Since the FEEL session, I've been able to find the courage to try things in the complete opposite way of what I have done in my life. I’m finding it incredibly rewarding and am developing confidence that carries with it a horse like ease and grace.
"I'd made the decision to open myself up to the grief that I'd been holding. This experience with the horses allowed me to heal. I felt so safe with the horses. I'm grateful for everything I took away from my time with them." Anne D
You may, too, have some grief that you’d like to allow to flow into a safe place. Or maybe you are full of fears, or feeling vulnerable or anxious. The horses will help you release what needs to be let go, and help fill you up with what can take it's place. (See an example of how in the exercise below).
There's no judgement when you're working with horses, only a pure, energetic connection.
Happy to share this post written by a client who worked with Marion Langford, the herd and I this past fall:
To be able to do this, and then make sense of it in words later, with Marion and Cheri as witnesses to the whole dance, was a gift I will never forget.
As a therapist, I often say to my clients "Your body is not a car - your body is a horse". When I say this, I am inviting them to pay attention to the non-verbal signals of emotion and sensation that their body provides, to learn to settle their emotions and be in the moment.
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...
I'm usually quite optimistic about new beginnings like a new year, a new school term or starting a new job. This year I'm feeling a little behind my usual ambitious start. I've been down with a bad cold/flu for 4 days now and still no signs of improvement. I have to wonder if this is a message about starting things off slowly? Cooling my jets? Taking the time I need to get well?
If any of this sounds familiar to you, or you've learned how to slow things down, prioritize what's really important, and cut out the stuff that isn't - kudos to you. I'm finding this to be a recurring challenge.
My FEEL mentors, Wendy and Andre Golding, are practicing...
For those who haven't been here since the Spring, there's been some big changes in the herd.
We now have 5 amazing horses: Barney, Kola, Santana, Soleil and Zorro.
Many of you already know Barney, the gentle giant. Kola is our youngest horse, the inquisitive, playful buckskin in the photo here. Santana was the first to join our herd in June. He is reserved, almost shy, and very sensitive.
I'm so happy to say that the herd is now 'mixed', as we have a beautiful white mare named Soleil. From the moment she arrived, she has been a calming and stabilizing influence. She is Kola's mate, but she's also ve...
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...
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.