We have two parts in this work, our practice in life and our practice with horses. The work we do is about partnership, so developing awareness about what we bring to that dynamic is important, as well as learning skills to offer ourselves and our horses. Most of us want to help our horses (physically with bodywork, with training, with supplements, emotionally, mentally, with their comfort and well being…). That’s a big part of, if not solely why we do what we do with and for them. The biggest thing we can do to help our horses is to show up in a state of being that is helpful by learning tools and developing a practice in everyday life. Some of those practices include being grounded, centered, soft, consistent, clear, aware, empathetic, and developing an internal locus of control. We explore these concepts in our workshops with human partners and in our private sessions.
Another part of this work is learning how to help our horses. In order to have a safe relationship with our equine partners there are some important questions we want to provide them answers to. The first question being “am I safe?”. In order for the horse to be able to learn, the answer to that question has to be yes. So, we learn how to help our horses both feel safe and develop an internal locus of control. The next question is “what are we doing?”. There are different parts to that answer. This is where we look at boundaries and developing understanding for the horse. Learning founded in understanding helps our horses’ brains create other options they can chose besides their instinctual reactions or previously learned behaviors. We explore working with horses in our individual sessions as well as our seminars.
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