Animal Reiki Source Newsletter: Winter 2014
Blueberry the Horse: A Joyful Release
By Carol A. Hulse
I was deeply shocked and saddened when I heard that Blueberry had died the previous day. I saw her only once, when she arrived a few weeks earlier at Sadie’s Haven Horse Rescue and Sanctuary, a nonprofit organization that provides care for nearly two-dozen senior, chronically ill and disabled horses in Northern California. Sadie’s Haven shares space, vision and goals with BrightHaven.
Blueberry’s shiny bluish-black coat glistened in the sun as she was being led to a paddock that first day. She was gorgeous. She looked majestic as she walked by me, an image that remained in my mind. I thought about her often.
Blueberry was young, only three years old, which made the news of her death all that more jolting. However, based on the behavior of other horses in the herd, she probably came to Sadie’s Haven with unknown health issues. A few of the horses would initially befriend Blueberry, and then would either chase her off or turn on her. Perhaps they sensed that she was sicker than the humans realized. In the wild, it is natural for a sick horse to be left behind or for a stallion to kill it.
Blueberry developed a severely swollen left lower hind limb, precipitating her death. The vet diagnosed her with a fractured pastern bone, which is the part of a horse’s foot between the fetlock and hoof and analogous to the human anklebone. The pastern is comprised of two bones: the short pastern (middle phalanx) and the long pastern (proximal phalanx). It is vital to proper shock absorption of a horse’s footsteps.
A pastern fracture might result from a single, violent event–such as being kicked by another horse–or it might be the culmination of repeated wear and tear that surpasses the body’s attempts at repair. Blueberry likely had a pre-existing pastern fracture as she was limping a bit when she arrived at Sadie’s Haven.
Blueberry’s prognosis was bleak. According to the vet, she was in a lot of pain. After careful consideration of her prospects, including a long and arduous post-surgical rehab and the high probability of painful and debilitating arthritis developing at the injured site, the heart-breaking decision was made to euthanize her.
The morning after I learned of her death, I was drawn to offer Reiki to Blueberry. I felt that the gentle power of Reiki, which knows no bounds of distance, time or space, could support her as she moved forward into her new life. Given the sadness surrounding the death of such a young animal, I stuffed a few tissues into my pocket before I walked towards where her body lay on the grass under a plastic blue tarp.
I dusted off a chair several feet away and settled in. I silently stated my intention to offer Blueberry a healing Reiki session for her journey. I immediately felt intense joy. I quickly saw an image of her in my mind. The strong sense that Blueberry was fine and happy overcame me. I told her that I loved her and how she had touched so many people’s hearts, including mine. I let her know how grateful I was to know her.
At one point during the session, I sensed a fleeting pain in my left hand. Later, I experienced a stronger pain–again just briefly–in my left foot, which coincided with the location of her fracture. I felt very connected to Blueberry as the energy flowed.
Several minutes into our session, a gust of wind snapped the blue tarp up into the air before it returned to cover Blueberry’s body. This unexpected burst intrigued me—I had not previously noticed any breeze blowing. Was Blueberry’s spirit making a final and complete escape? I found myself telling her, “You are free. You are free.” My words automatically became, “I am free, I am free. “
In my mind’s eye, Blueberry then faced me and placed her front hooves in my hands as she stood up on her rear legs. She did this a few times. Blueberry radiated health and strength. Once again, Blueberry looked majestic.
After ending our Reiki session, I felt compelled to say goodbye to Blueberry’s body. I walked over and stood close to where her hindquarters peeked out from the tarp. I said goodbye and wished Blueberry well on her new path. I felt such happiness and joy surrounding us as I said, “You are indeed free.”
I walked away, grateful again to Reiki for the meaning it brings to my life by helping me to be present for and support other beings. I shared my uplifting Reiki experience with Blueberry’s caretakers. They were happy and relieved. Vicki Simms, Sadie’s Haven’s founder, noted that Blueberry had bigger things to do. I agree—she was definitely ready for her next adventure!
About the Author: Carol Hulse, Writer, Web Content & Communications Consultant. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org