Monthly Archives: March 2010

Horses: Bringers of Joy

Darcy in the fieldWhile I was doing the weekly shop in our local supermarket, I met one of our neighbours. He’s an older gentleman who lives alone in a house across the road from our bottom field. He greeted me wth a smile, “I was talking to your horses today.”

He was so pleased that Darcy and Storm now come over to the fence to greet him and he is able to stroke them. I sensed that this meant a lot to him and their gentle presence had brought him real joy on a lovely spring day.

Horses – The original teachers of leadership: March 25th, Aberdeen

I am delighted to be speaking to our local branch of AMED on Thursday 25 March.
I will be speaking  about the work I do with horses, teaching leadership to people of all ages. Whilst it would seem to be a very new idea, horses have actually been teaching leadership to their human friends for thousands of years. I will also be reflecting on the idea that their style of leadership and old-fashioned values are exactly what organisations need today.

AMED  meets from 6.00-9.00 pm starting with sandwiches and refreshments and the meetings are informal and friendly. The cost is £5 for members of AMED and £10 for non-members. The meetings are held at Petrotechnics offices in Aberdeen. Please let me know if you can attend.

AMED is the Association for Management Education and Development, a nationwide group established in the 1960s for those involved in Management and Organisation Development. Members are interested in organisations, how they work, how they succeed and how they can better fit the people on whom they depend. Meetings are inclusive, participative and exploratory.

Happiness is….

Hay bale…. discovering that there are more bales of hay left than I thought.

With all the snow this winter, we have used much more hay than normal and I was starting to think that we might have to buy in some to see us through to the Autumn when we can start to use this year’s crop. When I counted, however, there were four bales more than I had remembered so we will have enough.

Now we have to hope for a good crop this year – and that got me thinking. Although there is some preparation and planning we can do, ultimately we are dependent on the weather, over which we have no control.

It’s a sharp reminder that for many people this is an everyday reality and that if the weather fails them, they may have very little to eat – and so, as I get ready to go out and feed my horses and prepare my own breakfast, my thoughts are with these people today.

Transformations for Teaching: Findhorn 21st – 23rd May

I an delighted to be speaking at the Transformations for Teaching conference this year and am spending my day preparing for it. I am talking about our work with the horses with children and young people:

  • children in mainstream education
  • children with learning difficulties
  • children who have suffered abuse of some sort
  • young people who have offended or at risk of offending.

I’m excited about sharing this, especially as we are gradually collecting hard evidence that being with the horses makes a difference both to learning and wellbeing.

Quite apart from this being a wonderful conference, Findhorn is a magical place – especially in May when the days are long and often sunny. Great for beach walks and bird watching!

It also has an interesting collection of eco-houses ranging from some like the one in photo that are made from old whisky barrels through to wonderful modern homes – all of which have helped it to be a centre of excellence for the construction of eco buildings.

Susie says….

I’m so excited. I’m wearing my new mask today. I had an eye injury about eight years ago and I need to wear a mask when I’m outside to protect my eye from sun and wind. My old mask was getting very scruffy and worn so now I have a new one. It’s a soft silver colour so it will match me and my pink wardrobe!

Annie says …

It was a warm sunny day today and when I came in for tea my coat was dry and so I was brushed. It was soooo nice to get all the mud out of my coat. Lots of my coat came out too! I was very good and stood still all by myself. Hoping for lots more sunny days.

In this picture Katie and I are grooming each other – but I also like being groomed by humans too.

Darcy says…

I’ve been wearing a rug most of the winter and I’ve been so glad of it on all the snowy days and frosty nights. Now it is so lovely to have it off in the day time and have a delicious naked roll to get rid of all the itchy bits. My winter coat is growing out and soon I will have my beautiful sleek summer coat. I’m a handsome chap as you can see and I like to look my best for the ladies who visit me – and bring me carrots and apples.

It’s such a beautiful sunny day and I love to feel the warmth on my back again. Soon the new grass will start to grow – but then Beth will put us in a small paddock as she says too much grass makes us fat!