Join me in exploring what is happening in the worldwide arena of horses and human beings. For more than 5,000 years, our two species have coexisted; sometimes we being more reliant upon them, sometimes they being more reliant upon us. Not so long ago, we Americans built our nation with the invaluable service of horses to thank for transportation and security. As the Industrial Age slowly but surely made the jobs of horses in daily life all but obsolete, horses found a prominent place in sports and entertainment. More recently, and just in time to help swing the pendulum of reliance back toward center, there has been a growing trend in people working with horses as healers and teachers.
A little bit of history…
In 2008, just as the recession crept in, I quit my office job to search for something more. I didn’t know what something more would look like, I just knew that it included horses. I had grown up on a farm with horses, but somehow, my life’s own version of the Industrial Age distanced them from my daily life. Despite the proverbial “successful career” I had forged for myself doing Human Relations at a well known production company, my soul was lacking something essential, so I set about reading books, articles, heck, the internet, to find out all I could about what interested me the most: how horses are helping heal souls and how I might be able to become a part of that arena. Horses are partners in pyschotherapy, in physiotherapy, in corporate workshops, in youth programs, in prison rehab programs, in life coaching, and so much more. This is fantastic! So… what could I do? Start talking to people!
I first had the good fortune to meet Lisa Eppley of Acacia Farm (http://www.acaciafarm.com/) in 2008 when I began my quest to get horses back in my life, and she, quite literally, got me back in the saddle and has reacquainted me with my farming roots. Though I don’t own a horse of my own, she has generously let me share the joys of hers.
After contacting, visiting, and experiencing the practices of many wonderful people and organizations involved in working with horses in education and therapy, I decided that Equine Guided Education was the practice that most closely aligned with my personal background, experience, philosophy and goals, so in 2010, I became a certified Equine Guided Educator. (see more about EGE and certification at http://www.skyhorseranch.com/)
Oh, I did go back to a day job in production; I now do Human Relations for a growing animation company, and it is my not-so-secret plan to somehow merge the world of production with the industry of working with horses in the service of teaching and healing. More on that later.
At the 2011 Annual EGE Conference, I sat next to Jill Rivoli one morning, and have not stopped talking to her since! A fabulous blend of down-to-earth and always-open-to-possibility, Jill is one of the most experienced facilitators in horse centered learning I know. (see more about Jill at her website http://newperspectivesusa.com/)
So that brings me to now… I am very excited to be embarking on a joint venture with Jill, designing retreats in the Pacific Northwest that are focused on Equine Guided Education.
Thank you for reading my very first post. I look forward to your thoughts, ideas and questions.
So great to hear from you and thank you for your wonderful comments. I’m loving EGE more every day, and very happy to share anything and everything I can about it; please feel free to pass on anything on this blog. I’m happy to say that a couple of our classmates with EGE businesses have put a link to the blog on their websites, which works well for folks browsing and looking for additional info or stories. My goal is to fuel the network!
I just read your blog and am completely speechless. Everything that I hoped for in the EGE work has been described by you so elegantly and with such wisdom and grace. You give clarity to the horse-human work that we all so desperately want for clients, friends, family, work associates, leaders and ourselves. Is there a way to share your words without breaking confidentiality? I knew that if I took the time to read your blog I would once again remember what this work means to me and how important it is for me to continue living my passion of offering experiential learning with the help of horses. I’ve been guilty of being silent and hiding from what I believe will make a difference in one persons life or many peoples lives. The work is a gift that keeps on giving!
Thank you for sharing this with all of us and I want you to know I appreciate your talent of putting words on paper so to speak (now days… laptops, computers, cell phones, I-pads, etc)! You’re talent is without limits! I would love to talk with you and Jill about partnering if you’ll have me and in whatever capacity you need to make your retreats a success. I am serious and hope you consider my interest. Lets all talk!!!!
I admire your tenacity and perseverance in you doing your own work as well as setting the stage for others to do their work! Hats off to you for letting go of the flight you missed because you are what really matters. Flights come and go but opportunities do not. Some opportunities come to us in our life that we cannot ignore and make all the difference for the path we need to take. I’m happy you didn’t miss that opportunity and I’m so glad Hallie was there to support you and be the facilitator you needed to help your process. Awesome stuff Ashley and again I look forward to talking more soon. All the best.