Comet the Selle Francais

I thought my visitors might find it interesting to hear about some individual cases and learn about the Bach Flower Essences in practice.  I think it is only appropriate that the first case study  in my blog be dedicated to the memory my mare Comet who was my inspiration for learning more about the Bach Flower system.

Comet was my free horse, given by a friend of a friend, shipped sight unseen from Florida due to allergies she developed while living there, they wanted her to have a home in the north.  I thought she might make a nice trail horse for my mother, but she turned out to be mine.  She was destined to be my educator in so many ways, but with regard to the Bach Flower Essences, it all began with a BANG.

At over 17 hands, Miss Comet had plenty of force to work with when she kicked the wall of her stall.  It could be heard clearly at the house.  The first couple of times it happened I ran to see what was going on.  Soon I began trying to manage the situation by changing her stall to a run-in, BANG.  Then I adjusted the feeding schedule earlier with the hope of satisfying her before the destruction began, BANG.  And so it went.  Whenever I was in sight, I could almost see the angelic halo over her big beautiful head as if she could never have been responsible for such noise and destruction, it was a mystery.

A woman I was taking some classes from suggested trying a 2 week course of Beech, one of the Bach Flower essences.   Beech is used for intolerance, classically when the person (or the animal) has a demanding nature and does not feel their desires are being met.  Comet was rather queenly by nature so I thought the recommendation was a good one.  To illustrate that side of her personality,  once when our plumber asked if he could meet the horses, she came over with her usual curiosity, but then flew backwards when he reached out and kissed her on the nose.  She was offended that he would take such a liberty!

After about 3 days of following the recommended doses of the flower remedy, she missed one of her usual kicks first thing in the morning.   A few days after that I realized there had been an overall decrease in the frequency of the kicks.  Much to my amazement by the end of the second week she had stopped.

This is an excellent example of a type remedy.  Rather than a situational treatment such as support while recovering from an injury, a type remedy is chosen for the individual because of difficulties they have because of ingrained traits.  We all have at least one remedy that helps to balance our natural personality and tendencies, and each difficulty we may experience has an equal positive attribute that can be promoted.  Although it isn’t necessary to take a type remedy all the time, it is often one that can be revisited.  Such was the case with Comet.  The mystery was solved, but sometimes when her persnickety side started  to emerge, I would give her another 2 weeks on the Beech essence and she would settle down again.  If I failed to recognize the need soon enough, I would eventually hear a nice big BANG to remind me.


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