Demain début du Workshop avec les Mérens du HARAS PICARD DU SANT 2016 en gîtes et chambres d’hôtes Ariège Pyrénées
Pyrenees 2015 feeback ( retour du 1er workshop 2015 avec les Mérens Bio du HARAS PICARD DU SANT avec une transhumance en cadeau…)avec Paulette EVANS RIBBLETON
Thanks to Paulette’s approach to working with horses I can truly see my horse for the first time and recognize him as not an obedient companion but a willing partner. With these beautiful Mérens horses we experienced the transhumance as the ancient tradition that has been at the heart of the pastoral way of life in this mountain region of France for more than a thousand years.
After three days riding through ancient villages, fairy forests, four mountain tunnels at times in complete darkness, mountain pathways and valley trails, covering 65 km and climbing to 1500 metres altitude, our epic journey ended. A magical odyssey which delivered these black beauties to their summer pastures. This is the Transhumance of Ariège France. Feeling blessed and deeply grateful for this magnificent adventure where I connected with the beautiful Mérens horse.
Thank you, Paulette!
This trip was very meaningful to me as Paulette has taught me how to better communicate to my horse. Something I felt was really necessary. Also being with the Mérens in the mountains was so powerful and spiritual. The horses are very special and if you open up to them they really communicate back. Thanks Paulette.
I came to the Ariège in the Pyrénées with an open mind, not sure of what to expect. I left with the surprising desire to go home and listen to my horse.
The time spent with this herd of Mérens horses was a mind and heart opening journey, facilitated by Paulette to connect to horses in a way that is an evolution in psychology. The listening and conversational approach she advocates with horses became the foundation of respect that grew in both horse and rider over the course of the amazing adventure of the Transhumance. This was trip of a lifetime for me, and her teaching will further my journey with horses with even more appreciation of their subtle messages for us humans.
The Ribbleton/Transhumance trip gave me a chance to experience a new kind of horse, the Merens, a wonderful sort of pocket Percheron, and a new side to horses as an animal: how they behave in a large, loose herd in motion, how it feels energetically. I think my most important take-away is the power of the pause– learning to be vigilant about giving the horse the chance at self-expression and to ask myself (in that pause) whether or not I’ve listened adequately.
For me being with these gentle considerate beings was truely freedom and trust at its finest. An experience I will forever treasure with like minded inspirational people. Pure beauty all round, the voyage a true definition of being in the moment .
I came on this journey knowing I had to come, not knowing why, but just as an act of faith…. I ended up doing things I would never have thought I could do, and learned new ways of forming relationships with horses (thank you Paulette). I connected with a beautiful little black mare who reminded me about trust, about letting go of the need for control… who allowed me into her herd, and opened my heart.
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