Ginger is all grown up, or at least she thinks she is. Nearly as tall as Corazon, Ginger continues to grow; her legs getting long with a more elegant look emerging. However, Ginger, aka Twinkle Toes, is still, and always will be, “the baby” to me. (photo: Ginger One Month Young)
Ginger stepped into “teaching humans” for the first time during the Mindful Horsemanship clinic here at the ranch. In hand with an experienced horsewoman, Ginger brought her human, Gloria, to the past to remember her childhood when she had a filly of her own. Gloria shared that the training methods I taught were a far cry from how she was introduced to starting horses. Time heals wounds and helps us to evolve into better people.
Ginger worked lightly for half of a day. After working side-by-side with the rest of the herd, Ginger thought she was all grown up. The next day she walked around the herd with an exaggerated air of confidence, reminding me of a teenager who has just received the keys to the car.
How did the herd respond? For the rest of the week Ginger was continually being “put in her place.” Moon escalated into dynamic boundary setting gestures after offering a few more subtle warnings that Ginger ignored. There were a few kicks, a nip or two, but Ginger only seamed mildly concern. Already this little 1.5 year old is third in the pecking order, above both Diva and Dizzy and just behind the two geldings, Cor and Moon. I believe I have another lead mare in the making! (photo: Ginger minutes after Birth)
After the arduous and heart wrenching experience of starting Corazon when he was a 5.5 year old very sensitive and traumatized wild horse, Ginger is a breeze. When Corazon came into my life I had no reference point on how to start a horse. He was my first. All of the trainers I worked with told me I needed to place him with someone with more experience (this was 7 years ago). Now, in retrospect, I understand why. If I had started several babies like Ginger, I would have had a better foundation for a more difficult horse with higher emotional needs, such as a wild mustang like Corazon.
However, the journey with Cor was the fast track to Leadership. I would not at all describe it as easy, playful, joyful or fun. It was seldom pretty or graceful. It was blatantly humbling and often gut wrenching. Cor was clear about whom I needed to become to be worthy of his partnership. In the end my tenaciousness paid off. Now we have great fun playing at liberty and he is a powerful EFLC teacher and leader of the herd. (photo: Ginger on the bridge at four months)
Ginger, aka Twinkle Toes, on the other hand has pretty much been all fun and ease with a lot of joy and laughter. I have a feeling when she hits her stride and comes into full maturity she will be a strong willed, assertive, and calm herd leader that everyone will be paying attention to.
For the time being she continues to be Moon’s shadow, following him around, sharing hay from his pile, and standing close to him as much as he will allow. When I watch them I can see that he is downloading a lot of knowledge and wisdom to her about the EFLC programs. Grandfather Moon is preparing her. (photo: Ginger on the bridge at eighteen months)
Years ago I named my ranch, Moon Shadow Ranch; I liked the sound of it mostly. I also thought that it was a nice way to express that as the light of Moon shines on us and shows our shadows, the shadow can be brought to the surface and cleared, giving way to the opportunity for the evolution of one’s true authentic being into a higher vibration and contribution to the world.
Ginger has been hanging closely to and in the shadow of Moon. She has started to step out and show her powerful light and confidence. Such a joy and honor to be part of this process and to be in my herd daily observing the dynamics of growth within the herd. Now she and Corazon race to the pasture, frolic around teasing each other. Diva gets into the mix and swishes her tail and prances around, while Dizzy, the grandmother, and Moon, the grandfather, simply go to grazing. Dynamic, elegant, bold and curious Ginger is a vital member of the herd and teacher for humans. (photo: Diva helps Ginger through the noodles (notice Ginger comes through first!))
I hope that you spend time with your herd observing their antics, tracking the changes in relationships, and seeing their contributions to each other and others. Hopefully you spend time simply being, playing and roaming around the fields with them. As you are shifting your focus from riding into this way of being and playing, I hope that it transforms you in the way it has for me. Horses are so generous to us in allowing us to be upon their backs. Yet, for me, the greatest gifts have been when I have stood side-by-side with each of them, one with the herd, raising baby. (photo: Beautiful Ginger)
Are you looking for programs with Horses for 2016?
Here are our new events and programs for 2016:
Coaching with Horses Retreat and Conference
January 24-27, 2016
We have only a few spots available for this first time ever Retreat and Conference. Space is limited to 30. We have just six spots left. Register today to get your spot.
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The 2016 EFLC Certification
The yearlong Certification program continues to evolve and refine in the teachings offered. More tools and processes involving movement, chakra information, energy awareness to create provide a multilevel integration and empowerment in the human which ultimately creates that deeper relationship, connection and bonding with Horse that we all seek. Program is now open for Applications. Visit the EFLC Certification page and fill out the Discovery Form for the opportunity to talk directly with Kathy.
White Horse Wisdom
Berthoud, Colorado (April, July, Oct)
Brand New Program! More and more people are asking me to create an extended, in-depth, program for their personal transformation and spiritual growth with horse. The White Horse Wisdom program offers this. A seven-month course with three on-site meetings it is a perfect way to transform your life!
Chakras, Horses and Archetypes: An Integrative Approach to Self-Transformation with Horses
August 5-7, 2016
Yes! Finally I have a Chakra program on the calendar again! Perfect for the person who wants to explore this work and for an EFL facilitator wanting to explore how to use the chakras in their work with others. Highly experiential with horses; deeply integrative through body awareness, movement and energy work.
Many blessings to you and your loved ones. I hope to see you along the journey with Horse at one of these fabulous programs.