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    Horses needed for Harper Adams research project

    Posted 10 November 2006

    Karen with one of her subjects

    An equine student at Harper Adams University College is calling for willing subjects for her research project.

    Karen Kershaw, a mature student at the university college, is hoping to investigate the healing effects on horses of the traditional Japanese art of Reiki.

    But the BSc Equine Science and Business Management student needs more than a dozen horses – and is asking for owners to work with her and make the project a success.

    The 51-year-old said: “Complimentary therapy has become acceptable in today’s society as people search for a natural approach to a healthy, happy life.”

    “Reiki is a complimentary therapy that utilises the energy that is present in all things. Scientific research shows that Reiki has a positive effect on people, so if it works for people why can’t it work for our horses?”

    “Reiki encourages the horse to become calm and more relaxed which has a positive effect on horses that are nervous, suffer from anxiety, tension or have other behavioural problems.”

    Karen started her studies at Reaseheath College, Nantwich where she successfully gained a Foundation Degree in Equine Science. She also completed courses in Reiki Level One and Two and will be completing a Masters Level course next May.

    Karen said: “It’s always been a personal ambition to work with horses and I hope to combine the equine and business knowledge gained at University with my experience gained treating horses with Reiki to develop my own business as an Equine Reiki Practitioner.”

    “Treating a horse using Reiki is a wonderful experience - the horse becomes totally relaxed and it’s very rewarding to be able to help a horse using natural, non-invasive methods.”

    “I love studying at Harper Adams, the majority of students are a lot younger than me but Harper is such an open community and everyone is so friendly that I haven’t felt out of place.”

    The ancient art of Reiki, which is a form of spiritual healing and spiritual practice, treats emotional, physical, spiritual and mental diseases. It can be used to ease behavioural problems in horses, such as cribbing, spooking, tension, aggression, general stress and nervousness.

    Karen needs at least 12 horses to work with over the next few months. There will be no charge for the sessions.

    For more information about the project or to arrange some free sessions for your horse, please contact her on 07711 108 448 or by e-mail,

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