Wilderness Within on the Winter Solstice

At the solstice the 'sun stands still' as sunrise and sunset are at their extreme points on the horizon for about three days. In the UK during winter solstice (between 20-22 Dec, but usually 21st) the sun its at its extreme lowest point and it barely rises, lights or warms the Earth before disappearing again [...]

Autumn ReWilding

With beautiful blue skies, fresh autumn weather and mud laden fields, the herd prepare for the winter. The winter solstice is now only a few weeks away, when, in the northern hemisphere, the Holly king famously gives way to the Oak King and our dark nights begin to get shorter and life in the hedgerows [...]

Mandala’s and Ley Lines

Connecting to Nature and the energy of the Earth: August has brought with it a theme of mandala's and ley lines for us at Paintedhorse.  We have had some amazing people and groups visiting to experience our Equine ReWilding taster sessions. They have inspired us with their creativity of their mandalas and their ability to [...]

Epona: Our Dartmoor Hillie Goddess

Also known as 'the sassy one': Epona 'great mare' was the Gaulish name for their Celtic Horse Goddess, a goddess of fertility and protector of equines and she was also celebrated by the Roman Army as a protector of their horses. It was the name all three of us heard when Meadow said she wanted [...]

Logan: His time has come

Introducing lovable Logan to Paintedhorse: When we moved to our new location in April, there were two ponies already there. Their then owner didn't have the time needed for them and their health issues; we offered to buy them about a month later, naturally with the view of introducing them to our herd. We were [...]

Be with the Herd

Feel the connection:   Equine Facilitated & Experiential Learning Spend time with the herd. Ground yourself in nature. Listen to birds. Break out of your busy mind and become aware of your body, in all its honesty. Listen. Connect. Stand with the herd. Sit with the herd. Be part of the herd. Feel their connection - to you, [...]

Horses for Heroes

Army veteran connects with Danny: Out of our Paintedhorse team Danny came forward to offer his equine wisdom and warmth to an Army veteran adjusting to life on civvie street and awaiting a further operation on his back.  Danny was fidgety at first and when it was acknowledged that the client had some 'anxiety' he became still.  Danny then spent some [...]