CW: Why is this form of therapy effective? Why horses?
SF: I feel that we have all had relationships with horses in the past. Either through our ancestry or past lives as we relied on horses for our survival, i.e., growing food, transportation, or fighting wars. So there is a memory of horses within us that when activated does something extraordinary for our sense of well-being. It’s like being connected to something that makes us feel complete. I know this might be hard to understand, but I especially see this with children as young as two or three years old. They absolutely love horses and get so much joy from just being in the horse’s presence.
Regarding using horses for therapy, horses see who we really are; we can’t hide anything from them. It is much easier for someone to access and speak about how they really feel in front of a horse than in front of a person.
CW: What do you think made Natalie’s session especially difficult?
SF: I don’t know if “difficult” is the right word, challenging is probably more appropriate. Iman’s session was super easy and I didn’t have to do much at all, Diva did most of the work! I think there was this expectation in the air that Natalie’s session would be similar. But it was very different. I was concerned that extremely private information might come forward and was not sure how to handle this if indeed it did. I have no control on how these sessions turn out, and memories that have been buried for years or even forgotten events that have happened in our ancestry can be revealed. As it turned out, as you can see in the video, it was a part of Natalie that needed to be “seen” and integrated.
CW: Can you share one particularly amazing/uncanny story from your experience as an equine therapist?
SF: I feel so blessed to do this work and I feel that every time I work with the horses something amazing happens! Recently, Jackie was in a private session and totally surprised the client and me. Jackie was representing the client’s higher self while I was representing the client’s life purpose. There was a moment when as the “purpose” I was able to define who I was, I said to the client “You are a joy master” at this point Jackie stepped up and elevated herself on top of a tire platform with both of her front feet as if to validate what had just been stated. Jackie had never done this before; I had never taught her how to do this and she did this on her own initiative. I took a photo of the moment. My client has graciously given me permission to show this photo.
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