This is the place where I record my current learning experiences with horses. I’m personally aiming to become an excellent horsewoman, but the nature of horses is that they are truly catalysts for personal development. So, while half of my musings will be from a point of observation and communication with horses, this only reflects the way that I am personally developing. Because of this, it is my hope that you can relate to my blog on whatever level you wish. If you are a fellow horseman-in-training: good to meet you, it's wonderful to be on the same journey! But at the same time, if you are a complete stranger to me or to horses, you are just as welcome. Hopefully this blog will bring you some amusement; even if it is just laughing at how mad we horse people can be!
Parelli with a local child, and one of the orphans at Foxes Highland Lodge.
In March-June 2010, I took a 3 month break in Tanzania. During this time I did a combination of holidaying, adventuring, and volunteering. My volunteering experiences involved teaching adult English, playing with street kids, making home visits (in African villages) with a missionary doctor, helping at an HIV/Aids clinic, and beading at the Nuru Centre. I spent a week staying at an orphanage with a group of school students; during that time we played with the kids, helped fertilize trees, and dug a trench. I also spent 6 weeks at the Foxes Lodge in the highlands. Vicky and Geoff fox run a guest lodge, and are also very involved with local community; having started projects such as building schools, hospitals, and an orphanage. In my time with the Foxes, I managed the horsey side of the lodge (organising the feeding, training, and schedules of the horses, teaching the workers and children Parelli natural horsemanship, and taking guests on treks) I also helped out at the orphanage whenever possible. An average of 34% of the population in Mufundi are HIV/Aids postive, which is perhaps the highest HIV rate in the world! As a result, there is a lot of poverty, and a lot of innocent children are brought into the world with this disease.