August 18, 2008 this blog site was started with the intention of sharing the integration of dressage and ballroom dancing. Fun to look back and reflect. Six years later, this is an open letter to the horse community regarding my journey.
The path of the animal soul has led me to look at the human soul. Many from the "animal loving tribe" often align to non-human animals for their companionship, unconditional love, and inner simplicity. From childhood, I alway had pets: fish, hamsters, cats, dogs, and more. As I matured, I moved to horses. At three I was sitting under them in the field and at four, I was learning to ride these gentle giants as they are often referred to. They provided the quiet understanding that no human appeared to possess. One could bury a face in the soft fold of their mane covered necks, feel the gentle enquiries of their muzzles, or look into their large gentle eyes empty of judgement or reproach. For me, the path always included a horse even as I went off to college and eventually found my way to study in Europe. The plan wasn't ever to become a professional horse trainer, but that was where the path continued to lead. Overtime, the darker side of humanity seemed to wrap its tentacles around my business of horses versus the innocence of being with horses. Making a living, material requirements, emotional needs of clients and self, urbanized horse quarters, competition goals, and more have led me to look at the human soul.