Words of Wisdom from the ROTH Trainer/Instructor who conducted Horse Whispering 101:
There are a great many levels to horsemanship, but we all start at the beginning. And it is where we begin that we either have to build upon or to overcome. By this logic it would be much more efficient to start from a place that won’t cause you to back track. It is the minority who have their first experiences with horses taught with the horse in mind; whether it be a simple riding lesson that is entirely in the saddle with little to no bonding from the ground, or a child growing up on a ranch with less concern for the well-being of the animals, there are long-standing professionals who never know what is literally and physically under their noses… and their butts. They will have a longer way around to the truth than someone who is shown the potential of equal partnership from the gate.
But even if you are in the thick of the old way of working horses and you had an experience that caused fear around horses, or you seemed to have waited a lifetime to make that first touch, it is a great time to start listening and to let the truth sink in. Horse whispering isn’t a mystical power; it is not granted to a select few. It is something with which we are all born. It is compassion and it is love. Our stories will, at times, either try to pull us away or they will guide us towards this way of being. It is our responsibility to reach for the betterment of all in the process.
It was an honor to help five amazing women find this truth as they embarked on a new chapter of working with horses. Teaching the Horse Whispering 101 Course this year at Happy Dog Ranch, in Littleton, CO, was a magical week of wonder and joy. The horses and the team at the ranch helped to facilitate the journey and make real change in the lives they so graciously hosted.
Nothing but gratitude to Anna and Vin for making it all possible,
ROTH Certified Trainer/Instructor