Why don’t you ride?
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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