'For the Horse'
If you're here to see sudden and big movements, then you're not here for the horse.
If you're here to see me push my methods with no regards to how the horse is feeling, then you're not here for the horse
If you came to my demo's and expected spectacle and high intensity, chances are there is a need within yourself that is not being met. What is keeping you from being calm? What is keeping you from experiencing joy when watching a relaxed horse?
Because it's definitely not normal to seek out demo's and events that feature scared and stressed out horses. This is a BIG sign that beneath your hard exterior, you yourself could thrive with some help, like a listening ear or a supportive voice.
'A Traumatized person can recognize a Traumatized horse'
Why do we have to go through things ourselves in order for us to be able to recognize trauma in another being? Why aren't we by default able to spot sadness, fear, distrust, pain?
Why are people so hot for stressed out and uncomfortable horses, while this stems from trauma?
Would you treat your child like that, when he is confused or scared? Would you laugh at them too, or make things worse by forcing them to do something?
If so, then yes; you're abusive. And you're definitely not doing it for the horse.
Please be mindful of the events and people you visit; you either support the wrong kind, or the good kind. There is no inbetween.
Zoë van Mourik | Equine Trauma & Behavior Specialist
www.zoevanmourik.com & www.houseofhorsemanship.nl
Zoë van Mourik: Equine Trauma Specialist, Behaviorist