Meet the Dune Lakes Herd: Rhythm
By Rob Pliskin, Equine Pathfinders Foundation volunteer
Artiste, dancer, member of the bachelor band, Rhythm has yes, rhythm.
He is a budding painter, even if his work is still in early stages. This is primarily because he is who he is and perhaps 15 minutes later, someone else. And why not? He has his bachelor friends to play with, and his humans to teach and learn from. That alone keeps him very busy.
Rhythm is grace in the air when he settles in, either on his own or with a human, truly dancing on his toes. Later, out in the herd, he might take off his tights and challenge any gelding or mare…except Solo, that is. And as for a human? The same — first perhaps with an “I can’t see you or hear you” and then as he pays polite attention with a “Oh you meant me, sorry about that, sure.”
But the latest on Rhythm, besides his art, and his dance, is that he is growing up, growing into himself. It is exciting to see him so alive, calm, and quiet. Now, when the energy between is still, peaceful, and open, he will lay down with you, and rest.
When the energy between you and Rhythm is still, peaceful, and open, he will lay down with you, and rest.
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.
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