This past week saw a lot of healing activity as Debora and I worked on several horses with the PEMF machine (see earlier post). Since I already know how to use the machine, I'm just learning how to use it on a horse instead of a human. Honey, who is a new arrival to Wings, was worked on every day last week to try and jump-start her healing, on the advice of Kari from Valley Equine Massage. Her back end was so locked up with spasms that she didn't react when Debora ran her thumbs down either side of her spine on the hind end. Normally, a horse's hind end will curl under with an involuntary response. The PEMF causes muscles to twitch, similar to a TENS machine but much stronger. During the first few minutes of the first session, Honey's muscles did not twitch at all! I've never seen that happen.
Really, how lucky am I? I get to come to Wings and see these wonderful faces. I get to walk into the pens and touch these beautiful animals. For me, it doesn't get any better than this. Seven months ago, I didn't know a thing about being around a horse or taking care of a horse. Now I know the basics of horse handling, grooming, feeding, and horse psychology. And there's so much more to know! Sure, the work is sometimes physically demanding, and I come home smelling like a horse, but I've never been a glam girl. I've always been more of a tomboy who likes to play in the dirt.
I'm very happy to report that Wings has successfully applied for and received a grant from the Ravalli Electric company's Power of Change program! The grant will allow the purchase of an indoor arena building that can be used year-round for the Equine Assisted Therapy programs. Check out our Facebook page for more details.
I've been so busy at the barn that I haven't had time to blog, so it's time to catch up. A lot has been going on, with animals coming and going. These two cuties, Francis and Gibbs, were adopted to a donkey trainer and have gone to a good life in Eastern Montana. Terri, who is one of our volunteers that helps to socialize the wild donkeys, got this photo of them in the trailer. It is so sweet! Francis closed his eyes and he looks like he's smiling! It's great when the animals find a home with someone who will care for them properly. I feel sad to not be seeing them anymore, but this is what the program is all about.
Laura Weise is a Wings volunteer who lives in Stevensville and will be bringing you stories of life at the barn.