I have always known that horses were special, even magical. As a child I begged and pleaded for a horse to no avail. My grandfather was a cowboy, but my father left the county for city life when he graduated from high school. Growing up in town there was no place to keep a horse and my mother being always practical of mind refused to even consider it. I think she actually thought I would out grow the desire, but I never did. So life went on with the occasional riding at summer camp or at my uncle’s farm. Saturday mornings were spent watching Fury, My Friend Flicka, and Sky King, always, always holding the dream in my heart. As I grew older my path took another direction and although I still dreamed of horses I was busy growing up and making a life for myself. It was not until I was 50 that I got my first horse.
I graduated from college with a degree in psychology and had been working with people with disabilities and their families for many years and in many different capacities. One day I was offered the opportunity to volunteer at a therapeutic riding center. I jumped at the chance. It wasn’t long before I began to recognized the healing power of the horse and discovered that the riders were not the only ones who benefited. Being around horses seemed to make a difference to the parents, volunteers and others involved in the program. Walking into the barn everyone was more at ease and stress was something that seemed foreign there. As I got to know the horses and their different personalities, I discovered that they each had something special to offer.
It was at this center that I first meet my soul horse. As luck would have it, the owner of the center didn’t really want to keep him so he ended up with me and I found my dream coming true. When my friend and I decided to start our own therapeutic riding center, he along with my friend’s mare was our first therapy horse. He was the horse who taught me about the true healing power of equus. He was the horse who taught me about myself and my abilities to help people in a different way. He was and is my inspiration, my patient, and understanding, willing partner.
Once I understood the true healing power of horses I began to look for alternative ways to partner with them in helping people. Although I still held a full time job as a counselor for people with disabilities and was working at the therapy center, I decided to get a life coaching certification. I wondered if there was a way to incorporate life coaching with horses. After about a year of having my coaching certification and researching the possibilities I found the Touched by a Horse EGC method program and knew it was exactly what I had been looking for. Participating in the program allowed me to witness the healing power of horses again and again in ways I never knew, but always suspected and hoped were possible. It allowed me to benefit personally from their healing power and to experience the magic in a whole different way.
Of course this story has a happy ending and just goes to show that if you want something badly enough there is always a way. Keeping the dream alive for me was the first step. Taking action on that dream was the second. It may have taken me awhile to get it all sorted out and I may have had some detours on the way, but in the end, I found myself working in partnership with one of the most magnificent creatures on the earth. And I found that dreams really can come true.
I invite you to come and experience the wisdom and healing power of the horse. Renew your dreams, renew your spirit, and heal your soul. My equine partners and I would be honored to guide you on your journey.
If you would like to discuss scheduling a personalized workshop or retreat tailored just for your group I will be happy to work with you.
Margo is an EGCM® Certified Practitioner since 2013.
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