The “US” part of that heading is me and my herd of horses, which includes of course, the famous Bobby, known now in at least ten countries around the world for his courage and persistence in teaching this sometimes slow human how to “hear” and more importantly “feel” horses. He is directly responsible for the book Bobby’s Diaries – Straight from the Horse’s Mouth to You and indirectly responsible for the book and audio lesson set Zen Connection with Horses.
The style of horsemanship developed with Bobby and the rest of my herd and all the “students” and horses that I’ve worked with, is based on the fact that you are not supposed to feel crappy. Horses are supposed to be a peaceful, fun, happy oasis in the middle of our busy lives.
I came to develop this style of horsemanship hugely because of Bobby but also because I am a “healer” of people and horses and other animals. You’ll see as you look around the website, aspects of that work.
I am an advanced kinesiologist, a master of reiki healing and a Melchizideck master.
I do homeopathic and herbal medicine, food as medicine, Bowen muscle therapy, meridian and acupuncture point therapy (because of the kinesiology testing I don’t need needles). I do food sensitivity and allergy testing, hormone work, vitamin and mineral balancing, detox’ing, chakra balancing, some very powerful emotional work, genetic blueprinting (which is about reducing vulnerability to genetic pre-dispositions) and I nearly always forget some things when I am telling people what I do.
It sounds a lot, but it just means that I have big tool box and wide variety of good things to choose from when I am helping a person, horse or other animal to heal the way they were designed to.
I’ve brought all that training for humans into the horse world, developing much of it myself because it didn’t exist before and I have been a horse specialist in alternative therapies for 14 years now. For horses I have added other things that contribute to a horse’s health and well being such as feet shape, bits and their uses (and non-uses), pasture management and … wait for it… drum roll please…
After all that training in dozens of different and very successful ways of healing – the relationship between the human and horse turns out to be the biggest and best method of all. Go figure! I give that method to you in the gift lesson set The Six Keys to Happiness with Your Horse.
As for how I got into horses, I bought my first horse with my second week’s pay. I learnt to ride as an adult with all the attending fears that tend to come from that. Hmmpf… so much anxiety and tension – I am sooo… happy to be able to show you how to deal easily with that!
I got sick of feeling scared and spent up near $50,000 chasing a dream to be good with horses with some of the greatest horsemen and women in the world – and I still didn’t get it. I didn’t get the “it” that I was looking for until I started to listen to my horse Bobby. Thanks Bobby!
Listening to Bobby has taken me a long way away from my initial training with Pat and Linda Parelli – who I deeply thank for setting my feet on this wonderful journey. I believe it was their focus on personal growth for their instructors that was a major key to where I am today. Ken Faulkner was also a treasured and tremendous influence on my horsemanship.
Linda Kohanov’s book Riding Between the Worlds set me off in a whole new direction in understanding my own emotions. My way of living had been to live disconnected as much as possible from my feelings and push them down hard whenever they came up – because I didn’t know how the heck to cope with them. The down side of that is that when the feelings broke through they were pretty big! I was a very angry person in those days. And I can’t even describe the relief I felt when I no longer carried around that feeling of dread in my stomach. The journey to peace of mind and happiness with my horses and in my life has been an amazing one.
I remember crying when I read Linda’s definition of frustration “frustration is doing the same thing over and over again in the same way and expecting a different result.”
Really … I actually cried. I sat there at my desk actually having a little upset tantrum complete with tears and sobbing. “How could I get to forty something years old and nobody ever told me that!” I had spent my life bogged down in frustration, sometimes even in the rage that comes from not acting on that frustration – doing things over and over again - hoping and wishing for them to be different.
It was Linda’s book that first opened my mind to the possibility that I actually wasn’t supposed to feel crappy – that feeling crappy wasn’t just something I had to put up with. That those feelings meant something - they were a message and if I changed something, the crappy feelings would go away.
It all seems pretty “duh!” now – quite obvious actually – but I’m telling you that I sure didn’t get it back then!
This style of horsemanship that I bring to you is based on that fact. You are not supposed to feel crappy. Horses are supposed to be a peaceful, fun, happy oasis in the middle of our busy lives.
And so they are with this approach to the horse human relationship.
If you haven’t downloaded your gift videos The Six Keys to Happiness with Your Horse yet, then click on the big yellow box up on the right hand side of this page to get them – completely free, no cost, nada, nothing to pay at all. They are my gift back to the horses and horse people who have brought and continue to bring me so much. Enjoy!