My personal Wildest Dreams list is happening at this moment, and will become more refined in 2014, as I make this promise to every horse:
- Nothing in my hands will ever hurt you.
- I will come to you with mind uncluttered, clear and open.
- I will keep my Caretaking Leadership high and focused, earning the trust you give me, keeping you with me in the Orb of Safety.
In addition to these personal goals with my happy herd and the horses who come here to study, there are big issues I've worked on for a lifetime. I feel deeply that in this Year of the Horse, many of these issues will either be resolved or show dramatic improvement for the world's equine population. Our movement of kinder, gentler horse work is washing like a wave of peace, growing in momentum as more and more horse people around the world join us. This is the Year of Joy, the Year of the Horse.
Last month I asked this question on Facebook on Horse Conscious, an international site, as well as my own Liberty Foundations page. The answers poured in, affirming my feel that the world is changing for horses. Here are some of the answers, along with hundreds of 'Likes' for gentle, life-affirming ways with horses. The fabulous news is that some of these things are happening already in this Year of the Horse!
- Carol Marriott: Wishing that the use of harsh bits, spurs, training practices, and abuse will greatly decline, and approaches like yours and others similar will prevail. Switzerland banned rollkur and other cruel horse practices, not just as policies, but as a federal law!
- Candace WhiteLight To finally find a cure for colic, and put a breeding moratorium on any breed found in a feedlot.. and put a permanent ban on horse slaughter in the US. Work on this is in progress!
- Fiona ScottLockyer: Time, patience and listening.
- Patricia Collins: Stop all horse slaughter. In the last month, the US Congress defunded Horse Slaughter inspection, effectively ending that!
- Bonita Tidd: Stop all cruelty.
- Catherine Gibson: To be treated with respect that they deserve and tougher sentences for those who don't respect these stunning animals.
- Melissa Hull: That the BLM return the wild horses to their home, and that our rescue gets to build its new barn!
- Vicki Benson: Pain free, Bitless, Barefoot, more listening and respect, just simply letting the horses be HORSES!!! :) NO MORE OVER BREEDING!
- Joanna Wood: To be treated with Dignity and Respect as ALL animals should be, both domestic and wild.
- Sue Kinrade: See an end to all animal cruelty...and severe punishment for anyone found ....their next victim will be another helpless, loyal animal ....a child...you?
- Julie Purdue: Put an end to all horse slaughter...capture and tame if you must, but treat them like family should be treated, or let them live in the wild, free and full of spirit.
- Sheryl Jordan: STOP over-breeding...That will help stop the slaughter.
- Susann Graham: All of the above and also for more people to understand that just because a horse goes blind does not mean their lives should be ended. I rescued a blind horse and he is a huge blessing in my life.
- Mischa Graven: Let them be among other horses, outside as much as possible and please do no harm and listen more to these sensitive lovely animals.
- Jp Bender: That people would stop abusing horses...We are all God's creatures.
- Sandra Helveston DuBose: Stop slaughter.
- Linda Symonds: Humane treatment across the board-- particularly in the show and racing environments, where, sadly, unscrupulous people often put their horses at risk to put money in their pockets. Better laws for the protection of the wild herds. I've lived in the UK for 6 years now, and I am very impressed with their commitment to protecting the wild horses and ponies over here.
- Equine Reflections: To expand the reach of horses as teachers, guides and healers to more people, that is my wish.
- Nikki Kagan: That all the horses being held by the US government would be freed and no more needless suffering from those horrid roundups. AND that the CLOUD FOUNDATION would get all the help they need to help the horses...
- Pamela Grudin: STOP cruelty !
- Pamela J. Clark: Horse slaughter and transportation for slaughter is totally banned and no more BLM round ups!
- Liz Hogan: Stop slaughter.
- Paula Hightower: NO SLAUGHTER! NO ABUSE!
- Peggy Paulson Wolf: Breeding controls so there aren't so many without homes ... especially in the quarter horse, thoroughbred population.
Ruella's Ranch Store is stocked with Year of the Horse items on Amazon, as well as Joe Camp's book mentioned above.
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Our next clinic is April 5-6, 2014. Small coaching groups are forming, as well as private coaching by appointment at Spirit Horse Ranch near Oklahoma City; if you’d like to learn, we’d love to welcome you.
Telephone and email coaching is available now. May I help you and your horse? Let me know in comments below, or by email, please.
LIBERTY FOUNDATIONS CLINIC
with Ruella Yates* and Susan Smith*
Founders of Liberty Foundations Training for Horses
Capturing the Heart and Mind of the Horse and Introducing The Orb of Safety!
April 5-6, 2014
Join us in this 2-Day Clinic
Spirit Horse Ranch
near Oklahoma City, OK
in Relationship with your Horse
Spirit Horse Ranch is centrally-located, near the confluence of Interstates 35 and 40.
*Includes Friday evening potluck with Ruella’s ‘Natural Horsekeeping’ presentation! Private lessons with Ruella or Susan all day Friday, as well as OrthoBionomy bodywork will be available!
*6 Guest horses accepted! Price includes lunches, snacks, water.
Only 12 students accepted, for personal individualized teaching, so reserve your place now! Email Ruella at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and enrollment details!
Please add your wishes and 'Wildest Dreams' for the horses of the world in 2014 in the comments below!