Transition Posted by Duey Freeman on May 26, 2015 in blog | 0 comments
This site marks a time of transition. I wrote this the morning of my anniversary of an accident that I had May 8, 2010. Seems fitting to start my blog with this writing.
Today is the 5th anniversary of a severe rider/horse accident I had while participating in a three day eventing clinic. In that incident I broke my pelvis, was unconscious for a bit and spent the next week or so in Swedish Hospital having surgeries and recovering. I am deeply grateful for the people who supported me in so many ways through this recovery and healing process. I am aware that this incident contributed to ending some relationships as well as helping to create important, deep friendships. I made the commitment at the time to become to a significantly better horseman, and more importantly, a better person and man.
Over the past few years I have worked with a number of trainers and horse people. Each helped evolve much deeper relationships and respect for my horses as well as the horses I have worked with in other places such as New Zealand and Happy Dog Ranch. I am deeply grateful to Mark Rashid for teaching me about energy and openings. I am grateful to Amy and Steve LeSatz for teaching me about trusting my horse, so my horse can trust me. I am grateful to Christy Jemail for spending time with me watching my release, timing and subtle cues. I am grateful to Happy Dog Ranch for hosting GEIR in ways I never could have imagined. I know I will work with all of you in various ways through the next few years. Joanie Rieger had been a superstar and dear friend collaborating to continue to create GEIR with me, learning together how to do this work in ways that people throughout the world love. Duane Mullner, although not a horseman, has tirelessly supported my growth as a man. Thank you Joanie and Duane.
I am ready for the next evolution of my work and exploration in life. I will be traveling back to New Zealand in the fall and teaching at various institutes and institutions. The more important development is that in conjunction with Kimberly Beck M Ed, we are creating “Coming Home: Relational explorations merging Human, Horse and Nature.” This project will include work with horses, dogs, plants, animals, birds and immersion into natural / wilderness settings. After speaking extensively with Steve and Amy LeSatz, the four us will lead our first 4 day Human, Horse and Nature experience September 19, 20, 21, 22. This will include groundwork and mounted work from a relational horsemanship perspective as well as nature mentoring and tracking. Stay tuned for many more details as well as other adventures.
Today marks a shift, I honor this experience, my horse and all that has emerged.