Equine Affaire in Columbus, Ohio, April 2-5 was a wonderful
event. None of us knew how the down turn in the economy would
affect the show, and to our pleasant surprise the show was as
well attended as ever. I don't know how the vendors fared with
sales but the people were there and enthusiastic.
Over the next few months, I would like to reiterate some of
my talks, demonstrations and presentations from Equine Affaire,
in hopes they will prove helpful as you gear up for the active
Let's start with you – the rider, handler, driver, stable keeper
and groom. Do you possess animal magnetism?!! When you are with
your horse you want him or her to be attracted to you like a special
member of the herd. Signs that animal magnetism is missing are:
distraction, anxiety, pulling on you, dragging behind, knocking
you over, and circling around you.
What's missing is your "intention" for connection and partnership
with your horse.
"Intensity" means exceptionally great concentration, power or
force; the amount or degree or strength of electricity, light
heat or sound per unit area. Intension is the state or quality
of being intense or having intensity.
By being intense you are deeply and profoundly felt. I like
to think of it as "Peaceful Intention" rather than intensity in
competition. You meet and work with your horse with peaceful intention
in your mind, body and soul; you are grounded and fully engaged
with your horse. You are focused in the moment with your horse
and always have him or her locked into you when you are around
them. It is possible to multi-task around your horse but only
if you always have this intentional way of being as the foundation
of your emotional connections.
Over time, this becomes a really beautiful example of deep trust
If you are having a conversation with a person, on the cell
phone, managing something in your head, you are once removed from
the horse's world. Horses know this too and in my opinion, don't
appreciate it. When I am talking with someone while holding or
sitting on my horse I always touch him and occasionally look at
him and check in. As long as I acknowledge him he is okay with
some "time out" away from my 100% partnership with him.
How do you develop being intentional around your horse? Well
it begins in your life. Are you able to release, relax, let go
and focus on any one thing in your day to day living? If not,
this frantic, stressful existence will come across to your horse
and he will not recognize your attempt at animal magnetism.
First, try using aromatherapy to get your mind to settle and
focus on only one thing at a time. In this case it would be your
horse. When you go to the pasture or barn or pull into the stable
area begin some deep breathing exercises and rub a few drops of
calming aromatherapy into and around your nostrils and on your
pulse points. Lavender, basil, mandarin and lemongrass essences
are analgesic and calming. This will begin the shift you need
to meet your horse and step into his world.
Leave everything that's on your mind behind you and step into
the world of warm breath, sweet hay, and soft fur. Pretend you
are entering the world's greatest psychiatrist's office and it
is required that you spend a few hours with nothing else on your
mind but healing yourself and enjoying your horse.
When you are with him or her, acknowledge them, give them their
own aromatherapy (The InBalance Horse Essential Oil Blend on my
website) and allow the chemistry to work for you both.
Practice having "Peaceful Intention" in your life and your horse
will see it pay off in his or her partnership with you.
I am thrilled we are in the Spring months where everything is
blooming, especially the horse's coats. Make everyday special
because you have a horse as a partner. It is a gift and a privilege
to be with them.
Wisconsin Clinic August 15-16, 2009
Contact: Marti Coursin, New Glarus, Wisconsin
608-527-4371 or firstname.lastname@example.org
New Phone Numbers: Office 502-552-1195