ET Stories

Poulsbo, WA: I was passing through Washington when an owner asked me to look at her horse, it had only one kidney, was an extreme self mutilator, routinely destroying his stall and paddock with constant kicking. Examination showed extreme rigidity in the obliques,TFL and stifle. I only had few minutes with the horse but did a very quick body balance, and addressed the areas of concern before I had to leave. Eight weeks later the owner finally tracked me down and informed me that the horse had stopped self mutilating, kicking and was back in work, and locked her in as a client for me to work on when I do my ten week circuit of the states. Trudy Johnson. CA.

Austin, TX: My palomino horse Beau began to develop tumors on his neck about six years earlier and no matter what I tried it had no effect on them and they were getting worse. I had heard about Equine Touch and thought it would wok in well with Beau’s training and got in Pam Cantwell who worked on Beau once a week for about four weeks when I noticed that the base of the tumors were shrinking, on the last week one of them became very bloody and actually fell off. I had it investigated and the lab found it was rare type of cancer. I continued with the Equine Touch sessions and a few weeks later all the tumors had dropped off, the body’s own healing system appeared to have been boosted enough to handle the problem. Deb Brown, Chief of Police SUT. TX

Johannesburg, SA: Mr Casker, a racing trainer in Jo’burg called me in to look at Tommy Token a 4 year old he had scheduled to race the next day. Tommy had been showing signs of stiffness in his lower back and was reacting aggressively when the saddle was cinched up. A physiotherapist had been called but there was no change. I performed a basic body balance on the horse and almost immediately he started to relax, by the time I had finished he was fast asleep, so I left him that way. The following day Mr Casker called me delighted that Tommy Token had won his race by a head. I worked on Tommy regularly after that and he won his next 8 races in a row. Michelle Maas. SA

Equine Touch Reports from Around the World

Gill Evans is an Equine Massage Therapist in Africa who has been professionally treating horses for 20 years.
Gill attended an Equine Touch seminar in Zimbabwe in October last year. The first day she was completely skeptical how anything so gentle could achieve any positive results…… midway through the second day she watched an unmanageable horse she had brought along completely change its body shape and personality right before her eyes. It was not only the horse that changed, however, it was also Gill … whose mouth was hanging open and her entire body softened as she suddenly realised what was happening to her horse. She left the course perplexed, but determined to give the modality a try. Since then she has concentrated her work using only this gentle touch with positive results that have astounded her. None, however, have astounded her more than this case, which started just before Christmas.

I was on the farm when I heard a commotion coming from a nearby paddock, and when I entered I found a thoroughbred filly standing and shaking in deep trauma. It had just been bitten in the neck by a cobra; unfortunately they are all over the place. There was no point in calling the vet. They had no drugs for humans in Zimbabwe, never mind horses, and in any case we were far out in the country and death usually occurs within a few hours in 95% of the cases.

I decided to treat the horse with what Jock had taught me, I relaxed the whole upper area and performed the lymphatic drainage procedures on the entire neck and around the punctures. There was a slight swelling, and the horse was going into shock.

The next day the horse was still standing; the swelling now very large and stretching from the top of the throat right down to the elbows. I continued to do the Equine Touch using the Bowen Moves. The next day the horse was still alive and once again I continued to do the treatment. As I felt there was now a chance I contacted a friend who is a homeopath who treated the filly also. I continued with the Equine Touch treatment, the swelling was going down but around the puncture area there was a large area of putrefied flesh. A week later this area burst, spilling out rotten flesh, blood and pus.

I continued to treat the horse daily with the treatment and slowly the hole began to close to the point where six weeks after the strike the filly is well on the way to full recovery, the poison in the system is still evident by small abscesses around the hole but other than that the filly is free from pain and showing no ill effects. If anything, this has shown me what an amazing modality the Equine Touch is for helping a horse to heal itself against what are amazing odds.

From Gill Evans, Africa


Angie Robb is studying to be an animal specialized kinesiologist. She also trains in and uses the Equine Touch with which she has had tremendous results, and thoroughly enjoys treating horses with this gentle, non-invasive method.


There is a thoroughbred called Pece who had been treated by one of our local vets for lameness in the near hind for approximately 2 years. In great desperation I was called in to do The Equine Touch. On assessing the horse before starting I found a lot of heat in the near hindquarter around the gluteus muscle. I then proceeded with the Equine Touch; during these procedures Pece broke out in a sweat down his back legs. The following morning he walked out of the stable sound. This was after one treatment of The Equine Touch. Follow-up was done on a monthly basis and the problem has not returned.

From Angie Robb of Durban


Penny Crockart is a third generation former national champion horsewoman. Apart from teaching riding skills she is national Equine Coach for Zimbabwe’s Para-Olympic riding team and a dedicated Equine Touch practitioner who has treated as many as thirty horses a day with this unique procedure.

Survivor (The No Name Horse)

I first saw this Grey on one of Jock’s courses in Harare. The owner of the stables where the course was being held advised everyone not to go near it. She was the only survivor of a herd of horses that had been killed and eaten by lions and was depressed, nervous, scared and unpredictable. As soon as Survivor had given me permission to touch her I slowly began to perform the basic balancing procedures, observing all the mandatory waiting times to allow her to recognize that something was happening. At first she was nervous, would shy away, and would threaten the odd kick. All of a sudden an amazing change started to come over her. The whole body appeared to lose its tension. She started to sigh and to chew, the eyes started to close and she literally dropped off to sleep with the head only inches above the stable floor. I left her like that. The following day I could not believe the changes in Survivor; even the rookie students were able to go into her stall and practice on her without the slightest sign of her previous nervous condition. Although I now treat horses with the Equine Touch on a full time basis, the results never cease to amaze me. For me, and the horses in Zimbabwe, it is one of the greatest gifts that have ever been brought into our country and our equine world.



My daughter Charlie was competing in the showjumping championships on her mare Sparky. Just prior to competing in the finals they were warming up in the practice area when they had a nasty fall. Charlie landed heavily and her mount hobbled away holding up her front off side hoof. Charlie had a sore neck and stiff shoulder and was in pain. I immediately performed the Bowen moves on her relating to that area, and went to check the horse. After confirming that there was no break I performed all the forequarter Equine Touch procedures, shoulders, neck forelegs and TMJ. Almost immediately the horse put her injured foot on the ground just as if she was trying out a new pair of shoes, shook her head and snorted with relief. By this time Charlie was standing alongside me and even although she was shaken she decided that she would compete if the horse wanted to. Thirty minutes later I was a rather tearful mother as I sat and watched the two of them win their class.

From Penny Crockart of Harare




A well-known rider in South Africa, Roger Hessian, had called me out the have a look at his show jumping horse, Sanctum. Sanctum, a stallion, was entered to ride in a Volvo Cup Show in Cape Town in 5 days time and was showing discomfort in his lower back and trailing his hind legs when trying to clear the jump. I ran my hands down his hind legs and noticed the horse did not respond much to the touch. His back was cold and he was not taking much notice of me being in the stable with him. I performed the Equine Touch on Sanctum, giving him a full body balancing. Sanctum showed little to no sign of processing any of the moves I performed on him. Worried, I decided to repeat the body balancing procedures the next day. The stallion seemed to be realizing a small change happening and he began licking his lips as I did The Equine Touch over the hamstring area. The next day I once again gave Sanctum the full Equine Touch body balancing procedure. This day the horse responded well – I could see changes in the muscles, as I moved over his back and hind quarters, using The Equine Touch – in fact I could almost hear him saying thank you. Roger Hessian left for Cape Town with great disbelief and skepticism at what he had seen. After a week, I received a phone call from him, asking what I had done to his horse. I explained to the best of my ability the moves of The Equine Touch and what I was hoping to provoke. With a giggle, Roger told me that Sanctum had taken overall prize at the Volvo, winning the A class and being placed second in the other three events at the show, making him the overall Volvo winner in The National A Grade Championships.


Glenn French is former very successful jockey in Zimbabwe and England. He won 4 National Championships and he was placed in the top 3 from 1984 to 1991. After breaking his back badly in a racing accident he started to train horses, and as a result became interested in alternative and natural therapies for his charges.


In 1999 I had a problem horse that slipped on the road and tore his pectoral muscle. After numerous treatments of every type of therapy I was at my wits end as to what to do with this horse. He had been out of action for approximately 9 months when the owner’s wife phoned me and told me that she had a Gentle Touch treatment on her stiff neck and that this particular therapy was apparently done on horses. I had never heard of this type of therapy and I was running out of options. I had nothing to lose. Enter Jock Ruddock. Jock came to see the horse and what events took place after Jock had done his basic balancing absolutely amazed not only me but also the owners, whom I had invited to see the horse treatment. He proceeded to go through a number of moves on the horse and to my astonishment he then removed the bridle on this highly-strung thoroughbred in the middle of the yard. I was expecting the horse to bolt, but instead he just stood there and let Jock complete his treatment. The recovery of this horse was astonishing and within 2 months of his first treatment from Jock, he was ready to run. Tromeros was back in action and not only to run, but also to compete competitively, winning his second start and being placed in his next 2 races. I was completely overwhelmed that something so gentle and simple had got this horse back to winnings ways. This led me to taking The Equine Touch course, which was exactly what I had been looking for, something which I could learn and did not require any strenuous movement on my part due to my injuries.

Young Commander

The next time I met up with Jock and Ivana I had just received a horse that had not been performing and was in a very depressed state. There was nothing really physically wrong with the horse, but he was subdued and would not let anyone near him or touch him affectionately. I asked them for help. After a few moves by Jock, Young Commander was completely relaxed and literally half asleep with his head in Jock’s arms. His entire personality seemed to change immediately. From that day on he never looked back and Penny Crockart, Jock’s assistant in Zimbabwe, and myself then treated him once a week. Unfortunately he did not race for me, as he was sold to Mauritius shortly after. I was still interested to see how he got on and whilst on trip to Mauritius just recently, I visited this horse and I was so pleased that he had transformed into not just a confident horse, but “nice person”. He ran the next week for the fist time and was beaten only by a shorthead and the new owners were thrilled with their first purchase. This amazing technique has now got me hooked, so to speak, and I have given up training to concentrate full time on broadening my knowledge of The Equine Touch and hopefully be able to help the wonderful athlete that we take so much for granted, The Horse.

From Glenn French of Harare


Mary Carey is an animal specialized kinesiologist working with all animals, but specializing in horses. She is able to “talk to horses” via muscle testing, which enables her to find out what they need, feed etc. The Equine Touch is another alternative modality that she uses and she is finding that it is 100% successful in helping horses in their movement and physical/emotional well being.


After veterinary assistance for over a month had been carried out on a pony called Saigon, with absolutely no success, I was called in to help. Using kinesiology I was able to identify the problem and the source. Upon completing the basic Equine Touch body balancing procedures Saigon immediately showed signs of detoxing in the form of sweating and radiation of heat. I then did opening moves on the off hind, from the coronet up towards the hock, using the long digital extensor muscle. Saigon trotted out sound after this Equine Touch. He had a further session 6 days later and has remained sound since.

Hakahana Aktiva

A warmblood mare, Hakahana Aktiva, suddenly developed a problem with dragging her hind legs. An acupuncturist was called in, but could find nothing, so I was called in to do The Equine Touch. I performed the basic balancing and then the Pelvic procedure. After the first session she trotted off with no further dragging. A further 2 sessions were performed as back up and maintenance and the dragging has not returned.

From Mary Carey of Durban



Zimbabwe and South Africa are countries rich in Equine tradition. The horse – once the mode of transport for the farmers and ranchers to travel their properties, to hunt, to race for their enjoyment and to show off for their pride and egos – still remains a primary interest and love in the lives of the people.

Over the recent years, especially in Zimbabwe where anarchy currently reigns supreme, the horse has become symbolic with the dignity of life when the country itself was known as Rhodesia. The horrors that occur in the equine world of that country are often beyond description and understanding. With white farmers being forced off their lands, sometimes at gunpoint, horses are too often abandoned, left to fend for themselves to avoid lions, leopards, jackals, snakes or worse even more unbelievable horrors at the hands of the gangs of squatters whose cruelty to any horse they can catch is beyond description.

Horse rescuers travel from farm to farm literally rustling the abandoned equines before they die of starvation, or are killed and eaten or as is known to happen, drenched in petrol and set alight to run screaming around the field to an agonizing death as their unfeeling tormentors roar with laughter.

With the economy in the doldrums, drugs virtually non-existent, and vets too expensive, more and more horse lovers, owners, and trainers are turning to complementary modalities to help their charges. Into this world has come The Equine Touch in the form of Jock and Ivana Ruddock who in the past 12 months have made four teaching trips to Africa alone and taught over 120 students and practitioners, from vets to a 15 year-old schoolgirl, in this amazing modality that has literally taken the equine world in Africa by storm.

“I’m amazed,” said Jock in an interview with NH this week, “these people in Zimbabwe are 6th and 7th generation Zimbabwians and their farms and homes are being stolen from them, yet there they are on our seminars, even although they no longer have a home, totally committed to their horses. We meet many who stay on simply because they love their horses and will not leave them no matter what. People in other countries often ask Ivana and myself if we are not scared when we go out there; of course we are scared, but if people want to care for their horses our way and want us to teach them, then we won’t turn our backs on them. If we don’t help them who will?”