Healing Horses Through the Eye of the Observer


Interview with Equine Veterinarian Dr. Louie Enos
Author: Danielle Graham
Photographer: Paulina Amador



The first time I accompanied Equine Veterinarian Louie Enos to a client’s estate and to watch him work was the summer of 2006. When we arrived at the stable, the client was just finishing her mare’s grooming. Louie first asked the owner to walk her horse around the expansive barn hallway so that he could observe how the horse moved. Once he had assessed the mare, he then asked the owner to hold the lead rope and stand still along side her horse.

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Healing Horses Through the Eye of the Observer

With the owner still holding the lead, Louie, completely present and focused with the mare, positioned his hands about five inches away on either side of the horse’s head and began to move his hands slowly along her head and neck – maintaining a five to six inch distance and never touching her. The horse shimmied and shook as if being convulsed by some invisible electrical field. After a couple of minutes, Louie lowered his hands and let the horse rest. After a few minutes rest, he raised his hands up to the horse’s head again and repeated the process. And again, she shook in convulsive reaction to Louie’s “work.” He repeated this cycle several times over a period of about twenty minutes – until he perceived the horse was finished with that specific process for the day. He lowered his hands, took the lead rope from the owner and began to move her around the hallway.

The horse shimmied and shook as if being convulsed by some invisible electrical field. After a couple of minutes, Louie lowered his hands and let the horse rest.

I turned to the owner and asked: “What do you think about that?” She replied, “I had heard about Louie and I had heard about his work, but I didn’t believe it until I saw it myself with my own eyes.” Louie circled back with the owner at his side and spent the next two hours continuing to work, all the while patiently explaining why her mare had been behaving the ways that she had and gently educating the owner.

Healing Horses Through the Eye of the Observer

Three years later, I accompanied Louie again. This time he was working with a newer client and her twenty-one year old gelding that had been treated by Louie only once before. When we arrived, the owner was walking her horse outside and behavior problems were clearly apparent. Louie took the lead rope from the owner and while walking the horse with the owner beside him, began to explain to this experienced rider how her emotions and style of interaction was being mirrored back to her. Louie explained how her physically and emotionally negative reactions to her horse’s behavior were not helping the gelding develop a healthier demeanor. The owner admitted she didn’t know what to do.

For the next two hours Louie identified and released areas where emotional trauma was locked up within the horse’s body while also gently talking with the owner. At the end of the session, the owner walked her horse to a barn stall that opened out into a small private paddock and released him into the stall. Her gelding ran out into the run – leaping and jumping and prancing like a ten year old. The owner stood and watched – glowing with joy.

SuperConsciousness Magazine asked Dr. Louie Enos to give a brief explanation about his background and how he developed his understanding of true healing.

SC: You grew up with horses, became interested in science during High School, earned an undergraduate science degree, and paid your way through college as a horse trainer and farrier. Later, you received your Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at UC Davis with a specialization in equine surgery, moved to Eastern Washington, built a successful and progressive veterinary practice in only a few short years, then walked away. What happened?

LE: Like many doctors, I was working sixteen and eighteen hour days yet was still burdened by debt. Between the practice, weekend rodeos, declining health, and a stressed home environment, I was unhappy and creating a tremendous amount of chaos in my life. It finally came to a point where I knew I had to do something else, I just didn’t know what. I began asking questions – what is life about? Why am I here?

Healing Horses Through the Eye of the Observer

A friend contacted me about something called Ramtha and told me she was going to check it out and would let me know if there was anything of interest. Early the next morning my phone was ringing off the hook, “Louie, Louie, you’ve got to see this video,” and the next night I did.

I was overwhelmed when I heard Ramtha speak – not because I felt any kind of connection to the past – it was the information and the love that touched me so deeply. At that point, I couldn’t hear enough, see enough, learn enough from Ramtha, the Master Teacher, but my veterinary practice was still traditional because that’s what I knew.

After I’d spent years of learning the knowledge [from Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment], learning more about myself, my emotions and attitudes, doing the disciplines and learning how to create reality, one of my clients that I hadn’t seen in a long time came by. She asked if she could have a few minutes to tell me about a leg problem she was having with her horse. As she described all the symptoms, I suddenly realized that the problem was in the pelvis – not in the leg.

SC: Did you have any certified training in alternative therapies?

LE: No, but at this point, I did have many years of training with Ramtha. I had learned that attitudes caused disease and I had practiced the art of healing. My reference point was myself because I had already healed my body of some diseased states. I had learned and understood from personal experience that attitudes affect the nervous system, which then communicates that information to every cell in every part of the body – including the joints. I had also been with horses all my life and could read them pretty well. I knew that I could help my friend with her horse.

I had learned and understood from personal experience that attitudes affect the nervous system, which then communicates that information to every cell in every part of the body

Healing Horses Through the Eye of the Observer

I began by being very present with the animal, just as I had learned to do in my disciplines. I started to pick the leg up and just move it. The horse was reactive and would move but I allowed him. Pretty soon I’m putting the leg in a position, lifting, the horse shudders, I let the leg down and he begins to drop his head. I knew the horse released some pain. I looked at the horse and saw that the pelvis was a little more even. I progressed from there and the horse began to immediately go sound, [the horse’s natural state], it was no longer limping and became relaxed. After awhile, I just knew it was enough for the day.

I worked with her horse three times over about a month and by the third session I was really excited, really turned on. I went back and reviewed everything I had learned from my many years with Ramtha about brain neurology, quantum physics, creating reality and being the observer. I also contemplated my previous experiences of being worked on by chiropractors and restudied my books on horse physiology. I did all this so that I could begin to understand and gain the wisdom of what had occurred during those three sessions. I realized that the healing occurred not just by lifting the leg, turning the leg, or popping a joint. I was observing and becoming present with the horse – unified – and doing so made a huge difference in the results.

As I began to establish an entirely new practice working with horses this way, I faced a great deal of adversity because I was swimming upstream against all traditional beliefs and all traditional alternative beliefs. It gave me the opportunity to use what I knew well – to utilize my training in the midst of chaos. Over time, my ability to stay focused became more proficient and no matter what was happening around me, I knew I could accomplish the healing of that horse.

SC: Can you explain a little more about the relationship between attitudes and health and how a horse might demonstrate them?

LE: An attitude is a neurological wiring or memory of an occurrence, incident or trauma plus the associated emotions. A horse might outwardly demonstrate an attitude by putting his ears back or trying to bite – forms of aggressive behavior. This is valuable information that tells me about the horse’s past.

SC: How do you address attitudes and emotions when working with the horse?

Healing Horses Through the Eye of the Observer

LE: After observing the horse move, I apply focus and hand contact lightly on a specific area or location of the spine. Immediately the horse expresses some emotion, such as fear of being touched due to chronic pain. As I sustain the horse in that emotion, it begins to relax after its brain processes the memory/ emotion. The spinal joint and soft tissue also relax. During this time the horse is accepting and enjoying the released pain from a previous physical trauma. The brain maps and re-wires the change, creates a new memory and healing has begun. I repeat this process by putting the horse’s body in different positions, always identifying the attitude/emotion related to each movement and allowing the change and then realignment occurs naturally. The horse is learning it can move its body and not hurt or be afraid of hurting. The process usually takes about two hours and sometimes more.

SC: Explain the ways your system of healing is different from traditional or more common forms of alternative methodologies.

LE: Traditional medicine looks at and treats symptoms. For instance, if a joint is tender, a traditional veterinarian treats the joint. They are not trained to look for a cause. Chiropractics might adjust the spine, but don’t address why the spine has become compromised.

The key to understanding disease is our emotions. They are produced by the brain and transmit information to the cells and the DNA within the cells. This signal carried to the cell determines the quality of the DNA and subsequent proteins produced. If the information carried to the cell is about strong emotion, reaction, and memories of the past, the cell responds by regulating the expression of the genes and producing partial proteins – emotional protein. So, our attitudes must be dealt with to allow the body to heal.

The key to understanding disease is our emotions. They are produced by the brain and transmit information to the cells and the DNA within the cells. This signal carried to the cell determines the quality of the DNA and subsequent proteins produced.

This explains partial healing or limited movement: an attitude or memory of a trauma has not been resolved. If it had been, then the body’s immune system would have healed the issue. Chiropractics do not directly address attitudes or emotional trauma.

SC: You also work closely with owners and trainers. What about the relationship between them and the horse?

LE: We want our animals to respond to us and do as I say in training and performance. As an animal of servitude, the horse will begin to reflect the owner in attitude, behavior and even structure.

SC: In what ways?

LE: Let’s say that the owner/rider wants their horse to perform a specific gait. They are controlling the animal to do what they want them to do. Often, a rider or owner has an emotional expectation attached to a result and the horse begins to do its best to respond to what is being demanded of him. If the owner is aggressive, the horse will get anxious and also become aggressive. This sets up a cycle of behavior that must be addressed not just by the horse but the rider also.

I take it back to the owner. I give them knowledge so that they better understand their own emotions and attitudes. They become more aware and better observers of themselves they also understand how their emotions affect their environment and subsequently their horse.

SC: Who are your clients and when should they call you to work with their horse?

LE: Oftentimes, the people who call me have exhausted veterinarian medicine, acupuncture, massage, time off, CAT scans and the horse is still in trouble: It’s still unsound, it hurts and can’t perform. That’s a common one that comes to me.

However, when a client begins to associate behavior problems with lameness or something painful, they will call me earlier in the process. “Maybe I should call Dr. Enos before I go to my regular veterinarian.”

Dr. Enos works with horses all over the world. He can be contacted through his website: http://www.equine-mind.com

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