Horse-Human Relationship Program

BalanceCenterConnectIf we allow them, horses can teach us a lot about how to connect to the Land. They can also teach us a lot about ourselves. For this to happen, we must be able to really listen to horses and to give them the space to teach us. This means we must relate to them differently than the way Western culture relates to them. We cannot project upon them what we think we hear nor can we remain within old patterns of thoughts and beliefs concerning the horse-human relationship. Tapestry’s Horse-Human Relationship Program provides opportunities for people to interact with horses and to learn from them within Indigenous worldview. This program offers the same integrated approach to learning about, understanding, and relating to horses as part of the natural world that are found in all of Tapestry’s work.

Annie, Mustang mareCurrent Projects. Horse Ibachakali is a life-changing program that anyone can experience. While this is not a typical horse therapy program but rather one that helps people reconnect to that natural world, its impact is one of healing. We previously partnered with the WINGS Foundation of Denver to help their members, who are adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. In 2016, we had to temporarily suspend the program, however, because we no longer had a workable venue for holding it. The recent focus of news and social media on the destructive impact of sexual abuse, however, has caused many people to contact us, wanting to participate in or to refer their patients to us for the healing offered through our program. We also look forward to offering this program as a way for people to reconnect to nature and learning about Indigenist ways of knowing and learning. So, starting in spring of 2019, we want to find a way to offer it again. To do this, we must find a place that provides a sense of privacy and security to participants while they are doing the program. Learn more and help us find a place.

RIDE3Past Projects. Through the years, Tapestry has conducted many innovative programs that have explored how the horse connects us with the natural world and what this effect has on us.  We have been able to study the impact of trail riding on the group meeting process, gentle and work with wild and rescue Mustangs, create and manage the Mustang Freedom Project (that integrated Mustangs into public education workshops for women) funded by actor and activist Pierce Brosnan and author Dean Koontz, and conduct extensive research on the horse-human relationship.