Privileged Communication

Harold and EvelynLately in conversation with horsewomen I have heard many say they got involved in equine activities because they were “called” by the horses. It struck me that this is not a common description of how one becomes involved in a sport or recreational activity, or even, for that matter, in a career. Linda Kohanov, author of The Tao of Equus and an innovator in the evolution of horse human relationships, speaks powerfully of being called and the profound change that occurred in her life – because she listened.

I was drawn to horses slowly and almost by accident. I always loved horses and did the occasional trail ride in my youth. It wasn’t until I read The Horse Whisperer in 1998 and discovered what I had imagined in childhood was true: the violence humans did and do to horses in the name of training, the so-called “breaking” of horses, was unnecessary and was indeed bullying at best, at worst it was sadistic. […]

Heart

Ray Hunt died on March 12, 2009. The last of the old-time Horse Whisperers, his cowboy ethic represents a heritage derived from the ancient chivalric days of knights. Chivalry and chevalier have the same root and are the embodiment of a code of ethics based on virtue, honour, loyalty, valor, and integrity. It is not[…]

Leadership

Horses are uniquely qualified to teach leadership skills. As prey animals their survival depends upon knowing who their leader is at all times. In terms of leadership development they are Subject Matter Experts. Horses recognize and respond to respect, integrity, aggression and bullying, just as humans do. Equine leadership is typically based on the same qualities or criteria that[…]