Oh heck it's been forever since I posted... is anyone even here still? Well for the few of you that are here...
Voodoo hasn't been himself since this past summer when he was hurt. One of my friend's did some massage/chiro on him and physically he seemed ok, but mentally/emotionally he just wasn't himself. I had a theory that he was associating the pain he had been in with me, and more specifically with me riding him.
Another friend of mine has started doing equine body work on him, she also incorporates oils and animal communication. Now before you poo-poo that, I'm not trying to anthropomorphize (or as I prefer to say "people-ize" lol) I think that animals do try to communicate we just need to learn how to interpret what they're telling us and translate it into something we can use.
After his first treatment, or rather during his first treatment, I could see a difference. He was starting to lick again and no longer wanted to frantically chew his lead rope. He's been more himself in the pens as well, he's wanting attention and not wanting to share me with Tavi and Smudge when I'm in there pen.
Today when I went to get him for his second treatment he turned to face me and licked his lips before he walked over :) During the treatment I was telling Janelle that I'm a bit worried about getting my hopes up and she told me part of my homework is to let myself hope. Fingers crossed we can get my boy healthy & happy again and Voodoo & I can regain that bond we had!