"My belly is hurting. I need your special touch," Jin said as she walked a few steps toward me, ears perked forward awaiting my next move. She was filthy after just having rolled in the muddy part of the field.
I began to touch her around her poll, ears and jaw, finally applying pressure to the tips of her ears with gentle circular motions. This is an acupressure point for horses and can sooth and ease any tension or digestive upset in the belly. She didn't seem to want this for long and instead moved forward so that I was near her back end. She stomped her back left leg a couple of times to let me know that's where she needed me the most. I put my hands on her belly and then flank, watching her eye and her expression. I always watch for blinking, which is a clue that I am in the right spot - kind of an acknowledgement and agreement I think. Of course, I'm also alert to any crabiness about me being back there, but not so much from Jin, we trust each other a lot.
I'm Jai Sequoia. I live in the spectacular mountains of the West Kootenays in beautiful British Columbia. Read more