“Being with horses …” is not a method. It allows instead our own perception and awareness to recover and improve. With it comes a new point of view regarding the behaviour and communication between horses and humans.
Horses and humans are beings with highly developed social skills. They are able to communicate and enter into a relationship with each other which can eventually grow into real friendship and is based on mutual respect and dignity.
Primarily we enable humans to improve their perception and outlook enabling a subtle mutual communication with horses. We teach how to look closely at what a horse is telling us with its facial expression, its behaviour and its body signals. This way we are able to recognise what it is feeling, what kind of personality it has and what it needs in its current situation to feel comfortable
In apprehending the horse, we can answer it in a way it is able to understand. We do not degrade the horse into a subordinate being, but we strive to make it a coequal social partner. The horse may then imitate us (if it perceives us as an interesting or important being) or reflect our own behaviour with its reactions. With time and growing awareness we will be able to notice what the horse is telling us and where and how we stand in our relationship with the horse. It is not about functioning, like learning recallable tricks, or dressage. It is all about our intention to develop.
Inevitably the horse brings us to the point where we have to decide if we are willing to let go of ambitions, wanting-to-be-good, possessiveness, perfection and the longing for power and control.
Gradually, by letting go of expectations, we attain a state of being here and now. Some of us may even attain, with the help of a horse, a spiritual level: “to be” …