thank you, Carolynn.