I know we are celebrating the Winter #Olympics. But getting your exercise any way you can boosts your health and brain development. While it’s 40 in Sochi, it’s 80 in Scottsdale. We’d like to be skiing, but instead, we are riding.
Sylvia Zerbini is here with her Grand Liberty Stallions. This week, I had the honor of observing Sylvia teach a young teen how to communicate better with her horse. The messages she imparted were empowering, she ignited a sense of deep respect. Self-respect, respect for the horses and a unity between man and nature.
When I first saw Sylvia in Cavalia, I wondered how are these horses treated, are they circus animals? But for the past 14 days I have seen Sylvia with her horses up close and they are the best fed, loved and cared for horses one could know. They rest in their stalls with ease and grace. Sylvia speaks to them in their own language moving her body to draw lines they are not to cross, using her hand with the movement of a dancer to tell them where to go and how fast to move. They pine for her, coming up to the stall windows and looking for her like a child to a mother. She walks past, touching, smiling with gentle re-assurance.
My anticipation was that stallions would be intense, loud and almost scary, but they are just the opposite. They are almost meditative. When the horses are in the paddock or arena with Sylvia, they literally come out to play as she runs, hops and dances with them.
Although, I have not asked her myself, I have been told that when Sylvia was young, her father would tell her she needed to work the horses before she could play. So she began to learn to work all of them at one time thus the evolution of Grand Liberty, an interplay of instinct that will stir your senses. Sylvia has a unique gift. She can speak with the horses. But the amazing part, is that we can as well. In her clinics and personal lessons she teaches us how to marry instinct with collaboration. Fearlessly, she teaches others all that she knows, making us stronger women, better leaders and more skillful horsemen.
Her message is communicate don’t dominate, something we all need more of in schools, communities, corporations and homes around the world.