Nurturing the “Seeking Mechanism” in Horses

The “seeking mechanism” is a part of most mammals, according to neuroscientist and psychobiologist Jaak Panksepp, author of the book and concept, Affective Neuroscience, the study of  the neural mechanisms of emotion. For the sake of understanding our horses, it is a huge part of what makes us interesting to them. Curiosity about food, what we’re…

An airplane crash pushed both my body and soul through trauma…

I am Anita. I am a certified Eponaquest Instructor, EAGALA Instructor, Yoga teacher, OneHorseLife Teacher and a certified Health Coach. For most of my 47-year long life, I have been around, loving, enjoying, riding, playing with, been curious about and learning from horses. Attending a traditional riding school at a young age left me with…

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EPONA: The Secrets of the Wild Horses

I am exited to announce that Anita and Caroline, both Eponaquest® Instructors, will host the first EPONA workshop “The Secrets of the Wild Horses” at our Eco Center in February 2018! A few years ago I read a few of Linda Kohanov’s books and found them fascinating. Right after reading “The Way of The Horse”…

The Gate Lesson

Some people and horses are not patient enough at the gate when moving from one place to another. Moving horses from the pasture to the stable can be a moment of stress instead of pleasure. Here is a lesson I would like to share with you. Let’s say you are moving two horses from a…

Connection vs Control

Thank you all for joining my clinic at Jeanette’s Ranch Bilitt Gaard in Norway last  weekend. I am well back in St. Vincent and happy for the feedback from you who have already taken out your chairs and sat down together with your horses. I was amazed by all the progress that already happened during…

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When should I ride my horse?

by Susan Smith This question comes to me often: When can I ride my horse? How much can I ride my horse? In our society, there is a strong push to get horses back to work after an injury or illness, just as there is with people. If you have a surgery, you can be back…

Lost in the Horse

I was lying on the massage table receiving physical therapy recently and talking about myself as I was asked to do, past injuries, etc., and then I made a switch to talking about one of my horses. My therapist expertly swung me back to the discussion of “me,” which is why I’m there, and I…

Happy New Year from Farah and Maestro

Happy New Year to one and all. I always like to spend  January reflecting on the past year and looking forward to what I would like to accomplish the upcoming year. I encourage you all to reflect on what you have accomplished in all areas of your life and what you would like to accomplish…

2017 – Fifty, Fat and Finished….or

Fifty, Fit and Fantastic? Starting the new year, I realized I am going into my fiftieth year and I had to make some new decisions to be better fit for riding. The first one was to shred some weight that had sneaked on in 2016 and the second was to once again exercise my riding…