𝘛𝘳𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘤𝘳𝘪𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘐 𝘧𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘸 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘐'𝘮 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢 𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘴𝘦.. 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘰 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘭𝘺 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘤𝘳𝘪𝘣𝘦 𝘮𝘺 𝘳𝘦𝘩𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘪𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘴.
𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵
When I'm asked to describe my work or methods I always have to think about how to properly explain, not what I am doing, but what I am feeling. Because to me, what we feel when we're with a horse is the best guideline to follow. They will tell us exactly how they feel and what they're ready for, as long as we are open to allow ourselves to feel and think outside the box.
I do like horses to have their freedom. It is etched in their eternal hoofprints, transporting soldiers, families, supplies and fighting alongside humans to protect that freedom. But who is fighting for theirs? Emotional, Mental and Physical freedom are most important to me when I start rehabilitating. I'd like a horse to feel heard, seen and understood before I even ask for anything. And as soon as we've established that baseline, I implement more freedom. Instead of trying to get closer, using more tools and putting more stuff on the horse, I like to do less. If they run away, they run away. If they aren't ready to engage in our training, we can just hang out and do whatever they feel like. It's not a bootcamp, it's a partnership
How wonderful it is to honor the horse, by allowing them to make their choices in complete Freedom and let them be in charge of their own process. To offer them emotional safety and ask for nothing in return.
"Follow the Horse, Not the Method"
Zoë van Mourik: Equine Trauma Specialist, Behaviorist