Those who are familiar with horses recognize and understand the power of horses to influence people in incredibly powerful ways. Developing relationships, training, horsemanship instruction and caring for the horses naturally affects the people involved in a positive manner.
The benefits of work ethic, responsibility, assertiveness, communication and healthy relationships has long been recognized. Horses naturally provide these benefits. The incorporation of horses is growing and gaining popularity with the rise of new approaches in working with the horses, including the field of equine facilitated psychotherapy.
We are often asked, "Why horses? Why not other animals?"
Horses are large and powerful, which creates a natural opportunity for some to overcome fear and develop confidence. The size and power of the horse are naturally intimidating to many people. Accomplishing a task involving the horse, in spite of those fears, creates confidence and provides for wonderful metaphors when dealing with other intimidating and challenging situations in life. Horses are very much like humans in that they are social animals. They have defined roles within their herds. They would rather be with their peers. They have distinct personalities, attitudes and moods. An approach that seems to work with one horse, does not necessarily work with another. At times, they seem stubborn and defiant. They like to have fun. In other words, horses provide vast opportunities for metaphorical learning. Using metaphors, in discussion or activity, is an effective technique when working with even the most challenging individuals or groups.
Horses require work, whether in caring for them or working with them. In an era when immediate gratification and the "easy way" are the norm, horses require people to be engaged in physical and mental work to be successful, a valuable characteristic in all aspects of life.
Most importantly, horses have the ability to mirror exactly what human body language is telling them. Many people will complain, "The horse is stubborn. The horse doesn't like me," etc. But the lesson to be learned is that if they change themselves, the horses respond differently. Horses are honest, which makes them especially powerful messengers.
Penny joined Flying High Farm on May 22, 2005. Penny is a chestnut Trakehner mare.
Twizzle joined Flying High Farm on Saturday, March 6, 2010. She is a large Tobiano Piebald pony - a fancy way of saying that she is dark brown/black and white, but mostly white.
JJ (Jesse James) joined Flying High Farm in October 2015. This fabulous pony is a gift from Christine's sister. JJ traveled from NC to join the other ponies here. He is a large black Quarter Horse/Welsh cross gelding.
JJ has lots of US Pony Club experience and is a real "people pony."
Bramble joined Flying High Farm in April 2011. He is a small pony,
Bounce & Wheels are our two neutered male goats (also called "wethers'). They live in the paddock with the horses.
Pingu is our barn cat who enjoys following people around the property demanding treats.
Our four bunnies live together outside in a hutch and play area next to the horses. They are a mixed bunch. This is Aries.
Smitty has been at Flying High Farm since its inception and thinks he owns the waiting room.
Gooch, our Great Dane, spends most of his time snoozing on Christine's couch.
Rex is our elusive barn cat.
Bogi greets everyone at the barn, and usually with one, or two, of his toys in his mouth.