You do not need to know ANYTHING about horses to benefit from equine-assisted experiential learning.
Our horses are provided with as natural a habitat as possible. The small herd lives out, year round. They are not shod, although they do see the farrier regularly to have their hooves trimmed. They eat grass or hay, depending on the season. They are not stabled, although they do have access to shelter, especially needed in the hot summer months. Free-range horses, and eco-friendly!
The Friesian (also Frizian) is a horse breed originating in Friesland, in the Netherlands. During the Middle Ages, ancestors of Friesian horses were in great demand as war horses throughout continental Europe, their size enabled them to carry a knight in armour. Though the breed nearly became extinct on more than one occasion, the modern day Friesian horse is growing in numbers and popularity, used both in harness and under saddle. Most recently, the breed is being introduced to the field of dressage, which is exactly what I do with mine.
Friesians are cold-blooded horses. The temperament of the Friesian horse is loyal, patient, willing and cheerful. Friesians are people-oriented and highly intelligent with an uncanny ability to retain knowledge.
There are three Friesian horses in my herd. Friesian horses are ideal equine assisted experiential learning horses and great retreat leaders. Belle, Aurore and Tess, my three Friesian mares, are inquisitive, intuitive and eager to offer guests the rare opportunity to discover the boundless insight and limitless understanding that can develop between a person and a horse, based on respect and trust. The idea is to learn from the horses how to be understanding and then to use these new-found insights to build more satisfying relationships with other people.
Just as each person has a specific personality and life perspective, talents and life experiences, so does each of the horses. The horses offer their different personalities (loads of personality in Belle’s case), their generosity, their playfulness and their energy is motivating and inspiring.
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The picture at the top of the page is of our three Friesians and their visiting friends.