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More Horse Yoga from DHF

More from Friday's horse yoga session. We did a full, but relaxed, practice of standing postures and breathing. Horse yoga is not something you just go out and do. You don't get out of your car and get in a field of horses and do some yoga. Different herds have different dynamics. These horses are highly socialized, attuned to humans, and have a stable herd dynamic.

All photos are copyright Traci Castleberry
Here, we're doing forward folds...

Which is, apparently, a good opportunity to check out my, um, hindquarters? That's Pandora.

I said yesterday that Tia had been all thinky and hadn't said hello to me yet? I've known Tia since she was quite young and she and I have always been good friends. The first year I was at horse camp, Tia would push into my space a lot and Judy taught me to push back, let her know who was boss. This is still one of my favorite photos...Tia's nose in my camera lens.

So I was sad when Tia wouldn't talk to me at all the first day I was here. And then, at the end of horse yoga when I was doing Warrior 2, I felt my hand being licked. Looking at the photo evidence, she was telling me I needed to lift my back arm more. Monica and Judy are on either side of her. (Notice how Tia's color has changed from black to gray.)

Three years ago, Monica was very afraid of horses. Here she is after yoga, sandwiched by Khepera and Capria, son and mother. She's worked hard to be comfortable around horses. DHF Lipizzans make it look easy, don't they?

You, too, can do horse yoga at DHF.
Frog Out


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Nov. 7th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
That is so AWESOME!
Nov. 7th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
there is truly nothing like it. Thanks for stopping by! I'd say 'get back to writing' but your word counts look just fine. :D

Nov. 7th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
This is wonderful. Thanks for feeding my horse jones. I'm violently allergic, so your pictures are as close as I'll ever get to experiencing Horse Yoga. I'm very grateful.
Nov. 7th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
I blame your allergies on that city upbringing of yours. I'm happy that this doesn't make you sneeze, just looking at photos of cats, horses, and chickens. I shall be your horse yoga stand-in. My yoga instructor loves doing yoga outdoors, she's always after me to get my muscles warmed by the sun, to get some natural light. This is that class and then some, where the animals just move with us as the mood takes them, in some zen state of their own. Judy says that one of the old brood mares (Caarma) just stands there in the arena much of the afternoon anchoring the universe. Now I can see that.
Nov. 8th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
I did some yoga myself in solidarity this afternoon. No horses, of course (even without the allergies, the only horse you could fit in my living room is a miniature. Which I could walk in the park, putting the noses of all the owners of Great Danes and Lurchers completely out of joint. But I digress.)

Thanks for the inspiration.
Nov. 8th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
It would almost be worth the sneezes! A miniature horse in Riverside, isn't that the area? With a saddle and bridle and you could say you were just holding it for a friend, a small fairy friend. No one would bat an eye, would they?

(Except, of course, the jealous Great Dane and Lurcher owners.)
Nov. 8th, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)
If they were sneezes and not wheezes, I might consider it. Except I doubt the building allows horses, however miniature, in the apartments.

Pity. The horselet (Fairy, I think I'd call it. Or maybe Equus) could be as much a celebrity as the Amazon parrot that walks the iron fence around the communal garden down in Riverside Park between 89th and 90th while his owner keeps a sharp eye out for hawks. The kids would love it.
Nov. 7th, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I have a break here to enjoy your horse yoga photos. I'm charmed by the horse interaction!
Nov. 8th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
we were all charmed by it! I'm so glad Traci's photos captured some of what was happening.
Nov. 8th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
Not only would I love to do this, I'd just love to spend time taking care of the horses!

This is incredible!
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