I can heal your horse with Reiki
VETS dismissed her, farmers scoffed at her and even her own husband thought she was barking mad.
But now Reiki specialist Gwen Lloyd has won many converts after healing sick animals with the laying of hands and the power of thought.
Over the past five years, she healed starving horses, nursed injured dogs and even helped the odd livestock animal.
And if anyone can’t visit her at her Machynlleth farm, she even provides “distance healing” by practising Reiki on photographs of pets and farm animals.
“I think some vets are not very impressed by what I do,” admitted Gwen, 48, of 300-acre Glandulas Farm, Pantperthog.
“A few have chucked sarcastic comments at me – but my shoulders are broad enough to take it”.
“Besides, I believe the proof lies in the pudding and I’ve had many examples of successful outcomes.”
Gwen fixed a horse in the Dyfi valley that was struggling to eat after an equine dentist drew a blank.
And she helped a horse near Welshpool back to full health after it underwent surgery.
Most remarkably, she healed a Rottweiler dog with hind leg problems which couldn’t walk.
“The vet had said treatment would cost £3,000 and that the best course of action would be to put him down.
“I saw him three times and he made a good recovery.”
Next Monday S4C’s countryside series Ffermio looks at the increasing use of alternative therapies to treat farm animals
Originating in Japan, Reiki is a form of healing where practitioners lay their hands on or above a person’s body to help alleviate pain or relax the body.
Ffermio correspondent Iola Wyn visits Gwen and husband Alun at Glandulas Farm where they are busy with their 650 sheep, Welsh cobs and Bernese Mountain dog breeding business.
Gwen became interested in Reiki five years ago when she saw a practitioner help a sick, elderly gelding on livery on her farm. Š
She now offers Reiki for people in her living room and visits local farms to offer treatment for horses, dogs and even to a calf.
“It works on anything that breathes – even plants,” she said. “Not that I have even practised Reiki on a plant! I’ve never done sheep either.”
Reiki, she says, is a “means of helping the mind to stimulate the body to heal itself”. She considers it complementary to treatments offered by traditional vets.
Husband Alun, 48, and their two sons, Dorian, 26, and Arwel, 24, were at first highly sceptical but are now converts.
They have also seen the benefits, not only on animals and other people but as a way of treating the injuries the three have sustained on the rugby field.
“Arwel went to play rugby in New Zealand but injured his shoulder. He rang me up and asked me to fix it – and I did,” said Gwen.