Meet the Dune Lakes Herd: Bailey

At 34, Bailey is the wise Elder of the Dune Lakes Herd

By Rob Pliskin, Equine Pathfinders Foundation volunteer

While Bailey’s past is largely a mystery, it is apparent he has taken some knocks. So much so in fact, that Rosemary began by helping him come back to himself first in spirit, then as a horse, and finally to come back to the herd.  

Bailey is still very cautious and alert, even tense, when the space gets too crowded and the pace too fast. So Rosemary has followed Bailey’s lead to give him a good job in sessions and camps from time to time, because with all his grace, Bailey still can teach humans how to love, trust, and connect by loving, trusting, and connecting with them.

At 34, he is the Elder of the Dune Lakes Herd, by age, wisdom, guts, and kindness.  

IF you can learn, he will teach you. The rest of the time you may meet him around the yards, the barn, the garden, or the paddocks, where he roams, as free as any Elder should be given the stature of his position…and always alongside his Elder companion, the chestnut mare, Mary.

Rosemary began by helping Bailey come back to himself first in spirit, then as a horse, and finally to come back to the herd.

Bailey and companion Mary. 

Come meet the Dune Lakes Herd at the 2018 Spirit Horse Festival!

The Dune Lakes herd at play. 

The horses of the Dune Lakes herd are an integral part of the Dune Lakes Lodge Retreat and Horse Inspired Learning Centre where they help their human partners create learning experiences to improve the wellbeing and success of children, youth, adults, and families.

Under the loving care of Rosemary Wyndham-Jones and Alistair Wait, who run the Equine Pathfinders Foundation, the horses make their home on the beautiful South Kaipara Head Peninsula, a massive, ancient sand barrier that separates the South Kaipara Harbour from the Tasman Sea. 

Find out more about what's in store for the 2018 festival program

  • October 26, 2017