Lessons in Touch: Harvey

By Cindy Kraft

The second time I visited Harvey taught me more than any other horse ever had.


I am a certified Equine Massage Therapist and kinesiologist. I am not a veterinarian, nor do I claim to be, and I do not practice veterinary medicine, although unfortunately I have been accused of doing that. I simply love horses, and share with them loving energy and touch. They heal themselves.

I had first met Harvey at the local veterinarian who had recommended my services to the owner. I applied my abilities to Harvey at the veterinary clinic giving him my basic routine, releasing negative emotion, and answering his owner Mary's many questions. As a barrel racer, Mary needed to keep Harvey in tip-top shape in order to compete and win. She was doing her best but also noticing some locomotion problems that seemed to slow him down. The problems were related to emotional issues, which were easily handled.

It was about five months later that I received a pleading call from Mary again. This time I drove the 50 miles over to her place to work with Harvey. Mary's desperation was obvious, and easily understandable. She had paid $30,000 for Harvey, a fine-tuned barrel horse who always won. Mary wanted to win, and for the first three months with Harvey, she did. Then things started to change and he would overshoot the barrels, or knock over the barrels or just not perform well. Mary's confusion also mounted as her husband, a team roper, would take Harvey and work him in the arena where he would do perfectly.

As normal, I asked Mary to hold Harvey's lead rope to connect both the human's and horse's energy fields and so I could deal with them at the same time. About 30 minutes into this session, Harvey pulled away from Mary, walking out of the barn, toward the pasture. I told Mary I would let him go, because frequently, as the negative energy releases, the horse will then feel the need to go roll as this provides nature's chiropractic adjustment. However, in this case, Harvey walked behind his barn where this neat horse always made his manure pile. As we watched with extreme curiosity, Harvey lay down in the middle of this pile, flat down on his side, and then put his head down as well and closed his eyes. I looked at Mary and she looked at me. Of course, you can imagine all the questions we asked each other, but with no answers.

I went over to Harvey and checked out his energy to see if there was a clue there and basically, he was telling me he was just fine, and to leave him alone….which we did. So Mary and I discussed world events for the next 15 minutes, waiting to see what would happen next. I checked Harvey's energy about every 5 minutes and the results were always the same.

Finally, Mary could stand it no longer and said, "What have you done to my horse?"

Not knowing how to answer that, I honestly said, "I wish I knew what was happening here, but I don't."

After another 5 minutes, Mary said, "Is there something I can do?" Ah. I went over and checked HER energy and the answer was a resounding YES!!! So I gently asked Mary what SHE was feeling. "GUILT" was her answer.

"Why?", I asked.

"I'm not taking good enough care of Harvey," she said.

I reassured her on that subject as the horse was VERY well cared for, and asked her again. "What do you feel guilty about?"

She took a deep breath and started to talk about her childhood and problems with her mother. After about a 10 minute reflection there, I gently asked her if I could balance HER energy. She looked at me rather confused, but agreed. So I stepped close enough to do that and spent the next five minutes or so mentally balancing out her negative guilt feelings. Once I felt them release, I took a deep, cleansing breath and relaxed. The very second I did, Harvey lifted his head, looked over at us, and began to get up. As he did, he stretched, and his spine realigned itself and popped in several places. He stood still and then shuddered, and shook his head and walked back into the barn.

I had pretty much understood that most horses' problems come from humans. Most horses in the wild, or grazing in the pasture, lead a pretty quiet existence. When the human enters their world, things change. And if the human has a heavy hand and doesn't know how to listen, the horse is the one who suffers. But I wasn't as aware of the power of our own negative energy to affect the horses to this degree. What Harvey showed us meant to me that he was absorbing Mary's negative guilt energy in such heavy doses that he felt like a pile of crap.

Then as I thought about it all, I remembered our conversation in the barn during the first 30 minutes I spent with Harvey. Mary, a strong religious-minded person, was recounting her reaction to the movie, "The Passion of the Christ" and continually mentioned how very guilty it had made her feel, that she wasn't good enough or appreciative enough or able to express proper acceptance of love. I also remember trying to shift her mentality on that subject to one of love, and that the whole purpose of the movie was to show God's love for us. But she couldn't feel beyond her guilt, something she has been feeling for a long time. That made my understanding of Harvey's problems so much clearer … he had been absorbing so much guilt that he couldn't perform.

Mary had become so frustrated with her barrel racing at this point that she told me Harvey was going to visit a friend of hers in two days who would exercise him for her and keep him "legged-up". Mary asked what I thought about this … and I agreed that it would be the best thing in the world for Harvey … for now.

About the author:

Cindy Kraft is a certified Equine Massage Therapist who has researched and incorporated into her practice the energy healing taught by Margrit Coates. She has found the results to be nothing short of fantastic, and is thrilled that horses are being helped similarly all over the world. Cindy can be reached at gidyupgone@aol.com.


For more information:

Margrit Coates has written "Healing for Horses - The Essential Guide to Using Hands-On Healing Energy with Horses" and "Hands On Healing for Pets - The Animal Lovers' Guide to Using Healing Energy", and has produced 'Animals Healing', a CD and accompanying booklet about animal healing.

Margrit Coates Animal Healing
PO Box 1826
Wiltshire, UK SP5 2 BH



This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace veterinary or professional care. Please consult your veterinarian when health problems arise. The art of facilitating healing by non-veterinarians may be illegal in your state.




Letter from Cindy:



I received a letter last week telling me to CEASE and DESIST my practice. I am being accused of practicing veterinary medicine without a license. The statutes were stated as such:

The practice of veterinary medicine is defined in Oklahoma, Title 59, O.S. Supp. 2003, Sec, 698.11 (A), as follows:

1. Diagnosing, surgery, treating, correcting, changing, relieving, or preventing animal disease, deformity, defect, injury or other physical or mental conditions including the prescribing or administering of any drug, medicine, biologic, apparatus, application, anesthetic, telemedicine, animal chiropractic diagnosis and treatment, or other therapeutic diagnostic substance or technique: dentistry: complementary and alternative therapies, testing for pregnancy or correcting sterility or enhancing fertility: or rendering advice or recommendation with regard to any of the above.

Afterwards, I was warned that I could be fined up to $2500 and/or imprisoned for up to 6 months. The investigator told me that my ONLY legal way of using my education and experience is to work under a veterinarian's license in his office.

This is something that I have heard is not just a local problem but also nationwide. I am looking for some avenue of direction at this point and am knocking at all doors. Thank you for your attention. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


Natural Horse directed Cindy to the following places for help, should you, or someone you know, be facing a similar situation:









Update from Cindy:

I have learned A WHOLE LOT MORE since I first wrote to you. I have been in touch frequently with Jeanette Crowe with the IAAOR in Illinois and have decided to start a chapter here in OK. I have also contacted my State Rep. and State Sen., who thankfully, are both horse enthusiasts. In fact, the State Rep. Elec. is one of my equine clients. They were both horrified with the new law that was passed last year without their knowledge. They have now decided to help in the process of getting an amendment added to the bill.