I made this video a couple of summers ago with my horse Easter’s Hurricane – aka Harold – and the help of a dear friend and horse trainer Lyz Rudolph-Michaels. In this video you will see a combination of the body language I learned from Chris Irwin and the Waterhole Rituals that Carolyn Resnick developed for building connection with horses. My intention is to show the type of activity one might engage in when having a coaching session facilitated by horses. The interaction is simple and yet as complex as any interaction we have with humans – and more mysterious until we learn to speak the language of the horse fluently. Each horse is unique just as we people are, however their language is universal in the equine world. […]
Yes it’s an awkward title but sparked byÂ an article that came to my attention about a recent acknowledgement in the scientific community that mammals and some other life forms do indeed have consciousness. In July 2012 the Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness was adopted at the first Francis Crick Memorial Conference. An excerpt from the declaration[…]
For Christmas I received a beautiful copy of John Steinbeck’s The Red Pony. I had heard of it and knew nothing about it. I opened it tremulously as I detest reading narratives where the horse-hero is abused, lost, killed, or otherwise treated cruelly by the world – which is unfortunately not atypical for any horse[…]
The end of the year approaches with its stormy weather, long dark nights, and ‘wet’ coast rains. Christmas and the winter equinox are celebrations; they help us hold onto the faith and hope that spring will come, the sun will return and we will once again enjoy the lengthening sunshiny days and clear starry nights.[…]
Michael O’Shea is a Vancouver photographer and friend who has done some great work for me over the years. He took some wonderful shots of Harold and I a few years ago and did my head shots for this site as well as a few others. It is a treat to work with talented people[…]
I have been struggling with this post. It is time though, to update the information on my website and let people know that my ‘partner’ and equine coach, Easter’s Hurricane, aka ‘Harold’ has gone. He was less than one month shy of his 28th birthday which is a ripe old age for a thoroughbred. Since[…]
Last Friday I put on a demonstration of Equine-facilitated Executive Coaching – preceded by Chris Irwin demonstrating how to speak ‘equus’. We had a great turn-out of curious non-equestrians and equestrians. Everyone who came really enjoyed it and we got some fabulous feedback. I was a little surprised that everyone took away some insight into[…]
Last week I was working with my faithful old thoroughbred on the lungeline. He is getting on and I am trying to maintain the right balance of ensuring that he gets exercise – enough to stay fit – but not too much to injure or stress him. He and I have been learning from each other for 10[…]
I have been asked to participate on a panel – subject: inter-species communication. Come out if you can. The Centre for Peace on 16th Avenue near Burrard in Vancouver BC.
Lately 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. […]
When I started riding a number of years ago my focus was on myself most of the time (duh uh). Was I safe? Was this horse going to put me in a wheelchair? Was I doing ‘it’ (whatever I was doing at any given moment) the right way? When was I going to start to[…]
I have been thinking a lot about resistance lately as a result of starting to work with a new horse. This particular horse is quite a pushy fellow who resists doing anything that he doesn’t want to do and I am learning a lot about myself by working with him. What he brings to mind[…]
My day with the horses was stimulating. Maybe not quite the right word, but going in as a skeptic, I left believing that whatever we did had meritâ€”and without doubt offered much for me to mull in my relationship with my world. Evelyn and Sandra, the ladies who ran the day, hope to develop their[…]
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[…]
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[…]