The Breakthrough

Amanda riding her beloved horse, Snowflake. (Photo courtesy of the Stevens)

By Amanda Stevens

I am so blessed to work alongside my husband and to have the opportunity to work with so many amazing horses.

One of the most special experiences we have as horse trainers is seeing “the breakthrough.”

“The breakthrough” is when, after a certain amount of time in training, a horse begins to relax with the process, gains more trust for the human and wants to build the relationship with the human.

You can subtly see it start to happen. We call it “making changes.”

It is a gradual process, but then one day, almost like magic, you see a huge difference and that is when the breakthrough happens. You can see it during the training- groundwork, riding, etc. But often you will feel it with them just by being with them, leading them. Usually you can just look at them and see the difference.

They become more relaxed, wanting to connect, welcoming other energy into their world.

It is why we do what we do—to help horses gain complete trust for the human so that they can have an enjoyable life with humans. Along the way hopefully we are educating as many people as we can as to how to better communicate with their horse in a harmonious way.

 

Amanda with her pal, Snowflake. (Photo courtesy of the Stevens)
Amanda with her pal, Snowflake. (Photo courtesy of the Stevens)

As a recent breast cancer survivor, I know about anxiety. It is something I continue to have to work through every day.

There is a beautiful lesson horses can teach us about living in the moment and opening our hearts to what is surrounding us.

One of the most fascinating things to me about horses is the way they can let go of past experiences and move forward to truly heal emotionally. Now, some are definitely able to do so more than others. And there are a few that can’t completely go there.

But we have worked with countless horses that have had horrific experiences in their lives. Sometimes you can see the scars physically; other times you can read it all over them by the way they act. With almost all of those horses we have worked with, after some time of being treated with love and respect, they are able to let go of past experiences and open their hearts to try for what the human is asking of them and to want to become our partners.

Letting go. Living in the Moment. An open heart.

Every single horse we work with inspires me and enlightens me.

We are all so blessed to have these magnificent creatures in our lives.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful start to the New Year!

Sending lots of love to all of you and your horses,

Amanda Stevens

 

P.S. The horse in the pictures is our nineteen year old gelding, Snowflake. He was trained originally to be a roping horse. When we met Snowflake, he had a lot of animosity towards the human. Although you could ride him, he did not trust anyone. He was very aggressive, would bite you and literally would try to run you out of the stall during feeding.

It took time, but he slowly started to change. Then one day, he made the breakthrough. He hasn’t shown any of that behavior for over 10 years now. He was one of the main horses who taught me how to ride. He is so special to me and is one of my dearest friends.