MY LIFE WITH HORSES
It's a little girl's dream to have horses and it's a big girl's dream to make it a business.
Having horses is a privilege and an honor. I am part of the herd, with a role to perform. Not only is it my passion, it's my destiny.
As a young child, growing up in a small village in South East England, I was obsessed with "Westerns".
I watched every cowboy movie that was shown on British television. Afterwards, I would dress up and fantasize about being a cowboy or Native American Indian.
I drew cowboys and Native American Indians on top of horses, against mountains and prairie land.
Ironically, this is where I ended up living, in Southern California, USA
Back then, it was my dream to have my very own horse. I entered a ‘Win a Shetland Pony’ competition in the national English newspaper, only to find the envelope, still intact in my mother's handbag weeks after the final entry date had passed.
My mother was scared I would win; I had won newspaper competitions before. She appeased me by taking me to the local stables to get horse riding lessons.
I’d ride up and down the country lane on an old worn out horse that had seen better days.
When I was twelve years old, I experienced a disturbing incident that happened on the back of a friend's horse. I didn't have a clue about horses or the horse I was riding and it quite simply ran off with me. I was dragged under some tree branches and fell off the horse.
From this point on I lost interest in horses. As far as I was concerned, they were dangerous and not to be reckoned with.
It wasn't until 30 years later that I became interested in horses again. I'd moved to Topanga Canyon, and it was there that from a neighbor I learned Western riding. Within no time at all we were riding up in the hills. These early experiences on horseback in the mountains detremined how I wanted to live the rest of my life.
I managed to get a job looking after several horses at a therapeutic ranch located in my neighborhood. I stayed at this job for six years, becoming the ranch manager and lead teacher.
The first horse I adopted was Silver, an anxious, insecure, gray Arabian gelding. My first encounter with Silver happened prior to my meeting him on the physical plane.
He came to me in a prophetic dream. The nature in which we met, unexpected, intense and liberating, describes the beginning of our relationship.
Other horses followed Silver to join our herd; Ruby, Jackie, Diva, Laydee, Hank and Pretty Boy. In 2008 we started our own business, Silver Horse Healing Ranch, offering educational horse programs to kids and therapeutic programs to adults.
In 2014 we left Topanga. We needed more space and freedom and we found it at Manzanita Village in Warner Springs. We stayed at Manzanita Village until January 2016 then moved to our own location in Ranchita, CA. While at Manzanita I adopted Corazon, a four year old mustang mare. She was in a bad situation and I feel very fortunate to have her in our family.
We are on 8 1/4 acres which backs onto BLM public land. There are beautiful trails available in our back yard! We have our own well and are off the grid! Our place is very quiet and private. The views are stunning and we are in a cooler area which makes the hot Caliornian summers more bearable. The horses and I are very happy to finally have our own place.
We continue to work with international and local clients offering Mentorships. Life continues to be a wonderful adventure.