Wild Oat is the remedy for people who feel they want to do something worthwhile with their lives but don’t know which direction to go. They tend to drift from one thing to another without finding a true path. They become frustrated and downcast as a result. In a Wild Oat state the goal itself is less defined. For example, you know you want a fulfilling life. But does that mean getting married or staying single? Finding a career? Changing religion? It’s much more difficult in a Wild Oat state to define the options as our goal is not clear.
When we are in this state of frustrated and vague ambition, Wild Oat helps us find our true path. It puts us back in touch with our sense of purpose so that the way ahead seems clearer.
In case of horses, this remedy is difficult to spot, so you are relying a lot on your intuition. Wild Oat can be useful –perhaps used along with Walnut- when an activity that was once enjoyed is now no longer possible, so that the horse is left without an aim in life. This could happen to a horse who has always lived an active life as a jumper, and now through old age or incapacity has to adjust to retirement, and feels frustrated and unsatisfied with everything. Taking Wild Oat may help him to focus better and find new reasons to live.
Things to look for:
- Aimless behaviour
- Inability to settle into a lifestyle
“Those who have ambitions to do something of prominence in life, who wish to have much experience, and to enjoy all that which is possible for them, to take life to the full. Their difficulty is to determine what occupation to follow; as although their ambitions are strong, they have no calling which appeals to them above all others. This may cause delay and dissatisfaction.” Dr. Edward Bach ~