"I’ve been visiting Heartshore regularly to work with and receive sessions from Dawn Oakley-Smith and her therapy herd of horses , since Autumn 2012 , when I came to attend a 10 day Equine Assisted Soul Recognition training that Dawn and Flo Aevia Magdalena were running . Having just finished training with Soul Support Systems to be a Facilitator , I was blown away by the presence and deep soul connection attainable through working with this natural herd of horses, for me the grounding and in body connection that the horse connection facilitated through the Equine Assisted Learning / natural horsemanship sessions was what I needed at that time .
Since then I’ve continued to visit and receive equine assisted personal development sessions from Dawn and her herd as it’s really helped me to gain perspective and learning from the horses on personal healing & empowerment issues.
Having trained at the Institute of Creative Therapy in Islington I’ve quite a lot of experience in talking therapies , and working with the IFEAL methodology with the horses that Dawn uses I’ve found that it’s one of the deepest, most direct forms of therapeutic style sessions that I’ve found .
Blessings x" Anna-Saqqara
“My son Dylan came to Heartshore on his 5th Birthday. I had met Dawn at a Horseboy camp a month beforehand and she took one look at Dylan on a horse and felt he must visit her horses. The only place Dylan found peace at that time was on the back of a horse. I feel it aligned his spine in such a way that his brain could get the signals it needed and he could rest, process be with us instead of constantly having to run. He would regularly take part in 3 hour rides, giggling as he cantered across the fields. This was his peace, his precious time. Riding being so highly motivational so was a fantastic opportunity to promote language, social awareness, sequencing and tackle behaviours. I have seen the emotional connections he has had with many horses over the years, especially a fell pony called Ella. He also formed a solid bond with Dawn’s daughter India and gained independence from me by going out on hacks with her and mum. He is 13 now, India still gives Dylan lessons twice a week where he is learning to be independent with his riding. He has his own horse Harry and has taken part in the haying and has developed a little hay dance for each section that goes over the fence.” Natasha Scott