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Monica and her horse

Monica Houweling, Canadian Equestrian

Monica’s heart coherence story with her horse

This story begins appropriately with Story, a Hanoverian horse — named after the Hannover region in Germany — on which a young Canadian equestrian with big dreams was honing her dressage skills in the summer of 2006. Monica Houweling was 13 years old that summer in British Columbia, when she was introduced to Dirk Stroda’s PeakPerformance Mental Coaching, featuring some of HeartMath’s techniques. Like all riders, Monica knew her success depended on building a bond with her horse and she discovered a powerful technique to achieve that.

Monica related the story of her moment of breakthrough: “One day after I had spent some time in the Heart Lock-In, I decided to go out to Story’s field and see how he would react to my balance and coherence. As I neared his field, I could see that the horses sensed something different about me. All of a sudden, they all came over toward me and wanted to be around me. I guess the horses liked my balance and could feel content around me. This was a very touching moment for me because I realized how much we can affect our horses’ behavior and attitude by just staying coherent. This was one of those necessary situations that confirmed that locking-in and staying coherent does indeed make a difference.”

So, to bring the story of this exuberant young girl who couldn’t wait to get on a horse to a close — on Feb. 9, 2008, a national awards banquet was held. Among others honored by Equine Canada was the Canadian Federation Equestre International’s National Children’s Champion of 2007 Monica Houweling. Read the full story, as told by Monica in “HeartMath Technique Helps Canadian Rider Become Champion.”

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I’m sure there are many of you who ride horses or love horses, as Debbie and I do. We’d love to hear about your heartfelt experiences with horses.

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Sara, from the HeartMath Institute

Sara Childre is President and CEO of the non-profit Institute of HeartMath. Since 1991, Sara has helped oversee and develop HeartMath trainings, educational products and scientific programs. She was appointed vice president and CFO of the institute in 1992, then president and CEO in 1998.


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8:53AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

Thank you, sharing!

10:58PM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

Horses are sensitive and intelligent beings & we can learn from them.

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interesting article :) thanks for sharing :)

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