We first met Zorro last spring. He and his friend Beau, a 30 year old Thoroughbred, came to live with us. Here's a couple photos of the herd meeting each other. Zorro is the miniature horse being checked out by Kola, our lead gelding.
In a matter of weeks, Beau took a turn for the worse. He had only 4 teeth left, was very thin and developed a bad abscess in his hoof so that he could barely move. He was laid to rest in our back fields near Yankee, our beloved first horse.
Beau had been the only horse Zorro had ever known. He was just a foal when he was bought as a companion for Beau, who had been retired from his show jumping career. For the l...
It has been fascinating to witness is the changing dynamics in our herd. In the spring, our lead horse Yankee died suddenly, leaving the remaining four horses to figure out their new hierarchy. Horses are prey animals (the hunted) that depend on the strength of the herd to survive. They are quick to submit to the ‘strongest’ - but not necessarily the largest or most dominant - horses in order to keep harmony within the herd.
Typically in the wild, horses have a male leader (stallion) and a female leader (mare). The others would show traits of dominance and submissiveness at times, and may even challenge, bother or pester the leaders. This wou...
There’s a new teacher, healer and therapist in the area. Someone you may not expect to visit for your monthly dose of inner peace, calm and new perspective on life.
That’s because it’s a well-kept secret that horses are masters at helping humans become more self-aware. Certified Equine Experiential Learning Facilitator Cheri Davidson of Horse Discovery in Millbrook explains, “Horses are able to read our body language, facial expressions, tone of voice and even the slightest change in our breathing or muscle tension. They instinctively know what we are experiencing and how to connect with us.”
Awareness of equine assisted learning has been gr...
This video is an excellent representation of the FEEL work in action. Jennifer Schramm is an Equine Learning Practiioner and a graduate of the FEEL program. She has a private counselling practice that she combines with her FEEL work.
Serving in combat can affect soldiers long after they return home from war. For some, the wounds are physical and visible. For others, they go deeper, affecting their mental health. Staff at Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont, VA, use horses—equine therapy—to help veterans heal these invisible wounds.