The first time someone said “You need to enjoy the journey Jen”, I could have slapped them.
“How?” I said.
“HOW?” I SCREAMED.
HOW do I find happiness when he won’t do what he’s told? My horse was infuriating. I’d put so much time and effort into my instructor exams with him and we were constantly running into brick walls – at one time he was bucking higher than my head. Everything was resistant, too hard, unenjoyable. He was SUCH a bad horse that breeding budgies was starting to look good. (You can read about that in Bobby’s Diaries some day.)
Eventually, I discarded him as a complete and frustrating waste of time. I actually told him that he was lucky I didn’t believe in putting a horse into dog food. I shudder to think how close I came – how close we all came – to missing out on this gobsmackingly amazing horse.
Two years later, I pulled him out of the paddock on a whim and the rest is history. Thanks to the courage of this amazing horse, we’ve changed thousands of lives for the better with the things we’ve discovered.
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My whole world changed the day that I started to treat my horse as my teacher. Most of his resistances dropped away, he became co-operative, he started to enjoy our time together. And so did I.
We both got happier and happier.
That magnificent, delicious smelling, heart swelling, thinking and sometimes infuriating creature out there in your pasture is your teacher too.
Our horse programs, including our on line horse programs, are filled with innovative, practical techniques discovered during that listening to my horse Bobby, by listening to other horses, to students, to teachers – all of whom contributed to this beautiful body of work that continues to unfold.
My passion for good health, vitality and zest for life for both horses and humans and my background as an alternative therapist for over twenty years is reflected in these programs too – happy and healthy… healthy and happy. If you haven’t had anything to do with me before, you will be astounded at the healing of things for both you and your horse that modern medicine considers either impossible to do or incredibly expensive.
Horses and students alike, have taught me more and more about deeper and deeper connection, how to have both humans and horses unafraid of each other and connected emotionally for pure happiness together, how to understand those crappy feelings and find happiness again, how to teach a riding position that feels so deeply physically connected that nothing could tip you out of the saddle, how to be energetically so connected that you move as One like a school of fish, whoosh … all moving exactly together no matter what goes wrong, how to be mentally connected so deeply that you can understand whatever is behind every problem with your horse and find a solution easily, how to appreciate each horse’s and each person’s uniqueness.
And to understand that The Horse really is the magnificent being of my childhood dreams and that I am a part of that.
Along the way, I have come to understand that there are no happy endings to a journey that isn’t filled with happiness along the way and I teach people how to find that deep sense of peacefulness and happiness with their horses.
You can find this happiness and skill no matter what age, size, shape, fitness or experience level you are – from beginners to World Champions.
So if you are gentle or want to be, if you are excited by getting better at what you do with your horses and what you’ve read or heard just now then check out the programs below. There’s something for everyone.