RENEE SIEVERT, RN, MFT, MASTER EQUUS FACILITATOR
My mom loved horses and I cherish this photo of me with her on a horse. In 2006, I heard about combining coaching and horses and I felt an awakening inside me – a calling. Two years later, I traveled to Scottsdale for a coaching session with Koelle and it was truly a life-changing experience. I signed up for Equus Coach Training and I’m grateful every day that I listened to that deep desire and said YES!
First, I had to find ways to take care of myself or I could not be helpful to others. Three things have helped me: connection, compassion, and service. Being in contact with friends and family helps. Collaboration with other Equus Coaches has made things lighter. I’ve tried to be kinder to myself and others. Coaching allows me to be of service. And when I feel sadness and worry and want to stay in bed and pull the covers over my head, I make a gratitude list.
Because horses don’t rely on verbal language, they don’t use stories to understand what is going on around them. They are fully present, in the moment, and they make their decisions instinctively. They trust themselves and their herd. They don’t really need to be ‘resilient’ because they aren’t questioning what is or what will be. If we humans could practice staying in the present moment, we would suffer less.
Stay connected with others who are trying to do the same. Seek support if it feels challenging. It helps to not feel alone. Celebrate small successes! And be of service, offer your gifts and talents to others just because you can.