It’s probably not going to surprise you that we say that the connection between horses and humans is a powerful one! Horses are also extremely social and family oriented. In a herd, a horse’s life depends on his relationship with the family. In a herd, there is acceptance, discipline, and confidence required to be a member. They are extraordinary communicators, and for a human to be in the presence of the herd is very beneficial for that human. In the case of Reigning Grace Ranch, placing these rehabilitated horses in partnership with children and families that are trying to heal from a traumatic event in their life is magical. The horse is powerful, beautiful and strong. It is honest and present in the moment and the lesson from a horse is that they will never forget where they have come from but they don’t carry the burden into the present because it would endanger the herd. This is why this partnership of the redeemed horse and human is beautiful. It just works!
The natural world of a horse is based on relationship. These relationships for a horse hold the herd together and assure survival. The family unit must have feelings of trust, respect, and confidence in the leader and a connectedness that is always present within the family unit. A family that plays together stays together. Not much different from us humans? At Reigning Grace Ranch, we believe that the family unit is essential and critical for not only our horses but our humans as well. We want to bring families together in an environment that promotes teamwork, love, respect, and leadership. We want to celebrate the family unit and teach life skills that can be taught directly by our herd of horses. Here we can learn how to play as a family, set clear boundaries, show respect for each other, set realistic expectations and goals. We want to approach these sensitive areas in a safe place, where the world is not allowed in.
To form a positive relationship between a horse and their partner it must consist of trust, cooperation, and attentiveness. If these three things are equally displayed in both the horse and their human partner, they will be able to succeed more in day-to-day functions and desired performance. That is why we help children and families believe that they are a “worthwhile somebody” by bringing horses, children, mentors, families, and volunteers together in an authentic working ranch environment. We offer equine-guided mentorship and equine-guided experiential learning to youth, families, and veterans. We strengthen the mind, body, and soul and elevate the spirit of our families through traditional core values. Our goal is to experience what it means to work hard or have “grit” for what they have, be a part of something bigger than they are, develop self-confidence, experience teamwork, accountability, love, safety, trust, encouragement, and hope without judgment. Since the relationship between horses and humans is a powerful one it is the foundation of our program and watching these relationships blossom never gets old!
Trust us when we say this relationship goes far beyond just this setting. It can also mature in the business world too. This will be the focus of our next blog in preparation for our upcoming two-day leadership seminar which will include working with horses!
Horse’s Way teams up with Convergency Systems for a “hands on” experiential Equine experience that will change the way you see leadership. A portion of the proceeds will be benefiting, Reigning Grace Ranch, a 501c3 non-profit organization.