Since the childhood, we all dream about having a unique a deep connection with animals. It is always fascinating when someone has developed a friendship with an animal; it is like if this person is one of a few. It is bringing us back to a dream of a perfect Life Garden, an Eden where we can speak to the lion – from very far of course – sing with the birds and swim with the dolphins.
However, the animals can be used and even if we think we create a connection, we are actually hurting them. It is the case with horses. We all love the picture of the stallion running free in the open range… but when we ride them and “train” them to make them obedient, violence, abuse and pain are inflicted to our dear friends.
It is a little bit more than a year, Cookie was performing a house concert at the High Hope Ranch in Glen Rose, TX that we met Ren Hurst. A horse passionate and very interesting young woman. Riding and training horses for many, many years, she was in shock when discovering the Haute Ecole started by Russian Nevzorov.
Inspired by the ancient principles of Antoine de Pluvinel, , Alexander Nevzorov and his wife Lydia Nevzorova developed a different way to interact with horses based on on the physical and mental health of the horses.
Natural hoof care specialist, Ren is now also promoting a healthy, and deep connection with horses based on respect, understanding and care.
On Sunday April 7th, Thavone and I went to participate to a “Connection-Day” leaded by Stormy May, horse trainer from California, and Ren. Stormy even produced, directed and realized a documentary, ‘The Path of the Horse’, to advocate a new type of horse-human relationship.
First thing, we watched the documentary after an introduction to all the other people who where there, and after a vegetarian potluck (you do not want to eat meet before connecting with horses, don’t you?), Ren and Stormy took us to the pasture and taught us the rudiments of establishing a relation with horses. They where there, free and beautiful, just open to connect, or not – and you have to accept it. Nothing forced, just sitting down and wait for them to come to us. They were very curious, smelling us, tasting Thavone’s top… and walking along with us. It was a magic time! A new world of living in harmony with horses and the Nature all around. We then took also time to connect with each other during this beautiful Sunday. Stormy said “What I found is that there’s a willingness horses have to do things with us that involves no force or punishment, no restrictions or impositions.” A great and inspiring new path.
Even if you do not ride, and do not have a horse, go to such workshop next time. The children within you will be so delighted to establish a special link with horses, and humans looking for harmonious way of living.
If like me you are a horse and Nature lover, want to experience the beauty of such connection with horses, you can contact Ren:
and Stormy in California: