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 [...]

Nine for Mortal Men

Our healing herd of nine: “Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men, doomed to die J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings A week ago lovely Jo Dutfield (medium, healer and animal communicator) came to help us introduce Logan and Epona (the ponies we [...]

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, [...]

Environment Enrichment

Ulha, Grace and Hope take to a game of ball: You may remember the pony people of Paintedhorse got a little bit flooded out in Winter Waterland.  We put an old gym ball into their corral to give them some environmental enrichment and they seem to have created some entertainment for themselves.

Chasing Portland Prison Blues Away

Inmates tie their hopes onto their equine ally: This month Paintedhorse's Livvy Adams gathered in a team of LEAP practitioners, equine specialists and horses, and joined charity Key4Life to provide Equine Therapy for the young men at HMP/YOI Portland Prison. Founder of the charity Eva Hamilton (MBE) created a year long, 7-Step model to successfully help rehabilitate young [...]