Happy Horses

It's so easy to take life for granted. I'm sitting in a pasture watching steam rise from the backs of grazing horses, and I'm struck by the peacefulness of it all. I'm also struck by how lucky I am that horses are a part of my life like a vein in my arm. How remarkable, … Continue reading Happy Horses

The Heart of a Mare

Part One - Dark Nights of the Soul and the Light Within As swiftly as the wheels began to turn, they began to fall off. I looked around at what I had built so far, with Sunrise Horse Training and Dark Horse Healing, both two years in the making, intentionally opposite ends of the spectrum- … Continue reading The Heart of a Mare

Dark Night of the Soul and the Light Within

During many dark nights of my soul so far this year, I found myself staring into the abyss. I have peered in before, never lingering long, passing curiosity and fear of damnation moving me onward swiftly, before gravity could pull me in. This time, I sat down on the rim of the well of darkness, … Continue reading Dark Night of the Soul and the Light Within

Reigniting the Fire

"I hate riding." After a stressful ride on a new horse a few weeks ago, I was dismayed to find this thought pop into my mind. When had this sudden and drastic change of opinion about something I'd previously loved, something that I earn my living doing, when had it shifted into this catastrophic and … Continue reading Reigniting the Fire

Getting Back in the Saddle – A Personal Gestalt Experience

A few weeks ago, I clung to the back of a very large mare, in the fetal position, close to tears, begging her not to explode beneath me. Her entire body shook as she screamed for her companion who was at that moment, out of sight. This 1600 lb horse was vibrating with nervous energy, … Continue reading Getting Back in the Saddle – A Personal Gestalt Experience