Encouraging the Herd's Braveness and Independence
Today I will tell you about the second activity that helps you to tap into the empowering energy of horses.
Everybody at Horse Guided Empowerment® loves this activity, even though it can cause some controversial discussion. It clearly is my personal, all-time favorite thing to do with my herd. We all enjoy it. But…
I do them all the time and quite honestly, my life would be different if I couldn’t rely on the empowering energy of my herd.
I work a lot. And then our sweet rescue mare Zoe unexpectedly passed two weeks ago. I fell into a big hole while juggling business, counseling clients, kids, and my own emotions.
Trust me, I need a lot of empowering horses in my life!
Last week you learned to meet the horse in a respectful way. This week, we will ask the horse to show respect to us. We will do this with the “Ground Tie”. Ground tying is when a horse stands in the place you ask him to stand without being tied to anything and he doesn’t move away.
The best strategy is to focus on something else and not pay attention to your horses. Did you know that a herd will choose the least needy as their preferred partner to hang out? You need to be the least needy in the pasture. Which is SO HARD and completely different from your previous interactions with horses. When we visit them, we have a plan in our head, such as riding, checking on them, feeding, feeling loved, or taking care.
This time, YOU WANT NOTHING.
How do you achieve that a horse, voluntarily, chooses to lie down and rest next to you? No tricks, no cues, just because he wants to? I´ll make it official now – as an HGE facilitator I guarantee that you will, sooner or later, see horses lying down next to you and your clients.Not because we train them to do so! They do it as their own, free choice. When a horse is allowed to share their opinion, it will help us achieve a coherent heart rhythm and inner harmony.
Today I learned something about Yogui. Every horse story is different, and my approach is individualized. This horse got us thinking: From the ground, he is super social, interested, engaged, fun, friendly, safe, gentle, calm, all of it. Perfect. When you try to mount, he will kick, bite, and resist. Once you are on, he […]
Daily report about the activities in my Horse guided Empowerment® Program: Tuesdays are busy! On Tuesdays, the team and the horses help 11 kids from 3 – 20 years old. 5 of them are boys, one has a gender conflict, and are 5 girls. I am sitting on this description for a while now. […]
For a little while I will report daily about the activities in my Horse guided Empowerment® Program: This weekend I attended a teenage girl who worked on assertiveness, a young local woman with severe somatic symptoms because of abuse at age 4 and a local teenager with a gender conflict. The horses got alfalfa […]
Sol was tired. He had been working for over ten years as a tour riding horse, taking people up the mountain, in spite of a degenerative and painful affliction to his back and feet. In fact, when Sol got to our place, his demeanor showed us an animal that had lost the will to live. […]
The following quote is a contribution from one of my clients. I believe it will speak to many people. Through therapeutic interventions with horses, this client and many others learn to face their fear, to accept it, and to let it go. It happens in a soothing environment with the emotional support and sensory stimulation […]
As a horse person and as a professional in the mental health field who has treated many human victims of abuse, I have been disturbed in particular by the long-term, even permanent psychological damage suffered by horses which have been traumatized in the course of training, competing, and by general mismanagement. POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER IN […]
Most members of my herd are rescued from a situation of abuse, abandonment or at least maltreatment. Those horses suffer from trauma in certain degrees and while living in a herd has brought all of them back to normal horse behavior, some do get triggered in training and especially when ridden. My lead horse, Flamenco, […]
In Horse Guided Empowerment we ask the horses to guide not only the practitioner and his interventions but also the client. The horses have an opinion and therefore take on more responsibility. They are allowed to use their intuitive abilities to react to our behavior and to connect to our true self, to our heart. […]
Horses are by nature very different from other animals we meet in our daily life, and their behavior is closer to human than one would think. Horses are social creatures and seek attachment relationships – just like us. They live in herds and establish hierarchical, family-like structures. Horses are prey animals and therefore constantly scanning […]
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