Human breathing, Comfort Breather
The difference in my anxious, nippy, PRE rescue (horse) with 10 days of Equine Breathing is amazing. He is so much calmer and more confident, both with me and with the other 2 horses. and the nipping has almost disappeared. The change really is remarkable and I am thrilled.
I am much more careful about my breathing as well, and feel as if my lungs are 2 sizes bigger - all work and walks now done with a firmly closed mouth! And it is so interesting that closed mouth breathing, even when really working hard, leaves you feeling calm, while mouth breathing, even with big gulps of air just leaves you feeling breathless in comparison.
EB is such an simple technique, I must admit I was doubtful when I started but I am a complete convert now. I would recommend EB to anyone!
Abigail, Bouilland, France
Just to let you know that my horse (Bill) loves his sessions of Equine Breathing ~ He relaxes so quickly. Thanks Clare for sharing Equine Breathing with us ~ I am so glad to have found you ~ It's amazing how something so simple can have such profound & positive effects.
I have felt the benefits from using the Comfort Breather, I seem to be more relaxed & have more energy.
Alison, Cheshire UK
I just had to tell you what a difference just working on my own breathing has done in just a short while. I have been working on the tips in your article and this morning I needed to trim Carrick's hooves and normally she needs to keep taking her feet back many times during the trimming but today she did not - in fact I needed more rests than she did! I kept my mouth shut the whole time. It made it so easy - I can only assume the difference was my breathing and the effect it has had on me already. Then I did some Equine Breathing with her and she was very happy and relaxed throughout. A really lovely morning. I feel it was such a success for really such a simple basic thing to do.
Victoria, Wiltshire UK
Yesterday I really shouldnt have ridden .(chest and throat awful ).. but I so love to take Jack out , that off we set.. jack was absolutely full on ready to go ... he felt very powerful and alot of horse under me .. and as we crossed the road the thought did occur that perhaps I should return home... well I carried on , my arms ached and my whole upper body had no torque or posture at all .. and whilst Jack isnt heavy in his mouth at all I was having to summon all the strength I had to ride in a very basic way. UNTIL .... thoughts took me back to the tips in Horse Breather 42 and 43 and I really concentrated on my breathing . Slowly all my tension left my arms , my chest eased and I tried to hum out the air so it was as slow as possible , like you had written.... jack responded ... the pace kept the same but he became light in my hand and softer through his whole frame . I sat there riding him (doing an extra loop of forest ride as it was so good !) and thought to myself if only more people could realise it can be like this , by only changing their breathing !!!!!!!!!!!!
Natalie , Hampshire UK
I have been sleeping with my mouth taped every night – including the night on the plane, and I have been finding that my sleeping is more restful, deeper, no coughing and I wake feeling refreshed in the morning. I think that I have more energy too during the day. So, even though I have been sure that I do not open my mouth during the night, I must be doing so. Lots of comments about wearing the “breather” as I went to gym and used the mask so as to not cough, which, with the exertion, I’m sure that I would have been doing. I have been wearing the mask when walking the dogs and driving the car. And when we went out for supper last night, although the comments about how I was going to eat with a mask on occasioned lots of mirth. I just say that it helps me not to cough, and since no-one around wants to get sick from me coughing on them, I think they are quite relieved! I just cannot get over how comforting wearing the mask and the tape are. It’s like being held.
Merle, South Africa
Claire, thank you SO MUCH for getting this information out and into the hands of those of us who need it. I'm sure it will help the horses I work with, but, in just one day, I can tell this is going to be life-changing for me. In just concentrating on breathing through my nose, after a very busy day that would have had me wiped out and crabby, I came home HAPPY :-). I lunged my filly with ME doing nose breathing, and I could tell she knew something was different.