Hello Kindred Hearts:
Continuing on the theme of heart connections during the month of Valentine’s Day, one of the Projects dear friend, colleague and prominent contributor, Dr. Penny Lloyd, has offered to share her wisdom on her approach to heart connections with horses. This is the first of a three part series on the topic of connection by Dr. Penny Lloyd, each of which will be posted throughout this week. Absorb her approaches, experience them with your equine companions and share with us your thoughts and experiences. Hop in your saddle and see what you feel! The journey has begun!
Blessings from your Kindred Spirits
Allen M. Schoen, DVM and Penny Lloyd, DVM
I remember a client that fed her horse 80 treats a day – all different! – in an attempt to love and be loved. Sound familiar? We all want to connect. It feels so good when it happens now and then. But most of us don’t know how. If you think it would be helpful Dr. Schoen, I would like to share a true story that illustrates all the ingredients on how NOT to connect. Now that may seem a backwards way in, but we all do it every day – and to start to catch ourselves in the act – is FREEDOM in the making.
All of you get to play along, by seeing yourself in this story, and GENTLY and FORGIVINGLY see what you may have been doing wrong. No need to beat yourself up. When you catch yourself in any moment, doing what I was doing, simply say “Oopsie”, chuckle, and move on. And if you are intrigued to learn more on “how TO connect” – not to worry – there will be lots of discussion to follow.
Harmony Of The Heart
I just wanted it to be over! The desert sun baked the shirt to my back. A fly buzzed my ear. I longed to get back into the shade and take a long drink of cold water. Better yet, I wanted to ditch this entire venture and retire to a frosty mug of beer. It seemed like we had been waiting for hours. I had paid big bucks to be here this weekend. I had heard about equine facilitated therapy and was curious what it was all about. So here I was, ready to experience first hand, what a person could learn from a horse. (more…)