is the remedy for any fear whose cause can’t be named. At one end of the spectrum the Aspen fear may be no more than a sense of foreboding, an uneasy anxiety that something unpleasant or frightening is going to happen. At the other it can be a real terror, with physical symptoms such as the hair standing on end.
Horses in need of Aspen will seem afraid of something that is not really there. Theirs is a free-floating anxiety, not attached to anything specific like a loud noise or strangers, but simply in the air. Remember however that the fact that you can’t identify the reason for a horse’s anxiety does not prove that the horse doesn’t know what he is scared of. In practice it is usually a good idea to try the remedy for a known fear –Mimulus- before turning to Aspen.
The essence of Aspen is that it restores faith and courage for whatever is coming. Aspen gives the feeling you will be guided and makes you feel safer from your own instinct and intuition and helps to develop the feeling of being able to handle any anxious situation.
Things to look for:
- Horses who seem nervous and anxious in familiar, safe environments
- Horses who jump and run at every sound, even when the cause of the sound is known to be non-threatening
- Sudden, unexplained panic, perhaps with rolling eyes and sweating
Aspen“Vague unknown fears, for which there can be given no explanation, no reason. Yet the patient may be terrified of something terrible going to happen, he knows not what. These vague unexplainable fears may haunt by night or day. Sufferers often are afraid to tell their trouble to others.” Dr. Edward Bach ~