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As I reflect on the history of Harmonic Riding & Equine Integral Movement™, I experience a deep appreciation for every person, horse and event that guided, challenged, encouraged, and doubted the potential for this work to fundamentally change both humans and horses, alike. I also appreciate each time the horses reminded us that we actually knew much less than we thought. This has been a very humbling path to take, and I have been humbled, along it, so many times.
My life has always been filled with animals.
As a child, I was surrounded by a variety of animals living in our home and at our barn. Some were visiting my father’s clinic as patients and others were being boarded. I worked at the clinic during the day and was frequently awoken in the middle of the night to help with an emergency surgery, whelping, or colicky horse.
My first horse, Nubbins, was a beautiful bay Morgan cross. Nubbins gave me my first experience in English riding and jumping.
Along the way, my father diagnosed Nubbins with “ringbone”. My father said there was nothing that could be done and that eventually she would not be rideable. I could not imagine not riding her and decided there must be a cure for this disease…
I decided that I could cure Nubbin’s affliction with a liniment. Daily, I brought Nubbins in from the pasture and applied liniment to her lower ankle and hoped for the best. That experience was the beginning of my non-acceptance of disease, and the limitations brought about by diagnosis.
Wisdom cultivated over fifty years of working with horses has led me to create a holistic approach to building harmonious relationships between riders and their horses. I have trained and taught children and adults for many years. I have been involved in three-day eventing, dressage (FEI competitor), Thoroughbred horse racing, hunters/jumpers, Western showing and rodeos, the creation of a handicapped riding program, 4-H, and Pony Club.
These experiences have been an enriching exposure to humans in action with nature. I have participated in each discipline and I have observed many other people’s participation. Through this observation I have observed, firsthand, the end results of many riders and their horses.
All of these experiences and more have catapulted the creation of Harmonic Riding & Equine Integral Movement™ – the realization of a vision of guiding partnerships between riders and horses that are enduring; grounded in health and longevity; and bound by understanding, communication, trust and deep respect.