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Whole-istic Horses - The Natural Connection and Ms. Jean The Natural Connection INC provides trail rides on horseback @ the Marriott Ranch…come join us DMV! Jean directly at: [email protected]
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The new RANCH LIFE program has brought some amazing people to the ranch! No experience necessary to enjoy this immersive...
08/15/2023

The new RANCH LIFE program has brought some amazing people to the ranch! No experience necessary to enjoy this immersive experience! 🐎🤠

Below is a review from our most recent RANCH LIFE participants…

“The ranch life experience was wonderfully immersive, and left me feeling empowered with new horse care skills. The moment we pulled up, we were greeted by Kaiya the cat who entertained us with pets, purrs and her adorable hunting skills. Ms. Jean was extremely friendly and welcoming, and gave us a clear plan of the day’s activities.

Right off the bat, Ms. Jean had us feeling like seasoned ranch hands as we helped herd the horses. We helped care for several of them, from wrapping a wound, to helping with a chronically hurt eye, learning all the way. Throughout, we learned how to tie daisy chains, put on a horse lead, and how to give horse pedicures! It’s one thing to just go on a trail ride, and a whole other feeling being immersed in the process of getting to know and care for the whole herd.

The entire time Ms. Jean was present. Her teaching style is so welcoming, makes you feel confident, and creates a safe space to build your own skills and independence while having supervision and strong leadership.

We retrieved and learned how to put our own saddles before mounting Blaze and Chili, our trusty trail ride steeds. We rode with Ms. Jean down the trail and through the woods to an adorable western town for some shade, lunch, and photos. The ride back was even better along a picturesque trail, with gorgeous fields and mountain views. We gave the lovely but sweaty Chili and Blaze a quick bath afterward before turning them back to the herd. Ms. Jean snapped great pictures of us throughout the day and AirDropped them to us before we left, so the memories of this immersive and exciting experience could be remembered.

This was a surprise birthday present for me, and I couldn’t have had a better experience. Thank you Ms. Jean for taking the time to teach us and leaving us feeling like we’d done it all before!”

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08/15/2023

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Morning Mantra: “Always pay attention to who is present and genuinely involved in your life, at your most difficult times.”

Learn to recognize “your” people.
They are the kind of people that come into your life and help you see the sun, where you once saw clouds.
They believe in you so much, that you start believing in yourself.
They love you for simply being you, and they encourage you to be yourself.
They pick you up, and prop you up if they need to, until you can stand on your own.
They are there for you when you need them, but also let you be there for them.
Take a moment to be grateful for these people.
Tag them if you want.

 I had the MOST INCREDIBLE experience at the Cowboy Clinic with Top Hand - Gathering/Roping/Branding Cattle in Bedford P...
08/14/2023



I had the MOST INCREDIBLE experience at the Cowboy Clinic with Top Hand - Gathering/Roping/Branding Cattle in Bedford PA this past weekend.

This is such a unique clinic, run by Top Hand Clinicians Kye Rieff and Koty Dowell. Businesses or families with cattle in need of assistance in catching, sorting, branding, castrating (yes, that’s me learning to castrate in the picture), vaccinations and an array of other cattle procedures, can call Top Hand and they set up a clinic for local horsemen to attend. Top Hand travels all over the US providing their unique skill sets with cattle and horses while also providing what’s most important to them, a moment to share their Cowboy Church beliefs and the gospel with new people.

Participants work on horsemanship, roping skills and learn the Cowboy Code in order to keep everyone involved safe while getting the job done.

This 2 day clinic involved so much, cattle drives, cattle sorting, roping and much more! Wonderful meals were provided by the hosts, (owners of the cattle), and many of us slept in our trailers.

I was so impressed by the knowledge level and professionalism of the instructors and also the skill levels of all of the participants. I left this clinic humbled, feeling like I needed to continue working towards this way of life. This is an art form that needs to be preserved, just like riding a horse.

My 16.3 hand, 9 yr old, off the track thoroughbred Moneigh Moproblems AKA Mo-Mo, could not have made me more proud. Other than the heat, he had a fantastic attitude and truly enjoyed the work out in the pasture and the arena.

I simply cannot wait to do this again and continue to work on my skillsets as a ranch hand working cattle.

To top it off, they awarded me with the Top Hand Clinic Cowboy Code award, for working hard on respecting the Cowboy Code and each other.

Top Hand Clinics are TOP NOTCH! Let’s bring them to Virginia!!❤️

Picture credits to Tonya Coffelt-Dowell

 As much as I would love to see “Freedom’s Flight” AKA Maverick, go to the TB Makeover in October, I am afraid that trip...
08/13/2023



As much as I would love to see “Freedom’s Flight” AKA Maverick, go to the TB Makeover in October, I am afraid that trip would not be in his best interest.

While he is very rideable on the trail, very teachable, and incredibly kind, his willingness cannot make up for the fact that he is not feeling 100%.

We need more time to figure out his muscle soreness issues and continue to put weight on him.

This big powerful boy will be an amazing dressage and trail horse, but just not within the time frame for the TB Makeover. Mav would have been my 4th horse to attend the TB Makeover in KY, but I am all about putting the horse first…and I personally, do not “need” to attend another Makeover.

I always say, “…just because he can, doesn’t mean he should…”

This was for him, and still is for him. ❤️

So good luck to our fellow competitors and I will be watching from home!

08/10/2023

Thank you Second Stride, Inc. for letting me adopt Maverick🐎❤️

Mav🥰
08/02/2023

Mav🥰

Calling all folks interested in the Western riding discipline! IF YOU HAVE:-NO horseback riding experience-LITTLE horseb...
08/01/2023

Calling all folks interested in the Western riding discipline!

IF YOU HAVE:

-NO horseback riding experience

-LITTLE horseback riding experience

-HAVE EXPERIENCE but it’s been a long time

-FIRST TIME horse owners

Join me for our new 4 hour program called…

“RANCH LIFE”

This is an introductory session to horse herd life and the western life style here on the Marriott Ranch.

Participants enjoy:

- Assisting in bringing the entire horse herd in for morning check.

- Assisting in doctoring and learning about horse communication through body language.

- Learning about the basics of hoof care through a demonstration of trimming a horse’s hooves.

- Hands-on learning with training a horse in the round pen, safe handling practices for both horse and human.

- Learning to use a lasso and how the rope is used in a horse and cattle ranch environment.

- Finish the session with learning to groom, saddle and mount your horse, then we ride down to Western Town where we will stop to eat our packed lunches before heading back to the ranch.

Join us for this wonderful new program hosted by Ms. Jean, Owner of The Natural Connection INC, Western equestrian program located at the Marriott Ranch.

Learn from an authentic western trainer, rider and professional. Ms. Jean has run dozens of cattle drives (long horn and angus), was a team roper for 7 years and currently trains horses for ranch versatility.

“Ranch Life” is available to book online multiple times a month. Currently taking 4 people per session, but more people can attend with request via email at [email protected]

To book a reservation, please go to:

www.thenaturalconnectioninc.com

Press the blue BOOK RESERVATION NOW button and scroll down to select “Ranch Life”.

Looking for accommodations?

Check out the Inn at Fairfield Farm located on the other side of the Marriott Ranch! www.marriottranch.com

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  Freedom’s Flight AKA, Maverick, went to his first dressage show hosted by Commonwealth Dressage and Combined Training ...
07/14/2023




Freedom’s Flight AKA, Maverick, went to his first dressage show hosted by Commonwealth Dressage and Combined Training Association: CDCTA!

So, I started training Maverick for the 2023 Thoroughbred Makeover with the thought process that he would be best suited to do competitive trail with his osselets…hmmm, maybe I was wrong?

Warm up was tough, Mav was overly stressed, excessively sweaty and forward. There was no relaxation. Normally, I do groundwork exercises and I definitely regret not doing so. I was very close to scratching but decided he really needed the chance to acclimate and find relaxation.

Keep in mind, Mav and I have NEVER set foot in a dressage arena together until today. He’s been on the trails and doing some obstacles and recovering from rain rot. This was his first experience, practicing the tests and doing dressage.

Here’s how out of touch I am with dressage:

We did our first intro test, I thought it went well…well, we placed 5th! 🤭

We did our second intro test, I thought we tanked it…we took first! 🤔

Unbelievably, the judge was so complimentary of Maverick’s movement and potential…🙌

We finished the second test and he cooled down well, happy to bathe and load and chill in the trailer.

All I can say is horsemanship is such a fun journey, surprises around every corner!

So here we go! Off to the next adventure!

07/09/2023

A horse-drawn bus from the 1890s ❤️

Credit: Equine World

Inspiring horse women of the 6666 Ranch🐎
06/27/2023

Inspiring horse women of the 6666 Ranch🐎

Life changes a lot when you move from the city to the country at the tender age of six. In 1906, it certainly did for only-child Anne Valliant Burnett...

06/26/2023

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Riding Out To Meet The Day" painted by Tim Cox available at www.timcox.com

06/21/2023

From Elizabeth Gilbert…

“THE ALPHA MARE

Dear Ones -

The other day, I was talking with someone on this page about how to walk through the world with ‘an undefended heart.’

This person was saying that she wants so much to live with an open and undefended heart, but then it always happens that people hurt her and attack her when they see that she is open. She doesn’t want to leave herself vulnerable to that sort of pain. So she shuts down. Understandably.

So what is to be done?

How do we live open-hearted lives without being victims of constant attack?

Allow me to introduce you to the Alpha Mare.

This is an idea that came to me through my beloved friend Martha Beck, who explained to me how the psychology of a herd of horses works.

At the top of the hierarchy of a herd of horses, there is an alpha mare. She is the leader. (Stallions come and go, but the mare is in charge of the herd forever.) All the other horses look to her, in order to know what to do and how to feel.

As long as she remains calm, the rest of the herd feels calm. And the alpha mare is always calm, because her boundaries are AIRTIGHT. She knows exactly who she is, and nobody messes with it.

Nobody approaches the alpha mare without her invitation. Nobody imposes themselves upon the alpha mare against her will. The alpha mare never lets herself be influenced by another horse's fears or anxieties or aggression. She knows what the right thing to do is, and she does it. Everyone else follows.

She doesn’t need anyone’s approval for anything. She doesn’t need anyone’s permission. She lives and breathes from a place of integrity and certainty, because of her strong and appropriate boundaries. And as a result, SHE IS ALWAYS RELAXED.

And because she is relaxed, everyone around her is RELAXED.

Thus the whole herd can live safely and peacefully around her, with undefended hearts, and the alpha mare's heart is undefended, too.

It is fear that makes you defend your heart, but once you have discovered appropriate boundaries, you do not need to live in constant fear.

Until you learn how to hold appropriate boundaries, and stand in integrity, and speak your truth, you will never have a relaxed moment in your life. You will live like a fugitive, always on the run, always hiding, always afraid of being exposed.

A heart without healthy and appropriate boundaries can only suffer in a constant state of anxiety and defense — vigilant against the next attack, helpless against other people’s will.

To live with an undefended heart does NOT mean that you walk out in the world like a helpless child, wide-open and boundary-less, and you just let anyone do anything to you that they please. That is not openness; that is weakness.

No. You can only live with an undefended heart once you know the difference between ‘This is OK for me,’ and ‘This is not OK for me’ — so you never need to worry or stress about what’s going to happen to you next, or somebody will say next, or who will harm you.

Once you know the difference between ‘This is OK,’ and ‘This is not OK,’ you can walk anywhere in this world safely — your guard down, your eyes filled with curiosity, your soul filled with simple wonder.

That is the alpha mare, and she’s hiding inside you somewhere, waiting to come out.

I know she is.

ONWARD,
LG”

(And for those of you who are like, ‘Yeah, but alpha theory has been debunked,’ this is not about dominance hierarchies, this is about the most experienced mares in a herd leading by example.)

06/21/2023

I do feel discouraged sometimes by the amount of physical problems out there - but, I don’t feel doom and gloom.
I felt it was important to share Bellus’ story to bring awareness to an important element of rehab, which is being realistic , and putting the horse first, even if it means letting them go.

By and large, horses if given half the chance at recovery get more comfortable, more beautiful, and functional. We don’t always need to be alarmed at remodeling and wear and tear, because horses are exceptional at getting along. If we can show them how to develop better balance, they can quite often do great despite some not perfect interior redecorating.

I could get into just how much our breeding and horse keeping and riding are making rehab necessary - but that’s another can of worms.

I’m not here to be the bringer of doom and gloom. More horses than not have become lovely and happy, but there are some that we’re just given the short end of the stick in life, and we have to accept that reality.

When it comes to euthanasia, an extremely sensitive topic- we need to consider not just if the horse can recover - but what is the quality of life possible, what are the resources available to the human, what are the outcomes, and is it always ethical?

From the outside, and from my perspective, it is never my place to judge someone’s decision- even if someone else could fix it, it is the individual’s responsibility to decide what is best. And without being in their shoes, we can never know their experience, the financial and emotional toll, and all the details that go into it.

I like to think there’s a place for horses after this life where their bodies are uninhibited, mobile, joyful, and powerful - there are much worse things in life than death.

Yes…
06/16/2023

Yes…

If using food rewards and other ethical methods in front of people is embarrassing…⁣

If people around you are covertly judging you, or outright telling you to your face that what you’re doing is ridiculous… ⁣

If you don’t feel respected or understood by peers in the equine space… ⁣

Thank you 🙏🏼⁣

Thank you for taking the lead in a shift of industry, culture, mindset, and way of life. ⁣

Thank you for sacrificing your self image (by some people’s standards) to do better by horses.⁣

And please know, it won’t be like this forever.⁣

For example, food rewards were once frowned upon in dog training… and look where we are now. ⁣

And as a gentle reminder:⁣

You don’t have to be perfect to represent ethical, compassionate, science based training.⁣

You can be honest and humble, explaining to others, “I am still learning, but this is proven to be effective, and aligns with my values.”⁣

It’s okay to mess up, even when others are watching. People mess up with harsh methods, too. People often create dangerous behavioral issues with harsh methods.⁣

You may as well make mistakes while aiming for something that feeds your soul ♥️⁣

Let the naysayers resist the movement.⁣

Keep sharing your excitement with the world. You are being the change you want to see.⁣

We’re going to look back in 10 years and see a completely different horse industry, because of trailblazers like you 🔥⁣

Thank you 🦋⁣

— MM team 💫

06/16/2023

Leaves of three.... let it be! If it’s a hairy vine, it’s a danger sign! This is Poison Ivy! The best way to avoid it, is to know what it looks like. It is a woody vine that grows along the ground and grows up trees. When it’s young, the leaves are maroon and shiny. The three leaves can look different at times. They sometimes have notches or mitten thumbs. It is tricky and will grow down the branches of trees looking like the leaves on the tree. It loses its leaves in the fall but you can still get it from the vine. Poison sumac grows in swamp habitats and is in rarely encountered. Poison Oak is not in Ohio.

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06/16/2023

Yesterday I had to put my money where my mouth is

One thing I think is extremely important for several reasons, which I’ll list below, is to not over micromanage the head. That doesn’t mean you don’t touch the reins- it just means the head gives a quick illusion of control, but if you don’t have the body, you don’t have anything. Roundness doesn’t come from the head, it comes from forces transmitted behind over the back and recieved in your hand - you can’t shut down the base of the neck with a backward hand and hope to have anything.

So enter my teacher, enter a very blustery day, enter a lesson on making schwung trot transitions. My canopy tent is about to come out of the ground and blow away. A tarp blows down the hill. My horses are running around in the pasture behind the arena. I can’t hear much my teacher is saying except the trademark “LET GO OF THE REINS.”

The young mare I was riding was as reliable and sweet as ever, because she a) has a great temperament but b ) has learned that she can trust her back will stay moving and nobody will shut her down, so she stayed calm and focused far more than I did!

I’m not much of a fearful rider, but I absolutely have been guilty of being a controlling rider. She got too close to the tent, too close to the fence, too far in, too far out, and it was everything in my power to remember to not pull her around, but to guide her body. Not just to not pull her head, but to remember to keep riding every step, to stay soft and moving, to maintain contact without getting blocked anywhere.

It was some of the most intensely focused work I’ve done in a long time, asking for very technical and minute details while a near tornado was working it’s way around- but it ended up being the absolute best ride I’d ever had on her, and the way she let go of her back and really swung was a level far and above what I’d experienced from her ever.

- it was a good reminder that control of the horse through the head is an illusion. A horse can buck you off with their head on your lap, and can run off while you stand up in the stirrups and pull for all your might, but if you have a swinging back, stable hips and open shoulders, it’s pretty easy to stay calm and focused.

And, it can feel like a little bubble of heaven in the midst of mayhem.

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06/16/2023

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You’re missing out on immense depth in your compassionate horsemanship journey if you’re not integrating this 🕊️⁣

Most of us got into horses for, well… the horses.⁣

We love and adore them. We forget ourselves and our lives when we step into the arena.⁣

We focus every morsel of our attention onto the magnificent being in front of us.⁣

And for the sensitive, empathetic folk… horses invite us into a more compassionate way of being in every corner of our lives.⁣

Harsh, mainstream training methods don’t sit right with us… so we go against the grain.⁣

We explore releasing blame, and taking up responsibility for our desired training outcomes—seeing horses for who they are, rather than machines meant to serve us.⁣

We no longer see unwanted behaviors as “bad.” They’re natural. Instinctual. Survival based.⁣

But if we stop there?⁣

We miss out on what is perhaps the most mystical part of horses:⁣

The invitation to treat ourselves with the same compassion, understanding, tenderness, and unconditional love.⁣

What if our own unwanted behaviors, mistakes, “self sabotage,” and perceived failures are really just a human doing her best to survive in this strange world?⁣

What if, instead of wielding judgment and shame against ourselves, we approached our wounded self with unconditional love?⁣

What if, instead of “what’s wrong with me?”⁣

We asked “what do I need right now?”⁣

And then… we can take these lessons from the horse a step further, and extend compassion to others.⁣

When we see those around us as humans doing their best to survive, with their own wounds, traumas, and conditioning…⁣

We don’t have to take their offenses too personally.⁣

We can see them through a lens of compassion—we can see the worthiness and beauty of their souls.⁣

That’s not to say we have no boundaries. Just like with horses, we need to keep ourselves safe…⁣

But we can do so with love, understanding, and respect for the other soul.⁣

And then, we can extend the compassion out even wider. Communities who we don’t necessarily understand or agree with.⁣

Imagine the impact of these lessons from the horse, if we’re willing to listen 🌬️⁣

— written by the MM team 💫

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05/25/2023

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IF HORSES WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL

Quarter horses: Definitely jocks. Strutting around flexing those muscles and showing off their butts. Responsible for all the trophies in the glass case.

Paints: Quarter horses with too much make-up.

Thoroughbreds: Preppies. They are athletes never jocks, monogrammed blankets, leather halters, Nike eventer shoes and the latest custom trailer and tack.

Appaloosas: Stoners. the like to drop acid so they can watch their spots move.

Arabians: RAH! RAH! SIS MOOM BAH! GGGOOOOOOOO TEAM!( Need I say more?)

Shetland ponies: Punks. Spikey hairdos, snotty attitudes and any colour of the rainbow.

Friesians: Bikers. Big, buff, always black, cigs hanging out the corner of their mouths and a dangerous glint in their eye.

Morgans: Nerdy teachers pet running around doing everything from yearbook to decorating the gym and rattling the bikers, stoners and jocks.

Drafts (All breeds): No real clique they're just the big guys who sit in the back of the room and fart a lot.

Hackney ponies: Band geeks. Marching along with their heads and knees held high, even going to the bathroom.

Warmbloods: The school staff and faculty. Looking down their noses with righteous indignation and disgust.

Minis: Primary school students.

Donkeys: Would be the teachers with the ability 'to think' and remember what happened the day before. Less likely to step on your feet when dancing.

Saddlebreds: The ones riddled the teen angst, the artsy, drama club type?

Percheron: Cafeteria ladies.

Mustangs: The free spirits and the "rebels without a cause".

The PTA would be aged broodmares only.

Football team: Well the Budweiser Clydesdale's of course!!!!

05/22/2023

At this time of year we are out working in the garden, tending plants and mowing the lawn, but did you know that lawn grass cuttings should never be fed to horses. Please remember never put cuttings into any area where horses are grazing.

Unfortunately, grass cuttings are potentially very dangerous for horses to eat and sadly many have died as a result of people putting lawn mowings over the fence into horse pastures.

5 Good Reasons not to feed cutting to horses:

COLIC: A horse may gorge itself on piles of clippings. The large amount of grass can cause excessive fermentation in the hind gut. This can lead to colic or laminitis.
CHOKE: Horses tend to gobble down grass clippings quickly. Unlike grazing on grass out of the pasture and slowly chewing it, clippings require little effort or chewing to swallow. There is a potential risk that the clippings can get lodged in the esophagus.
MOLD: Piled up grass clippings can quickly grow mold, especially in hot and humid environments. Mold can also lead to colic.
BOTULISM: Dense piles of grass do not allow for air to circulate through grass clippings. This is an invitation for the deadly botulism toxin to develop.
POISONOUS PLANTS: Horses unknowingly eat toxic weeds and plants they normally would avoid when they get mixed in with the mower clippings.

Interesting perspective…
05/11/2023

Interesting perspective…

Seabiscuit, the popular runner in the 1930s who became the subject of a bestselling book in 1999 and a major movie in 2003, raced 35 times as a 2-year-old. That didn’t stop him from competing a total of 89 times

05/09/2023
05/09/2023

Don't strive for perfection every training session. Just look for a little improvement and then move on.

  Maverick’s Motivational Mondays:Freedom’s Flight AKA Maverick, attended his first local Trail Obstacle Show @ Bushy Mo...
05/08/2023




Maverick’s Motivational Mondays:

Freedom’s Flight AKA Maverick, attended his first local Trail Obstacle Show @ Bushy Mountain Horsemanship in Rapidan, VA.

Maverick had 10 days out of work prior to this show, resting from muscle soreness. But I knew this venue would be a great, low-key, low stress environment.

He trailered well and stood tied to the trailer well. While he was very hesitant at every obstacle, he trusted me. We entered the in-hand class for practice and the green horse class under-saddle.

I was pleasantly surprised to find out weeks later that he placed 9th for in-hand and 3rd in his under-saddle class. While I am pleased with his placement, we still have a very long way to go with confidence, muscle building and exposure to new experiences.

Onwards and upwards! Happily on the slow road with this big boy. ❤️

And these pics really show this boy’s best side, what a beauty!

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05/07/2023

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05/07/2023

🙏Rest in peace Hannah Serfass 🙏💔 we hope you are still riding in heaven ❤️❤️❤️

MIRC trainers, riders and their families would like to offer our deepest sympathy and caring wishes to her family , her trainer , and her friends.

We all know these awful accidents can occur in our sport , but we never thought it would happen right next to us. We are all in shock and disbelief , and profoundly saddened for this tragedy. Although we never met her personally, our riders and trainers shared the warmup rings with her many times , in Fox Lea and in other venues.

She was an amazing rider with a bright future. May the happy memories of Hannah help her family find peace and comfort.

MIRC will ❤️❤️❤️

05/07/2023

The information below is shared by work of Ann Baldwin, Ph.D. and Rollin McCraty, Ph.D.
Webinar and can be found at https://www.heartmath.org/resources/downloads/heart-heart-communication-horses/

"Recent studies conducted by the Institute of Heart-Math provide a clue to explain the two-way ′′ healing ′′ that occurs when we're close to horses.

According to researchers, the heart has an electromagnetic field larger than the brain: a magnetometer can measure the energy field of the heart that radiates from 2.4 meters to 3 meters around the human body.

While this is certainly significant, perhaps more impressive than the electromagnetic field projected by the heart of a horse is five times larger than that of a human being (imagine an electromagnetic sphere around the horse) and it can influence straight into our own heart rate.

Horses are also likely to have what science has identified as a ′′ coherent ′′ heart rate (heart rate pattern) that explains why we can ′′ feel better ′′ when we're close to them. Studies have found a coherent heart pattern or HRV to be a solid measure of well-being and consistent with emotional states of calm and joy-that is, we exhibit such patterns when we feel positive emotions.

A coherent heart pattern is indicative of a system that can recover and adapt to stressful situations very efficiently. Many times, we just need to be in the presence of horses to feel a sense of well-being and peace.

In fact, research shows that people experience many physiological benefits by interacting with horses, including lower blood pressure and heart rate, higher beta-endorphins (neurotransmitters acting as pain suppressors), decreased stress levels, decreased feelings of anger, hostility, tension and anxiety, better social working; and greater feelings of empowerment, confidence, patience and self-efficacy."~ Picture credit goes to the artist, Valerie Eric

04/25/2023

Horses rise or fall to your level of expectation, no matter how high or low. If you think he’s going to spook at something, he generally will. If you think ...

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had a wonderful trail ride with Ms Jean this past weekend. had the best horse Chilly, who took good care of me (the unexperienced rider) cant wait to do it again.
We really enjoyed our ride and dinner at the Marriott Ranch yesterday.... Ms Jean, her husband and the wranglers were great, the food and entertainment were as well.
I had a wonderful trail ride at this fantastic barn. As someone who has worked among horses for decades, I don't often find a barn that does public trail rides in a way that is safe, comfortable, and fun for both humans and horses. Jean does and I highly recommend this experience.
If you’re looking to take a trail ride with a professional, knowledgeable, and friendly business, do yourself a favor and spend a couple of hours at the Natural Connection. I was fortunate enough to go out for a ride with Jean - she embodies professionalism and safety. I’ll be back for more riding!
My daughter and I enjoyed the great ride yesterday. Thank you!
You did such an amazing job teaching all us beginners Jean!! We all look great 😀
Another video taken of our riding class with you! Thanks so much 😀
James and I had such a great time at the Marriott Ranch with you. Thanks to you, Kai & Kristen 😀
James and I had such an amazing day today Jean! Excited for tomorrow!
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