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Healing with Horses

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What is it about horses, compared with another type of animal like dogs or birds, that you find so appealing?

That’s a great question and one that I could speak about from a variety of perspectives. Like many women who come to my classes, I’ve had a deep love for horses all my life. Although I did not own a horse as a young girl, or have the ability to ride on a regular basis, horses have always been in my dreams, my internal landscape and my psyche.

Many a time I have buried my face in my horse’s mane when life seemed overwhelming. I’ve squealed with girlish laughter as my horse carried me over the land at a full gallop. The horse has not indulged my romantic notions of who they are, but required instead that I show up engaged and fully present in their company. They have taught me about self-leadership, overcoming fear, dedication, commitment and forgiveness. Horses have celebrated and encouraged my intuitive gifts and deepened my faith and my spirit more than any other life experience or relationship. I have a thousand words to express my love for horses, none of them truly adequate or satisfying enough to thank them.

What is it that people who have had interaction with your horses say they experience that is different from other experiences?

One of my newer students called this morning to say that she was still feeling the experience of being with horses from three weeks ago. In her words, the horse gave her encouragement to have authentic conversations with her mother. She reported that the holidays were always a trying time and it often felt like a power struggle between the two. She remembered how grounded and centered her body felt, how brave and authentic the horse reflected she was being in her session…she recalled this state in her body whenever she interacted with her mom over Christmas and was astonished at the harmony that seemed available for the first time in years. Under many varied circumstances, this is the kind of feedback I receive from students on a fairly regular basis.

Does interacting with the horses sometimes awaken a commitment in people to remain dedicated to personal change for the long-term?

My sense is that many of us are re-examining life very differently these days. Perhaps even since 9/11, the desire to find heart and meaning in one’s life has become more urgent. Today’s world has a multitude of complex issues; people are often overwhelmed and unsure how to initiate change, and if one person can truly make a difference. One of the biological similarities of both humans and horses is the need to be of service, to contribute to the whole, finding our place of belonging in relationship to something of value. Horses evoke passion, purpose and strong desire to be connected and in authentic conversations.  Often just standing next to these 1,000 lbs. of energy takes us out of our logical or rational thinking and into our feeling animal body; where both curiosity and possibility live. Horses are excellent training partners as we notice the relationship between their cooperation when our mind, body and spirit are aligned.

Long term and sustainable change happens when we have practices that support the changes we say we want to make.  Our culture has an instant gratification and quick fix mentality in many instances. We are largely hooked on the big “ah ha” moments (especially in California), and we’re not necessarily saddled up to the process of how embodied change occurs and is sustained over time. One of my teachers, once said, “it takes 20 years to be a masterful horseman or horsewoman, and if we told people this up front, most would never throw a leg over the horse.”

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6:49AM PDT on May 31, 2013

Provided blogs and articles looking very supportive for us.
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6:11AM PDT on Jun 14, 2012

powerful energy

4:19AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Some years ago while on holiday in Georgia, USA, I was taken to a horse farm by the friend I was staying with.As soon as I got into the large enclosure where quite a few were in stalls, I felt myself being called in my head....on looking across the enclosure i saw a young black colt looking fixedly at me, and I knew that he wanted me to go over to him- so I did. He immediately put his head next to mine, and, acting on instinct, I talked quietly to him, and breathed into his nose..we remained like that for about 10 minutes, and the feeling of love and togetherness was SO strong that it was almost palpable...the owner of the farm said "You've been around horses a lot, haven't you?",and I had to tell her that until that day I had never been near one- I couldn't explain what had happened in my head, and that the little horse had been communicating with me at a level I could receive....I just knew that he had wanted me to come to him, and I think of that magic still today- over 20 years later.BTW- they christened him "Magic"- and he was.

4:18AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Some years ago while on holiday in Georgia, USA, I was taken to a horse farm by the friend I was staying with.As soon as I got into the large enclosure where quite a few were in stalls, I felt myself being called in my head....on looking across the enclosure i saw a young black colt looking fixedly at me, and I knew that he wanted me to go over to him- so I did. He immediately put his head next to mine, and, acting on instinct, I talked quietly to him, and breathed into his nose..we remained like that for about 10 minutes, and the feeling of love and togetherness was SO strong that it was almost palpable...the owner of the farm said "You've been around horses a lot, haven't you?",and I had to tell her that until that day I had never been near one- I couldn't explain what had happened in my head, and that the little horse had been communicating with me at a level I could receive....I just knew that he had wanted me to come to him, and I think of that magic still today- over 20 years later.BTW- they christened him "Magic"- and he was.

4:17AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Some years ago while on holiday in Georgia, USA, I was taken to a horse farm by the friend I was staying with.As soon as I got into the large enclosure where quite a few were in stalls, I felt myself being called in my head....on looking across the enclosure i saw a young black colt looking fixedly at me, and I knew that he wanted me to go over to him- so I did. He immediately put his head next to mine, and, acting on instinct, I talked quietly to him, and breathed into his nose..we remained like that for about 10 minutes, and the feeling of love and togetherness was SO strong that it was almost palpable...the owner of the farm said "You've been around horses a lot, haven't you?",and I had to tell her that until that day I had never been near one- I couldn't explain what had happened in my head, and that the little horse had been communicating with me at a level I could receive....I just knew that he had wanted me to come to him, and I think of that magic still today- over 20 years later.BTW- they christened him "Magic"- and he was.

4:16AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Some years ago while on holiday in Georgia, USA, I was taken to a horse farm by the friend I was staying with.As soon as I got into the large enclosure where quite a few were in stalls, I felt myself being called in my head....on looking across the enclosure i saw a young black colt looking fixedly at me, and I knew that he wanted me to go over to him- so I did. He immediately put his head next to mine, and, acting on instinct, I talked quietly to him, and breathed into his nose..we remained like that for about 10 minutes, and the feeling of love and togetherness was SO strong that it was almost palpable...the owner of the farm said "You've been around horses a lot, haven't you?",and I had to tell her that until that day I had never been near one- I couldn't explain what had happened in my head, and that the little horse had been communicating with me at a level I could receive....I just knew that he had wanted me to come to him, and I think of that magic still today- over 20 years later.BTW- they christened him "Magic"- and he was.

4:16AM PDT on Jun 4, 2012

Some years ago while on holiday in Georgia, USA, I was taken to a horse farm by the friend I was staying with.As soon as I got into the large enclosure where quite a few were in stalls, I felt myself being called in my head....on looking across the enclosure i saw a young black colt looking fixedly at me, and I knew that he wanted me to go over to him- so I did. He immediately put his head next to mine, and, acting on instinct, I talked quietly to him, and breathed into his nose..we remained like that for about 10 minutes, and the feeling of love and togetherness was SO strong that it was almost palpable...the owner of the farm said "You've been around horses a lot, haven't you?",and I had to tell her that until that day I had never been near one- I couldn't explain what had happened in my head, and that the little horse had been communicating with me at a level I could receive....I just knew that he had wanted me to come to him, and I think of that magic still today- over 20 years later.BTW- they christened him "Magic"- and he was.

5:08PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

can this story be sent to congress so they pass laws that punish people who neglect,starve and beat horses. Can these stories convince our country,mexico and canada to stop slaughtering horses ? How about sending this to the corrupt ,disgusting BLM that culls wild herds and injures/maimes and terrifies the ones they don't kill?

6:58AM PST on Jan 21, 2012

Horses mirror our inner selves. They don't judge, they don't hold anything against us. It is a magical relationship. I use equine experiential learning in my retreats and mentorship programs to help people align with their inner selves so I am a huge proponent of the idea of equine healing for many uses. I love reading articles like these that are creating awareness about the field that is still so obscure to the general population. It really works!

4:49PM PST on Dec 10, 2011

This healing works .. I know:)

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