Being around horses is life changing. It is through our heart and soul we are drawn to them and when we connect with a horse we can truly feel the greatness of all life.
The horse lives by a nature that is pure and honest and strong of spirit. They care about their lives just as much as we do and live from the great instinct that life is now, in the moment, in the daily love of simple things. And like us each horse is an individual with its own thoughts and feelings. Individuality, strong spirit, a love of life – a horse is our equal in these things and to treat them as such opens so many doors.
To understand them is to learn to understand yourself. The horse will not hide anything and will not let you hide anything either. With a horse you are who you are. They will help us to see our strengths and help us to overcome our weaknesses. They inspire us, helping us to see that we must first embody within ourselves what we would like to see in them. The understanding and inner balance must come from us first before we ask of it from the horse. And when we find these great things inside ourselves the horse will kindly respond in the same way.
We Must Care…
We must care for our horses to the best of our ability. Proper stable management based on how a horse naturally lives combined with an understanding of natural horse nutrition is the foundation of a happy horse. It matters very much for a horse to feel happy and safe where it lives and for it to feel strong and healthy from how it eats. In the daily care of our horses we can also spend time with them, sharing space together, and become friends. This time spent together out in the pasture and in the barn is where humans and horses can really get to know each other and learn about each other. It goes a very long way in helping to lay the foundation for the relationship and it paves the way for the future. A happy and well-cared-for horse is more relaxed and confident in its interaction with humans, and a person that has lived among horses will learn their ways.
When We Begin…
When we begin working with the horse we should see it as connecting with their thoughts and feelings. Allowing the horse to have freedom of choice and then helping them to feel good about what they are doing all leads to what we wish to see. The movement of the horse is just the result of how it thinks and feels. Focus, willingness, confidence, softness, patience – if we focus on guiding the horse into these ways of thinking it will brilliantly color all they do. From trailer loading to high level dressage the horse will offer a tremendous feeling in their work, and their bodies will move beautifully with it.
There is a science to how horses think and communicate and move, and a knowledge of this is needed as well, creating a foundation of safety that gives us confidence when around horses. Each horse is also an individual and it is just as important to have a feel for who the horse is and what makes them unique. How they like to learn, what they like to do, how they like to be praised. Each horse has a spirit all their own and when the human and the horse come together in spirit that’s when it really gets exciting. Here there are no rules and no boundaries as to where the connection between the horse and the human can go. It is specific to them and them alone. This is where it becomes life changing for both human and horse and the connection that develops can be the springboard for many things changing for the better in both their lives.
A connection between a human and a horse is one of the most powerful experiences in the world. It leads to so many amazing things. A relationship has been created that will unlock the pride and confidence within both of them and inspire their spirits to shine.