We had a good scare yesterday, one of the horses got herself stuck on the tie rail which caused a (mild) nosebleed.
Later at home, I kept replaying the incident, trying not to think about what could have happened if I hadn't left my bag at the rescue, hadn't walked into the barn to find it, magically found my scissors just moments before...
It goes without saying that there's now always a cutter at the grooming spot!
Tinderella and my husband, bonding after successfully grooming & tacking her up
Out on the trail!
🌟I am starting the year with some familiar, and some new faces 🐴
2019 was a chaotic year, I desperately needed that last month off to recharge and basically do nothing.
Out of the blue, I was asked to take on two horses as a project. Of course, I couldn't say "no", so I found myself researching feed, minerals, vitamins, hoof- and dental care and realized how much I miss handling details like that. So, hopefully I'll be able to say a bit more about that in a month or two.
✨Another great surprise was assisting Stephanie and Theona, helping Eden learn how to rear for a videoshoot and watch it all come together during filming.
In the almost three years I've been in California, my work with horses was mostly about teaching them NOT to rear, kick, etc. It's very refreshing and definitely fun that I'm now able to do more trick training as well.🐎
As for teaching, it was a rough year because my approach/way of teaching - combined with the unique yet very natural life Freedom Ranch offers their animals - has been proven not to be for everyone.
Some might say I'm "too soft", or "not aggressive/fast enough" but the truth is, I am who I am. That's what matters to me. What you do or what you say, not so much. So I've found my peace with my (and the horse's) pace and with people leaving. After all, they are just making room for new people who are aligned with your destination!💕
And that brings me to another topic I hope I can tell you more about later this month. 😁
Last but - definitely not - least, I started volunteering at an Arabian horse rescue; Love This Horse, Equine Rescue operated by Vera and her amazing, dedicated team of trainers and volunteers.
Vera and I met last year during a horse show in Burbank and chatted about - duh - horses! Luckily she's only a half-an-hour car ride away so now I find myself in the Mojave Desert a couple times a week.🌵
Enough about me, on to what's this really all about; the horses! 🐴
So, these are the new faces of 2020 so far! Hopefully they will all find forever homes this year, thank you for following their journey and your support! 💖
If you'd like to learn more about the horses or the rescues/ranches, visit their Facebookpages below:
Facebook: The Horsewoman / Jeddah Ranch / Freedom Ranch / Love This Horse
Instagram: zoevanm /
Website: www.zoevanmourik.com /
I've worked with several horses who were showing typical signs of stomach problems, although they were in good physical condition which was very confusing for the owners.
They tried everything, from changing the feed to monitoring possible ulcers 🤔nothing worked.
After just one session of Energy Therapy, the horses were ALL calming down, processing everything we just went through together, with room to move on and leave this hurtful behavioral patterns behind 🙏🏽👋🏽
I'm always grateful for being asked to work with these horses, the ones that need a voice the most. A voice of their own 🔥
If you'd like to know more about the use of various types of Energy Healing, feel free to send me a message with your questions 😊
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