What’s holding you back?
My journey with horses is ongoing and fluid—it’s a state of constant learning and evaluation. Each time I work with a horse I learn something about myself, about others and about the world as a whole.
When it’s not hands-on learning with these remarkable animals, it’s reading about the work of people much further up the road than I. I’m currently rereading Zen Mind, Zen Horse—The Science and Spirituality of Working with Horses by Allan J. Hamilton, MD.
This passage from the book stood out for me today:
“Horses are like a band of Legendary Zen masters. They are perfect teachers because they uncover your real motivation. They tell you when you’re wholeheartedly committed or faking it, when you’re making a sacred vow or just paying lip service. Horses see what’s holding you back. And when you find the courage to confront those shortcomings, horses will always reward you with a way to overcome them.”
What might a horse show you?
Photo of Romeo connecting with a client by Margie Fisher at Buffalo Run Farm in Bellefonte, Pa.
Martha Beck-certified life coach, Equus coach, Penn State journalism instructor and professional writer.