Horses are prey animals, so they are constantly scanning the energy of their environment to ensure they are safe. In fact, their survival depends on their ability to feel what's around them. They instinctively move away from emotions that feel "predator" like, and towards ones that feel safe or "herd" like. They can show us our subconscious emotions, and teach us the way to authentic connection in our lives.
Activate your heart
Horses' hearts are five times bigger of ours, and beat more slowly. When we are with a horse that is relaxed, it slows down our heartbeat. We begin to feel calm and peaceful. This is why many people report feeling better around horses. As the electromagnetic field of their hearts extends 25 feet outside their bodies, the benefits of being with horses can be felt from a distance.
Horses instinctually respond to the energy they feel. This means they act as emotional mirrors. In facilitated exercises, a horse may mirror barriers to authentic connection in your life. We will work through these with the support of channeled wisdom. Your heart will receive exactly what it needs from these loving animals.
When working with horses, it's ok to have emotions like sadness, fear and rejection come up. The horses accept us fully as we are, without judgment. They only ask that we are honest about what we are feeling. They teach us to accept our emotions, and that it's ok to have them. As long as we are honest about what we are feeling, connection can be built. Horses help us drop the masks we are learned to wear, and get back to our true selves. Vulnerability becomes a strength. We are liberated.
Belong with the herd
Horses can see 350 degree around them. They cannot see directly in front of them, or directly behind them. This means that their safety exists in the herd. When horses are together in a group, they have eyes in all directions. They can help us learn how to live in connection with one another.
Ground in Nature
Being in cities, with busy days, traffic, concrete and electronics, can disconnect us from our Earth. Without this rooting, we can short circuit and end up stuck in our patterns.
Horses live in connection with the land. By reminding us to feel, drop into our bodies, and reconnect with Mother Earth, they bring us in the now. From here, we can manifest from our power and remember our true nature.
What will Happen?
We start by checking-in about how you are doing, and set an intention for your session. Then, you learn about the healing power of horses and their behavioural tendencies.
After doing a grounding meditation, you meet the herd in the barn without touch or talking. This silent connection is meant to deepen your awareness of the body and what it feels. In the exercise, you observe how you feel with each horse, what you notice about them, and which ones you connect with.
We then choose a horse and work with them one-on-one outside. They will be loose, and have free choice of where to go within a large pen.
In the pen, you learn how to approach the horse in a way that honours their space. You are then be guided into a heart connection with them. In this process, the horse may mirror subconscious emotions that are barriers to connection, such as fear of rejection or trouble setting boundaries. We will work through these with the help of channeled wisdom and energy healing. You end up with a horse that's your friend, and happy to hang out with you, when it has free choice of where to go.
You leave with a bodily understanding of how to receive to authentic connection in your world.
Sessions are 60 to 75 min.
Single sessions are available for existing clients at $333 each, or as the Horse Medicine bundle of three for $299 each. Program add-ons are available at a reduced rate.
HST not included.
Do I need horse experience?
No horse experience is required. We welcome all levels of experience, from zero to Olympic equestrian athlete!
I am afraid of horses, can i still do this?
Yes, you can. It's not uncommon to feel afraid of horses because they are so large, free and powerful. Collaborating with horses on the ground, with a respect for and understanding of their language, can help you build new levels confidence and trust. Facilitated exercises with them will help you reconnect with your true power, and understand how to use it.
Do we ride the horses?
No riding is involved in sessions. If you would like to pleasure ride in the fields, that can be arranged through the stable manager.
Can you work with my horse?
Shelly is available to work with you and your horse(s), to deepen the heart connection you have with each other. Please contact us for more information.
Do you work with children?
Yes, sessions are available for children 10 years of age and up.
Where are you located?
Sessions occur at Harding's Horse Haven in Erin, ON (1 hour from West Toronto): 4998 6th Line, Erin, ON, Canada.
- Naste, M., Price, M., Karol, J. et al. (2017). Equine Facilitated Therapy for Complex Trauma (EFT-CT). Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 1-15.