Some Quotes from Master Horsemen and others …

“Horse training is about building confidence one step at a time. It’s not about confrontation or respect or being the boss or winning fights.” — Neil Davies

“New things must be introduced one step at a time. Remember, you’re building confidence, you’re not “desensitising”.” — Neil Davies

“When teaching your horse never increase the pressure unless you KNOW the horse understands what you want. Wait for the understanding then release the pressure and reward. Give the horse the time he or she personally needs to process your request and make sure your request is perfectly clear.” — Gwenyth Browning Jones Santagate

“Working horses is a little like being married. Sometimes you need to adjust and change your plan.” — Buck Brannaman

“Work with the horse, not against him. Always listen to what the horse is trying to say. And always think for yourself.” — Mark Rashid

“We all make mistakes and by doing so we discover something about our limitations, but if someone or some horse suffers from these mistakes, then we must do our utmost not to repeat them. May every rider strive for a better connection with his or her horse by observation, closer understanding, and patient groundwork. It matters not what discipline is pursued, only that there be a perfectly balanced union between the two—man and horse—so the two become one.” — Frederic Pignon/Magali Delgado

“One of the primary ways horses communicate with us is through their behavior. Again, it is my belief horses don’t distinguish between how they feel and how they act. So if they act a certain way, their actions are reflecting the way they feel. A horse’s body then becomes a mirror for their emotions. So the body informs us of what is truly going on internally.” — Mark Rashid

“Once I quit fighting with him and began rewarding his efforts to respond to my cues, he became extremely willing to do what I was asking. The fight and confusion just seemed to melt away,” — Mark Rashid

“Do you stop breathing when you pick up your reins?” — Leslie Desmond

“Consider yourself from your horses point of view. Not many people do that. But we should.” — Leslie Desmond

“You don’t take the journey. The journey takes you. “~”Travels in a Stone Canoe”, Harvey Arden & Steve Wall

“Listen to the horse. Try to find out what the horse is trying to tell you. All we are trying to do is fix things up to where he can find them; then it’s the horse’s idea.” ~ Tom Dorrance

“Horses are intelligent and they can make decisions. This is the reason that they can sense what a person wants them to do and will try to understand a person’s intent. Through his natural instinct of self-preservation, a horse will respond to two kinds of feel that a person can present. He will respond to a person’s indirect feel, which means that he will either react to or ignore a person’s presence – and how a horse responds depends entirely on the person. This indirect feel is what you have out in the pasture or corral, when you don’t have any physical contact with the horse, like a halter or snaffle bit. A horse will also respond to direct feel, which is when you have a physical connection with the horse through some part of your body, the halter or the snaffle, or a rope any place on his body, even if it’s connected to the saddle horn.” ~ Bill Dorrance

“Pride and ego get in people’s way, it gets in the horse’s way.” ~ Ray Hunt

“Horses don’t do wrong things – horses are never wrong.” ~ Ray Hunt

“I will not change my horse with any that treads but on four pasterns…When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk. He trots the air, the earth sings when he touches it, the basest horn of his hoofs is more musical than the pipe of Hermes…When bestride him I soar, I am a hawk…”
~ William Shakespeare

“For what the horse does under compulsion, as Simon also observes, is done without understanding; and there is no beauty in it either, any more than if one should whip and spur a dancer.” ~Xenophon

“God forbid that I should go to any Heaven in which there are no horses.”
~R. Graham

“A technique can have a “Here, horse, let me help you” feel behind it. Or it can have a, “You better do this or else” feel behind it. The feel behind the technique can be the factor that decides whether the technique is effective or not.” ~Mark Rashid

“It would take years to train Templado,” Pignon said. “He forgave me nothing. The slightest error, the slightest faux pas on my part, and I was made to pay dear.” Whether ‘man was training horse’ or ‘horse was training man’ was unclear, the result however was a new relationship was forged, horse and man as a collaboration of equals.” ~Frédéric Pignon, Cavalia

“Isness is the glorious state of God manifested in His entire creative spendor here and on all planes.” — Unknown

“It is the active form of being, more a becoming, an awakened journey carrying one towards the adventure of vibrant aliveness, L.I.F.E. (love in Finitie Expression) forever. “~Liz Mitten Ryan

“It’s all about what’s in your heart and how you use it.” — Jeanette Baldwin

“BREATHE!”  “EXHALE!” — Gwenyth Browning Jones Santagate

“Something we were withholding made us weak, until we found out that it was ourselves. ” ~Robert Frost

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I do Life with Horses …

gwendiego2-300x269Today, 7 years ago on Facebook I wrote a note. It said —

“They are an integral part of *us* in terms of they have something to share with us each time we stroke them, smell them, see them — they are just like us only in ‘horse’ clothing. Learn to connect with your OWN horse and realize that you are on a path with your own horse that no one else can walk.” — Dec. 1, 2009

It was one of those paradigms … those life-changing moments when something really, I mean REALLY hits you. Yes, our horses are spirits in horse bodies – just like we’re spirits in human bodies. It was something that twisted and turned and smoothed out in the gut during contemplation. It now is the flowing base of my connection with any horse. It is truly amazing. Beyond words, way beyond the carrot stick and the bit and saddle. It is … life in spirit.

I do “life” with horses. They’ve been ‘life’ blood for me since before I was born, I believe. I just said it yesterday to my beloved sister – horses and the ocean … they’re both my blood and I no longer make excuses for that. There are no excuses. Nor should there have to be. As much as I need air to breathe I need horses and the ocean to be whole. No one questions why I need air. Why question, “Why horses?” Jesus made me that way – and HE knows. HE understands. I just wish it hadn’t taken me a lifetime to understand.

Yep, I do “life” with horses. I AM one with horses in spirit. It’s who I am.

Every living thing on our planet has an energy field – the world is full of energy fields all interacting with each other. Some species are more sensitive to energy than others: horses are incredibly aware of and in tune with it, whereas we humans seem, for the most part, to have lost our connection to and awareness of it. –http://www.holisticequinetherapist.com/blog/fields-of-energy-fields

For years I’ve been harping on energy, intent, intuitiveness with horses, etc. etc. … and this article sums it all up very nicely.

I LOVE when I find others who are in tune with life’s energies. And I LOVE when someone asks me about it all and is wanting to learn! I get excited to be able to help someone discover how their energy and intent can not only help their relationships with their horses, but their relationships with other people as well.

Learning about our horses’ energies will directly affect our own energy and how we use it. It can, if we allow, change our entire world!

Be sure to read this article.  I know you’ll enjoy it!
And if you’re interesting in learning about all this, call me +1 (239) 573-9687 or email to me – gwen.santagate@gmail.com  I can help you no matter where you are in the world! 🙂 Remember — we’re all connected.

http://www.holisticequinetherapist.com/blog/fields-of-energy-fields

Horses Help Humans Manage Stress

Horses Help Humans Manage Stress … research paper by Cryshta Avera, posted by Soulseeker Journey, May 3, 2016

“Abstract —
Stress has physiological effects on the human body that can cause chronic illness or disease if maintained long term. The purpose of this research is to provide information on the effect horses have on the human body systems, specifically related to the relief of side effects caused by stress. This research sought scholarly sources of education on the definition of stress and its effects on health, as well as equine therapy, and therapeutic benefits of being in mother nature as a natural accompaniment to being with horses. Also, examples of horses causing relief of stress, chronic illness, and other health conditions were sought out and presented. Through this research I discovered that the key component to horses being able to relieve stress in humans is the oxytocin release that is triggered and the domino effect oxytocin has on the human body, physiologically. All humans who are interested in horses and do not have any fear of being around horses should consider adding time with horses as part of a stress management plan.”

To read entire research paper please visit …

Horses Help Humans Manage Stress … research paper

Horse Medicine

The word ‘medicine’ means ‘spiritual quality’.  Everything has a medicine.
What is your medicine?  What is your inner essence (including the parts of it you’d rather not own)?  When you begin to discover your inner self, and accept it, you begin to be authentic.  We generally carry some hurt about the way our lives have been influenced over the years.  When you follow your heart, you will become more authentic, this in turn gives you more energy, as you are not spending your time struggling to be someone else.
~Horse Spirit Connections

 

Horses are powerful medicine. They heal. They intuit. They share. They take.

Simply spending time in the pasture with your horse is healing.

Time.
To heal.
Time.
Allowing the horse to take the pain from you.
Receiving the healing the horse has to share.
Time.

Its simple. Its easy. Its amazing.

Simply take a chair or a lounge to the paddock and relax into it.
B.r.e.a.t.h.e.
Be cognizant of your breathing … inhale slowly through your nose; exhale slowly through softly open lips.
FEEL.
What is your horse hearing? Feeling? Seeing? Smelling? Tasting?
Draw your horse to you. Allow him to explore you gently.
Attune yourself to your horse and allow him to quietly draw out your pain.

Then receive the healing.

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What did you experience? What did you feel? How do you feel now?

Horse Medicine …