To know and understand the natural horse, we better know, understand and accept ourselves --as well as others!
South Central Pennsylvannia
near Chambersburg, Pa.
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Some –‘Fresh Start’ Testimonies
From Leanne after returning home:
"My horses have been on some beautiful green pick after months of dry hay and when riding Phantom the other day he was full of beans and bad manners which is quite unusual for him, and in that space - the unruliness and defiance he gave me - and in that space where I know he is a gem of a horse so that I felt threatened of runaway yet still not fearful of the horse your emergency halt and the shoulder grip with the legs worked a treat and I begin to understand.....
You gave me an amazing gift so I am happy to have in some small way returned the favor". Yours Leanne
Leanne COMMENT October 2012
Rose, always thinking of you...how could I not you changed my life with riding. One of the things I tell everyone I teach now is....in 2008, when at your place I wrote in the journal you MADE me write something along the lines of.... "This stuff is stupid and I don't see how it can work. It just doesn't make sense."
Yet what you taught me then is ONLY what I teach now. There IS no other way that makes sense. Funny how the world turns! Leanne
I must mention that it was with anticipation that I began the 'Soft Touch' program with Rose. I did not know what to expect, but I had expectation of learning a lot. I did get to learn a lot, even beyond expectation. Every lesson flowed from one moment to the next. Rose would start with a simple dialog, and turned it into a lesson with visual, linked to a hands on exercise with or without the horses. As a student I watched others and myself transform through Rose's gentle guidance.
The third activity (placing the bridle on the horse) frustrated me again because it appeared easy however was difficult for me to do. I was scared and grossed out to stick my hand in the horse's mouth! While conducting this activity I found myself zoning out and not paying close attention to the coach. I feel that I some how lost interest at this time.
The last activity that I participated in for the day (on the horse) integrated, fascinated, relaxed and made me feel sad. At first I felt that I was having a surreal moment ~ simply preparing to get up on a horse. I was in shock and could not believe I was doing this because I feared not throwing my leg over the horses back and slipping off once on him. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience because it has allowed me to see first hand that despite how tense, anxious and afraid I can be at times, I can relax and let myself go into a moment by centering myself with my breath and allowing my muscles to relax. *This was a powerful moment for me because I realized that if I was able to become calm in such an alarming situation, then I have the potential to change my anxiety responses in other situations that arise that appear stressful. Lori
By the second day of this program I felt less fearful and more comfortable with the horses. I still felt a sense of fear however, it was not as significant as compared to yesterday. At first when Rose described the schedule of events that were going to take place today (Lisa and I getting on the horses again and going outside to ride) I did not feel a sense of anxiety come up, however, I thought back to yesterday and felt trust in myself, the horse and the coach, This trust eased me through my anxious feelings.
While riding outside I again felt a feeling of disbelief (that I was actually riding a horse outside). I felt a great sense of freedom once riding around and looking outward into the distance. Lori
Upper New Jersey --
I thought I knew basic horsemanship and becoming one with the horse but, you took it to another level. You have released some of my fears and that was quite an accomplishments, in such a small amount of time. I forgot how much fun it is just to be around horses. I felt great to ride both horses. I was beginning to think I never would ride again because of repressed fears. Rose, we would like to take the next step on the wondrous journey with you. Please call me and tell me when you can come again. L. J April 2004 (--first visit)
I always prided myself on knowing how to ride and be able to get a horse to do what I wanted --mostly.
Somehow, I always reached a plateau and became bored, frustrated or afraid because I was battling my will with my horses natural instincts. When I reached that plateau or wanted to go up to another level, I failed miserably.
The program has deepened my connection of understanding of my horses emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
It has raised the level of being 'in the ZONE, one with my horse, considerably.
BTW...I'm still only on page 10 of your workbook.....?????....i can't even imagine what more there is,and Rose, You've accomplished what you set out to do...haven't you. ("...I'm a happier person....") I'm now getting the help I've needed all along and you facilitated that.
1.) Sunday was great!!!! I woke up today with no pain in my arms. Still can't get the walk right though! 3-05
I had fractured a vertebrae in my back along time ago on a three wheeler. Ever since then I was afraid of running on an open trail, but now, that I'm sitting up here writing, I just remembered the fear NEVER CROSSED MY MIND, when we were out there. The course teaches you safety, and that gives you the ability to relax, and enjoy another great reason to take the course. V. Fitch
Some are afraid of heights --yet can conquer challenges --all within their first four times [classes] on a horse!
Sometimes, what you say we are capable of overwhelms me. But I know that we are capable of doing ANYTHING WE WANT TO. YOUR HORSES CAN WORK MIRACLES. If you can do that much with a horse, than I am sure that you can work MIRACLES for ME! C. Sheridan (lost her fear, ---with us)
Even as a child I was physically weak and physically timid due to respiratory and heart problems. I grew into an adult who believed having an enjoyable time physically was for others, not me. Your class has given me hope that I can change that perception. Even though I don’t think I’ll ever be as good as most people on a horse –I’m excited because I’m doing something I considered impossible my entire life. Your class has also given me a desire to become physically stronger and flexible. And so, I’m starting an aerobic program called the ‘Dancing Grannies’ which is suppose to be suitable for someone with back problems. So far, I can’t keep up with the grannies, even though they’re 30 years older than me, but I will someday. I’ve gone from nightmares, crying and depression at the thought of having class to being excited at the prospect of being at Horse Holiday. And, I never thought the day would come when I’d want to be near a horse but now I love touching them and feeling their warmth and response. You’re a wonderful teacher of much more than riding. Thank you. Arlina Y
-It's almost unbelievable that I was going to quit 3 weeks ago. I have learned so much about MYSELF. Arlina.
You can do this also, and with ease --within 16-18 hours of our 4 sessions.
Prevent accidents and Injury
I felt that I had more confidence in myself as a rider, and that it is MY job to control the horse. Also, I went riding the following day (on her own horse) and my horse took off, as he's known to do, but I STOPPED him in about 30 feet! ( a real success for her!) J. Allison
PLUS --they have all learned to get a horse going to where they do NOT want to go! Rose