Ellisian Fields Farm
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Who we are:
Who we are:
We are an LLC Farm in the Colorado Springs area dedicated to the well being of people and animals. Our Mission is to provide a bonding connection between people and their environment, between people and our horses and most importantly, between people and themselves.
Far too often we get caught up in the daily urgent needs and forget to look at who we are, what is important and why we are doing all the crazy things we feel are necessary. We have found that taking the time to just be in the present with a wonderful animal in a beautiful place actually brings us closer to the person who we really are. Not the crazy, hectic person we see everyday.
My husband and I are both retired career military. This has made the family business of or relating to the military. The military has taught us many things; some through structured courses and some through experience. Now we want to take our military experience and help individuals heal by working and interacting with our horses. Because of the values we have strengthened in the military such as loyalty, dependability and honesty, we have found that we have an affinity for warhorses or better said, historical warhorses, because these horses have the same values. Our horse family includes a Friesian, an Icelandic, a Missouri Fox-Trotter, a Quarter horse and a Mustang.
The Friesian horse breed has a very long history. It is one of the breeds the Knights Templar used to protect the pilgrimage through the Holy Land. Records of the Friesian ancestors have even been found in Roman army excavations.
The Icelandic horse breed was a Viking warhorse. Stories abound of Vikings riding their trusty steeds right onto their ships. Icelandic horses tend to be smaller than traditional horses. While they are smaller, they are very sturdy and even-keeled.
The Missouri Fox-trotter horse breed was favored by Old West Doctors. Their gate is very smooth and covers ground quickly, just like the ballroom dace Fox-trot.
The Quarter horse breed is one of the most well known horse breeds in America due to their strength. They are very dependable and easy mannered.
The Mustangs embody the words Freedom and Intelligence. They are descended from horsed brought to America by the Spanish. The Native Americans brought the Mustangs into their culture and recognize them as scared.
Each horse has taught me valuable and differing lessons. I hope to partner with these wonderful creatures to help teach others these very important life lessons.
I use liberty training with all my horses. Liberty training allows the horse to choose whether they are engaged in the training lessons. The horse retains free will throughout my sessions. I do not use lead ropes or halters and my horses are not tied in anyway. It has been my experience that the horse responds best when they are at liberty. Liberty training has really helped me bond with my horses.
I expect each horse to respect me, just as I respect them. One of the first stages of respect is getting to know one another. Have you ever had that "friend" who is always demanding and expects you to do things for them but fail to reciprocate in your favor? Have you ever wondered if they are really your friend or if you are just a servant to them? After the first few times, you start wondering why you put up with it and maybe wonder if you really want to see them any more. Many times this is the horse's life. One favor after another in a one sided, demanding relationship can get tedious and annoying. Sometimes, the horse will "act up". When a horse shows signs of being tired of doing all of the work in a relationship, they are considered troublesome or accused of going sour. Amazingly, horses have a well grounded definition of fairness developed from the herd mentality. When you own a horse, you become part of the herd whether that is your intention or not. When you play by the rules of the herd, you can develop a mutually satisfying relationship with your horse.
One of the best ways to get to know your horse is just spending time with them. You can do things you like to do, like reading or writing a book while being near them. You get two things done at the same time. This is what it means to be a companion. You do not always have to be actively interacting with the horse to build a strong, trusting relationship.
Another sign of respect is realizing everyone (to include horses) can have bad days. Your bad day can come from being stuck in a 8' x 8' cubical, demanding kids, bad traffic, the taxing boss and overwhelming bills. The horse can have a bad day from being stuck in a 12' x 12' stall, obnoxious dogs, a bully in the herd or a late dinner. If you have developed a relationship with your horse that includes spending quality time with them, you should be able to identify bad days. Be respectful and supportive and maybe back off of training that day.
For information on Liberty training visit the Carolyn Resnick web page:
The Universe has made it abundantly clear which path I should follow after I retired from the military in 2013. It's like I have been shown a red carpet leading me to help people through coaching and horse interaction. At this time I am working with teams who would like to improve communication, customer relations, and understand team dynamics. I have expanded to help people cope and move on with their lives after traumatically stressful events through Hoofprints To The Soul LLC.
I am certified in the Touched By A Horse certification program and recommend you follow the link below to find out more.