Warrior v Nurturer

 

Last weekend we welcomed Marcy Baer and Murphy Robinson from New England Mounted Archers to the Horse Center to share their knowledge and have some fun.  Nine participants got to learn how to instinctually shoot arrows through a recurve bow (the kind of bow they used and still use in the Olympics).  For 2 days we tapped into our hunter/gatherer shared histories and pulled out amazing gifts.  We loaded, shot and reloaded all on top of our horses.  The burrowing, resonate thwapping sound of the arrow hitting a target was a just reward as it echoed throughout the arena.  It was an amazing weekend as we all learned the skill of archery and the art of letting go when we walked, trotted, and cantered around the arena with no reins and total trust in our mounts.  We cannot wait for Marcy and Murphy to come back and aim to create a kids program (as soon as we get a little better).

It’s All Fun and Games

It’s All Fun and Games

There was lots of family fun with the horses yesterday at MV Community Horse Center.  A steady flow of parents and kids came to visit and participate in horse activities.  I’m not sure who had the most fun, the kids, parents or the volunteers?  Everyone was smiling and having a great time.  

The horses continue to impress us all with their calmness around kids.  Tiny little Charlotte happily groomed Star’s feathery huge legs, the only part she could reach...

Scientists Prove Horseplay Reduces Stress in Children

Scientists Prove Horseplay Reduces Stress in Children

While human-animal interaction programs with horses, dogs, cats and other companion animals have been credited with improving social competence, self-esteem and behavior in children, scientifically valid research to support these claims... and an understanding of the underlying mechanism for why people report a positive experience in these programs – has been limited.

Until an awesome team from Washington State University conducted a comprehensive study enabling them to show the connection...

 

Yoga and Meditation Programs Starting July 9th!

Yoga and Meditation Programs Starting July 9th!

Do horses quietly grazing in green pastures on early summer mornings sound idyllic? We think so. This year the MVCHC is offering silent meditation in our pasture one morning a week. While sitting on cushions in the paddock, and accompanied by the horses gentle energy, we will facilitate short meditation sessions. The meditation instruction will...

Glorious Day for a Horse Wedding!

Glorious Day for a Horse Wedding!

Beginning in January 2016, the task force designed and implemented 3 pilot study programs at The MV Horse Center.  The group programs targeted 3 separate populations, children ages 6-10, adolescent girls ages 10-14, and adult women.  In order to meet the needs of the community and get a better range of feedback, multiple 4-week sessions were offered for each program.  Kids who Love Horses provided basic horsemanship and beginner riding lessons in a relaxed, fun, professional environment.  Girl Power taught adolescent girls empowerment through