I came to St. Vincent horse school because I want to learn how to develop a real connection with my horses. After just one week I have learned already so much!
I have two miniature horses. Every day I spend lots of time with them to provide in their needs, but I'm missing something.
The first lesson with Stina was all about social behaviour and politeness. When I met her horses I saw something I had never seen before. Very polite and well-mannered horses but still pure and natural. Not drilled by training but more like they had a lovely nurturing with very clear boundaries. The perfect environment where everybody is allowed to speak but also listens. So I realized my minis aren't polite at all, they behave like spoiled kids.
To accomplish this kind of environment you need a whole new mindset. You can't use ego, productivity and focusing on results. You need the whole process to grow and for that you need awareness. To develop awareness it's important you learn to listen to your intuition. Your intuition can tell you exactly what your boundaries are, what you need and how you can react in a very clear and peaceful way. But this is not so easy. My mind is struggling because my ego really wants to interfere. The biggest challenge for me is, even when the mind gets stuck, to just be aware of it and let it be.
☆ If you can grow in love, you will grow in awareness. If you grow in awareness, you will grow in love. -Osho ☆
Michelle van Ardennen (Holland) Working student