Children and free horses in Poland
The Path of the Horse movie has inspired a lot of people to change their ways with horses. One of those inspired was Karolina – a teacher and an activist who came up with an extraordinary idea.
During a Warsaw viewing of the movie, followed by an interview and workshop with Stormy May, Karolina was deeply moved. She thought about the children in her school – she wanted them to learn the truth about animals. She had a dream that children from her class could get to know horses for who they really are – equals and friends. That’s how she contacted me with an idea to create a workshop for her class.
Everything was prepared – tables and chairs were set in the fields so we could draw and paint and play among the grazing herd. Lectures, films and the horses themselves – eager to meet everybody who came with an open heart.
In the morning, a few hours before the workshop, I went out to the meadows to meet my herd. I was shocked to see my mare Reja lying down and a … small foal at her side! Nobody knew she had been pregnant and the baby came to our world just in time to greet the children!
The children and horses mingled together immediately forming a group of curious individuals eager to touch, sniff and greet each other. It was fun to watch. We started our “lessons” with subjects such as: who are free horses, what can we learn from them, what do they teach us about friendship and love, what do they really like to do, what do they need to have a happy life? We learned by interpreting their body language – to be able to recognize a horse who is sad, depressed or happy and playful. We watched them interact with other horses and humans. We played with those who were interested, we told a lot of stories; happy stories like the one about young Amigo and the old and lonely mare Wirga and their incredible friendship that has survived many years. And sad stories – those about bits and saddles.
The workshop took four days. Little newborn Shimmering Light was watching how his uncles and aunts interact with humans. He was as innocent and open as the children themselves. Everything was new and sacred to them in this first contact. Watching the little ones – the children and the foal, a thought came to my mind – who knows, maybe one day, when they are grown ups and Shimmering Light is a mature horse, the world will be a better place for horses? Maybe, when those children are adults, it will be normal for humans to share their lives with other inhabitants of the Earth without any need to use them.
The idea of workshops with children is now being developed into a bigger project to bring the awareness to the youngest ones. It is now a part of Academia Liberti Trifolium project – the horse and human development and healing method. For children, it will be a new way of learning about horses, of discovering their true nature and connecting with the beauty of these creatures fully free and without a need to follow the old practices of using these animals. A new approach for the new age in accordance with the awakening of humanity.
photos © MILKA JUNG