Mary & Redge
I'm off to the World Equestrian Games and Brazil!
Thank you for joining me in my communications with horse people
from all over the world! We all love horses, we have that beautiful
passion together and we also have in common that we are human
beings. My Women & Horses newsletter covers topics related
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There's so much that horses can teach us, so much horses have
to say, so much horses provide in our lives; a journey with horses
is truly unlimited.
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I will practically be living at my Women & Horses booth
at the World Equestrian Games starting September 25 and concluding
on October 10. My demonstrations and lectures all take place on
October 7, 8 and 9 with an additional lecture on the 10th. Please
stop by! Equine Village Booth #41.
From there I venture to Sao Paulo, Brazil, leaving October 14
for 6 days providing a weekend W&H clinic and promoting She
Flies Without Wings: How Horses Touch a Woman's Soul translated
into Portuguese. Don't worry I'll have a translator with me 24/7.
Come on down to Brazil. See my calendar for all the information.
What's Up With Mary?
At the 2010 World Equestrian
Less than 30 Days Away!
We are very close to actually living the dream of the World Equestrian
Games here in Kentucky. I will be set up for the two weeks in
the Equine Village Booth #41 located just outside the exit from
the International Museum of the Horse. My booth is referred to
as "Women & Horses" with friends helping me manage the booth plus
the Kentucky Equine Education Project volunteers. (Go to www.horseswork.com
to learn more about KEEP). I serve on KEEP's grassroots committee
and I'm delighted to have them sharing the booth and to be supporting
My demonstrations titled "The Focused Horse" will take place
in the Equine Village's Clinician's Corral as follows:
- October 7 - 6:30 p.m. (30 minute demo)
- October 8 - Noon (30 minute demo)
- October 9 - 6:30 p.m. (30 minute demo)
Lectures will take place in the Visitor's Center Auditorium
- October 7 - 12:30-1:30 "Saddles For Women: Comfort and Focus
for Rider and Horse"
- October 8 - 2:00-3:00 "A Woman's Approach to Riding Effectively"
- October 9 - 11:00-12:00 "Tapping Into the Magic Between Women
- October 10 - 12:00-1:00 "Creating Focus and Concentration
Between Women and Horses"
The Maker's Mark Secretariat Center's Thoroughbred Retirement
Foundation has donated horses for my demonstrations. A big thank
you to Susanna Thomas and her staff for supporting me with their
Stay tuned to the WEG website feigames2010.org
for the latest in updated information on tickets, admission and
parking. It's a huge worldwide event and the staff is working
24/7 to have it flow as smoothly as possible.
Security will be very tight as this event is controlled by Homeland
Security. Expect to be inspected and make sure you check out the
website for any updates.
I hope all of you will stop by the booth, introduce yourself
and do not hesitate to ask questions and pick up one of the new
1 oz. bottles of The InBalance Horse essential oil blend!
See you there.
Synergist Saddles Testimonial
I recently received this email:
"I purchased a Synergist saddle about 5 years ago, after I found
that the Tucker I had was not fitting right and subsequently causing
terrible pain to my horse - a 6-year-old Azteca Gelding with big
shoulders and a short back. He kept trying to tell me by looking
at his sides and ultimately the last straw was trying to bite
me when I went to put the saddle on (please don't ignore those
signals and if in doubt call in a professional saddle fitter to
rule out any saddle fit problems).
I knew I wanted an endurance style trail saddle, and I also
wanted a saddle that could be adjusted as his back changed. Mary
had worked with me and Nico and recommended I look into a Synergist.
Good workmanship, comfort and light in weight was also important.
Five years later I can honestly say my gelding and I still love
this saddle. I may have had the design changed slightly though
and gone with a slightly higher back or cantle but still love
it just as it is. I have had the tree adjusted as his back has
changed and I have also had the tree shortened to accommodate
an additional fitting issue by simply remolding my Equimeasure
form and shipping it up to Cheyenne.
Thanks Synergist from Linda and Abanico.
[Click here to learn more about
Come to Brazil
October 16-17, 2010
* Women & Horses Clinic *
The first of its kind in Sao Paulo, Brazil Clinica
Internacional Women & Horses with Mary Midkiff, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Translation between English and Portuguese will
Mulheres e Cavalos - Como os cavalos tocam a alma
das mulheres com Mary Midkiff
Data: 16 e 17 de outubro, 2010
Local: Helvetia Riding Center - Indaiatuba - SP
(as I am calling her now until she gets her official name) is
a yearling Thoroughbred filly who has come to me to be prepared,
trained and managed toward a performance career. She is by Andromeda's
Hero (by Fusaichi Pegasus) out of Blondzaway (by Skip Away). She
is bred to race.
Rita's owners were told by her breeding farm's managers that
she was "different." She was said to be wary of people, standoffish,
suspicious, spooky, very hard to catch even in the stall and when
confined, out and out crazy with panic. She was not going to work
with any type of "traditional" approach to training her.
Her owners and I are good friends and they have entrusted me
with Rita's future. I am honored to have this opportunity and
so grateful to them for having faith in my abilities. I have had
Rita now for one month and we have become very close.
Her program includes 8 hours of private turn out and the rest
in her stall which is large, well ventilated with a fan and all
the high quality hay and deep-mined salt rock she can eat. She
is no longer discontent or upset about being in a stall, in fact
she is really enjoying her pampered life now. She gets 100% certified
organic feed, organic supplements, lab testing for parasites,
saliva testing for internal systems and organ health, remedies
to detox and clean her internally, hoof trimming, and regular
aromatherapy, handling and body work. I have had her adjusted
by a chiropractor once which seemed to give her another level
of peace within herself.
She has already shifted a great deal. She asks to be caught,
enjoys walking around the farm with me, being sponged when it's
hot and we look forward to seeing each other every day. She nickers
to me quite a bit. She ties nicely and is very smart when she
finds herself with a question. I am keeping a journal on her and
will keep you up to date as she grows and matures through my holistic
Pick Up on What
Horses are Sensing
I promised this issue I would focus on my energy work with horses.
I could and may write an entire book on this subject, it continues
to be a fascinating journey. It may be a little bit "out there"
for some of you, but just hang in there and consider it is possible.
Little did I know when I bought my horse Redge 7 years ago that
he would teach me so much in the metaphysical world. I won't go
into the whole story but he had loads of problems. He would be
very high or very low, dull or hyper sensitive, absent mentally
and shocking to the touch. I found out through an astute horse
communicator and energy worker that he was a magnet for negative
and harmful energy. Like the kid in the movie "The Sixth Sense"
- Redge senses things way beyond humans and many horses. Through
Redge's journey I have come to appreciate how integral balanced
energy is to a horse (and to people).
Today, I can walk him around the farm and he will tell me where
the negative energy cells are by looking at them, arching his
neck and snorting. If they are weak cells he will easily walk
on by but if they are strong he may refuse to go near them or
go near them very gingerly with my encouragement. He has become
healthy and confident enough to show me and allow me to clear
him and/or the area with dowsing.
After I clear/dowse the area, I can walk him back by it and
he won't blink an eye. This clearing can last many weeks or months.
Horses will let you know when the energy has shifted and become
negative. He will let me know when it's time to clear it again.
Maybe you have met or you own a horse that is equally as sensitive
and you haven't even considered it.
There are many, many signs that a horse is harboring or hanging
on to negative energy. They may refuse to go near or by an object
they have seen many times before. They stand in their stall with
their head held high and the whites of their eyes showing, or
their head hanging way lower than normal like something heavy
is sitting on their poll, their front legs are weak and wobbly,
they stop going near a certain place in their stall or pasture
or arena. It truly is amazing when I dowse a horse and clear all
of these cells how relieved they are. They shake all over, let
out a deep breath, release gas, urinate, poop, stretch, yawn,
chew and lick and just get back to normal living.
Horses try to tell us about what they see, feel, hear and smell
all the time but have you considered they also try to tell us
what they are sensing? They are much more deeply in tuned with
energy shifts that we live with every day and seemingly have little
or no awareness of.
Every living thing on the planet has a vibrational energy pattern.
Whether it's vibrational energy, magnetic energy, atmospheric
energy, paranormal energy, metaphysical energy, environmental
energy, or some form of energy from the past, horses pick up on
its presence and may even be the host of these negative parasitic
forms of energy.
Over a year ago I heard about Bill Northern (www.billnorthern.com)and
his ability in dowsing and communicating with animals. I was intrigued
with his specialty and asked a mutual friend to introduce me.
Bill and I got together over lunch and I listened and Bill talked
about his world travels to check out horses, energy shifts, communication
with animals. He shared numerous stories of detecting issues and
injuries with horses that no one else was able to diagnose. I
was fascinated and wanted to learn more from this master. Thankfully
he invited me to one of his clinics and I spent 8 hours learning
the art of dowsing.
Look up the art of dowsing (www.dowsing.com;
and how to use dowsing rods on the web. There are hundreds of
websites and thousands of opinions. Go with your intuition, always
allow your intuition to lead you.
One morning this Summer while I was grooming my horse a trainer
stopped by and said her client's horse was not eating her breakfast
and she was going to call the vet. I asked her if I could have
a look at her and try dowsing before she made the call. She agreed.
I went in the stall and saw the mare standing, one leg cocked
with her head low. I listened for gut sounds and didn't hear much.
I started dowsing and asked the rods to locate any blockages of
energy which they did right away. The rods showed a variety of
blockages some weak and some powerful. I was able to locate and
disperse each blockage and asked the rods to move the energy out
of the mare.
The mare passed gas several times and gut sounds became loud
and clear. I continued dowsing her until I felt the rods get very
light. I then asked the rods if she was open and clear and they
opened up wide which indicated a positive healthy space.
I put her grain in my hand and offered it to her and she began
eating out of my hand. Once she had gotten her appetite back I
showed her her feed tub and she ate all of her breakfast and was
I'm not saying dowsing prevents colic but I am saying it's a
great tool that can be used in many ways to help the horse help
Check it out...More stories next time. Happy Riding!
Mary D. Midkiff
Equestrian Resources, Inc.