Fluid, flexible and accommodating

I have never really been into cricket. It looked like a lot of waiting around for not very much exciting to happen. On the other hand, I enjoyed tennis at school, and a few years ago I even took a refresher course for fun. The effect is, although I can tell the difference between someone…

Feels like a gift

It is a subtle thing. I have to put down, again and again, the thinking mind that thinks it knows what-it-will-be-like, and let go, let go, let go again, into what-is-actually-happening. It’s always a surprise. Never what I expected. So simple, yet so satisfying. And elusive, as my grabbing-on-to-what-I-think-I-know mind keeps slip-sliding back in and…

Knowledge and Equestrian Teachers.

Knowledge is a school thing: it is life made abstract; it’s experiences made theoretical; and it’s teachers being the knowing ones and students the note-taking ones. Knowledge gained over time, in work, in life situations, in families or elsewhere, is hardly even categorized as knowledge academically. Knowledge accepted by academics is mostly learning formal concepts….

Gratitude is confidence in life itself

My time at Richmond Vale Academy has come to an end. When I just arrived I was very proud at myself because I’m not a traveler at all. When I’m at home I rather stay close to the people and animals I love. I saw Stina’s videos on YouTube about two years ago. She was…

Moringa for Horses

My daily task in taking care of the horses is to feed them moringa. Moringa, also called The Miracle Tree, really is a miracle. It’s a very healthy plant that can be eaten by humans and animals and it’s very easy to plant. Almost all of the parts of the tree are edible, raw or…

One Day out of My Life as a Working Student

With this blog I want to share one of my days with you. This way you get a look inside. Tuesday 14 February 2017: I woke up at 6 o’clock in the morning. Today is laundry day, which I started early because I need to dry my sheets before evening. There is a schedule and…

Are you listening?

Once you experience that you can “talk” to horses like you talk to people, a new chapter opens on your journey to live, be and work with horses. In this process you will ponder the question on how to listen to horses, what is there to listen to, what to look for and how to notice what…

Treats and Pecking Order

When I first rescued the herd in 2007, I did not use treats. The reason is that I wanted to be sure that when the horses finally would choose my company they would come because they felt good in my company. I also wanted my horses to respond as they would with a lead horse…

Michelle: Horses are my dance of life

I have been working with Stina and practicing “basic” exercises with her four horses: Jack, Spirit, Elena and Magic. Through this it has become more and more clear that there are just a few essentials to build up a real connection with horses. These are: lots of fun, be open minded, enjoy every single step,…

The return of Gaia

Heart connections are forever. Yesterday I meet Gaia after 4 years. She was stolen from our center in 2012. When I saw her I called her, she called me. It was very beautiful and touching. Even though she lost some body weight she had not lost her beautiful mind and spirit. I will soon share…

When I meet the horses I saw something I had never seen before

Awareness. I came to St. Vincent horse school because I want to learn how to develop a real connection with my horses. After just one week I have learned already so much! I have two miniature horses. Every day I spend lots of time with them to provide in their needs, but I’m missing something….

Achieving a State of Calm

The Waterhole Rituals and the Lead Mare Lessons can create a a mutual trust and forever loyalty with a horse. Learning these skills also help us how to better communicate with other humans and other beings. There is a fine balance between the pause, the acting, the support, leading, following, speaking and listening;  all this, we…