Maggie Keller, Katie Macre from Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc., along with a whole bunch of volunteers and me, Nancy Proulx were able to
collaborate on a wonderful project this past August. We prepared and presented a pilot program for the Wounded Warrior Project, which is based
out of New York City. We were honored to work with some of the America’s finest men and women who keep our country safe. The day’s journey involved
non-mounted activities using horses that are meant to help us reconnect to our body’s wisdom. Reconnecting to our body’s wisdom helps keep us safe
and connected to life. We build on what horses and nature has to teach us about the ability to be a functional herd and use nonpredatory power.
I have to say that these groups of participants were so brave to embrace this work. Not only does it ask us to step into a place of vulnerability
of working with these powerful animals but the bravery to reclaim the pieces of ourselves that we have disconnected from. The other amazing process
I watched was to see an amazing group of horses step up and switch from therapeutic riding horse to Equine Facilitated Learning teachers. It was
almost as if they got the download of the program.
Participants, volunteer, horses and presenters all finished with a wonderful experience, a connection of the heart and a reminder that appreciation is the well that we all drink from.