Horses as Symbols and Partners

Horses as an ancient archetypal symbol represent dignity, honour, beauty, grace, presence, strength, power and endurance.

For thousands of years man and horse have worked together in a partnership of balance and harmony, by those who had wisdom and insight, for others horses were often seen as our servants, but always there has been an undercurrent of true horsemanship, nags men, horse whisperers’, indigenous peoples who worked with horses without dominance or force. The ancient art of horsemanship has been traced back to 8000 B.C. Horses were easily domesticated due to their social nature and inquisitive spirit.

Less than one hundred years ago horses were our transport, our agricultural support and our courageous servants in warfare and the sport of kings. As machines took over their jobs as workhorses and war horses, our equines have become our recreation, our partners and our pets. But now as we emerge into a new paradigm of what it is to be human in the 21st century, a growing number of us feel certain that horses have a new role to play in teaching us and being of service to us, from helping us find a form of leadership based on co-creation and co-dependence, a leadership based on love, insight and compassion; and new ways of learning based on getting us out of the ecological and economic crisis we now face, and the horrors of war.

Today horses can be our teachers and healers helping us reconnect to what has heart and meaning in our lives, assisting us in re-aligning mind, body and spirit so that we can walk into our future with courage, grace and integrity. The horse by her/his natural biological make-up asks us to become authentic, by there very nature a horse wants to feel safe in our presence, and as soon as we start to connect with a horse she or he will be sizing us up, asking, who is leading? Trust, empathy, honesty, humility, integrity, congruency, are all qualities we can learn with horses as our teachers.




"Horses have been transporting us on outer journeys
for thousands of years. In the twenty first century,
equine facilitated experiential learning is a profound
new way of horses transporting us on inner journeys
from where we are to where we need to be."

Sue Blagburn

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