Sienna, a 5-year-old reining horse, flapped her lips in satisfaction as Bill Turner ran his hands over her, putting pressure on various spots to relieve soreness and make her more grounded and relaxed.
“It’s kind of new to me, but I’ve seen a big difference with the horses,” said Kurt Plyman, owner and trainer of Plyman Performance Horses in Tumalo. “I think it just makes them feel better. There’s a lot more energy, and mentally they’re ready to go to work.”
Turner, a Sisters resident, said a combination of Eastern and Western healing techniques is the key to healthier horses.
“I’m just a piece of the pie,” he said. “My piece of the pie goes real well with other pieces of the pie, which are chiropractic, acupuncture and certainly the veterinarian.”
When performing energy work, he said, he uses Reiki, Chinese ChiGong and Jin Shin. The treatments are used to clear energy blockages within the body and restore balance to bring the body back to a natural state of healing, he said.
“My work is a full-body treatment that begins with the Horse Magnetic Pulsar unit to soften the body, followed by a full-body energy treatment,” he said. “I work the whole horse from the back to the front with my hands. The treatment lasts about an hour and 15 minutes and is very refreshing, yet relaxing to the horse.”
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Let me cut through the ChiGongJinShin here. Massaging a horse, getting them used to your hands, and having them relax, is helpful. Just as relaxation is good for humans to refocus and feel refreshed. Adding some New Age mumbo jumbo about “energy blockages” and “restoring balance” is fancy talk that has no basis in reality. There is a really straightforward process going on here dependent on a kind hand that is not asking the beast to do anything but stand there. No stress. It’s not magic. Don’t believe me? Try it yourself. Give your horse a massage (assuming you aren’t deliberately smoothing their energy fields), and watch him get all relaxed. Don’t have a horse? Try petting your dog. No special mystical knowledge needed.