Is your family a little more like a herd, with horses, dogs, cats, kids, husbands and maybe the odd turtle? Do you have a desire to keep your little or large herd (including yourself) healthy and happy? If so, you’re in the right place! 

Fourteen years ago, on a rainy November day on Vancouver Island, a proverbial rabbit hole opened in my life, an adventure of unfathomable proportions. This was the day I met Diva, a lanky four year old Percheron Morgan cross, the now 20 year-old beauty you see above. Since then I’ve met the members of my little herd, my animal family in the most remarkable ways, each one bringing learning and growth, and helping me to be a healthier, happier version of myself.

All of it sparked in me a broader mission…

To share the journey and the steps – the path to understanding animals as teachers – and how to translate your own unique experience of this relationship into transformation. This passion has led to becoming an Equine Sport Therapist, an Energy medicine practitioner and Animal intuitive, a 4th year student in human osteopathy, a world-reknowned facilitator, author, the founder of the Whole Horse Podcast and the Whole Horse Apprenticeship, and co-founder of the Cowgirl Re-union. What a journey it has been! 

I look forward to working with you and your animal family! I offer one-on-one sessions both in person and remotely, group workshops, online courses and programs, and soon, an online community like no other.

Learn more about my work here...

 

 


And did I mention I have a podcast for horse lovers and their inner rebels? It’s called the Whole Horse Podcast and it’s very fun (and geeky!) with amazing guests like Elsa Sinclair, Laura Bird, Lucie Klaassen, Sarah Schlote, Heather Nelson and Josh Nichol. Season 2 is underway and there are over 36 episodes awaiting you at www.wholehorse.ca. Listen to one of my fave episodes below…


 

Featured articles…

The unruly path between owner and steward…a personal account…

You may have witnessed me waxing poetic about my lofty goal of transforming the perceived experience of sharing space with an animal from owner to steward or caregiver or person or, really, anything other than owner. That word gets under my skin. Owner. It’s like that zit that won’t give me the satisfaction of popping, it just brews and stews and generally acts like, well, terrible. So you might say, the term holds a little charge, and with good reason. Under that title, animals have been neglected and abused and oppressed and, in general, treated like lesser beings for thousands of years.

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Does your horse have choice? An exploration of touch and consent…

Yesterday, I had the chance to work with an amazing mare. Ever since beginning of my career as an equine sport therapist in 2003, each horse I meet builds on my knowledge and understanding, and over the almost 14 years since it’s become increasingly obvious that each horse is a unique individual, with their own preferences, quirks, conditioning and genetic legacy.

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How do you know if you’ve found your heart horse?

When did you discover your horse obsession? For me, the age is unknown (I was wee), only the feeling. A feeling of utter awe and inexplicable understanding. A feeling right in the centre of me that knew that these powerful creatures would be my north star from this day forward.

Thousands of wheelbarrow loads of poop, rides, grooming sessions, hay bales, hoof pickings, dollars spent and bum rubs later, and the addiction does not appear to be fading. On the contrary, it seems to be picking up steam. It may have a little something to do with my mare Diva meandering her way into my life and heart almost exactly 13 years ago and flipping my world, quite literally, on it’s head. Perhaps?

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Get-it-done Horsemanship: Effective or abusive?

I remember the moment as clear as day. It is that powerful a memory in a brain that doesn’t hold onto many (I always say my brain does regular clear outs of information it deems unimportant).

I’m fourteen or fifteen and I’m riding a lesson horse in a ring. We’re jumping, or we’re trying to. It’s not going well. My instructor is screaming at me. Screaming. My horse is, looking back in reflection (hindsight is indeed 20/20), terrified. He has refused a jump, more than likely because he’s scared of it. My instructor is screaming this at me over and over. “Get it done!” and “Don’t let him get away with it.” Eventually, with much kicking and whipping, he carried his terrified self and mine over the jump. Our heart rates were both racing. We were both scared, bordering on traumatized. Both in a place where we are unable to think or be effective in any way.

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I am so blown away by the potency of sessions with Alexa. She is very passionate and loves to bring in humour to balance out the wild and weird places that we can go to when we move through healing processes. She brings a lot of animal medicine with her in every session and there is a deep well of experience and wisdom that she shares in all of her offerings. She’s got a spark that lights up the world. Look out for her e-courses. They are so full of goodness. I highly recommend her work.

Christy Greenwood

Alexa’s a natural and gifted healer and teacher. She’s passionate about her work, insightful and wise. This bright light shines through all that she offers. She’s also a warm and wonderful human being.

Fiona Mayhill

Need a retreat on a beautiful horse farm in a beautiful healing place? Come unwind at Firefly Farm in the Cowichan Valley. One day and multiple day retreat packages are available from May to October. Contact Alexa for more details.

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