These last few months I have been totally immersed in playing with my 11 month old filly, Ginger, and her six year old momma, Layla. I knew when I made the decision to bring a pregnant mare into my herd there would be lots of growth. Boy, was I right. However, I did not realize just how much growth!
Decisions create change, change creates growth and new insights open us to more possibilities.
I am forever grateful that I brought in this mare. Her baby, Ginger, is proving to be a very intelligent, calm and gentle little filly who has already investigated so much here at the farm. Ginger has been so easy to work with and to teach and has brought loads of sunshine to all of us.
Layla, on the other hand, has a high need for love, deep understanding, patience and time for processing. She is a beautiful horse that I suspect has been “used” for her unique genetic qualities that can produce the desirable champagne offspring. At age six she has had four babies. Three were taken away when they turned one year old. It makes me wonder if anyone has really seen “HER” and gotten beyond their human agendas and desires. Doubtful.
When we play, I offer her opportunities to show me more and more of “who” she truly is. I had not worked much with a horse who rears up, pins her ears constantly and can be aggressive. I will admit that at one point when the herd dynamics were just too difficult and there was constant chaos, I thought about letting her go and walking away from the relationship. I called a friend that I knew could place her. Even though the thought of letting her go produced a better feeling in my body, as time passed I struggled with actually doing it.
I guess sometimes we all just need a bit of a relief from the pressure.
After taking a break and asking myself “WHY am I really doing what I do?” it all became crystal clear. Ultimately, my purpose in life is to teach people to Love, Honor and Respect the horses, all animals, mother earth and each other.
Sending her away at this juncture of our journey would not serve either of us. She is my teacher and she will deepen my understanding of and ability to Love, Honor and Respect. We are now exploring the next level of our relationship.
For the very first time in Layla’s life, her offspring will not be taken away from her at the year mark. Only time will tell how she will heal her heart and each day she gives a little bit more. This little mare never got babied, she was not given time to explore before she became a momma herself. I hope I can find my way with her and we can find some answers together. I know it will mean that I, too, have to be vulnerable.
When times get tough and I want to run away or not follow through I must ask myself:
- Will my decision take me away from my passion or bring me closer to it?
- Does my decision give me temporary relief shadowed by lost opportunity?
I want to share this with you because this is the time of year that I am speaking to a lot of people who are very interested in either experiencing Horse through one of my transformational programs, or they want to learn how to be a facilitator of the work and bring it to others.
Yet, in their process of making a decision, a person’s demons, fears, vulnerabilities and stresses come up. Sadly, and much too often, the person will not access their courage and make the decision to grow and experience the heart of Horse.
What does it take to embrace change and to make the decision to grow?
Horses give this to us so often. When I ask this beautiful little mare to do things that her little baby can easily do, Layla can become resistant and frustrated.
However, when I take a big pause, breathe into my own body and find my heart space and I speak to her “vulnerability” and I tell her that she can’t really do a thing wrong, she steps up and gives it her best try. And that, to me, means more than accomplishing the goal itself.
Regardless if you have been following me for years or you just found me, the message for you, my dear friend, is that nothing happens without making a decision. And with those decisions can come opportunities. ALL opportunities stretch us and grow us through vulnerability, willingness and courage.
These are emotions that guide us to a better life of possibilities and insights.
If this little mare, who has had very little say about what her body will be used for, and how long she will be “allowed” to nurture her offspring can make the decision to find the courage to be willing and vulnerable and learn new things with me . . . well, what would it take for you to do the same?
My herd wants to see you here at the property so be sure to engage your courage and willingness and come along for the Journey. . .
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Those of you who know me have experienced my endless flow of energy and desire to help others bring their gifts to the world. I am particularly passionate about changing the treatment of horse and all animals, reconnecting people back to the earth and inspiring others to be the best they can be. The world needs you to step up! I would love to share my special herd with you and hope you can find your way here.
Blessings to YOU and now . . .