After some really nice sunny spring days the weather changed. It was at Easter that we got an Arctic wind storming down with snow, hail and lots of very very cold air.
When I go up to the yard the wind is howling in between buildings, but it is dry. So first a round of poo picking in the field. Hudson is nice and warm under his rug and totally not interested in me. But when I go fetch him he is fine with that, knowing there will be hay in the stable.
But in the stable he just nit-picks at the hay. When I ask him to move a step aside he tours the stable. All in all he seems a bit tense. With two stormy days that is not really surprising. Now I know Hudson is familiar with the Sure Foot pads and his owner regularly uses them.
So to help him relax I put one hind foot on a pad to see what he thinks of it. Instantly he “zones out” and go to deep relaxation. Totally ignoring the hay just under his nose! After a while he goes from resting his toe on the pad to fully loading the pad, resting his other hind leg. Obviously he is totally into it and is able to really let go of any tension he had built up during the storm. After quite a long time I tell him I am going to move him. I slowly lift up his leg and shove the pad out of the way and very slowly put his foot back on the ground. Walk around and put his other hind foot on the pad. Hudson barely reacts, stays “zoned out” and goes straight back into deep relaxation.
After half an hour I take him of the pad and give him an additional healing session. Then I leave him to come back to the here and now, by starting to prepare his food 😉 This brings him back and he looks really alert! Bunkers down on his feed and starts with gusto on his hay net.
First his left right toe rests on it.
Than he moves back and loads his full weight on the pad.
Then moves back resting again before I quietly remove the pad.
I place his right foot on the pad, he curves to the left before he slowly straighten outs.
Finally I remove the pad, give a small healing and leave him for a while still deeply relaxed.