Re-Wilding Horses and Humans
Equine-Partnered Healing: A Sentience and Nature-Based Approach benefitting both Species.
My approach to equine-partnered healing is different to most.
My work aims to heal both humans and horses. Therefore, it is mutually beneficial and healing to both species, and is balanced through the recognition that our joint well-being is currently needed at this point in our histories.
I am passionate about these two core themes: Firstly, supporting people to Re-Wild themselves and set themselves free from roles, expectations and limitations. Secondly, ensuring that the horses in this work are fully honoured as sentient beings, and always free to choose in our work together.
My work focuses specifically on three equal and expansive strands:
1) The horses are full, equal partners, guides and leaders of this work, where their wellbeing and fulfilment is paramount, and where I allow equine consent, choice and freedom at all times. This ensures the welfare and healing of the horses involved.
2) A combined spiritual perspective and practical approach is used, allowing the horses to be the teachers and guides they innately are, and gathering around us the support of all the natural world through grounded, spiritual practices and techniques.
3) For people, the body is the primary gateway into relationship with ourselves and others, including the horses, as well as being the portal into our own sustainable healing.
These two soft, wide-angle considerations further underpin my approach:
i) A focus on how we carry out this healing in modern-day society, and, in relationship to horses who have been kept in domesticated circumstances their whole lives. Lessons are drawn from wild and feral horses to inform and guide us on our journey, ensuing that both species benefit and heal, with the emphasis being more on us shifting in order to also support the horses to release from their static roles in relation to us.
ii) Both humans and domesticated horses are in urgent need of Re-Wilding. Of shedding their layers of conditioning, expectations, roles, automatic responses and years of compromising, in order to reclaim their true, authentic and wild selves once more. To live with more freedom in their hearts, minds and bodies and to unshackle themselves from the roles, expectations and parameters which keep them small, tame and tethered.
In true partnership with the horses, in a natural state as far as we can obtain for them, I aim to help both species become untethered and free once more.
I work closely with the horses, and the whole of the natural world, and through this create the right space and energy for healing to take place; in whatever shape or form is needed for the client, and/or the horses.
Unlike our society and culture which emphasises survival and competition, our work together focuses on returning to your true Soul Essence and beginning to thrive through cooperation (relationship); as wild horses instinctively do.
My approach to care of horses is natural and holistic. I am passionate about horses living out in herds all year round; eating natural forage, plants and herbs. I also support the horses I work with through a wide range of natural remedies and supplements to emulate their natural lifestyle as far as possible within domesticated settings. You can read more about my care and support of horses in Chapter 15 of my book, The Horse Leads the Way.
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"There is something about the majestic arch of a horse’s neck. The thundering power of a horse running wild and free with flared nostrils, alert eyes and pricked ears that makes us catch our breath. This exquisite animal has shared space with us both in the physical and mystical realms for thousands of years. As far back as our earliest ancestors, who portrayed hundreds of images of horses in their stunning cave paintings, the horse has captured the imagination and hearts of people.
These awe-inspiring, large, powerful animals continue to draw us towards them in new and fascinating ways."
Excerpt from The Horse Leads the Way: Honoring the True Role of the Horse in Equine Facilitated Practice, by Angela Dunning
Horses have played a part in human evolution for thousands of years. They have carried us on their backs in wars, ploughed our lands, provided transport and been vehicles for sporting pursuits. They are now helping us raise our level of self-awareness and consciousness.
Being large, highly sensitive non-predatory animals, horses provide an immediate and consistent mirror for our feelings, behaviour and intentions. Further, as herd animals, horses are highly social, making relationships key to them. As animals that are preyed upon in nature, they have retained a highly developed ability to sense changes in the stance and arousal levels of other herd members; an ability they easily transfer to interactions with humans all of the time.
Horses see through the slightest incongruities/misalignment of behaviour, emotion and intention, yet they are exceedingly patient, forgiving and non-judgemental in their engagement with us.
It is this, above all else that makes Equine Facilitated interventions such a powerful yet gentle method for anyone to honestly look at themselves and learn new patterns.
These mindful creatures also seem to have the ability to help humans achieve a state of relaxation through constantly bringing us back to the present moment; thereby enabling us to enjoy a richer and more peaceful quality of life.
I work with horses and humans in this physical realm, but we also enter into the subtle-body realm: the place of intuition, the Soul's whispers and even psychic insights. I enjoy exploring the mythic, symbolic and archetypal realm that horses also inhabit, inviting this into our work together when beneficial.