... an Indian guru who healed horses. The guru came and stroked the horse with his hands for about ten minutes then said the horse is cured and asked my parents for money.
About 30 years ago, a horse-drawn caravan containing a gypsy family arrived in the village. There was a grandmother, a father, a mother and two sons aged about 25 or so. A little later I mentioned it to a friend. “Ah, that’ll be the Smiths. I’ll tell Peter Horton
that they’re here.”
John Horton was a racehorse trainer with a string of winners to his name and the local millionaire. The story was that John Smith (the father) would be invited to inspect all the horses. He would have the horses walk past him and then pronounce on what problems the horse had and how it should be treated. The horses were all kept to the highest standards so disease was rare but Smith would diagnose it by sight. The majority of the treatment usually consisted of such things as diet, horseshoe type, a weight on one side of the saddle, rest, etc.
Later I asked a vet who attended Horton’s stable about John Smith. He replied that the man was a genius with horses and he (the vet) would never go against John Smith’s advice. I asked if Smith had ever been wrong. “Not that I know.” He replied. “He sometimes gives diseases strange names but he’s otherwise accurate.”
“How does he do it?”
“He’s lived and breathed horses for about 60 years. He’s seen it all and remembered and he learned the trade from his father.”
The thing is that the Smiths had a history of being taught and were sensitive to things the ordinary eye would not note. They were, in fact, practising the scientific method. Observation and application of knowledge and experience.
So with your guru. I suspect that he knew that the condition of the horse was one that was a precursor to recovery.