Auroville’s Natural Horsemanship School
There is a small herd of horses that lives in Auroville’s Evergreen forest community, this place is called Evergreen Horses. It is a project for children and adults alike where one can learn a series of progressive habits and skills that both human and horses must have in order to become partners. We teach how to enhance communication with horses, which in turn will touch every other relationship in our lives… but it's more than just about the horse, it really dips into one's personal development. You learn about yourself, communication, leadership, truthfulness, consequence, responsibility and you develop imagination and love in the process, and the horse becomes the mirror that tells you the truth about yourself.
The school was founded in 1998 when people from different
countries settled in Auroville and concentrated their energy in reforestation
and building a new community, which they named Evergreen. Most members of this
new community had a passion for horses and they decided to start a new project.
Initially meant as a stabling facility, it became a place where children had
the opportunity to learn how to ride. In 2009, Sara became the new caretaker
and expanded the project by focusing on teaching Natural Horsemanship as taught
by Pat Parelli.
Following Auroville’s ideal of never-ending education, the
project aims to introduce natural horsemanship as a tool to learn and
communicate with horses in a non-violent way. But it's more than just learning
about horses' behavior and training, it's about learning about ourselves and
how to deal with our emotions as well as developing a new way of communication
based on body language.
For most teenagers, what we offer here becomes an
opportunity to review their priorities in life and gives them the chance to
learn new values that will accompany them for the rest of their life.
This Natural Horsemanship school is not about riding horses,
it is about giving an education on how to live one's life by exploring the
values of Love, Language and Leadership.
Over the past years, as we got more resources and as our team gained more experience and knowledge, the project expanded with different activities. We can say we are the first natural horsemanship school in India. Today the idea is to introduce children to natural horsemanship as an alternative to the traditional riding school techniques. We want both horses and humans to start working together like partners.
Our activities range from simple guided rides to the more complex skills of ground training, freestyle riding and working with a horse at liberty. Recently, to broaden our curriculum as we started offering horse behavior classes, horse training workshops as well as barefoot trimming and basic horse maintenance classes. Our herd now consists of 5 horses and 5 ponies, we have 20+ regular students ranging from 6 to 50 years old who attend classes, programs and events.
In the future, we would like to expand our facilities and bring the concept of natural horsemanship into the world of competitive sports in Auroville and India, we want to provide real solutions to real problems and empower people with clear strategies to work towards excellence with horses. Most importantly, we want to create the best possible environment for both horses and humans.
A Note on Unending Education in Auroville
Auroville Language Laboratory (ALL)
Stewardship for New Emergence
Spirit & Nature
University of Human Unity
Auroville Learning Exchange (ALE)
Savitri Bhavan, a centre for spiritual education
LABORATORY OF EVOLUTION – LOE
House of Mother's Agenda (H.O.M.A)