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Ashley Smith – Equine training from a martial artist with a heart

Ashley Smith & her equine partners
Ashley Smith & her equine partners
Photograph taken by Paul Rest

I spent a remarkable morning today with Ashley Smith and her three equine helpers—Taj, Daisy and Zorro. Ashley’s approach is a direct yet extremely sensitive one. Through her Guided Equine Training, the work with the horses can provide her clients deep and powerful insights into life's questions.

Ashley, a new student at Two Rock Aikido, mentioned this morning to the group of us that she invited to learn about her work and meet her horses, that she instantly saw the connection between her work as a certified Equine Guided Instructor and what she was experiencing on the mat. “There was no question in my mind that my work with horses and my experiences on the mat were the same.”

She notes on her web page www.horseforthesoul.org:

“The mission of HORSESFORTHESOUL is to raise awareness about horses bringing teaching and healing to people’s lives, particularly through Equine Guided Education (EGE), and to offer programs and experiences with horses emphasizing relationship [and] communication.”

One highpoint of the morning was the emphasis Ashley put on listening as part of our being with the horses. It was fun to note that while we were listening to the horses, the horses were attentively listening to us. I related this as the same level of listening skills required on the mat during a class.

More to come about the remarkable work Ashley is doing.