The story of my connection with horses – by Debra-Leigh Möhle

My attraction to horses began before I can remember, my mother told me I started asking to ride very early on. My first riding lesson eventually happened when I was 7 yrs old, I lived and dreamed horses in every possible moment for the next 7 years.

Growing up in a loving family with poor relational patterns, horses were both a love and an escape for me. Riding every day and going to shows on weekends made up my primary school life. The blissful escape was especially a life line when our family faced divorce. However a few years later I began self destructive behaviours which eventually took me away from my horses entirely.

The next chapter was a stormy cycle of seeking answers for my inner turmoil and self medicating with recreational drugs. It was here that my love for exploring life’s growth principles began and would eventually, at age 20, return me to my safe place; my equine family.

So naturally I started to question my connection with horses, asking questions like “how do horses think?”, “What do they need to thrive?”, “what are we doing with them?”, “Do we have a right?” “What’s in it for them?”

I have learnt that horses have the power to help humans connect with their truest hearts. They live authentically in the now and are emotionally congruent. Relating with them allows a safe space for us to get clarity on our often fragmented and distorted stories. I have had the privilege of experiencing this in sport and therapy. It has been a most graceful process of self reflection, that has allowed me to dive deep into my innermost beliefs, strengths and fears.

The current chapter is building the dream on the answers we have so far, with the intention of creating harmonious relational patterns which flow into a thriving life for all; horse, human and environment. Our prayer is that every soul who rides with us may be enriched by their experience.

Hermitage Horses

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We are blessed to ride in the magnificent Hermitage Valley at the foothills of the Langeberg Mountain, it’s endless trails and glorious nature.

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