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Why Horses

thundering hooves

The horse “flies across the landscape with thundering hooves as if to run out of its own skin for the love of freedom.” (The Book of Symbols)

Horses have an evolutionary history dating back 50 million years, and ancient cave paintings indicate that these magnificent beings have been important to humans ever since the Stone Age. Through our travels, wars, adventures, and conquests, they have been alongside us each step of the way. Because we no longer rely on horses as we did in the past, we have begun to relate to them in a whole new way. Today, they not only partner with us in sport and recreation, they are also our partners in emotional growth and healing. In fact, horses have a great deal to teach us about modern living and how […]


Horse Wisdom – Love and Clarity

Marla’s* work with our big bay gelding, whom she named “Jim*” (because he reminded her of her husband), is a perfect example of bringing love and clarity together. 

Marla was annoyed at “Jim’s” intrusive and demanding attempts to get affection.  He continually pushed his big body into her and tried to nibble on her jacket.  In response, Marla would either get frustrated and walk away or ask him to move…but when he didn’t actually move away she’d start petting him.  She was afraid that he would be hurt and angry if she really asked him to move.

As you can imagine, “Jim” was often confused and frustrated, he figured that the best way to get some affection from Marla was to keep bugging her until she gave in. Recognizing how often this dynamic played out […]


Horse Wisdom – Finding Balance

The first step of maintaining balance is noticing when you’re not in it!

When people think of horses and balance, usually the first thing they think of is riding a horse and keeping your balance, but horses can make us aware of a much deeper connection to balance, the balance within ourselves.

Mike* was a writer who hadn’t written anything in a while. He wasn’t feeling inspired and he was just all around down and depressed.  One day he decided to take a risk and see if we could help him get out of the slump he’d been in for over a year.

Mike found himself drawn to our golden horse whom he named “Goldie”.   In one session, we set up an obstacle course and had Mike name some […]


10 Steps to Balance

“When we stand in Balance, we have the awareness, resilience, and flexibility needed to make the world a better place.”  – Dr. Val, Stand InBalance

Living a balanced lifestyle is a key component to a peaceful, happy and healthy life. When we’re out of balance, life can seem chaotic, exhausting or out of control. When we’ve found balance, we feel more grounded, calm, comfortable and are able to think with clarity, act with intention and achieve our goals with success.

However, finding and maintaining balance is an ongoing process. Once you’ve found that sweet spot it doesn’t just stay that way without a lot of attention. As life moves on, factors change, new information and experiences are thrown into the mix and balance needs to be found once again, and again, and again.  Often, we may not even notice that we’ve been thrown […]


Are you Being Mindful?

Why Mindfulness is Important – 10 Benefits of Mindfulness and How to do it!

What is mindfulness? You may have heard about it, you may know somewhere in the back of your mind that it’s supposed to be a good thing or maybe you are an experienced practitioner. Whatever your relationship with mindfulness, let’s take a moment to be mindful about mindfulness!

Mindfulness – What is it? Mindfulness is being truly connected, aware and present in the moment. When we are being mindful, we are not only paying attention to what’s going on outside and around us, we are also paying attention to what’s going on within us.  We are paying attention to it all!  We are focused, we are awake, we are HERE, now. Mindfulness is an activity and requires effort. […]


Horse Wisdom – Mindfulness

Grace* came to Stand InBalance to work through some childhood emotional and physical trauma.  In one particular session, she was working with “Star”, a horse she wasn’t too familiar with. Star had a “horsenality” that required one to be more tuned into his subtle, non-verbal cues than the donkey she normally worked with. Knowing this about Star had already created some anxiety within Grace. In response, Star quickly reflected his awareness of her mental state by flattening back ears back as she approached.  Grace apprehensively tried again, putting her hand out. Again, Star was said “nope!” and flattened his ears while glaring at her.

When asked how she was feeling, Grace shared that she knew this horse was “harder” than the donkey and was worried about “failing” at the simple task of […]



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    “For me, the activities we did with the horses, brought me into the moment and connected me to the whole group. I learned to pay attention to my feelings and to stick with it and I left the ranch with the intention of continuing to carry the feeling of being connected.”

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