Are you afraid of being eaten?
If you aren’t afraid of being eaten you are ahead of the game! Being eaten is the number one fear of horses. As prey animals, they live their lives ensuring they do not get attacked and eaten. Horses have been observed to “spook” at plastic bags, umbrellas, and loud noises, just to name a few.
As prey animals, they are extremely observant. If something is new or changed from the last time they were in an arena like a mounting block is in a different location, they will notice and they might spook.
Horses can react to things in their environment in big ways; but, they do it in the moment. They do not spend time ruminating about someone putting up an umbrella next week. They don’t stay awake at night worrying about random plastic bags blowing in the wind. Horses deal with umbrellas, plastic bags, and all of their fears, if and when they happen. These majestic animals truly live mindfully in the moment—a key to managing anxiety.
When they are living their best life, horses are grazing and enjoying life. It isn’t until they are threatened that they react. After their reaction, which can be very large, they go back to living their best life, which is grazing.
The opportunity here is how do we live our best life without anxiety and worry interfering with it? Anxiety and worry steal our joy. Horses teach us to acknowledge it, deal with it, let it go, and replace it with something positive and healthy.
If you would like to learn how to acknowledge your anxiety, face it, release it, let it go, and replace it with something healthy, below are two opportunities to do so.
There are two anxiety workshops being held:
- Muskoka: Tuesday, July 13th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
- Simcoe County: Saturday, July 15th from 2:20 – 5:30 pm
Below are some excerpts from past clients who completed questionnaires after attending past anxiety workshops:
- “Amazing program to learn anxiety techniques“
- “I learned how to release negative thoughts“
- “Being around the horses really allowed me to see things in a positive way“
- “I learned to look forward and not back“
- “I learned empowerment“
- “I learned I need to be kinder to myself“
- “This offered a whole different perspective, I walked away believing in myself”
Private appointments are available in Muskoka and Simcoe County.
Next month, we’ll focus on opportunities for couples!
Sue Dixon, owner of Partnering Horses with Humans, is a Certified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator through Horse Spirit Connections and Cartier Farms (Dreamwinds), and a Registered Coach through Equestrian Canada. Sue and her beloved horse Egalie were the 2014 champions of the beginner division of the North East Trillium Hunter Jumper Association. Sue has a degree in Sociology from the University of Waterloo.
Sue has 33 years of experience working at a local corporation with leadership in quality and health and safety. Sue’s role with Partnering Horses with Humans is that of facilitator; helping clients find their own wisdom by tapping into the horse’s wisdom. Sue operates her business out of two locations and offers services and workshops to individuals, couples, families, and workplaces.