Spider, a nine-year-old Thoroughbred mare was discovered last November living in a muddy field on a windy hill with no natural shelter.

The riding school where she’d been used for a number of years had given up on her after she started to rear.

The cause of that, it was later discovered, was a weak back and shoulders after she lost a lot of muscle condition.

The mare had previously competed in dressage, cross-country and showjumping.

Spider was the start of what is now the Spirit Equus Trust – the brainchild of Matt Still, Kim Stevens ¨ both experienced rider – and Yvonne Wright, a therapist in bio-energy therapy.

The trust, which hopes to get charitable status,was set up to rehabilitate and rehome thoroughbred horses.

While Spider was at the trust’s yard in Liss, Hampshire, one of the treatments she received was bio-energy therapy.

Matt, who grow up on a farm in Australia and has takenpart in most equestrian sports including rodeo riding, says that initially, he was sceptical “Yvonne did some work on Spider and two days later she was galloping around the field, a totally different horse.

And this was after she’d been looked at bythe physiotherapist and the vet,” he says.

What is bio-energy therapy?

  • Bio-energy therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free form of treatment which evolved in China around 5,000 years ago

  • It is said to work by rebalancing the lifeforce energy within and around the body

  • Practitioners say these energies are usually flow continuously throughout the body in channels called meridians

  • The meridians are regulated by seven main energy centres called chakras

  • The energies are said to be electrical in nature

  • They can radiate beyond the surface of the skin forming an electro-magnetic field or aura.

  • It is this field that can be scanned and manipulated by the therapist if theflow of energy is blocked, imbalanced, stagnant or disturbed in any way.

    How it works

    The therapy was originally developed for humans but according to Yvonne Wright, also works well on horses.

    She says horses demonstrate signs ofrelease from ailments by stamping, yawning and licking.

    During the treatment, she positions her hands close to the horse, but not touching the skin and makes a series of hand movements.

    Once the problem has been located, Yvonne will use another series of hand movements to “flick” that energy away.

    “When I feel I can go no further I put energy back in by another series of movements,” she says.

    In Spider’s case, Yvonne discovered a depressed horse with shoulder and back problems.

    Spider has since been successfully rehomed.

    “She has now returned to the horse she once was and has found a lovely new home where she will compete at Pony Club level, ” says Matt.

    The trust is now looking for donations to keep their work going.

    For further information on the trust or for donations contact (tel: 01730 890115 or 07796 023652.)