Larch is the remedy for people who feel that they are not as competent as others. They lack confidence in their ability to do things well, assume they will fail, and often don’t bother to try.
For horses, the Larch remedy can be used in the absence of self-confidence when task or exercises are being refused after they went wrong and further attempts are a no go. You will also see such refusal in advance but before you select Larch for a horse, it is important to observe him from their perspective in order to capture Larch! Does he avoid challenges whether they come from another horse or the environment. Or horses that are generally not adventurous. Larch can also be used when a horse has to perform a certain difficult task, such as learning to jump or integrate into a new herd and that it is obvious that he lacks sufficient faith in himself to make this a success.
The essence of larch is trust in own ability. Larch gives trust to dare to start something new, no quitting but persistence, even when there are inevitable setbacks. Larch helps this horse with his self-esteem and position in the herd, with his training, with his initiative and competitions.
Things to look for:
- Horses avoiding other dominant horses, noisy dogs, friendly strangers, etc. (see also Mimulus)
- Horses who doubtfully respond to new situations, other foods and environments
- Horses who often support others who take the first step in any conceivable initiative
“For those who do not consider themselves as good or capable as those around them, who expect failure, who feel that they will never be a success, and so do not venture or make a strong enough attempt to succeed.” Dr. Edward Bach ~