by Carol White
In the early 1980’s my husband John and I visited a local riding school to meet a friend’s new horse. We walked along the row of stables greeting each occupant eventually coming to her latest charge: he was big, brown and very disobedient. Apparently there had been some problems with him; he was highly strung and rather aggressive. John chatted to him and patted him patiently, he became immediately subdued (the horse that is) which was unusual considering his temperament. We decided to leave and started to walk away when to our amusement the horse lunged forward and grabbed John’s clothes in his chisel – like teeth, pulled him back and would not let him go. After several attempts to break free from his grip John felt he had to submit. His new four legged friend then stood there, eyes half closed resting his heavy head on John’s shoulder, much to the delight of the other girls on the yard who had gathered to watch the antics of this naughty horse! It was clear that John had an affinity with horses; I could not help but wonder what he should do with this skill and where it had come from. Soon afterwards we forgot all about it.
In 1988 John decided to change careers and began training as a woodcarver and blacksmith. His first choice would have been to train as a farrier; unfortunately the training course was very long and way beyond our budget. So off we went on our next learning curve. We worked closely with the local Ranger service and restored and re – furbished a Blacksmith’s Forge. The park and local area is steeped in Viking history and while researching the Runic alphabet I came across a description of an ancient secret society called the ‘Horse Whisperers’. This was made up of blacksmiths, farmhands and the like who apparently could communicate very effectively with horses and whispered instructions to calm them. I had, earlier, taught John how to dowse, but he had not practised his new skill as he could not think of anything to use it for. It occurred to me that dowsing horses would be a perfect and practical marriage of his talents.
John’s first real client was a cantankerous old chestnut called Sol who had experienced a most difficult life and was plagued with health problems. He was rescued by a close friend who could not bear to see him end up as a tin of dog food! John was not sure where to start but knew that he would be dowsing Sol’s ‘energy field’, so that is what he did – clumsily. He did not whisper either, but he did talk to Sol, constantly reassuring him that the ‘L’ rod was just an implement for finding and exploring his energy. Eventually John built up a relationship with Sol, which, in turn built up his confidence to dowse him. His method was to walk around the old rascal until he picked up the edge of his energy field and basically looked for humps, bumps, dips and troughs which appeared out of sync with the rest of Sol’s field. He then double checked his dowsing and attempted to fill the gaps in the field and smooth out the bumps. John also dowsed the stable in search of an earth energy centre, which he duly found, attempted to interact with and charge up every day. This went on for a week with what appeared to be few and poor results, although Sol’s energy was ‘reading’ no anomalies and appeared smooth and comfortable. Then things started to change, first was his arrogant, unsociable attitude which began to mellow considerably, he actually began to run around the paddock and interact with other horses which was unheard of, his breathing problems eased, his appetite improved and he generally became a healthier horse who only recently passed away in 2001!
That was 12 years ago and looking back it was a very subjective and vague way to implement and analyse the dowsing process, but it was enough to spur John on and refine his skills.
We had to develop a system in which to work that would provide a constant structure for asking unambiguous questions and recording clear and simple results. We could find no-one who dowsed horses to ask advice or swap notes with. Once again it was a shot in the dark. (Although we do know a blacksmith/dowser and his lovely partner in Cornwall who have helped us out many times).
John chose to use the ‘Chakra’ system as it was rapidly becoming widely understood and growing in the public consciousness. This was not as simple as it sounds as he then had to read up on horse psychology, physiology and a multitude of other subjects which were relative to the area in which he had chosen to work. This knowledge led to him develop a chart and the system he uses today, which we would like to share with you here:
John is usually approached by the owner who has been made aware of him by word of mouth. He always asks the owner not to disclose any details at all about the ailment or problem. He then follows the following process:
- Ask permission, with humility and clear intention.
- Introduce oneself to the horse
- Visually inspect horse and prepare paper chart showing outline of horse and chakras.
- Dowse outer energy field of horse and record any discrepancies on chart.
- Repeat exercise and correct any discrepancies in energy field.
- Dowse each chakra individually asking for percentage of healthy energy. (e.g. 10% very poor, 90% very good)
- Repeat with each Chakra and correct any discrepancies, bringing healthy energy up to 100% on each one (chakra balancing).
- Thank horse and report findings to owner and present copy of chart.
The numbers along the horse’s back depict the chakras. The three ‘quarter’ shaped segments to the right of the horse refer to each dowsing attempt and the percentage of healthy energy given off by each chakra. For example where there are ticks in three of the first boxes these chakras are already normal – recording 100% healthy energy. Where they record 90%, 10% and 50% John will continue to dowse and ‘top up’ the energy in these areas until they reach 100%. He has never had to dowse or balance the chakra points more than three times on any single visit, hence only three segments per chakra on the chart. The oval line around the horse is her outer energy field. The three spikes protruding from this outer field are discrepancies in her energy. John has not yet discovered the difference between spikes as shown here, and troughs where a discrepancy dips into the field (not shown).
John never tries to diagnose any kind of illness that is a job for the vet. When he reports to the owner John will express his concern for any weak areas in the horse’s field or chakras. Quite often the owner will be surprised at his findings as the horse will have been previously diagnosed with some ailment in the same place as John has found the weakness. Sometimes the situation will arise whereby the horse is fine, but the problem lies with the stable, or worse, the owner. The stable is usually fairly easy to correct – by clearing the space or moving the horse to a new home. The owner is a different matter as whatever one does to put the horse right often the owner will undo in no time at all!
At the moment John works mainly with a local pony sanctuary, dowsing all new residents and old where necessary. Also when the sanctuary took on new grazing land I was able to dowse the space and advise where best to place the field shelters, etc. John has kept excellent records of his work which have enabled him to develop a clear picture of how many of the horses have improved or declined and how his skills have evolved. Recently he was called back to visit a horse called Jockey that he had dowsed seven years ago only to find that the area where he had originally found weakness in the horse’s energy had, over the years, recurred and developed into disease.
Cases have been diverse and numerous; in one instance the farrier could not get close enough to shoe the horse because the animal was manic and aggressive; John was able to calm him down, much to the farrier’s relief and surprise.
At the Pony Sanctuary Open Day last summer John was asked to demonstrate horse dowsing with microphone and all in the arena for the public (scary stuff!) A horse called Muffin had recently arrived at the Sanctuary after being found tethered to a bridge in North Wales, she was extremely upset – rearing up, whinnying and was generally disturbed. Within minutes of John dowsing her she started to settle down and started ‘loafing’, head down, eyes half closed and one leg up, she then proceeded to lie down in the small arena and doze off! This was particularly encouraging as John had never met the horse before; later on that day the people who had brought her in verified his findings by describing her ailments and complaints.
Finally John has also been asked to visit horses that have, sadly, quite literally been on their last legs and about to pass on. In each case according to John’s findings the horse has appeared to be quite ready and happy to leave this life, the owner being the one in most distress.
We could go on and on with case studies in much greater detail, but no time or space! In the near future John and I intend to experiment with horse and rider dowsing and hope to gather information on how the rider affects the horse. We hope that this article may be of some use to fellow dowsers out there and would welcome any comments. John runs dowsing and woodcarving courses privately and for local colleges in Cheshire, Wirral, Liverpool and The Greenwood Trust, Ironbridge.
Contact John at: www. jw-woodcarving.co.uk
© 2003 Carol White & BSD EEG