Julie sent the following mail after working together for one session. I am grateful to her for writing this account of her experience.
I can only thank you again for our telephone consultation on Tuesday night. This morning, I rode Dodger along the bridleway bordering the open fields. I can honestly say that I simply felt happy - and this with a horse that I have only had for two and a half weeks! Two days ago I felt complete panic and fear even at the thought of riding along it.
I have attached a short piece about my TFT experience including my leg - which soon stopped tingling and has much more sensation in it that it has had for two years.
You can see what a lovely chap Dodger is - thank you for giving me the opportunity to enjoy him fully.
I contacted Jo Cooper as I had developed a fear of riding in wide open spaces. This was the result of a fall from a horse two and a half years previously which had shaken me up, quite badly.
Six months after the fall, I had an accident when leading another horse and severely damaged my knee which resulted in 8 weeks of having the leg plastered, then surgery, then one year of intensive physiotherapy. Although riding again and having recently bought a new horse, I found myself quite unable to ride alongside or through an open space. On the morning of my consultation with Jo, I did actually try to go along a nearby bridleway which bordered open fields, but had intense feelings of panic and turned the horse around and went an alternative route.
Jo talked me through my anxiety and with a series of tapping sequences, I could visualise myself riding along this path with no fear. Just two mornings later, I rode my new horse along this bridleway, looking across the open fields and felt nothing but happiness.
Jo asked me about the condition of my knee following the treatment I had. I explained that I had little feeling from just below my knee to mid calf on the outside of the damaged leg and the surgeon had advised me that I may or may not regain sensation. Jo again talked me through more tapping sequences, this time concentrating on my leg. Incredibly, I started getting tingling sensations in the numb and a lot of the feeling has returned.
Before my consultation, my hopes were that I could conquer my fear of riding in open spaces. Not only has the fear been taken away, but unexpectedly, my leg that was quite severely damaged, has improved.
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