Horse Spirituality and Healing
Horses are deeply connected to our humanity –
perhaps more so than any other being with which we share our planet.
“Wherever man has left his footprints
in the long ascent from barbarism to civilization,
we find the hoofprint of a horse beside it.”
John Trotwood Moore
Through thousands of years of partnership, horses have come to understand us like no other being.
The eyes of a horse can see to places deep within us – and their hearts can reach places we ourselves do not know how to find.
With their touch – their mere presence – they can heal us, making whole that which was fragmented; restoring that which was lost.
They offer us what we need the most – healing insight, and true connection to spirit.
Redacted from Melisa Pearce – the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method brochure
THE 2019 ROCKY MOUNTAIN HORSE EXPO
For 26 years, the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo has entertained and educated horse lovers of all breeds and disciplines. The 2019 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo takes place from March 1-3, 2019.
Sophisticated and talented local artists blend their passion for horses with their creative intuition to highlight this one-of-kind equine art exhibit and sale. Organized by the Colorado Horse Council, the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo is the council’s largest annual fundraiser.
I am honored to be one of the local artists selected to show at the Art in the Park Exhibit and Sale.
This was the first year of Reed Art & Imaging’s True Art West Fest. My first art festival as one of the artists.
Participating at a local art show was a great way to begin my journey into the outdoor festival experience.
The challenges of the setup and teardown; sun, wind, heat and rain – all in one day (yes, this is Colorado); a smart phone, card reader – e-commerce, don’t let me down; meeting the other artists, entrepreneurs and art enthusiasts!
Sharing my love of photography and horses with other photographers, horse lovers and all those who stopped by to share in the visual experience.
I enjoyed being a part of this celebration of art and artists.
“The horse moved like a dancer, which is not surprising. A horse is a beautiful animal,
but it is perhaps most remarkable because it moves as if it always hears music.”
For me, the inclination to dance has become inhibited as the years have passed. At best, it is reserved for an occasional surreptitious wiggle while stuck in traffic.
We all should remember to dance.
On a physical level it helps to strengthen the heart and lungs; at a psychological level, it has proven to have a significant impact on improving brain health (reducing the risk of dementia). Perhaps, best of all – the emotional upswing we feel – happy hooves / happy feet!
So, whether it’s a carefully choreographed foxtrot, some creatively improvised contemporary, or a simple shimmy around the kitchen: it’s proven that we should follow the lead of the horses because dancing is good for our health and well-being.
It’s time to set ourselves free and dance like there’s no one watching!
Inspired by the horse and Simone Scott “Let’s Dance”
If you were not able to attend my First Friday exhibit in April, not to worry.
I will be displaying my photography at Reed Art & Imaging’s
True Art West Fest
August 4, 2018 at Reed Art & Imaging, 8000 West Colfax, Lakewood, CO
The art festival will include 50 artists, food and fun.
There will be new images, in addition to those you may have missed at First Friday.
I look forward to seeing you there!
“… a worthy object of repeated and everchanging contemplation.”
As I contemplate my journey through life, I sometimes think about the path’s I did not take. Adages of, “the grass is always greener on the side of the fence”; Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken”.
Knowing whichever way I chose, I’m sure to have missed something good on the original path.
Never quite satisfied with my own situation – thinking others have it better.
Like the horse in this image, wishing to be on the other side.
At these times, I step back and look at the bigger picture. Seeing that things may not have gone as I had planned … my idealized level of perfection of my life’s ambitions… not even close! But seeing the progress made.
Acknowledging how far I’ve really come. A time to be present and enjoy the success that I did achieve and the progress I did make.
Invigorated, I continue on my everchanging journey, refreshed and energized to see what may happen on the other side.
” … of life’s generosity and beauty, …
Think differently. Witnessing life’s generosity and beauty, beginning with seeing it’s expression in the horse, and then extending that seeing to other parts of our day, is a first step in learning to be grateful.
Many of us take the simple things in life for granted, so much so that we forget what makes us happy.
Becoming more aware of the positive things in life is the best way to silence our inner critic – and turn our frustrations and negative thoughts into positive ones.
“I discovered that the horse is life itself, a metaphor but also an example of life’s mystery and unpredictability, …
The unpredictability of life excites some people and is source of worry and anxiety for others. I’m afraid I am in the second group. I see in my mind’s eye who I am … perhaps more the vision of who I wish to be.
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”
Devon Combs, Beyond the Arena, wrote, “The best parts of my life have been experiences, not things. Specifically as a result of taking risks and stepping into the unknown. Of saying yes to an adventure and trusting where it’s going to lead me.”
I read this with admiration and inspiration to do the same. Where will this decision to take the risk … to take the first steps, to live the fulfilled life I dream of, take me? I will trust in the process and begin the journey. I look forward to sharing with you the direction it takes. The “mystery and unpredictability” of the experience and the people I meet along the way.
This image is from a horse rescue open house / adoption day. These horses were confiscated by the County because of neglect or abuse. This horse was very vocal / active and I took a number of photographs of him. Then, he made a connection with this woman. Having been mistreated by so many people, he desired and allowed this person to touch him … so willing to forgive … to move toward a future partnership we can share.