Have you ever felt disconnected from others; even yourself? Have you ever felt judged or misunderstood? Even when you had the best of intentions?
At the age of 10, my family moved to the country and I was finally able to have a horse of my own. I was living most little girls dream. Most days, you would find me brushing, riding, or pretending I was a wild Indian with my pony. Times were great, most of the time. However, there were times when I would have a bad day with a bully at school, a disagreement with my parents, or even a fight with my best friend, and my horse was the one that was always there for me.
There is something about grooming and riding a horse that brings you back to the present and compels you to live in the moment. Maybe it’s their great power that is under such control, or the gentleness behind what seems to be such wisdom in their eyes. Your raging hormones calm, as well as the racing thoughts and the tightness in your chest. Perspectives changed as I took a step away from the busy world, buried my face into my horse’s mane as I prayed, and reassessed what was truly important in that exact moment. I could tell my horse wanted to be with me too, as she patiently waited for me to calm. No matter whether I was feeling misjudged or misunderstood, moments like that made everything seem right again in the world. My horse and my God understood. Since then, I’ve learned this is true for many people. Something about the quiet understanding horses offer has a very definite impact on a person.
As a 10 year old, I didn’t know anything remotely similar to the natural horsemanship skills we teach at Five Horses, LLC. I believe these skills were naturally inherent within me until “life” started happening. Slowly we are taught that being who we are is not “okay”, and we start to mask and hide ourselves. Horses don’t like these masks. They are incredibly sensitive to incongruence in your thoughts and feelings. They will not allow you to be a member of their herd with this false self, and will not trust you as a leader.
Now that I’m an adult, I understand more of this powerful presence that horses possess. They don’t hold grudges against past grievances, and don’t worry about the future. Horses hold space for us in the present moment, allowing us to pause and recognize our own feelings and thoughts. I’ve experienced this often and am passionate about helping others have this opportunity too.
Learning natural horsemanship skills at Five Horses, LLC is so much more than riding. It’s more about quieting yourself so you can connect. It’s about developing more clear communication skills. It’s about learning leadership skills for every situation. Allow yourself to remove the mask society insists you wear, and join me in celebrating the freedom of self you find working with these amazing creatures.