The Heart and Practice
|Written by MaryAnn Brewer
Illustrated by Gabrielle Gilliland
When a person and a horse come together in harmony with grace and ease, what is
experienced by horse and human is pure connected joy. In this place all things are
possible. Both the horse and the human try to fulfill their part in the dance or the
construction of the song, they both want to contribute all that is available in the
To get here we need to be honest with the horses and with ourselves, this honesty can
and will be cultivated by both parties. We may need to learn about our bodies; how
they move; in what shapes; measures; notes. Our emotions; what happens before what
actually happens? Our thoughts; the lyrics! Are we thinking in pictures; words; a
hierarchy; maybe in harmony or in leadership.
Think of a herd of horses running out, moving together…
They want to be together, move together, run together in fact they are born to do it!
This is the very nature of being a herd animal; being and staying together by choice.
This is harmony; grace and ease; pure connected joy and if we want this kind of
seamless movement with horses we need to learn it and if we are going to learn it, we
are going to do some personal growth along the way.
|In the video below watch as two horses a pretty bay mare and handsome grey stallion
interact with one another. See how they send and receive energy; synchronize their
movements all the while demonstrating Grace; Athleticism; Power; Harmony inspiring
synergy! And so much more...
One day I'll add music but for now your narrator is 6 year old Jake!
|Unbridled - Chapter 1 Exercise #1
As people who know horses, it is easy for us to assign meaning to interactions. Then, we begin to
look for similar interactions and assign similar meanings, and before we know it, we have
nicknames for our horses, friends and family members that cloud our ability to actually see what is
happening. Essentially, we are looking through a filter. We put them and ourselves in boxes that
limit what is possible.
It can be quite surprising how other interactions occur when we take off our tainted glasses and see
what is actually happening. Try this exercise:
Go out and look at your horse. Just watch and say aloud exactly what you see without
interpretation. This is going to be hard at first - better grab a friend to do this with you. An
observation is just the facts without interpretation. An example would be the horse is eating as
opposed to the horse is hungry. Hungry is an interpretation. After all, haven't you ever eaten when
you were not hungry? This one is kind of easy, but lets say you observe your lead mare walking
over to the hay and then everyone who is eating walks away except one horse. This is fodder for
interpretation or a story about why every horse except one walked away.
Make a list on the following page of observations, and see how many you can find!