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EWSLETTER
December 2009



IN THIS ISSUE

What happens when you pay attention to the small stuff?

Super Sale on intensives for 2010!



CALENDAR

February 7
March 21
April 18

Horse-Assisted Yoga for Personal Transformation

February 21
Intuition, Intention & Your Heart's Desire Day Retreat

March 29-April 2
The Body Connection






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Desert Horse Services Inc.
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Desert Horse Equestrian Services


Take the time
in this busy season
to hang out
with family
and friends,
to relax, recharge
and prepare
for a new year
filled with
infinite promise
.

Happy Holidays!


TUNING IN TO THE SMALL STUFF MAKES ALL
THE DIFFERENCE

“Life is just what happens to you, while you’re busy making other plans.” Until I looked up the quote, I didn’t remember it was a John Lennon lyric from the song “Beautiful Boy,” written for his son. So apt, isn’t it, for most of us at least some of the time – including when we’re spending time with our horses.

How easy is it to get caught up in the work, fixating on skills mastered, levels achieved or prizes won. This sharp focus can come at the expense of the big picture – the basic skills necessary to sustain long-term soundness of mind and body, the nuance of the relationship, the tiny signals that something is missing or needs attention. The little things that, I believe, are the point of it all.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to have goals for yourself and your horse. Keeps you motivated, gets you to the barn on those cold or hot or windy days. But what about the insights and information we can glean in those times of “not doing,” when we have no specific agenda other than possibly getting from one place to another. That’s when we can practice a wider awareness, when we can give ourselves and our horses space to breathe, to express, to choose. Important information  dwells there and, when we ignore it, we miss a big part of what it is to be real horsemen and -women.
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Special Offer for the New Year!
HORSE INTENSIVES: INTEGRATED LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR HUMANS AND HORSES

Have you ever thought "if I were designing the perfect horse clinic for me, I would ..." and then come up with a list of things you'd like to learn about and have ample opportunity to practice? Here's your chance! Desert Horse has several weeklong time slots available for serious horsemen and -women of all experience levels to co-create and participate in a horse immersion program.

Define your goals for the intensive as broadly (increase my knowledge of horses) or as specifically (improve my feel and subtle communication) as you like. That means everyone from novice horsemen and -women to experienced handlers and riders can participate in creating a program that suits their individual needs and interests. Satisfy your curiosity, explore new information or perfect the subtle practice of basic skills.

And, if you schedule your 2010 intensive by January 31, 2010, you'll get a two-for-one deal. Schedule a semi-private, weeklong intensive learning experience and you pay absolutely nothing for the second person.
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