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Because I work with animals every day, I know you can

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Hi Everyone,

This article by LaVaughn Hengst shows an interesting use of EFT for both a competitive horse and its rider. The two work as a team, of course, and that's why EFT was used on both.

Hugs, Gary


By LaVaughn Hengst

Hello, I thought I’d share more Horse Tales with anyone who’s interested.

I gave a talk here at a local barn where many are interested in riding dressage or jumping competitively. Afterwards, many riders expressed interest in trying out my EFT technique of tapping on the horse.  I find it very interesting to teach the technique to riders and then let them experiment and give me feedback.  One attending rider, Anke, called me the other day and told me the following story:

As you know, I ride competitively and train practically every day.  My horse Rambo behaves very cooperatively at home carries out his lessons well and seems to love the challenge of performing well.  However, when we go to competitions, he’s a different horse.  He’s nervous, jittery, gets distracted by everything and doesn’t even pay attention to my instructions.  He shies when he has to go past a pot of flowers, stiffens up his back and in general just freaks out as soon as the starting bell is rung.  I usually end up using the whip and my spores a little too often.  I would sure like to try EFT “on him” (!).

Well, as you can imagine, we started with Anke, as her feelings of frustration, anger, helplessness and sorrow were just about at a level of intensity of 10 out of 10.  We tapped on these feelings first as these were the first symptoms to appear whenever the horse started to misbehave.

Even though I’m sooo angry at Rambo…

I wish I had a different horse

Why is he doing this to me?

I don’t have the power to make him behave

I resent Rambo for letting me down

He always does what he pleases

I thought we were a team

We then explored and tapped on the reasons why competing and winning were so important to Anke.  She had a very low-paying, unsatisfying job, and felt that if she could only be successful in riding, her life would be much happier.  Feelings of frustration and helplessness and anger were also in her everyday life, and, of course, so was low self-esteem.

I’ll never be good at dressage

My mother told me I’d never be successful in riding

I always lose, the others are always better

I'm a failure in competitions

I get nervous when the bell rings

Finally, we worked on breaking that terribly stubborn thought of hers, “He’s always flipped out before; he’ll continue to do it again.”  This point was the most important and hard to resolve; we had to dislodge her thoughts that were stuck in the negative before we could even start with the horse.  We had to tap a long time to get Anke out of this rut.

Then we went to the barn and took the horse out of his stall.  He stood patiently while we balanced out his meridians by tapping on the horse balancing points.  We also did a couple of rounds on the hoof points.  In this case, Anke chose her own thoughts to go along with the tapping:

I know you can’t always control your behaviour.

I know you don’t want to disobey, you can’t help it.

Even if you’re afraid to compete, I still love you.

Even though I force you to do things you don’t want to, I still love you.  I’m always there for you, you can count on me.  No one will hurt you.

Alternatively, you can also do surrogate tapping (tap on yourself in behalf of the horse).  If you want to have more success with EFT and horses, it is of course better to tap on the horse.  We agreed that Anke would balance the horse every day after training to even out any unbalances that occurred due to saddle pressure or whatever.

Then, on the day of the next competition, she promised to tap on herself first to erase any final misgivings, anything that came to her mind while she was cleaning, braiding and loading her horse (I’m still afraid of what he’ll do … I’ll be embarrassed again … he might shy at the most important moment, etc.).

The horse was then tapped with the balancing points when he came off the trailer.  If she wanted to, she could also have tapped on herself as a surrogate: You feel much more relaxed today ... You’re the best horse ever ... You can do it, I’ll help you ... You don’t have to be afraid.

Yes, it was a lot of work, but it was worth it!  Both were calm that day and as far as Anke and I are concerned, this was a MIRACLE.  To be specific, the horse wasn’t nervous and didn’t shy when he was in the ring.  Instead of receiving a score of 4 as he did in previous competitions, he received a 5.8.  Because I work with animals every day, I know you can’t get these drastic results with anything else except for EFT.  Nothing else (short of drugs) works!

LaVaughn

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