On this site:Buqi for Horses
(Dorset & Surrey, UK)
"When Jo first came to our yard, I wasn't sure what to expect. Helping horses without touching them.... sure, pull the other one too! I guess you could say I was skeptical.
When Jo worked on the first horse, I wasn't sure about it at all; she was a tough mare to crack. Like my horse, she has a few issues. But the second mare dropped her head and truly seemed soooo relaxed I thought it was worth a try.
Astra was definitely 'different' the following day. I apologised to my instructor for my hands being up too high but actually my hands were the same; it was his head that was up and his carriage was better. He felt like he himself was moving easier; no mean feat for this uptight old lad!
Two sessions ago he let out a breath and grunted. For him to let go of himself and make an audible sound is amazing. He is almost like a special needs horse; had a hard life. So, if something makes his life better, its got to be a good thing. Last session he actually stretched his back, which in 18 months is something I've never seen him do! Believe me, he is TENSE.
I think Jo and the Buqi sessions really are helping both myself and the old boy.
If he's happy, me too."
"I have had the inspiring experience of riding various horses after Jo has Buqi’d them. In all cases the horses have been calm, free, relaxed and accepting - with a degree of softness that is a delight to work with, and which I’d never felt in those horses before. This is regardless of the type of horse - elderly cobs, dressage thoroughbreds, eventers, RC allrounders - they all benefited. One very one-sided tense horse became able to execute a flowing figure-of-eight of 10 metre circles with none of his usual lurch, panic, loss of rhythm and outline at the changes of bend - effortless on my part and, apparently, his!
Definitely worth a try if any stiffness, discomfort or tensions are apparent.... and what would be possible if we use Buqi regularly? Highly recommended."
"I bought Blue to get my confidence back. It was only after a year or so that we discovered she had an aptitude for dressage. We started competing unaffiliated and then since April 2005 affiliated. As I've progressed Blue needed to develop greater strength in her back and hindquarters. I approached Jo in November 2005 and since then she has worked with Blue fortnightly. Buqi has enabled Blue to relax and develop greater strength in her back and hindquarters.
During a session she relaxes into herself, yawns and chews and often moves her hind feet from side to side. Towards the end of a session she also often does the most amazing stretches which seems to go from the tip of her head to her tail. Immediately after a session she is starving!
Since starting Buqi Blue has become stronger and more supple and her canter, which has always been her difficult pace, is going from strength to strength.
I didn't know what to expect from Buqi but it has proved to be an invaluable aid in assisting Blue's progress and I am really delighted with its effects."
"Having just finished my degree in Equine Science I was somewhat sceptical about Buqi. But during the session I could see Oscar responding to what Jo was doing. Oscar's medium trot did improve as did his forelimb elevation, he was much more free in his neck and I can now bend him when I couldn't before."
"I can most certainly confirm that the Buqi sessions that Noble has had changed him from being tense and suspicious to chilling out during and after the sessions. His head-shy tendencies have diminished generally and he seems more trusting. At the same time he is being more forward going and active in the school. My regular riding instructor commented during my lesson that it was the best she had seen him so far."
"During the session I saw Laddie lowering his head, licking and chewing and being very relaxed for most of the time. Laddie really stretched out one of his back legs and also did some lovely 'cat' like stretches where he rounded his back up. I noticed a lot of quivering around his back muscles, especially near his withers. Prior to the stretching, his flanks were heaving a bit as if his breathing had increased. For the rest of the day he was very calm, relaxed and mellow and had a softer look in his eye. His back look more elongated and stretched.
Thank you so much for coming to see Laddie. I was really impressed with the Buqi treatment which I am convinced has really helped him overcome his problems. ."
"I am very grateful that you worked on Lass. I am not sure what I expected but there was a definite improvement in her."
"He seemed to go to sleep during the session. He was very itchy, scratched for long periods of time, burped and sighed – there was an odd rippling in his neck muscles before the burps but he was very calm. His rider noticed that he was behaving better in his schooling."
"Oliver was very relaxed and seemed to like the session. He licked my daughter, the floor, the stables, anything he could. He looked at Jo a lot. He was quite funny. For the rest of the day he was very relaxed and walked more freely. He seemed to have forgotten a lot of the pains he had remembered from an old injury. The following day he was much more relaxed, would stand to be groomed and was much better for tacking up. The following week he is going from strength to strength – we wouldn’t have believed the difference. We are really pleased."
"He seemed to find great relief from the session – I guess he is mentally troubled as a result of moving through homes. He seems to have partly ‘found’ himself and seems very different since the visit."
"Sorroco does seem more content and happier. I am pleased with the results on him. He is definitely different than he was before the session."