I was just having this conversation online, and decided it was a good topic to address in an actual Post. I was responding to a book, that looks at how our society and doctors and schools are using heavy drugs, like anti-psychotics on our CHILDREN!
This bothered me on SO MANY levels! Why is our system continually throwing quick BAD solutions at complex problems? Continue reading
I just had an interesting conversation with a potential client, who asked if I had a problem with her using a bitless bridle and tree-less saddle. I am fine with both of these things. I think that the people who are using them, are genuinely interested and actively engaged in understanding the horses needs and sensitivities. And that, ultimately, is the underlying foundation for creating a good partnership between horse and rider.
I am fine with a bitless bridle and saddle etc– I believe in a pretty holistic approach, and believe that in the wrong hands, any bit-bridle etc can be painful or harsh, and in the right hand, good hands– the most severe bit offers little to no discomfort;)
Ultimately, I think it is about building a relationship with the horse, and understanding concepts, so that aids are aids.. not the sole method for creating an outcome:) Continue reading
I’ve worked with a handful of riders who had deep fear-issues, some of whom had many years of riding and horse-ownership. What needs to be understood, and addressed, is the way the body stores fear-memory at the cellular level. Yoga, breathwork, grounding and relaxation techniques need to be incorporated- otherwise the trainer and the horse will always be working “upstream”..against that existing current of fear-memory.
another big aspect of addressing the “overcoming fear”…is the absolute release of expectation and outcomes. Again, at the cellular level, it is re-training the energy-body. On the first level, it is essential to create safe-space. Even if it is sitting on the horse at the Mounting block and never taking one step. Continue reading
I just read a post- what is the one thing, moment.. that you will never forget. Do you remember any life-altering points you can look back to, either momentous, or maybe seemingly tiny ( at the time)? I probably have a few, but the one that came to mind is the time when I was about 17, in boarding-school/camp. I always wanted to work with horses, loved horses, related better to horses and animals than I ever had to people. It was my niche, where I felt understood, accepted and belonging. But I struggled with my parents refusal to support who I was, and what i wanted to do with my life. My then mentor and hero, Ehren, whispered words that would change my life, or at least if not change it… changed my perspective. She said, with compassion and not any sense of goading: You don’t need your parent’s permission to do what you want with your life.” That was a novel, and freeing, concept. Continue reading
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