Herd Observation

September 23, 2022

It often surprises people when I initially tell them that I do not ride either of my horses. Not long ago, I did not see any value in being at the barn to do anything other than ride. So, what changed that mindset?

๐’๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐›๐š๐ซ๐ง.

The more time I spent at the barn NOT riding (i.e. barn chores, assisting with Summer Camp or lessons), the more I observed horses in their element during all hours of the day.

There is SO much we can learn about horses from outside of the saddle. I am not talking about groundwork, but rather, just simply observing what is happening around you with your 5 senses.

Hence, why the foundation of my Equine-Facilitated Learning program is based in herd observation. We will get up close and personal with the horses; however, it may not be during the first or even second session.

โ€œ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฆ๐š๐ง ๐ž๐ฑ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ซ ๐›๐ž๐ฒ๐จ๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐๐๐ฅ๐žโ€.

Fellow equestrians, I urge you all to carve out at LEAST 5 or 10 minutes each week to solely spend time with your horses. Take away the expectation to ride during that visit and just observe them in their most natural state. What do you notice?


With H.O.P.E.

Diana Bezdedeanu