My teaching space has transformed over the last few years from giving traditional horsemanship and riding lessons to lessons with more of an intuitive bent, to working with the human and the horse on a spiritual healing level first with riding coming second.
Horses have an absolutely unique way of helping human beings to know themselves at the deepest level. In my opinion, horses are here to help us heal. They are a gift. They only ask that we behave how we feel. If they sense that we are fearful, nervous, thinking about something other than exactly what we are asking of them, then that is what they will pay attention to, us being nervous/fearful/not fully present, because that is the truth. Their language is one of feeling, not of words. This isn't to say that horses can not learn to ignore feelings, they can, just like so many humans have learned to ignore their own feelings. We see these horses who have learned to "tune out" all of the time. They are usually very dull to cues, they generally appear to be "somewhere else", these are often the horses who "explode" for no apparent reason, they are generally described as depressed. The list goes on, but these few examples give you a good idea of what I am trying to explain.
To be one with your horse, you must learn to be one with your self first. To act how you feel. Think about it... people who go to other countries to teach English as a second language, must also be fluent in the language of the country they will be teaching in. If you apply this idea to horses, then you must first be fluent in the horses language before you try to teach them your language.
So much can be learned about yourself by the interaction you have with a horse. Many people miss this gift, by being only focused on getting on and going for a ride. Don’t’ get me wrong, I love riding, but it is so much more fun when your horse is truly with you rather than just working for you.
Horses help to teach us to own the parts of ourselves that we so often try to disown or to hide from everyone around us. They mirror what is happening inside of us. This can be a huge plus in the relationship or a huge disadvantage. It just depends on what the person wants out of the relationship with their horse. The mirroring our horses do of us, can be an amazing transformational tool, if we just allow it. But to allow it, often means vulnerability and emotional honesty on the part of the human.
The work I do with the human and the horse is a combination of ground work, energy work, healing & riding. We work at a pace that is comfortable for both, never sacrificing one for the other. It is a mutual journey only.
The first session begins with talking about your goals, challenges & greatest wishes. Then you will learn a few specific energetic tools to help you be as present & comfortable as possible while working with the horse. Then we progress to working with the horse in a hands on manner. This usually occurs in the round pen or paddock. What transpires from there fully depends on the human and the horse. There is no syllabus for this kind of session/lesson. The goal is an intimate connection that promotes healing for the human and the horse.
Through this healing comes better communication and better understanding. Through good communication and understanding, we move on to the desired goals, whatever they may be...riding, training, overcoming fear or anxiety, or working out (perceived bad) behaviors. This type of session is never just for the horse, its for both partners. The list is endless.
I can work with you and your horse at your location or if you prefer you may work with one of my horses at my ranch.
My fee is $75.00 per session.
If you would like to set up a time to come by the ranch and get a feel for what I teach and if it’s for you, just give me a call or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org