If you’ve been around here at OurHorses for a few months you’ve probably heard about our first service project, raising funds to care for a family of 5 horses in Germany for a year. Their caretaker, Katherina became ill and needed someone who would help her care for these horses while she recovered. We received this letter from her just before the horses were moved to where they are now cared for by a group of OurHorses community members.
Dear angels on this earth, who see the magic and beauty in horses that are not used by humans.
I want to thank all of you, who are supporting the case of my horses and therefore are also helping me so much. Already I was fearing the worst, when I couldn’t care for my little herd anymore, was afraid that I have to give them away, one by one, cause who would take five horses at once? And not only this, but to give them away with the certainty, that they will be ridden, most probably with bits, or abused in other ways. What a horrible thought! Now, because of your support, it will be possible to bring them to Sonja’s place very soon, where they will have the space and loving care they need and, most important, can all stay together as a family, something I have almost given up the hope to be possible when I fell ill.
Thank you from all my heart for your help, dear people, and special thanks to you, Stormy, for making this possible, and for everything you are doing for the horses all over the world.
Love – Katharina
We still need to raise money for their monthly hay costs. We’ll post the exact figures of how much we’ve raised and what is left to go, along with cards and a calendar to raise money and awareness in a future blog. Please donate a few Euros today so we know Katherina’s horses are taken care of and we can create bigger projects to care for more horses and humans.
The concluding sentence of the article is:
“Why don’t we take a little more time and train these horses properly and educate their clients and give them better horsemen skills, other than to bring out a needle and a syringe every time we have a horse show.”
Another way it could be said is, “Let’s spend more time and money perfecting our riding techniques and paying our trainers instead of paying for drugs to make a more compliant horse.”
More questions to ponder:
Will this solution change anything? What is the root of what this rider is looking for (e.g. approval, acceptance, a chance to demonstrate physical talent as part of a horse human team)? Is she looking to show how well she takes care of her horse?
Do you think there might be a way this person can find these things in ways that don’t compromise the well being of horses, whether it’s from drugs or the everyday stresses of riding like sore backs and mouths that training for competition often induces? When will the most important thing be the horse having a happy, healthy life? What does this look like? Who is the winner when the horse hurts? Who is the winner when the horse is happy? Can you imagine how many more horses we’ll have to breed to get ones that can withstand the physical and mental stresses of riding and training at these top levels without drugs? Is it even possible? Also, if drugs are an unacceptable answer, there will be many horses needing to be “turned out to pasture” in one way or another. Do we have money and time to take care of them, to thank them for the services they provided before they were injured?
How about this for a concluding sentence, “Why don’t we take a little more time and figure out what really makes us feel good as humans, and show people what a true winner looks like.”
What are the solutions you see?
Stormy, I just watched your movie the Path of the Horse. I love the message but I can not understand why you are no longer riding. Why do you make exclusive groups like OurHorses.org creators on facebook and Hontoto relationships on the website OurHorses.org? Most of the trainers you mentioned in your film and by whom you were inspired ride their horses. I feel confused.
Thanks for the question! The Path of the Horse documentary was about the exploration I was on between 2006 and 2008. At that point I thought riding might still be beneficial to the relationship. At least it certainly wasn’t about not riding. It was in 2009 that Alexander Nevzorov stopped riding because he could no longer justify the cost to the horse (this is my best interpretation of his change of course.) When this happened, all the pieces seemed to fit into place and it became clear to me that to find a relationship between equals, I could no longer look for it on horseback. I documented much of the research and my personal path from 2006-2012 in the book, The Path of the Horse: from Competition to Compassion (2012).
Last year when I started the OurHorses.org creators group I wanted to put together a group of people who have already come to their own conclusions that a deeper relationship lies beyond riding, or who are ready to take on the experiment to not ride to see if it brings them closer to the type of relationship they want with horses as well as more happiness and harmony in life. There are countless groups exploring riding but only ours explores what happens in community when horses are not ridden and service becomes a priority.
All of the other parts of OurHorses on facebook and OurHorses.org are open to everybody, whether they ride or not. It’s my intention to make a places online and in real life where everyone can join this path from wherever they are at today.
The OurHorses.org creators facebook group and OurHorses.org Hontoto relationships group are specifically for people who are interested in finding out what lies beyond riding. This is to create a group of people to spend time with and explore different things we find when riding is no longer part of the equation.
I hope there are many things we can get to know each other over. Four places your input would be greatly appreciated is in the Open group, Ideas for Service Projects, and Katherina’s horses groups on the OurHorses.org website and the OurHorses facebook page.
I hope to see you around in the virtual pastures.
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Spiritual teacher Pema Chodron writes: “To stay with that shakiness—to stay with a broken heart, with a rumbling stomach, with the feeling of hopelessness and wanting to get revenge—that is the path of true awakening. Sticking with that uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos, learning not to panic—this is the spiritual path.”
I am blessed and humbled to be walking alongside a creative team exploring together this path into the new world. It begins within each one of us every moment. If we know the feelings to look for, to befriend, to spend some time with, we are shown what lies beyond the veil of fear. I hope each person reading this will find a team ready to blaze the trail into a finer vibration from the inside out.
– Stormy May