I met Jan through Kelly Marks’ IH website which has become a good source of information for me. To give you all some background, in June 2000 I took on a 16.3hh Hanovarian X TB gelding by the name of Charlie. He came to me through a sanctuary, whom although they do their best cannot possible give our equines the real care and individual attention that they need. I was advised that Charlie was a difficult horse, as he had been subjected to a smack or two. With this in mind I decided I’d give him a try and 4 months on he’s still with me. This is largely due to the care and support which I have received from Jan. Jan has a unique gift of “healing” and “speaking” with horses. Her advice and total commitment has been invaluable and without her Charlie would have gone back long ago.
Charlie’s problem is that he had more than a smack – he was subjected to a brutal beating from a previous owner, not just once but on several occasions. He now has no faith in human-kind, and can be aggressive – as Jan told me he has adopted the attitude “attack or be attacked” I was naive to this fact before Jan had a chat with him, and found things very difficult to cope with. Jan has explained his thoughts to me and now I feel I can handle him with more confidence. The result of this is that I am calmer and more confident – Charlie has been receiving healing from Jan which has had a massive impact on his total behaviour pattern. He is certainly more approachable and willing to listen instead of presuming that all humans are the same.
I have come to depend on Jan quite a lot of recent, and her patience and empathy with both myself and Charlie has been exceptional. She is always there for you, in thought and deed and will use her gift to try and undo the misgivings of others. I could not have wished to have the pleasure and fortune of meeting Jan. Her methods are both kind and successful and I would not hesitate to recommend Jan to any other troubled horse and owner in the world. I would also like to add at this point that Jan is courageous and brave for sharing this gift with us, in this cynical world it isn’t often you will find a person whom is willing to risk being labeled a freak – this woman has done just that and used this to her ability, namely mending a broken spirit. Thanks Jan for everything that you have done for both my soul and more importantly, Charlies.
Love as always Dawn Buckley MIEx – grad
Billy is a 16.3 ID/TB rising 9. Billy has been suffering from Sarcoids over the last two years but especially over the last 4 weeks. He had the cream treatment from Liverpool University which resulted in him being very depressed and unable to walk properly, hence resulting in him putting more weight on one hind leg than the other. I’d been bringing him in at the weekends (to feed him hay as he’d dropped rather a lot of weight through not being able to move round the field very much) and bandaging his hind legs to stop them from filling. On Sunday 1st April I brought Bill in from the field only to find his off hind was very swollen and he couldn’t put any weight onto it. As you can imagine I was in a bit of flap trying to decide what to do, do I hose it, call the vet or ring Jan. About half an hour later Jan turned up at the yard (as we keep our horses together) to find Billy resting his hind leg and his owner in a bit of a state (what more could go wrong for us). Jan quietly knelt down by Bill and got to work with the Reiki. Bill kept lifting his hind leg off the ground and the energies soured through him. We walked him for a good 10 minutes and put him back out in the field much to his disgust with a supporting bandage.
Later that day we brought him back in and Jan got to work again. As before we walked him round to help the swelling go down and this time we left the bandage off feeling it was doing more harm than good. The next day we checked him and the swelling had almost disappeared just a very very slight filling, you wouldn’t have noticed it if it hadn’t been your horse. I was a bit dumb founded, I mean I know I believe in healing and believe in Jan but it just happened so quick. Last night the 3rd April I got Billy in from the field and his leg was completely down, he could walk with no problems what so ever and I had my old Bill back again. This lady is amazing and you know the best thing about it, Billy and I are so lucky to have her as a very dear friend.
You are absolutely right about the lower jaw. I gently touched her head all over this morning and she was fine until I tried to touch the lower jaw on the offside. She definitely didn’t want my hand there. I guess the first thing is to get the dentist to see her, she’s about due anyway – do you think that’s what it is?
The dentist was very good at his job and with the horses.
Well, poor old Queca had so many sharp bits on the tongue side of her teeth that she has sores and some ulceration on her tongue – how did that make me feel?! He said she looked as though she’d not had any dental attention for years, although she has but by the vet every year since I’ve had her. She will now been seen by the dentist every six months. No wonder the poor old dear has been so miserable. Thank you so much for pointing out her soreness to me, without that she’d probably have waited another couple of months before I’d got the dentist out, so you’ve helped sort the problem sooner.
I just thought I’d get in touch to give you my good news. I don’t know if you’ve had the chance to do any healing for Liffey yet, but something’s had an amazing effect on her. I’m delighted to say I’ve almost got my ‘old’ dog yet, she’s full of beans, racing around the garden like a maddie again instead of moping around the house (I think my older jack russell,Gizmo,is much less impressed!) I hope you and your animals have a lovely Christmas Jan, thank you for your help, love Nic.
I’m not sure you’ll remember us but in October you did a long distance heal for a horse and pony called Tilly and Kahn. Well this weekend has been the first time I have seen them since you healed them and I have been amazed at the difference in Kahn. When I left he was a very anxious, nervous pony who seemed constantly upset. This weekend he has been a friendly affable pony who loved the attention, came to be caught and has even been handled by my father (Dad has no horse experience and Kahn is supposed to be anti men). We even were playing games in his stable. I could check his teeth, pick his feet out all with no fuss and an inquisitive nose stuck in my ear. I am delighted. So this is just to say a big thank you for what you have done for him. I now feel I can build up a relationship with him as he is prepared to give me a go.
Many thanks Olivia
Just to say a big thank you I know you have helped her. Over the last couple of days. I have seen in her a difference when I know you must have been thinking of her. And last night was the turning for April. I could not believe it when she got up and did a good walk to me. She looks great this morning walking round the stable as if there is nothing wrong with her legs. She looks so happy and relaxed this morning. I sent you her mane yesterday but wanted to say a big thank you from us and April. Thank you again. Veronica & family & April
Dear Jan, Just to let you know April is doing really well, improving ever day. We might take her out for a short walk on soft ground tomorrow. Did you get the mane? I think you must have because she is doing so well. I cannot thank you enough. I passed on your best wishes and she did seem to know who it was from. Thank you again. I will tell everyone what you have done for her. Have a lovely Christmas and all that you wish for, for next year? Lots of love Veronica &family & April.
I couldn’t believe how accurate you were about Lucy’s character, she is a big bouncy Welsh cob and I feel her character is what is keeping her going. She was uncomfortable yesterday (Tuesday) but today (Wednesday) I thought she was a little more comfortable not dramatically but a little. The pain is in her soles and the right one is worse and I am not surprised her back was out because of her soreness. Her companion went to the Glasgow vet college and was put down there. As of 2 weeks ago I am arranging to buy another horse and hopefully will find one soon. I am not surprised she says I am bringing her down, as I have spent many days crying in to her mane asking her to get better. I will try to be more up beat! I don’t know of any hip problem. I am very grateful for the help you are giving Lucy and I will keep you up to date on her progress.
Dear Jan, Just a note to say that Lucy is physically the same but is looking more happy. I think it is going to take a while to heal her, if you would like another donation just say.
Lucy seemed better today(Sunday), she was moving more freely and seemed pretty cheerful. What ever you are doing keep doing it! Do you sense she is less sore?
Thank you for your message about my horse. I am totally gobsmacked! Right colour, build, temperament. I really never thought that you could possibly be so accurate. We did our second (for both of us) dressage test at the weekend and the overall judge’s comment was ‘tension’ – in horse and especially rider. I am thinking of trying Alexander Technique for me and the horse …? Any ideas?? He is not particularly happy in the mouth – he mouths the bit a lot & lots of Monty Roberts type chewing when under stress. The dentist did a lot of work recently – he had very sharp edges and he has a twisted tooth, though can’t remember which side. I have been feeling for a month or so that his back was not quite right – and under the saddle as you say. Totally weird! I’m getting the back woman in soon when she comes to do another horse on the yard. Meanwhile I feel he would be better with a riser pad under saddle. I would really appreciate it if you could do some more work. You have an amazing gift.
Hi Jan I hope you had a lovely Christmas, I just wanted to say thank you for healing Megan I think this might sound silly but she is somehow different since. Does that make any sense. Don’t get wrong she can be pushy still , but I don’t know if it’s because I am doing something different, after the reading you gave me I have been trying to be more assertive towards her, but I don’t seem to need to. The toy didn’t work I squeaked it when she came too close as she gets in my face I hate that., but she didn’t even flinch. I have been rewarding her for doing what I ask, even if its only slightly, like when I ask her to move over I put my hand on her side and say move over Megan, and if she as much as moves one foot I reward her with a treat. It seems to be working is this why I think she is different or has she let go of something that was there before but not now, I don’t know she just seems different. Anyway thank you. The healing either worked for Megan or me, best wishes from Christine
Thanks so much for your e-mail. It was really interesting to read. Ramses’ character came over exactly in your notes – it’s amazing how you do this. I brought him over from France nearly 4 years ago and he was 13 then, very thin but extremely fit. He came from a riding centre there and had back problems probably from being ridden in all sorts of badly fitting saddles by people who didn’t ride very well. He sometimes flinches now before you touch his sides as though he expects it to be bad, although I try to be very gentle with him. I was told by a chiropracter he also had a poll problem which they sorted out and his original back problem has been treated and cured. He is part Arab and part French Trotter – chestnut. Testimonial: He has I think been ridden Western style as he responds to this type of riding better. He often naps and has got worse since I’ve owned him, only wanting to go out with other horses, although a year ago we went everywhere alone and he was fine.
Then suddenly he refused to go down the drive. I have no idea why. He doesn’t seem frightened of traffic or dogs or anything like that. There is something sensitive about his off hind leg as sometimes he doesn’t like it picked up and makes an extravagant movement with it. He threatens to kick with this leg occasionally but has never kicked me or anyone else. However he bites and is rather headshy. You’re right about the tetchiness and anger but I don’t know why. It’s understandable at the moment because he’s on box rest having strained the check ligament in his front right leg but he’s nearly better and I’m riding him again. He’s a horse that loves to gallop and can’t understand why I have to make him walk. I’d love to know if something hurts him or why he doesn’t want to go out on rides alone. He seems to enjoy a good gallop and once he gets to open spaces off road he seems happy. Am I reading him all wrong? I adore my horse and would like to understand him better. Thanks again, best wishes Veronica
I can not believe what you have written below. It has backed up everything I have thought myself. Her name is Lady Jane and she came from Ireland in mid-July. Her weak spot on her back is at the back of the saddle which is where she had an ill-fitting saddle and an infection when I first got her. When I run my hands over that area or groom she turns around and pulls a face as it is very sensitive. She is very unbalanced when ridden and I am trying to do lots of different groundwork and lunging to build up that area. I had thought of a chiropractor but was waiting to see what you thought. She is a sensitive little soul and can be quite nervous and yet brave at the same time. I do handle her in the way you suggest, especially with her rugs. Only trouble is I am not on DIY and I can see when she may not have been handled how you suggested with her rugs as she gets grumpy and tries to bite. I also got the feeling that she has never had a one to one relationship with a human and because of that I try to spend lots of time with her myself to build up her trust. I get the feeling that she does not easily trust people simply because she never got the chance before. Re. the close friend in Ireland, you could well be right.
Since coming to the yard she has pair bonded very closely with another mare and I have been joking that trust me to get a lesbian mare. With the jumping you are so right. On Monday night another girl rode her in a private jumping lesson and she jumped tiny jumps but when the instructor put up the jumps Lady was having none of it. I think she enjoys it but has not had the experience of jumping quite high so her enjoyment needs to be channelled very slowly. I have not had any experience with her being intuitive and picking up on my moods but it is early days in our relationship. Her intolerance of hesitant people is true. We battle with her rugs when putting them on in her stable. If she is in a mood she swings her back end at you.
I am quite nervous of horses as a rule and tend to be hesitant but when the yard owner just ignores this and walks up to her and can put on her rug with no fuss at all. I think I just need to be more confident and put my trust in her maybe as well as Lady needing to trust me. Did you pick up anything to do with headshaking as she wears a nose net. She is not bad and it disappears with a net. Only last Friday she was bad due to the midges as I myself got bitten to death. I had thought that her problem with her feet is due to discomfort somewhere too as she is not nasty in her nature. I will take on board what you have said with everything (some of it I have been doing already with the rugs and saddle) and will let you know how it is going. Do you think she will benefit further from a visit from you or maybe in another month or two do another distance healing? I don’t know really how these things work? Thanks very much for your help. I don’t know how you do it but I wish I could get all information from lady myself. regards, Leanne
Just a short message to you, to say thanks a million. The improvement in Chance between Thursday and Saturday was incredible, I was sure you must have responded to my posting. Whatever you did, whatever healing you sent, it really seems to have helped and I’m really grateful. (I’m sure Chance is too.) Thank you for taking the trouble and making the effort. Love from Sam and Chance
I have to say I was rather sceptical….I had spoken to Jan prior to this post being put up. She came to visit my mare today and I was totally amazed at how she dealt with her. Within 2mins Jan had picked up Charisses’ old injury which I thought was healed but apparently she is still bothered by!! had I not have been there I would not have believed it!
Charisse was in total awe of this very nice and kind lady. Within 20 mins Charisse then initiated grooming me (which she has never done in the 3yrs of owning her). and I mean grooming me , very gently and it felt so wonderful I could have cried! apparently I am the human version of my horse which I found interesting and can relate to.
The other thing was that Charisses foal starting to kick and move whilst Jan was there !!! for the first time I could not believe it!! I really do recommend this lady to anyone who thinks she could help them. Irene
MAI & PERRY
I initially contacted Jan about my mare Mai, after browsing the website, which I had found via the Parelli Savvy Club magazine. I think the best way to describe myself was an ‘optimistic sceptic’ I wanted to believe that Mai would somehow benefit from some healing but I had reservations. However, despite several people thinking I’m even more eccentric than they did already, I am convinced that there ‘is definitely something in it’!
I had told Jan that Mai hadn’t had the best start in life and that when I got her I knew that we’d have a lot of issues to work through. While we had come a long way I still felt that although 99% of the time she seemed happy and content there was still a part of Mai that I couldn’t get through too when she was trapped in a world of her own where she was sad and lonely. I was hoping that Jan could help. I also asked her if she would see my very poorly elderly cat Perry.
Jan came out to see Mai and Perry last Friday. Initially Mai picked up on my nerves and refused to leave me and talk to Jan, but it didn’t take long for her to approach Jan and soon was really listening and seeming to want to tell Jan things. Jan picked up on an old hip injury she had when I first had her, that I believe is now in no way evident and I hadn’t mentioned. Jan also picked up on an old grey mare who was the herd leader at the yard where Mai was first and who Mai respected.
Lots of other things happened and Jan seemed to be a translator between Mai and I – Mai was standing between us and would look at Jan for a while then at me as Jan passed on what she was saying, other things came out and I was amazed at the accuracy but more so at Mai’s reaction.
At one point Jan said to me that Mai had told her that she liked to jump and was wondering if I would allow her to jump. Mai was stood quietly with us and at my reaction ‘of course she can jump!’ she scooted off did a huge buck and seemed very pleased with herself and that she’d be allowed to jump, then she came back to us quietly.
Another funny moment was when she told Jan her favourite colour was red, we chuckled at her and she got a bit peeved and went and stood in the corner – obviously she wasn’t as amused as we were! Jan also told me that when Mai and I start to get annoyed at each other I should stop and ‘talk’ to Mai as it was down to a breakdown in communication. Since Jan’s visit she has seemed much more ‘centred’ and quiet. She is normally very stressed when brought in on her own, on Sunday she seemed much better. The changes are subtle but real enough although you would need to know her as I do to see them.
Jan then came to see my rather cantankerous old cat, Perry. He sat quietly as Jan put her hands on him and after while he stood up climbed onto her lap and basically gave her a kiss, then settled down again absolutely soaking up the attention Jan was giving him. Nothing very spectacular in that you might say. Only Perry is very selective in whom he pays attention too, and he certainly doesn’t show that sort of affection to anyone except to myself and more so my husband. It seemed to me he was saying ‘thank you’ to her.
I know that Perry is too ill to expect a ‘miracle’ but since Jan’s visit and her chat with him he seems a lot brighter in himself, Jan reassured me that he wasn’t ready to go yet and this seems to have been proven as Perry while still poorly, is more like his old very vocal self, and is showing an interest in things around him again. Anyway, all I can say if you are a sceptic, is to try to be open minded. There is certainly no harm in trying and I believe that you and your animal will benefit as much as I, Mai and Perry have.
Thank you Jan for coming and enriching the relationship I have with my beasties, I don’t know how you do it or how it works, and frankly I’m not much bothered, I just know what ever it is, it makes a difference.
Jan, Just to let you know that yesterday (12th March) Perry had the courage to tell us it was time. Ed was away Tuesday night and although Perry was quiet he spent the evening cuddled up with me and the two other cats, had his tea and slept on the bed with the others. He seemed quiet but ok when I left him in the morning. Ed came home lunchtime and Perry got up, as Ed came in the door , meowed at him and when I got home he was sat on Eds lap. Ed said he thought it was time so we put Perry some tea down but for the first time in his life he wasn’t interested, he wobbled over to the rug in he dining room and lay down and just looked so very tired. We took him to the Vet and basically Perry left us at 7pm last night.
His circulation was very bad, and we and the Vet think that he would have passed away that night anyway, at least this way he went with us both there and peacefully. As you said to us, he told us it was time and we had no doubt we were doing the right thing.
Thank you for seeing him and reassuring him that there was a better place to go, he was at peace and had the courage to take that final journey. One thing that has stuck with me is as he went to sleep I had my hand on him, and I knew when he left, he looked at Ed before he left and it was honestly a look of such trust and affection.
I think its important that although Perry wasn’t ‘healed’ in one sense his soul was given peace enough to know it was ok to say goodbye.
Note from Jan
Perry was a very special cat. He was, he told me, the King of cats, and had to be treated as such. He gave me the most beautiful session I can ever imagine, when I worked with him, and to be kissed by a cat is a truly magical experience. He was dearly loved, and will be missed by his ‘mom and dad’. He has reserved a special place in my heart as the first cat that I gave healing to, and who communicated with me. Thank you Sam and a big THANK YOU to Perry. xxx
Mai & Perry’s owner, Sam, attended my animal communication day in early 2004, following the success of my communication with her horse and three cats and her fish – who demanded, in no uncertain terms, that he be given a bigger tank!!.
When Sam first contacted me in 2003, it was for communication and healing. Her exact words were (and I am sure she won’t mind me saying) “I am not sure I believe in all of this, I am sceptical, but would like to give it a go” Her skills on the communication course were a delight and surprise to both of us. Now I receive regular emails from her, telling me about the results of her communications with all of her animals. It has changed her life.
The sun was out shining brightly, but my horse Devon was in. He was on box rest due to bruised tendons, so I decided to organise a treat for him. I got in touch with Jan after being recommended by a friend, and I was keen to see how Dev would take to her, as he is a very friendly sensitive soul who I knew was upset at being inside.
When Jan arrived I didn’t really know what to expect. She asked me a few questions, and then began to ‘communicate’ with him. He looked straight at her with a very inquisitive face, and I had to laugh! The next hour and a half was lovely; Jan spent time healing Dev, particularly an ‘old injury’ on his hip which I had no idea about. She also gave his bruised tendons a healing session, and Dev stamped his feet and rubbed his nose on them afterward, just as if they were hot and itchy!
Three times I felt myself become completely overwhelmed, and actually cried with the emotions I could feel coming from Dev. Jan asked me what I would like to know, and some of the answers were astounding. I think the most amazing thing was when Dev told Jan about a horse he had known, a dark bay with a white mark on his face; a very accurate description of my old gelding, Soda. Dev was with him when he died.
Dev mentioned lots of other things, including describing a favourite place he likes to gallop, and saying my friend Ali who is pregnant would have a girl! He also said to Jan that I had made the right decision about a personal matter, and incredibly described the situation exactly as it had happened. When I rode him two days later (now passed by the Vet as sound) he was quiet, peaceful and also was totally balanced on both trot diagonals, very odd as he had always favoured the left! He also didn’t flybuck, something I had ‘asked’ him not to do again if possible, please!
It was an extremely enjoyable, and sometimes very emotional, experience and one I would recommend to everyone who has nothing to fear about what their horse might say about them! I await in anticipation to see if my friend has a girl…
Note from Jan:
My clients friend did have a baby girl! Devon was an incredibly clever horse. My most dearest memory of him was my first visit. Devon was in his stable, and was not wearing a headcollar. I asked his owner if I could put his headcollar on, as I always initially do this with horses that are new to me. I lifted up the headcollar, and as soon as it got near Devon’s nose, he looked at me closely “You don’t need to do that” he said “I am quite safe” I laughed and told his owner, who giggled and told me that this is what she would expect from him. I trusted Devon, and he proved worth of that trust. When I was speaking he looked away and listened. When he spoke he turned, and spoke to me, he gave me full eye contact. It was an amazing experience that day. I shall never forget Devon
Devon has now passed over. His memories stay strong, and we shall all miss his huge character!