I am ready for the warm March winds to massage the muddy ground into dry, firm terracotta so I can begin the spring work with my herd. Without an indoor arena, I am often limited by when and how I can work with my herd. I could pine for what I do not have, or I can get creative with what I do have.
The harsh winter months give my horses time off as they focus on eating and staying warm. As spring rolls in, the muddy days are spent grooming and doing the subtle groundwork in the dry spots of the over-sized paddocks. Sometimes I will work with two horses at a time. I play with the mucky manure-stained puddles, asking for one foot in and then the other. We move back, forward, sideways, and the entire time I am focusing on how subtle my cues can be from the ground. They stand for photos, jump puddles, and get treats. The work is mostly fun mixed with “Are you listening to me now?” exercises.
Last week the land was dry enough, so I spent just a little bit of time with each horse in the round pen. Evaluating each of my horses as spring approaches is of utmost importance to me. After months of being in smaller areas, having limited time off the property, and having not been ridden or asked to do much at all, I want to reestablish our communication, and also understand where my horses’ states of mind are.
Additionally, with icy land through the winter months and with Corazon’s tendency to get excited and run the others off his food, I also want to see how each horse is within his or her body. Diva, for instance, moved out around the round pen on one side with ease and grace from a walk, to trot, and then a canter. However, when I asked for the same in the reverse direction, what she offered was the biggest buck I have ever seen her exhibit. One might think she was getting her spring ya ya’s out, or that she was being disagreeable and challenging my request. The truth of what I saw and felt was that her back and shoulder were “out” enough that she dramatically displayed her discomfort while simultaneously trying to self-adjust her misaligned structure. Her muscles along her spine were ropey and tight and her discomfort obvious.
This week I will work with Corazon. I hope that he goes right back to his new “Spanish Walk” and that his body and mind are ready for interaction. I suspect that Ginger might offer a little spice and opinion, with me asking her to move on out, as she, at the age of four, is pushing lots of boundaries and working her way through the herd with dominant behaviors. We will see, and I will be prepared for what she has to offer. Wishing to use more dominant horses in my EFLC programs, preparing them correctly so that both the client’s and the horses’ emotional, mental and physical safety is considered is important.
Moon is the exception to this, as he is no longer ridden. I do work with him, but I play and engage with him in the round pen. This is primarily for his state of mind so that he understands he is still healthy and able to do some moving work, even if he is not being ridden. I do not want for him to feel that he has been put “away,” never to be interacted with (except for programs). That feels disrespectful and would give him the message that he is “done,” which may only then translate to him “letting go” on all levels. He is a valuable teacher in this herd and has been the rock of the program from its inception. He receives grooming with hands followed by what I call our “dance,” a sweet, flowing, connecting that fills my heart until I feel it wanting to burst.
We await you. My entire herd is ready for you, and ready to teach you important aspects about your soul’s purpose, your true authentic self, and the shadow-side of yourself that you can put down to align with your work here on earth. They are masters, penetrating, deep, often direct, and sometimes very playful. We invite you to take the step toward this experience as you also transition from your winter into spring.
Ways to Engage with Kathy . . . .
Onsite Workshop: Soul Emergence: Find Your True Self in the Herd
Are you done playing small and are ready for your True Self to emerge? Are you ready for a horse to help your Soul Emerge?
How do you merge back into life after living for so long with so many limitations and restrictions? Honoring and maintaining what is important to you in the current state of society may be difficult. Or, you may be ready for a completely new part of yourself to emerge into the world. This moment is an opportunity for rebirth, to remove all masks that hide your true self.
There is no better teacher for living authentically and true to one’s self than a horse. Horses invite you to listen to the calling in your heart. Attend my first onsite program in 1.5 years, Soul Emergence: Find Your True Self in the Herd is an invitation from “HORSE” to move from merely functioning to becoming connected to all aspects of self and to all of life.
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Coaching with Horse – Emotional Intelligence and Energy Mastery (EFLC Level One Training Program)
Now Online! Imagine a life where you are living your purpose while partnering with horses and making a significant impact on others’ well-being. Every day you feel warmth and expansion in your heart because you are finally living your calling. You are a conduit for positive change and deep connections.
- Tired of looking at your horses, knowing they are waiting for you to live your potential?
- Wanting to help others through the power of horses, but need more confidence to do so?
- Ready to understand and integrate new levels of energy and emotional intelligence into all of your relationships?
- Currently offering Coaching with Horses sessions, but they lack the transformational, soul-revealing, and life-altering depth you know is possible?
Life coaches, riding instructors, therapists, artists, and counselors who wish to integrate horses as teachers and healers into their life purpose, vision, or business attend the online EFLC Level One training program. This course provides coaching and facilitation skills creating empowerment for all attendees. Learn how to guide others through powerful energy awareness and emotional development sessions with horses.
This program continues to be very popular and successful. Perfect for those who want to work directly with their own herd while learning, and not have the expense of travel. Read more about it and book your Interview/Coaching Call by Clicking Here
One with Horse – with Kathy Pike, from anywhere in the world
The One with Horse online journey is a magical and inspiring six-week transformational process of exploration that will honor the invisible communication, unspoken understanding, and deep channel of exchange possible with horses. The program includes:
- 6 weeks of in-depth videos and tutorials to guide you in explicit detail through each step of the program.
- Meditations to bring you in line with your authentic self and open the connection with your horse.
- Detailed processes and methods to assist you with taking your relationship with your horse to the next level.
- Worksheets to help you document and guide yourself through the experiences and emotions that are brought to the surface.
- A very special releasing and reclaiming ritual.
- Tips on how to progress through active work with your horse.
- A special session on how to receive deep healing from your horse
The One with Horse transformational program is beyond riding, and riders are also welcome! Most exploration takes place on the ground and can also be easily transferred to riding. One with Horse brings activates your subtle energy field to awaken a deeper relationship with your horse.
For more information and to sign up for this One of a Kind Experience with Your Horse:
Get your own signed copy! – Life Lessons from the Heart of Horses: How Horses Teach Us About Relationships and Healing
Inspiring true stories of how horses teach humans and heal their hearts. Horses are sensitive creatures with hearts ten times larger than humans and much more to share with us than meets the eye. Life Lessons offers poignant short stories about the trials and tribulations of befriending horses. Equine expert Kathy Pike brings you on a healing journey that includes lessons a wild horse taught her, how horses teach humans in her equine facilitated learning programs, and personal insights about living off the land and engaging with the dynamics of a herd each day.
Life Lessons is now available. Life Lessons from the Heart of Horses will deepen any horse lover’s understanding of the invisible and emotional bond between horse and human.
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My favorite interview to date. I fell in love with Frederieke and enjoyed my time with her so much…
(Ancient Wisdom – New Consciousness). Explore the spiritual side of engaging with horses during this wonderful exchange. Be sure to post your comments below! If you are on a learning path with your horse or would like to deepen into one, be sure to order Kathy’s latest book, just out in April of 2021: Life Lessons from the Heart of Horses: How Horses Teach Us About Relationships and Healing. Inspiring true stories of how… Read more…
I look forward to supporting you on your journey with horses and invite you to participate in any of these offerings.
Kathy and the Herd