A Woman Learning the Art of Relational Horsemanship at Sixty
About this blog....
For women in particular, there is something magical about our relationship with horses. I've loved horses since I can remember, but only now, at sixty, am I learning to work with them.
I admire the methods of the natural horsemanship trainers like Bill and Tom Dorrance, Monty Roberts, Linda and Pat Parelli, Clinton Anderson, Dennis Reis, and Scott Jaycox. They have shown many of us a way to work safely, effectively, and compassionately with our horses.
Without a doubt, the major influence in my own work is Linda Kohanov's groundbreaking exploration of the relationship between humans and horses. From this perspective, horse and human are equal partners in a journey of transformation. Her book The Tao of Equus resonates with my own experiences with these amazing animals.
What I am working towards is what's called relational horsemanship. The focus of everything I do with the horses is aimed at developing confidence, trust, and willing cooperation on both sides.
In this blog, I share my stories and explore the transformative power of the horse.
You can read about the cast of characters, and about photo credits, here.
I am a depth psychologist specializing in dreamwork and equine-guided personal growth. Through private sessions and group workshops, I coach people through the sometimes difficult process of psychological development.
I have a PhD in Botany from the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.
A poem by Vachel Lindsay, which I read when I was very young, has stuck with me for more than fifty years. I went looking for it just now, as I was working on a piece for this blog on the ethics of horse training. It still brings tears.
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