Blog: Djarra, travelling together

For Djarra I have found a new family in the Netherlands.
In 2019 I will emigrate to Northern Ireland to follow my passion and dream to only work with horses. I will describe my encounters here.

Tuesday 26 November 2019

When you cannot ride …

There are times when you cannot ride. Like last week when I got a call to reschedule the lesson we had planned. The horse was lame and the rider wanted to reschedule because riding was not an option. My question was if she was familiar how to give a massage to a horse. Read more »

Sunday 10 November 2019

New roads

Today was a beautiful sunny autumn day and I am going to meet a new client who asked for my help. Both she and her horse have some insecurity issues. Now that sounds maybe simple but actually getting to the bottom of insecurity can be quite a journey. Read more »

Friday 1 November 2019

Healthier movement through balance

With Stan I have been working on his balance. Due to physical problems he had adapted a way of moving around which was not very healthy. He started every action and movement leading with his shoulders the rest of him followed. This meant that to start trotting he would launch himself in the air. Read more »

Friday 1 November 2019

Patch is settling down

Patch has come a long way since I started working with him in July this year.
First of all his anxiety threshold is no longer very low and he has become very relaxed. This also resulted in getting him in a group for the so very necessary social interaction with other horses. Read more »

Tuesday 1 October 2019

Listening is all about “feel”

It is the end of September and autumn is letting itself be noticed. This morning we are lucky with a calm and sunny start of the day. I always like to teach in an outside arena. Today I am teaching Kirsty at Gransha Equestrian Centre Read more ».

Saturday 14 September 2019

Breakthrough with Mabel

Trust needs to be earned, but when earned a horse (or human) can feel safe with you. It took some sessions for Mabel to feel safe. And together with my bodywork on her this created a wonderful session. For the first time she trusted me enough to put her hind feet on the pads. Read more »

Friday 23 August 2019

The introverte horse

At the moment I am working with Darcy, a lovely mare who missed out on going to school. For now I have had several sessions with her. It becomes clear she is very smart and can pick up new things very quickly. But having led a sheltered live she is easily overwhelmed. Read more »

Sunday 18 August 2019

Having a conversation

Being with horses means everything to me. I have changed form just telling them what I want them to do as a monologue to listening and having a dialog. For a proper dialog with a horse my voice is just a footnote, my body language and position do the speaking. Read more »

Saturday 10 August 2019

Working together, for the benefit of the horse

Last week showed how working together as professionals can really benefit the horse.
Chiropractor Emir Lervy of a Chiropractic Touch came to work with two horses at the Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary Read more ».
First Stan, who had been on and of not quite sound.

Friday 2 August 2019

My first approach

When I work with a horse there are some ground rules that need to be put in place. I prefer to have the horse without any tack or head collar in a small area with good footing. First what rules do I have in mind? Well I have my personal space and I do not want others (horses or people) to barge in on me. Read more »