One of my New Year’s resolution is to blog consistently. Since It’s already the 20th, I’d say I haven’t started out too well, but as the saying goes, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. So I’m starting now with recent events and I’m going to slowly post my pictures from the last two years. My trip to Italy alone is going to be a number of posts, considering how many pictures I took.
Last weekend, I drove up to Solvang, a cute Danish-styled town near Santa Barbara, for a Horsemanship class at the Monty Roberts International Learning Center. I’ve always loved horses and wanted to learn how to ride, but for one reason or another, it never came about. Now that I’ve decided to start riding lessons, I figured I should learn about the care of these beautiful animals but also how to handle them humanely. Monty Roberts has been known as the original horse whisperer for years. I remember his book coming out back in the 90s, but I never read it until I signed up for the class. Now, with all my years of energy work, his philosophy about horses makes complete sense to me, and I wouldn’t want to be at a stable that didn’t follow his teachings. Now I just have to find a riding instructor that follows his principles.
With little horse experience, it was really interesting to see how my energy affected the horses. Animals don’t lie. They can read your energy and can only see the truth. Humans mostly go with the verbal cue. Horses are the ultimate prey animal and can only read your energy. Every single movement means something, but more importantly your energy and intention is picked up right away.
After watching our instructor Petra take Bugatti around the pen (and after he finally got to roll in the lovely dirt after his exercise), we were given the chance to go into the round pen and spend time moving a horse with our energy. I would love to just spend time with a horse in the round pen learning the subtleties of the language of Equus and having a conversation with these magnificent beauties. You learn so much about yourself and how you’re perceived. Horses are teachers and healers and it was an honor to spend time with them.
Most of my time was spent at Flag is Up Farms, but I did get into Solvang on a break to take some pictures. The town is kind of the Disney version of a Danish town, but it’s fun to walk around for the afternoon. There’s always the added benefit of being surrounded by vineyards and lots of vino.