It has taken me a few days to write this because I have been processing what I can only describe as a miracle, not just for Shana but myself as well. In a way, I still find it hard to believe. When you have dreamt of something for so long, it is hard to think of it as a reality, because you are so used to the dream. I know my mare so well, she has been a constant in my life for 23 years, and it feels like we have been searching for something for a long time. It was easy for many who do not know her as I do, to attribute her pain and issues to being the result of her age, with no true solution. I know that she is old, I know that better than anyone, but I also know who she is. She is fire, she gave me wings, she puts me in my place, she is so strong, and she never gives up. I knew there had to be something out there in this vast, wide world that would help us. I was always looking, it never left my mind. In my heart I knew that Shana and I had another chapter.
It must have been an answer to our prayers that day at work where I was mindlessly scrolling through Facebook as I am known to do when I am not entirely engaged in my job. Through one of the many horse-related pages that I subscribe to, I halted on a post from Corie
about an Elevates Equine-Lifetime Soundness free Friday night demo. It was as if everything came together just as it should be. The price (free), the location (local), and the topic (full of possibilities). I was not going to let this opportunity pass, I immediately signed up, but I did not know then that it would change everything for me and my mare.
I can not fully recall what my thoughts were as I watched that first live demo, I was just so in awe of what was transpiring. I had to let the information sit with me for a few days, but then when I heard how dramatically different Beau, the demo horse, was doing I knew I had to call you Savannah. I was nervous during that first session because I did not know how Shana’s body would respond, but I shouldn’t have doubted her, she did amazing. As her body was releasing all of its pain, I felt so proud to watch her process the new feeling being in a body without the discomfort that weighed her down for so long.
The change in her was so dramatic after that first session, that when you started to put your healing hands on her for the third time, I did not quite believe you when you said that she would again show an enormous change. You were right, of course. Shana’s body had gotten stronger over the three months, and she was familiar and receptive to your ministrations now. The relief she felt was immediate, she wanted to move! Savannah, the way Shana felt while I trotted her around in hand that day lifted me so high. Then setting her loose and to see her tail in the air, snorting, and trotting with such fluidity, it was a dream come true. I will treasure that moment and her expression forever, it was the best gift to see her so free and happy. After you left Savannah, I must admit that I cried tears of joy thinking about the miracle that I had just witnessed. I wanted to give everyone a hug that day, and after I left the barn I came back three more times.
Shana has grown stronger every day since that third session, and so have I. It is time to stop regretting what I can not change. Wishing that Shana and I had met each other at different times in our lives (that I was older and had the opportunity to raise her from birth). Wondering where Shana’s progress would be at if I had crossed paths with you earlier. The truth is I do not know what our reality would look like for Shana and I if this had been our path, I only know the truth of our reality; our lives have forever been changed by your presence. From now on, I vow to only look forward because the future ahead is bright for me and my mare, brighter than it has been for a long time.